The teaching assignment

Last week I was asked by Ebami Tom to co-host a sewing workshop at “Made in 4 Havens”, a maker space, located in the harbor area of Rotterdam West. Our assignment was to implement several skills and techniques on different levels for a small group of women. Most of them had little sewing experience, but we needed to challenge teaching the ones with more skills.

Made in 4 Havens

At the studio here at Made in 4 Havens, production of fashion items are made by local women for several clients already.

We could implement all these requirements, by teaching them how to sew a cotton tote bag with volume and pockets. Since I am a bag designer, I showed them a couple of bag designs that illustrated the different orders and difficulties. The students could choose to make one with a loose hanging inner pocket or a volume pocket on the front. They also had to make an application on it.


Kim and I gave instructions on how to use the industrial sewing machines and the lockers. The first step was to make a square test cloth on these machines. During class, we attended the students personally, guided them through the whole process of design and executing at the different stages of making a tote bag.

Eventually, all the students had used different skills at their level and made a personalized tote bag.

Kim van Eijnatten is a fashion specialist that, apart from teaching how to sew, keeps her footprint small by selling rare second-hand finds at “Nonsens Vintage.”

Ebami visited my studio in Heijplaat a couple of years ago in search for Rotterdam Designers, and later on, I attended the Design Market at Made in 4 Havens.

We were all excited about working together and hope this trial will result in a future series of sewing lessons.

We can look back at an excellent edition of Meesterlijk 2016. It is a yearly event with the most sympathetic designers and craftsmen that you can find in the Netherlands. Organized by Nicole Unicole. Since 2012 I am promoting the new accessory for high heels on this event and it is starting to pay off, visitors find their way to my stand.

I noticed that not only women stopped by but also men, and often it was men that chose Pepavanas for their wives or girlfriends. So I am looking forward to the next edition in December!

At Meesterlijk 2017 we will consummate the Continuous Collection with New Designs.

I will keep you posted!


Meesterlijk Design & Ambacht

1-3 December

Westergasfabriek Amsterdam

New dates in 2018:

November 30, December 1-2

Ich freue mich dich zu sehen

Frankfurt 26-28 August 2016

Talents Accessories & Jewellery: Hall 9.2  Stand A 80

Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, 9 am to 5 pm

FORM 2016: Hall 9.0

Over the decades since its launch, the FORM – Design from Crafts and Industry – competition has developed into one of Germany’s most coveted design awards. It is held in high regard by both manufacturers and buyers. In a special exhibition in Hall 9.0 at Tendence, we will show the judged products. The attractive FORM exhibition gives trade buyers and the press the chance to find out about new products.  Well-known exhibitors and companies that are taking part in the fair for the first time. The judging criteria for inclusion in the exhibition are innovative design solutions, an appropriate choice of materials and processing methods.  And also, in the case of consumer goods, functional handling.

Visit the website for directions and further information:

download press release pepavana 


next stops will be at the Trademart in Utrecht on 11-12-13 September and 25-26-26 November at Meesterlijk Amsterdam Westergasfabriek.

NEW DATE: 10-14 February 2017 at Ambiënte Frankfurt am Main

Hall 9.2 in the Talents area


Special edition Bannerbags for ladies who like to shop and watch photographs. In coöperation with the Nederlands Fotomuseum Pepavana designed a limited edition Bannerbags. The bags are exclusively for sale at the museum (web) shop for a special price. Read all about it here!

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dark brown Jane gaiter
bannerbag-pepavana-lava and black
bannerbag-pepavana-green nature

Pepavana presents Monica, Jane & Edie at Masterly The Dutch in Milano

Pepavana è Pepa van Asperen, una designer con sede a Rotterdam che dispone di una collezione di accessori fatti a mano  duraturi e innovativi.  La creatrice dà un significato nuovo agli articoli classici provenienti dal propio contesto e ambiente culturale (figlia di un barcaiolo) rimodellando gli stessi in oggetti contemporanei. Pepavano ha trasformato articoli vecchio stile come le ghette in accessori provocatori ed esclusivi per i tacchi alti: le Pepavanas.


“Jane, Monica & Edie” rappresenta i modelli esposti, chi prendono il nome dalle icone femminili che avrebbero potuto indossare le Pepavanavas nella loro epoca, create al 100% in feltro di lana naturale (miscugli di biondo, marrone e nero), e ‘’Jane-in-colours”

Accanto a 3 borse. Nelle sue creazioni Pepavana genera tensione esplorando i confini della comodità e funzionalità, come nel caso dello O-bag, una borsa di carattere. La MSB trova la sua origine in una piccola borsa di tessuto, usata comunemente in famiglia quando si andava a prendere il pane. La ”Mini Shopper Bag” è minimalista ed elegante come il nuovo design di sacchi per scarpe.


Masterly è una mostra interdisciplinare del design, dell’arte, dell’artigianato, della moda e della fotografia olandese nel cuore del quartiere delle 5 Vie

12 — 17 Aprile 2016 | Palazzo Francesco Turati | Via Meravigli 7, Milan,

Pepavana è situata al piano terra intorno al cortile

Aperta tutti i giorni, dalle 11 alle 20

12 aprile alle 17.30, 13 aprile alle 22.00 (5VIE, Anteprima stampa lunedì 11 aprile dalle 17 alle 19, Inaugurazione (su invito), martedì 12 aprile dalle 18 alle 21


Pepavana | Pepa van Asperen | Maaskade 140a 3071 NM Rotterdam The Netherlands | +31(0)641637798 |

For the English version visit Dutch Design Press Desk

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the Italian assistant
back home

photo taken by Patricia Börger, model Binta wearing ‘Edie’ and ‘O-bag’

‘Jane in Colors’ will be presented at the seventh edition of Meesterlijk Design en Ambacht on 25-27th of November 2015. Not only we will show our new models, but our services also are at your disposal; Try & Buy and made to measure on the spot.

The wool felt Original is a knee-high accessory that you combine with your pair of heels. To get a perfect fit, we make the gaiters in different calf sizes. Besides the natural wool felt blends, Jane in Colors now is available in fire red, ink blue.

Of course, you can always choose a color from the samples to match with your outfit.

I am looking forward to meeting you at Meesterlijk.

All models are available at our webshop!

red Jane running
red Jane gaiters
blue Jane
baby blue Jane

A number of hats, bags and Pepavanas of the everlasting collection will be for sale at Showroom Sleephellingstraat. The Showroom will be open for visitors every Friday afternoon. A great opportunity to see and feel the Pepavana Collection, to fit and buy on the spot or order a made to measure pair of Pepavanas, the accessory for high heels!

Interested? Pepa is happy to advise you.

Location: Sleephellingstraat 1b 3071 NM Rotterdam

Open: Every Friday from 12.00 to 19.00 hour

Notice Pepa at 0031(0)6 41637798 or email info[ad] that you are coming!

Object Rotterdam

OBJECT is thé fair for contemporary design on February 5-8 2015. Not only the fair itself is worthwhile visiting, but the location also is so; the cruise ship s/s Rotterdam. We are stepping aboard with the Monica gaiters. Monica is a model with round openings in the front that reflects the Sixties. You find them in warm winter wool ànd cool summer fabrics, that are also sustainable, like hemp.

O-bag, the object

Besides the new gaiter line, I also show a brand new designer bag — the O-bag.  Simultaneously to the introduction on Object Rotterdam, Crowdy House will launch the same design at their platform. You can subscribe trough Crowdy House for a limited edition bag. Several variations are to admire and for sale at the SS Rotterdam.

Made to measure service

As always, Pepavana is present to serve you at the spot. Try & buy or order directly in your size.

Visit >> Object Rotterdam 2015 for  information about the activities & participants.


s/s Rotterdam | 3de Katendrechtsehoofd 25 | Rotterdam

Opening hours: 
Thursday 5 February till Sunday 8 February | From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Making Mittens   |   Making Slippers   |   Making Hats


Pepavana workshops bij Stroop Rotterdam.

Stroop Rotterdam, waar naast de originele handgemaakte wafels ook design op het menu staat, vinden binnenkort drie winter workshop avonden plaats. Speciaal voor deze naailessen heeft Pepavana drie typische winter accessoires ontworpen. Aan de lange tafels tussen het design en de lucht van vers gebrandde koffie en wafels staan zes Pfaff naaimachines opgesteld. Langs de kant een rijk assortiment aan zachte stoffen, gebreide truien, restanten leer. Allerhande versierselen, maar ook de benodigde fournituren zijn aanwezig.


Aan de hand van diverse patronen en stappenplannen maak je stoere gevoerde wanten of armwarmers, sloffen, slippers of een muts. Je kiest uit verschillende stoffen voor elk patroondeel en maak een applicatie naar eigen ontwerp op het voorpand. We maken gebruik van verschillende technieken. Niet alleen op de  naaimachine, maar ook met naald & draad. Je kan borduren, rijg- en festonsteek maken en flisofixen met de strijkbout.

Naast de fijne kneepjes van het vak leert Pepa  je vooral creatieve oplossingen te zien wat verrassende resultaten oplevert. Door kleine groepen is er veel aandacht. Ontspanning met verse koffie/thee & wafels van Stroop Rotterdam.  Tijdens de workshop is voldoende basis materiaal aanwezig om te gebruiken.

Eventueel zelf meenemen:

  • eigen kleding om her te gebruiken. -Noorse trui, sweather, t-shirts, jeans, leren jasje, corduroy broek, fleecetrui etc-
  • eigen naaimachine

Kosten en locatie


  • € 30,- p.p. voor 1x Winter Workshop Avond, materiaal, 1 koffie| thee met stroopwafel.
  • € 47,50 p.p. voor 2 Winter Workshop Avonden, materiaal, 1 koffie| thee met stroopwafel.
  • € 75,- p.p. voor 3 Winter Workshop Avonden, materiaal, 1 koffie| thee met stroopwafel.

Locatie:  Stroop aan de Mathenesserweg 21 te Rotterdam

Elke woensdag avond kun je kiezen uit 3 thema’s : Making Mittens, Making Slippers, of Making a Hat

  • 19.00 – 21.30 uur | 3 december 2014
  • 19.00 – 21.30 uur | 10 december 2014
  • 19.00 – 21.30 uur | 17 december 2014

Vooraf aanmelden: of contact Pepa

Vermeld naam, adres en workshop datum of -data.  Je ontvangt dan vanzelf een bevestiging met betaalverzoek.

Samenwerking met Stroop Rotterdam

Vanaf de start van Stroop in Rotterdam West vind je niet alleen de handgemaakte tassen en petten van Pepavana in de winkel, maar ontwikkelen we ook producten op verzoek van Stroop. Bijvoorbeeld de kleine Marokaanse portemonneetjes van vrachtwagenzeil, die alleen in de winkel te koop zijn. Stroop Rotterdam is een platform locale ontwerpers en buurtbewoners. Het is een plek waar je versgebrande koffie kunt drinken met eigezinnige handgemaakte wafels. Toeven in een huiskamersfeer, met je laptop of juist een spelletje spelen, als het maar relaxed is. Het wisselende Design aanbod in de ruimte is te koop.

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Introduction New Pepavanas at the store


NL=US with Duo Exhibit ‘Stof bedekt niet’.

Mix media artist Atty Bax and designer Niek Wagemans presenting their newest work.

10 October 2014 | 19.00-21.00 hours