La Pantoufle à Pépère, a 100% Made In France slipper
Barbara and Arnaud, the founders of the ' La Pantoufle A Pépère' brand
Winter 2011. Barbara is a project manager in the training sector and Arnaud is a textile sales rep. In addition to these activities, they have a ready-to-wear shop in Lille (North of France) specialized in French made navy sweaters . They sell sweaters, jackets, striped TShirts and a few very classical charentaises. They would like to diversify the range of charentaises (French traditional handmade slippers from Charente) because it is much too classical and contact their supplier. The supplier in question never answers but one day they receive a parcel with an unsold stock with high piled slippers : huge green and orange piles ! They first wanted to send them back but decide to display them in the shop window to astonish the clients. The charentaises will eventually be sold out at the end of the Christmas period...
Eager to launch a new project that will enable them to concile more easily their private and professional life (reconstituted family with 4 children and busy work schedules) the happy pair digs deeper the issue of the come-back of the charentaises. After a five-day ski break to inhibite and work, they give birth to The Pantoufle à Pépère. A few weeks later, Barbara leaves her job to focus fully on the project. Arnaud joins her the following year.
Today, after 3 winters of activity, La Pantoufle à Pépère is distributed in over 80 shops in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. These are mainly upmarket ready-to-wear shops and concept stores. The E-Commerce activity is steadily increasing. La Pantoufle à Pépère has quickly met many and varied clients : from trendy hypsters to grandads who did not wear them any longer, and young people and children at whom no original slippers were aimed. Their charentaises were initially purposed for men but they quickly appealed to women clients. That is the reason why La Pantoufle à Pépère offers new models especially dedicated to women, in particular our Moonwalk or Huguette bootee . 2016 is again a very good year for La Pantoufle à Pépère, with great collaborations with very famous French brands in winter... but we're not telling you further for the moment!