Pepe Le Moko is a husband and wife collaboration that goes back almost four decades. Our workshop is a renovated space in a funky old Coast Guard Station on Puget Sound.
The name Pepe Le Moko comes from a l937 French film of the same name. The name has always given us a chuckle and we never forgot it, so we decided to call our Etsy shop "Pepe Le Moko". We thought Pepe needed a monkey with a fez so that's where the avatar came from. That is not to say a monkey could make our jewelry, but who knows, monkeys are pretty smart.
The husband half of our duo, we'll call him 'Pepe', had a two year apprenticeship with a modernist jeweler learning fabrication techniques in San Francisco nearly 40 years ago and then went on to study with two other jewelers learning wax sculpting and casting techniques. He has been making fine jewelry ever...
- Joined November 24, 2008