Gloves in navy deerskin with grey wool cuff

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Garment

£120.00

Gloves, hand-cut and hand-sewn in south-west England with navy deerskin, a hand-linked charcoal lambswool rib cuff, and a lining of knitted cashmere from the Scottish Borders.

Sizing

To work out your size, measure around your hand at its widest point — thumb excluded.

S M L
Hand size 8—8½ 8½—9 9—9½
This is a traditional type of glove, of which the construction and materials — the finest deerskin, a cashmere lining — haven't changed much for more than a century. It is hand-cut and hand-sewn — the tell-tale sign of the latter being pronounced, but precise, stitching at the seams. It alone is an eight hour job.
It is deerskin from the world's leading maker of gloving leather — which just so happens to be a stone's throw from the glove factory. The leather has great grain and and character. It is cut in a way such that it will stretch sideways, to the exact shape of your hand over time, but never lengthways — e.g. out of shape.
Sewn to the end of the glove is a rib cuff. This is made from lambswool of the finest quality — with a softness not far from cashmere. It is a thick ten-ply, this cuff, and comprises three shades grey yarn and one black. Note: the cuff is twice the length seen in these images, being as it is of the "turn-back" nature.
These are points: a decorative hallmark of traditional glove-making. From the glove dictionary, the gloves here also have fourchettes — with the ring and middle finger comprised of four separate panels; the index and little finger three panels; and the thumb two.
The gloves have a lining of undyed cashmere. This lining, indeed, is a complete glove in its own right. It is lightweight cashmere, made in Scotland: the very finest fibres knitted into a remarkably soft and highly comfortable hand-shaped thing, which is at once both breathable and warm.

As worn

The gent here has hands of moderate size, and wears M.

Makers of

The gloves are made in the crucible of English glove-making, by a group of master craftspeople who, every day, act out the old saying about a silk purse and a sow's ear. There are many easier and faster ways to make gloves — but here, instead, they stick to what has served them well for two-plus centuries.
The makers here, indeed, are standard-bearers of tradition — from the masterful and tailoring-like cutting of the leather, to the use of a fleet of Singer machines so old they'd be in Singer's own museum were they not still working so well, to the extraordinarily intricate repertoire of finishing techniques.
The cuffs are hand-framed by a knitwear maker founded 100 years ago. They work with small, hand-operated machines overseen by one person, rather than automated machines, making them one of the last makers still to do so in Britain. It is slow going, but the results always bear out the work put in.