Gloves in navy peccary leather with navy wool cuff

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Garment

£255.00

Gloves, hand-cut and hand-sewn in south-west England with dark navy peccary leather, a hand-linked lambswool 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, the construction of which hasn’t changed much for over a century. It has fourchettes, for instance — with the ring and middle finger comprised of four separate panels; the index and little finger three; and the thumb two. Thus the digits have a good sense of space and movement.
The gloves are made with peccary, which is best thought of as the Rolls-Royce of gloving. That such venerable stuff — a symbol of true, olden-days luxury — comes from the hide of a small hairy forest hog is an irony not lost, even on the hog. This peccary comes from the oldest gloving tannery in Britain.
Peccary is characterised by being hard-wearing and rugged-looking — the highlight of which are the minute holes from which peccary hairs are plucked — and very soft. So soft, indeed, that it takes master-grade skill to cut and sew, with the glove-maker often only able to cut one glove from one skin.
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 two navy and two grey yarns. You can't tell by looking at it, but the cuff has elastic sewn into its end, so as to hold shape over time.
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

Since the gentleman here has the most moderately sized hands imaginable, gloves in size M are the only thing him.

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.