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post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
Hola chochachos,

Does anyone have an experience to share of buying gloves from Chester Jeffries UK? I sent them a tracing of my hand Thanksgiving turkey-style, the circumference of my hand at the knuckles, and $90; in return, with God's help, they'll send me a perfectly fitting pair of forest green capeskin gloves with rabbit fur lining.

Am I being too optimistic? Will the leather be good? Will the fur have fleas? What can go wrong?

Where have YOU had gloves made?

Love,
Adam
post #2 of 38
Too optimistic. It took me 3 tracings to get it right. I do love Chester Jeffries. Their driving glove is wonderful.
post #3 of 38
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Too optimistic. It took me 3 tracings to get it right.

I do love Chester Jeffries. Their driving glove is wonderful.

What do you mean? The first two pairs were no good, so between each pair you sent them a new tracing? I'm conducting this all through the mail.

Corresponding with them has been a pleasure, though. They've been attentive, courteous, playful, and over email, they can't use their English accents to intimidate you.
post #4 of 38
Hm. I still feel inferior when I see words like "braces" and "waistcoat" or even just "whilst" instead of "while." Greetings, fellow Irvine-ite JamesX.
post #5 of 38
The first pair was very good, but I think I trace the fingers inconsistantly. So I redid the trace with more consistency in the way I held the pencil. That glove turned out better, but still had looseness on my left palm. I ended up just photocopying my hand and send it to them. That ended up with a perfect pair. Now I have around 10 pairs of various gloves made by them.
post #6 of 38
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The first pair was very good, but I think I trace the fingers inconsistantly. So I redid the trace with more consistency in the way I held the pencil. That glove turned out better, but still had looseness on my left palm.

I ended up just photocopying my hand and send it to them. That ended up with a perfect pair. Now I have around 10 pairs of various gloves made by them.

Did they recharge you the bespoke fee for the new tracings? Xeroxing was a smart move.

What models do you have? I ordered the 'Paris'.
post #7 of 38
As someone who tried every single pair in a glove shop without success, I've to give it a try. Thanks for the tip! Feels a bit absurd thinking about gloves when the warmth just reached us though.. :-)
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Isak Bengtsbo View Post
As someone who tried every single pair in a glove shop without success, I've to give it a try. Thanks for the tip! Feels a bit absurd thinking about gloves when the warmth just reached us though.. :-)

Glad to help! And there are plenty of gloves you can wear when it's warm. The most elegant man I've ever blown once wore daffodil yellow, unlined kidskin gloves to a picnic. It was as close to spiritual as a fashion statement can get.
post #9 of 38
How is the leather? Ninety for custom gloves sounds pretty good if the leather is reasonable.
post #10 of 38
My Chester pair is holding up very well after a few years. For the price it's a good deal.
post #11 of 38
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post
How is the leather? Ninety for custom gloves sounds pretty good if the leather is reasonable.

Dude, I know! I was blown away by their low prices. In fact, that $90 includes a one-time bespoke fee of around $30, so after your first pair, once they've filed your measurements, you'll pay around $60 for most of their styles.
post #12 of 38
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Originally Posted by musososeki View Post
Glad to help! And there are plenty of gloves you can wear when it's warm. The most elegant man I've ever blown once wore daffodil yellow, unlined kidskin gloves to a picnic. It was as close to spiritual as a fashion statement can get.
I just couldn't resist commenting on the fact that you used "elegant" and "blown" in the same sentence. I'm also planning on getting some gloves from CJ. Photocopy is a good idea.
post #13 of 38
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How is the leather? Ninety for custom gloves sounds pretty good if the leather is reasonable.


I own a pair of CJ "The Oxford" gloves in capeskin. Obscenely soft and buttery. Scent is intoxicating. Browns and lighter colors develop a lovely patina. But a bit delicate. I had the misfortune of getting shipping tape stuck to the right index finger and ripped off a bit of the top layer of the skin where the tape stuck.

I also have "The Custodian" with silk lining. The leather is somewhat unrefined and stiff but makes up in water repellant and durability.
post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by musososeki View Post
Glad to help! And there are plenty of gloves you can wear when it's warm. The most elegant man I've ever blown once wore daffodil yellow, unlined kidskin gloves to a picnic. It was as close to spiritual as a fashion statement can get.

God. I can't see this as anything other than sexual. The most elegant man you've ever *blown*?

Is that a term for fitting for gloves or something?
post #15 of 38
+1 photocopy or have someone els trace your hand Chester Jefferies will be seeing a lot of random orders for yellow gloves this week.
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