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Good leather gloves

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Silverfox, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I'm in the market for a pair of good leather gloves.

    I think I'll probably go with shearling lining, as I already have spring/autumn gloves for the less cold periods.

    My problem though, is that every time I buy gloves I feel that they turn ugly after not too long. They expand an atrocious ammount, to the point where bordering on too snug becomes way too roomy. Also, the leather gets very wrinkly and ugly.

    Am I going for the wrong kind of leather, the wrong leather thickness or what?

    Or is it just a question of the quality of the leather?

    Last gloves I bought were a pair of black Zegna gloves, so I was expecting them to hold up relatively well.

    If you please, could someone inform me of what to look for when buying a new pair to avoid them going the way of the previous pairs? Ie leather type, leather thickness, fit etc...

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. pabloj

    pabloj Well-Known Member

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    I'm a very satisfied customer of Chester Jefferies (online) you might want to try them out.
    Mine are in cape and silk lined, so probably not what you're after.
     
  3. BlackShoes

    BlackShoes Well-Known Member

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    I have some rabbit fur lined gloves from dents, in a dark tan. They are incredibly warm (if anything my hands sometimes become uncomfortable) so will certainly be suitable for the cold weather. I have not had them long, so cannot speak as to their longevity, but the leather is already beginning to crinkle, which I see as no bad thing. I anticipate the gloves will darken slightly, which is another thing I don't mind. Stretching I would find unacceptable, but they have no signs of that yet.
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I have some rabbit fur lined gloves from dents, in a dark tan. They are incredibly warm (if anything my hands sometimes become uncomfortable) so will certainly be suitable for the cold weather. I have not had them long, so cannot speak as to their longevity, but the leather is already beginning to crinkle, which I see as no bad thing. I anticipate the gloves will darken slightly, which is another thing I don't mind. Stretching I would find unacceptable, but they have no signs of that yet.

    I have some Dents as well. They got crinkly pretty quick, but it hasn't really affected the durability. The stitching seems very weel done. All in all they are gaining some character, while holding up.
     
  5. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    Blah blah................

    My problem though, is that every time I buy gloves I feel that they turn ugly after not too long. They expand an atrocious ammount, to the point where bordering on too snug becomes way too roomy. Also, the leather gets very wrinkly and ugly.

    Blah.......blah..........

    Last gloves I bought were a pair of black Zegna gloves, so I was expecting them to hold up relatively well.

    Blah..........



    Your problem is that you buy cheap stuff.

    Go Hermes.

    Then you'd know you've just got the BEST. And when whatever happens that you don't like, you'd know that it's just the way the leather/glove is supposed to do.


    DONE.
     
  6. BlackShoes

    BlackShoes Well-Known Member

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    I have some Dents as well. They got crinkly pretty quick, but it hasn't really affected the durability. The stitching seems very weel done. All in all they are gaining some character, while holding up.

    I agree, once they look well worn, I think they look much better, it makes them seem even cosier and more comfortable.
     
  7. maxnharry

    maxnharry Well-Known Member

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    Your problem is that you buy cheap stuff.

    Go Hermes.

    Then you'd know you've just got the BEST. And when whatever happens that you don't like, you'd know that it's just the way the leather/glove is supposed to do.


    DONE.


    Will they actually sell the gloves to someone or will someone (not Mafoofan) have to tell us the secret word?
     
  8. alliswell

    alliswell Well-Known Member

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    Go to Chester Jefferies. You can send in a tracing of your hands as a pattern for custom creation of your gloves, and so you can get them as close fitting as you'd like.
     
  9. oldog/oldtrix

    oldog/oldtrix Well-Known Member

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    My problem though, is that every time I buy gloves I feel that they turn ugly after not too long. They expand an atrocious ammount, to the point where bordering on too snug becomes way too roomy. Also, the leather gets very wrinkly and ugly.

    According to Luciano, not a problem:

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I agree:

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. CashmereLover

    CashmereLover Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I'm in the market for a pair of good leather gloves.

    I think I'll probably go with shearling lining, as I already have spring/autumn gloves for the less cold periods.

    My problem though, is that every time I buy gloves I feel that they turn ugly after not too long. They expand an atrocious ammount, to the point where bordering on too snug becomes way too roomy. Also, the leather gets very wrinkly and ugly.

    Am I going for the wrong kind of leather, the wrong leather thickness or what?

    Or is it just a question of the quality of the leather?

    Last gloves I bought were a pair of black Zegna gloves, so I was expecting them to hold up relatively well.

    If you please, could someone inform me of what to look for when buying a new pair to avoid them going the way of the previous pairs? Ie leather type, leather thickness, fit etc...

    Thank you in advance


    This is simply how gloves react to wear.

    I highly recommend the Italy made gloves of Madova. Bought my first pair a couple of months ago, the leather is stunning and the cashmere lining super soft. They also make shearling if that's what you're going for.

    For pictures and info, see this post: http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...&postcount=205
     
  11. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    Add my voice to those supporting Chester Jefferies. Great gloves for a great price and they do bespoke, too. Doesn't get much better than that.
     
  12. .Kurtz.

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    I recently bought a pair at Aspinal London and I really like the quality. I wear them quite often, but it's still too early to evaluate their response to ageing.
     
  13. ghdvfddzgzdzg

    ghdvfddzgzdzg Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    If I want my gloves to turn out just like this, what leather and color would I get? I'm figuring a tan; could that be deerskin? I'm thinking of going with Chester Jeffries. any model recommendations?
     
  14. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Well-Known Member

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    Get a pair of Budd's buffed hogskin gloves, and wear them for 4 or 5 years and you will get there.
     
  15. Sazerac

    Sazerac Well-Known Member

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    I'm a very satisfied customer of Chester Jefferies (online) you might want to try them out.
    Mine are in cape and silk lined, so probably not what you're after.


    Unbelievable. I can't believe I've gone 36 years of my life without knowing about Chester Jefferies. Thanks for the tip. Those are some fine looking gloves.
     
  16. Fanthom

    Fanthom Well-Known Member

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    When it comes to a good fit, it might be a good idea to try unlined (or perhaps silk lined) gloves, which are made to fit tighter. The need for for lining is exaggerated in my opinion; I use unlined gloves down to minus 5 celcius.

    I heartily second the recommendation of Madova. They are the best I have tried both when it comes to construction, leather and fit.

    My experience with Chester Jefferies made to (self-)measure is not so good, so I am surprised that so many in this thread recommend them. Maybe I was unlucky, or not very good at measuring, but the fit was much too loose. I also have bad experience with Sermoneta and RLPL, both of which fell apart after a season or two.
     
  17. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    You were probably not so good at the measuring. Some people just aren't.
     
  18. scooby-doo

    scooby-doo Well-Known Member

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    I recently got some handmade peccary gloves from Bauhaus leather. Very, very nice. Plus it already has that wrinkly look so you do not have to wait for it!

    J. Bauhaus website

    [​IMG]
     
  19. godofcoffee

    godofcoffee Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure why this hasn't already been said, but yes, you're buying the wrong kind of leather. Even Hermes gloves will get wrinkly quickly if they're made of smooth leather.

    I usually get J Press's deerskin gloves, and I love 'em.

    http://www.jpressonline.com/winter_g...s.php?page=all

    Peccary also won't wrinkle (since it's wrinkly to start out with), but peccary isn't for everyone.

    Ok, so I'm in the market for a pair of good leather gloves.

    I think I'll probably go with shearling lining, as I already have spring/autumn gloves for the less cold periods.

    My problem though, is that every time I buy gloves I feel that they turn ugly after not too long. They expand an atrocious ammount, to the point where bordering on too snug becomes way too roomy. Also, the leather gets very wrinkly and ugly.

    Am I going for the wrong kind of leather, the wrong leather thickness or what?

    Or is it just a question of the quality of the leather?

    Last gloves I bought were a pair of black Zegna gloves, so I was expecting them to hold up relatively well.

    If you please, could someone inform me of what to look for when buying a new pair to avoid them going the way of the previous pairs? Ie leather type, leather thickness, fit etc...

    Thank you in advance
     

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