Chester Jeffries

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  1. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    They look quite nice with jeans. :) Thank you!
     
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    Moleskin :). But certainly nice with jeans as well.
     
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    Now that you point it out, I have no idea how I mistook those for jeans :eh:
     
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    They're obviously moleskin when you look at them knowing what you're looking at, but quite frankly I took them to be jeans as well before reading otherwise.

    In any case, I'm also considering chester jefferies gloves. Thinking of doing one or two pairs of unlined gloves in the oxford style, brown and black, as well as a pair of black "city gents" with fur or lamb lining in buffed hogskin. Quite frankly though, I'm concerned about how the leather is going to hold up. I just feel like I allways get leather that starts out nice and smooth and then very quickly stretches and gets incredibly wrinkly... Have I gone for the wrong leather in the past, or am I wearing them too often or what is it? Is it a question of leather type, or thickeness? Which type of leather will best resist this kind of thing? And how presentable is buffed hogskin after some wearing? It's supposed to be very durable, but does it tend to wear down or will it develop a patina and get better with age?
     
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    I'm fairly certain any leather glove will wrinkle given time/wear. I remember this question coming up a while back too, in the words of another member "of course it will wrinkle, its skin!" :laugh:
     
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    I'm not talking about mild wrinkling and creases in the high-stress areas... I'm talking about it going from 17 year old vegan chick to 90 year old chainsmoking hag in a matter of months. Stretching, complete loss of suppleness and just extreme wrinkling all over the place. I have a pair of zegna gloves that are especially bad, and that happened fast as hell. Lost their shape and the leather just looks horrible to my eyes. The one exception are a pair of corneliani gloves I got some years ago. They're of course a bit wrinkled overall, and they have firm creases in the high-stress areas, much like the skin on a human hand, but as opposed to the other gloves I've had, the skin is still quite supple, it's still smooth and shiny (slightly lessened by the wrinkleing, but all in all it's still nice smooth leather) They've expanded a bit, but not terribly much and the fingertips I think have even gotten smoother as they've been polished from wear. Trouble is I have no idea why one pair turns to shit and this other pair is quite fine. They don't fit me great as I have long slender fingers, and unfortunately I've worn a hole in the lining on the index finger of one of them, but the leather itself has held up great. Of course they're wrinkled, but the leather is recognizeable, and they havent become horribly dry.

    So what tends to make the difference here, is the thickness of the leather? The type of animal they're made from? Am I overwearing them by not having several pairs to rotate? I'm a fan of gloves, I just don't want to buy something that's going to turn horrible in a short while. I just want to be able to get some gloves that are going to stay presentable for a reasonable ammount of time.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have several unlined gloves from Jeffries. Each is at least ten years old and looks like it did when new, though admittedly they don't get too much wear.
     
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    Right, and if I can be certain that is going to happen, I will happily buy gloves at almost any price... I'm just tired of finding them turn to shit so quickly. Have you had gloves that have gone sour in addition to the chester jefferies ones that didn't? If so, what were the differences between them? Is it a question of leather quality? Leather thickness? Animal which the leather is made from? Dying for some tips here.
     
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    nearly all my glove from Chester Jefferies are unlined, and I have not had the hardening and crack like you mentioned.

    Where do you keep your gloves/use them?

    I have deer skin, lamb skin, cape skin, and the youngest is a year old. They are still supple, though one of the older cape skin has hardened some what but still very soft and smooth.

    My gloves are wrapped in tissue between wearing and placed in the top drawer of my dresser. Aside from that there were no extraordinary care I had to take. Though I live in CA, which means I only use gloves 4 month or so out of the year, and the weather is dry and the gloves hardly ever encounter water.
     
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    I got a pair of the Paris in mocha brown. The leather is amazing. I ended up sending them a scan of my hands, and the fit is very very good! I plan on getting some of the lambskin later this year :)
     
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    I did the cape with cashmere/wool. It is warm, but not as warm as the fleece would be (which comes standard with the lambskin I believe) Then again, the cashmere/wool is very thin and sift, and still warm.

    And yes, in your case I would scan my hands and send them to their email address, tell them that your hands are of a different size, and that you sent scans to help make the gloves. There is a one time charge for bespoke, but if you have odd shaped hands it will pay off I am sure!

    I will load some pics shortly. I noted that I have a Hamilton watch, so they made the wrists a tad larger than normal.
     
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    I've got the Top Gear driving glove...

    Hands down, the best driving glove I've ever owned.
     
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