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I'd like to buy my father a pair of gloves for his birthday coming up. I'd like what I've seen from Hungant, so I'd like to order there.

He now has a pair of Hestra gloves that look disastrous. He used them in during snow etc and did not take good care of them. So I'm looking for a pair of gloves with a high durability, so no peccary I guess. What do you guys recommend?
Peccary is supposed to be quite durable actually, despite being soft, which was why it was initially used as gloves...although I suspect that there's also bit of showboating there too, where some prissy 19th century English lord spent some serious fuck-you money to pay a guy to sail all the way to South America to find one of these pigs, fight it, kill it, skin it, and bring the leather back to London.

It sounds like your dad might not be very nice to his gloves, and if that's the case, then it won't really matter if you go with peccary or plain old hairsheep, which might be a bit less durable but is also half the cost. There's some talk of button closures above and for that, I am not a traditionalist. No button at all isn't great because the glove will tend to slide off. Buttons with holes are also annoying because you can have a hard time with it if the other hand is gloved. Mine are a pair of Dents Rushtons, which has a strap and snap button closure, which is easy enough to operate with a gloved hand, though in a perfect world I would prefer a buckle like the side tabs on trousers. Another feature that is handy is touchscreen capability, which can be hard to find in "heritage" style gloves. You can add it yourself later if you're a bit of a tinkerer, but a glove that has this included is best, even if it's not super CM.

Of course, when things require actual durability, my go-to are a pair from the world famous haberdasher REI. Comes with Gore-Tex lining, PrimaLoft insulation, rubberized palms, touchscreen index fingers, big buckles that you can operate with a gloved hand and probably with your toes or your teeth even, little slots for a handwarmer pack, and 1/3 the cost of my Rushtons. Sometimes the old ways are not the best ways unfortunately.
 

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Hi guys, I'm a longtime lurker, an Australian living in Europe.

As I'm considering a purchase from them, has anyone recently purchased from Hungant and can give feedback? What makes them rather confusing is that they've an array of outlets: an eBay shop, a new Etsy store and two websites; with slight variations in pricing for the same item. They even have an Amazon presence.

Specifically, I'm interested in hearing of experiences with requesting custom orders — e.g. quirks and silk linings; would you have had to email them beforehand? Did it add extra time to the order?

What feedback do you guys have on the quality of their leathers? I get that labour costs are lower in Romania, but some of their prices seem too good to be true for the type of leathers they offer.
 

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Hi guys, I'm a longtime lurker, an Australian living in Europe.

As I'm considering a purchase from them, has anyone recently purchased from Hungant and can give feedback? What makes them rather confusing is that they've an array of outlets: an eBay shop, a new Etsy store and two websites; with slight variations in pricing for the same item. They even have an Amazon presence.

Specifically, I'm interested in hearing of experiences with requesting custom orders — e.g. quirks and silk linings; would you have had to email them beforehand? Did it add extra time to the order?

What feedback do you guys have on the quality of their leathers? I get that labour costs are lower in Romania, but some of their prices seem too good to be true for the type of leathers they offer.
I have contacted them. They are going really strong with the business with no producction capacity during this month. They will be ok hopefully in late january.
In the meantime I got these two from Merola. Love them.
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In the meantime, here are my glove acquisitions from this year. All are Dents, vintage, quite a bargain — I paid around £5 each for the first two and £12.50 for the third — and found on eBay. I prefer gloves with a wrist fastening. All of them have quirks.

The first pair was described as "pigskin" in the description — and is indeed stamped on the inside — but seems to be peccary. Unlined. They're actually a bit lighter in shade than the photos show — due to the lighting when I took the photos.
The burgundy coloured pair seem to be deerskin, but I'm not sure — it has a very smooth feel, a very subtle grain with the slightest hint of a stretch. Lined in a fine shearling.
The last pair are much a much thinner, very fine suede. Also unlined, the interior feels silky smooth.
 

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In the meantime, here are my glove acquisitions from this year. All are Dents, vintage, quite a bargain — I paid around £5 each for the first two and £12.50 for the third — and found on eBay. I prefer gloves with a wrist fastening. All of them have quirks.

The first pair was described as "pigskin" in the description — and is indeed stamped on the inside — but seems to be peccary. Unlined. They're actually a bit lighter in shade than the photos show — due to the lighting when I took the photos.
The burgundy colour pair seem to be deerskin, but I'm not sure — it has a very smooth feel, a very subtle grain with the slightest hint of a stretch. Lined in a fine shearling.
The last pair are much a much thinner, very fine suede. Also unlined, the interior feels silky smooth.
Excellent finds! I like that they are all wholecut, which seems to be becoming less and less common.
 

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Thanks for the compliment @rharlow!

The first two gloves seem to stain rather easily. The peccary ones are no surprise, being a mustard colour.

Also, the stitching had come part at the seams at a handful of spots — mostly along the fourchettes — on the burgundy ones in the two months that I'd had them; though I hadn't subjected either to overly rough wear; wearing them while riding my bike around town a few times and the peccary ones on a couple of hikes. They seams weren't an issue for me to restitch myself, though.

More worryingly, the snap studs ("nipple" side on each hand) on the suede ones had ripped from the leather, tearing the area around it. :confused: I hope there's the possibility of sending them to Dents for repair; it doesn't seem like such a service would be too outlandish. I've just emailed them to ask about it.
 

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About glove durability - I've seen on another post here (not this topic, but styleforum - https://www.styleforum.net/threads/glove-lining.221032/), that cashmere and (rabbit) fur linings have a (very) limited lifespan. This topic also suggests that silk lining is very durable. I'm not sure about shearling.

Is there a ranking for durability in glove leathers and lining?

Glove leathers to rank for durability and "necessity for babying": peccary, carpincho, deerskin, lambskin, kidskin, goatskin, sheepskin
  • seems like deerskin and goatskin would rank at the top for durability and minimum babying required - can come into contact with snow/water and handle it well
  • peccary seems to be lower on the list as I have seen that it doesn't handle water well
  • kidskin might be the lowest based on what I read
Glove linings: silk, cashmere, (rabbit) fur, shearling
  • silk is apparently the top according to that post i linked above
  • cashmere and fur apparently shed/pill over time
  • not sure where shearling lands?
Lastly - I've heard that people are able to use touchscreens with unlined leather or silk-lined leather gloves? I imagine that the gloves would have to be pretty form fitting to be able to manage that.

Since durability and looks are high priorities for me, I was leaning towards these (https://www.beige-habilleur.com/en/gloves/747--heist-of-the-century-gloves-black.html) - looks cool, and the goat/silk combo should last a long time and be pretty functional - maybe even touchscreen compatible since they're pretty form fitting? The only downside is warmth, but the silk lining is better than nothing?
 

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why not get gloves unlined? You'll get a better fit.
 

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@Chris Kelvin I ordered from them in January via Etsy before they opened their new website. I did a custom order for carpincho with wrist closure - basically used pictures from their site and said I want this style glove in this material. I think the wrist closure added a small charge but I paid Jan 12 and the gloves shipped Jan 15. Sounds like they're busier now but the gloves are great quality, and like you said much less than it would cost you anywhere else. I'll edit my post with some pics.
 

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More worryingly, the snap studs ("nipple" side on each hand) on the suede ones had ripped from the leather, tearing the area around it. :confused: I hope there's the possibility of sending them to Dents for repair; it doesn't seem like such a service would be too outlandish. I've just emailed them to ask about it.
Unfortunately, Dents customer service replied saying that while they do offer a repair service, which has been suspended for the duration of the pandemic, "I have shared your photos and it wouldn’t be possible repair the damage as shown" quote unquote.

I'm no expert, but I would've thought it would've been a simple matter of removing and replacing the stud, mending the leather and perhaps applying a backing. The stud does seem to be a particularly unusual model, but hopefully it would be a feasible DIY project given the right materials.


@Chris Kelvin I ordered from them in January via Etsy before they opened their new website. I did a custom order for carpincho with wrist closure - basically used pictures from their site and said I want this style glove in this material. I think the wrist closure added a small charge but I paid Jan 12 and the gloves shipped Jan 15. Sounds like they're busier now but the gloves are great quality, and like you said much less than it would cost you anywhere else. I'll edit my post with some pics.
That checks out, I've had a look at their sites and they've indeed said so. When you placed your order, did you do so via one of their stock listings and then got in touch separately regarding all the custom details? That's what I'm more unsure about. Would other details such as quirks have cost anything extra?
 

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That checks out, I've had a look at their sites and they've indeed said so. When you placed your order, did you do so via one of their stock listings and then got in touch separately regarding all the custom details? That's what I'm more unsure about. Would other details such as quirks have cost anything extra?
I sent an email asking about a custom order, talked over the specs via email and then was sent an invoice on Etsy. I am not sure if quirks would have been extra, I forgot to ask and didn't get them on this pair. I imagine using the contact info from their website should get you going. I dealt directly with the owner through Etsy and he had me send over pictures of my hand measurements to get the size right - perfect fit. Here are some pics, the navy blue pair are deerskin with rabbit lining (and quirks) that I bought from a company that used to stock Hungant. The second pair are peccary with cashmere lining.




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Is there a ranking for durability in glove leathers and lining?

Glove leathers to rank for durability and "necessity for babying": peccary, carpincho, deerskin, lambskin, kidskin, goatskin, sheepskin
  • seems like deerskin and goatskin would rank at the top for durability and minimum babying required - can come into contact with snow/water and handle it well
  • peccary seems to be lower on the list as I have seen that it doesn't handle water well
  • kidskin might be the lowest based on what I read
I was wondering about the exact same thing. Peccary and carpincho are said by retailers to be "the most durable gloving leathers", but I have a pair of the former and they definitely pick up grime and stains easily. The surface has started to show a few cracks as well; but that would be due to its age. It also definitely isn't the most waterproof — I live in a rainy region with occasional snowfall in winter — and ruggedness would be a factor for my next pair; so deerskin or carpincho would be a more suitable candidate?

(Calfskin) suede doesn't score points for robustness either, so I've found out.

Lastly - I've heard that people are able to use touchscreens with unlined leather or silk-lined leather gloves? I imagine that the gloves would have to be pretty form fitting to be able to manage that.
My peccary, kidskin and suede gloves are all unlined and I can manage reasonable touchscreen compatibility with all but the latter — unless I'm touching the screen via a seam. Bear in mind these were all made decades before smartphones existed lol.

Since durability and looks are high priorities for me, I was leaning towards these (https://www.beige-habilleur.com/en/gloves/747--heist-of-the-century-gloves-black.html) - looks cool, and the goat/silk combo should last a long time and be pretty functional - maybe even touchscreen compatible since they're pretty form fitting? The only downside is warmth, but the silk lining is better than nothing?
I've got a pair of silk glove liners that I wore with my suede ones, which provided for incredible warmth, compared to, say, if they were simply worn while unlined. Unless you're heading to the Arctic Circle, I'd say that silk would more than hold its own against cashmere and rabbit fur lining.

I sent an email asking about a custom order, talked over the specs via email and then was sent an invoice on Etsy. I am not sure if quirks would have been extra, I forgot to ask and didn't get them on this pair. I imagine using the contact info from their website should get you going. I dealt directly with the owner through Etsy and he had me send over pictures of my hand measurements to get the size right - perfect fit. Here are some pics, the navy blue pair are deerskin with rabbit lining (and quirks) that I bought from a company that used to stock Hungant. The second pair are peccary with cashmere lining.




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Texture:
@Shawl Lapel thanks for the information. Considering the discussion on durability above, what's your feedback on both leathers?
 
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@Shawl Lapel thanks for the information. Considering the discussion on durability above, what's your feedback on both leathers?

I wouldn't hesitate to wear my deerskin gloves when they could get wet, i.e. clearing off the car, caught in sleet, etc. I won't be building snowforts with them, they're leather gloves, but they seem pretty hearty. The carpincho pair on the other hand (pun) I bought just for cold and no moisture. They've gotten wet before and it didn't leave stains or anything, but the material just seems more delicate, whether or not that's true. I've got button boots with peccary shafts and that material while soft, scratches/punctures with a button hook so easily - I don't know how durable gloves in that material would be.

The rabbit fur does a great job of keeping your hands warm, and unless it's below freezing, your hands will probably start to sweat eventually. I went cashmere on the carpincho pair so they wouldn't be so hot.
 

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i usually wear shearling-lined nappa gloves from southcombe, a UK company that's long made under goverment contract. had them about six or seven years. never worked out why they miss the mark in keep cold and wind at bay. they go from being far too warm to useless + cold when weather gets frosty and windy.


i'd like something for autumn / spring wear. lots of great italian and french makers i've located, dozens that are long-standing 20th or 19th century companies, probably many using same workers in napoli that work from home on specialised aspects. locating stockists difficult, judging how to shift style of glove and get right size (southcombe are XL, which is about a 10) as i have big hands, long fingers. prefer seams in the inside.

prefer something known for warmth and that will last a long time. wondering if that's lamb, carpincho or peccary. don't like cashmere lining as i've seen it go thin on other peoples gloves. prefer silk, but also prone to disintegration in time from what i've known - that could be down to exposure to sunlight that causes that?

brexit has hit the fan, so ... anyone know good stockists with a range of italian and french makers? anyone yet clear on importing from europe with regards this £135 limit and who charges VAT where + if to expect to get hit? i asked merola's UK agent but they took me to be wholesale buying - seeing that they're 50 euros a pair if you buy 50, but £130+ too often if you just want one or two means i am not as interested now ... !

i can share what makers i spotted if anyone is interested.
 

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