I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without gloves. They are (together with scarves) my winter must-haves accessories. If you can relate, this post is for you. Its title comes from the song by My Chemical Romance “I Don’t Love You” (which I like very much) where Gerard Way sings “so take your gloves and get out”.
Some history, information and curiosity about gloves.
It seems that we (humans) wore something similar to gloves, mittens to be precise (fingerless gloves), already in the Ice Age. But the oldest existing gloves are a linen pair found in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun. In ancient times gloves only had a practical purpose.
As often happens, what initially was born as a practical accessory, became a sign of prestige, a luxury item. So gloves became a must-have accessories for kings, queens, aristocrats, prelates, and the Pope himself.
It is said that “Beau” Brummell, one of the most famous dandies in history, wore bespoke gloves cut and crafted by three different tradesmen: one for the hand, one for the fingers, one for the thumb. We don’t know if it’s true but Brummell believed a true gentleman should have changed his gloves six times a day, since at his time, the 19th century, men wore gloves almost all day long.
Gloves are difficult in the making, that’s why they became a luxury accessory. Have you noticed that in many paintings that portray clergy and aristocracy all the subjects wear gloves? Sometimes they wear one glove and hold the other. One of my favorite portrays is “Man with a Glove” by Tiziano (Vecellio) that you can admire at Louvre Museum. It seems the young man portrayed by Tiziano was an nobleman fond of fashion.
If you watched “Titanic” and like Kate Winslet’s amazing costumes, you can buy the same pair of gloves she wore in the film. Yes, “The Rose”, those beautiful white gloves with purple cuff Rose wears when boarding the Titanic can be yours. But you can also have a similar pair because Chester Jefferies, the manufacture which made the gloves for the film, allows you to have your pair choosing among different combinations of colors.
I don’t wear leather accessories, except for shoes, but I cannot but admire the craftmanship behind accessories like bespoke gloves.
I found all these for you, they are both for men and women.
Gala Gloves is an Italian manufacture established in 1930. They makes incredible gloves. I particularly like this pair with fringes.
I also like these gloves for men, the woven leather is classy.
Loro Piana made cashmere gloves embellished with tiny sequins (yes, they are expensive, but you can embellish a much more affordable pair, if you like to sew).
These cashmere gloves by Johnstons of Elgin are much more affordable.
Chester Jefferies “The Felicity”. The contrasting panels are such an exquisite detail that you can personalized.
These are by Zara. Faux leather, wool and nylon.
Not warm, but lovely for sure. By Zara.
Leather and wool-blend for these gloves by & Other Stories.
H&M. For men.
These Manokhi embellished gloves are so cute.
Manokhi also made these fringed gloves.
H&M. For women. I find long gloves so chic.
Stone Island added to these gloves a clip, so you can’t lose just one 😄 I’m joking, I think it’s such a good idea, but it works only for sporty models.
There’s a lot of black in this post. Here’s some color with these gloves by Paul Smith.
Wood Wood. They seem black but they’re navy.
Chester Jefferies “The Top Gear”. Available in many colors, don’t they look so soft and comfortable?
I love the decoration on these studded gloves by Agnelle.
Such a beautiful tone of blur for these gloves by Saint Laurent.