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What to look for when buying leather gloves

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If you care about your style, then you should know that a pair of leather gloves is an investment you will never regret. When the weather starts to get a little cooler, it is time to add your leather gloves to your wardrobe. Not only are they useful, but they feel nice and they look gorgeous too.

But before you buy them, you should ask yourself how will you know how to choose them and how will you know if they would fit. Below are some things you should consider, before buying your high quality leather gloves.

  1. Look for quality leather

You probably don’t want your leather gloves to feel stiff, to crack or to stretch out after a while, so it is better to buy quality leather from the start. This will secure your investment, by giving your gloves longevity, as well as comfort. The best types of leather to look for are hairsheep, deerskin, peccary or napa leather.

Hairsheep and the sheep used for wool are not the same. Hairsheep have a much softer skin and it benefits of a high level of elasticity, meaning that it will behave better at movement and stretching. It also creates a sleek look due to its smooth and glossy texture, as well as suppleness, strength and lasting comfort.

Deerskin has the benefit of strength and elasticity, just as hairsheep leather, but with a more rugged and pebbled grain appearance. Deerskin is a little thincker and heavier than other skins, this is why it is mostly used in men’s gloves or for colder winter days.

Peccary is the high end when it comes to quality leather. It combines the best attributes of all the other leathers: they are incredibly soft, warm, flexible and durable. It is quite difficult to sew, requiring a hand sewer with special skills to sew this luxury leather, but once it is made, it supports mending, so if you rip a seam and you are fond of your peccary leather gloves, it can be easily fixed.

Lamb napa also provides and incredibly soft leather. Napa is a popular type of full grain lamb skin leather used for high quality leather goods.

  1. The appropriate lining

Finding the appropriate lining of your gloves is relevant for the comfort of your hands and fingers. In order to ensure a perfect fit, linings are first sewn as a completely separate glove, before they are inserted into the leather glove shell. The most popular linings for leather gloves include:

Cashmere – despite the sleek silhouette, cashmere is one of the warmest choices for glove lining. Its softness and excellent insulating properties make it the luxury option for your quality leather gloves. This first-class natural fibre is also very light in weight and it comes from the wool of the Tibetan goat.

Wool – famous for its natural warmth and comfort, wool comes with natural elasticity for a perfect fit. Wool lining can be a little bulkier, but it’s durable and when it’s thin, it can be as smooth as cashmere.

Shearling – this is the warmest and the bulkiest choice of lining, especially appropriate for cool climate or for daily use.

  1. Construction and design

To get the quality leather gloves that you will treasure and use for many years, you first have to choose all the right details that make them durable and satisfying to wear even after a long time.

Drum-dyed leather is the top choice for keeping the natural characteristics of the hide, better than any other dying process.

Gloves made by professional cutters will use the skill of table cutting, which is quite rare, but is has a better fit than anything else you can find. This skill involves laying out the leather to inspect its qualities and to determine how to get the most pair of gloves out of one piece of leather. It is then stretched manually to determine the angle where to cut it from and ensure the best fit.

Quirks, which are little diamond-shaped pieces sewn between the fingers, are used to customize the fit and help prevent seam ripping from daily use. They are the sign of hand-made gloves. They have tried making quirks in mass-production as well, as a fancy design, but they are not anywhere near the authentic ones, which are almost invisible.

Hand-made gloves will always have a unique look and feel and are easier to repair, while machine sewn look more uniform, although they might last longer.

  1. The right size

In order to know what size of gloves you wear, here is a guide which you can use, before you purchase a pair of leather gloves. First, you have to put a tape around the widest part of your palm (not including the thumb), then measure it and you will get the circumference of your hand:

MEN

21 cm is size 7.5 (7.5 inches)

22 cm is size 8 (8 inches)

23 cm is size 8.5 (8.5 inches)

24 cm is size 9 (9 inches)

26 cm is size 9.5 (9.5 inches)

WOMEN

17 cm is size 6.5 (6.5 inches)

19 cm is size 7 (7 inches)

21 cm is size 7.5 (7.5 inches)

22 cm is size 8 (8 inches)

When you first put them on, they feel a little tight, but in time, your leather gloves will take the shape of your hand for a perfect fit.

After you purchase them, you should know how to care for them. You can find an article with useful recommendations here, about how to care for your leather gloves.

Both men’s leather gloves and women’s leather gloves make great holiday gifts, especially those made of quality leather with luxury lining, such as the models on our website. For a more special gift, buy gloves in the trendy colours of this season, as displayed in Cinque Amici’s offer.