Hands down.

When it comes to accessories, few things are as gratifying to wear as a well-made pair of gloves. There’s just so much detail and construction that goes into making them, y’know? Fingers are always the first to go numb and the last to heat up when the temperatures plummet, and that can be a real nuisance when the majority of your time is spent doing things that require high levels of dexterity. There are many wardrobe pieces that one can skimp on and still find perfectly suitable knock-offs. A good pair of leather gloves is not one of these.

Back in November of 2004, I bought a pair of buttery Italian kid leather gloves with the softest cashmere lining out of some catalogue that I no longer even remember the name of. I was still in California at the time, so there was no real justification for spending that much on accessories other than because I’d always wanted a pair. Seven years of heavy use later, I still consider them one of the best investments I’ve ever made in cold-weather wear. They’re quite beat-up now, but age has only made them softer and more comfortable. Unfortunately, they are also a bit on the baggy-and-wrinkly side, so don’t necessarily look as nice on dress-up nights as they used to.

I found the above pair of cashmere-lined lambskin gloves this afternoon while out shopping with a friend and snapped them up in an instant. No brand tag, or I’d share. Am loving the little Victorian-esque details and the feel of smooth, new leather. They are also a little longer than my other pair, so there will be nice wrist coverage. I have no doubt that they will also be with me 7 years from now. Now, if only I could find a pair in something other than black.

7 Comments:

  1. Those are adorable! A few months ago I found a lovely pair of beaded cream-coloured vintage leather gloves at a local vintage clothing store. They did not fit me, alas, even though I have small hands, so I left them there 🙁

    • Boo 🙁 Yeah, vintage can be difficult that way. You could’ve probably taken a snapshot of them and had them reproduced by one of the many custom leatherworkers online, though. Or, if you were feeling adventurous, try making them yourself… I’ve been meaning to try more non-cloth fabrics the future as well. Sounds like a pain in the butt, but they can look so cool. Have you ever?

  2. I work with leather off and on at work. I just prepped a long leather coat for a fitting a week ago. I love the finished look of the leather items, but leather is a pain in the ass to work with at the opera as we’re not equipped to do so (don’t have the proper machinery).

    Funny you should mention gloves, as I used to make them a lot and have recently decided to get back into that 🙂 Though I’ve always done stretch in the past. This time I want to make more vintagey non-stretch ones. I’ve got a pattern, so it’s really just a matter of finding some nice fabrics.

    Clothes shopping-wise, I’ve been on a bit of a vintage kick lately. My recent purchases include a 1970s brown leather trenchcoat, a vintage (not sure what decade) distressed Americana flag pin, and a hot little pair of 1950s red stiletto slingback shoes. I do have a hard time finding vintage that fits, but as I’ve got little feet at least vintage shoes fit.

  3. Uh… not sure how I became “Kareb”. Damn my bad typing skills!

  4. Okay, and now my original comment has disappeared O_o Time for coffee, methinks.

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