The history of gloves gives a fascinating insight into social developments over the past two centuries. The Dictionary of Etiquette, published at the end of the 19th century, says “Men should wear gloves in the street or at a ball, when paying a call, driving, riding and in church.” These days, it is fair to say that gloves are primarily used to keep hands warm on the coldest days. However, whether one chooses to wear something more conservative and classic, or to display a bit more personality through their unique choices in colors and materials, it’s fair to say that gloves can be some of the most striking and noticeable displays of a man’s sense of taste.
Since the reign of King George III, Dents has been crafting and creating the world’s finest gloves and accessories, establishing a history of skill, craftsmanship, and timeless styling that has been nurtured for over 235 years. The company was founded in 1777 in the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester, England, and has been making innumerable gloves since then, including the coronation glove for Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Glove-making is a complex craft requiring up to fifty different components and thirty different manufacturing operations to produce a single pair. The quality of any pair depends on the grade of the leathers used and the level of attention given to the stitching and construction. We’re impressed by Dents’ continual commitment to choosing the best materials - such as full grain hair sheep and deerskin from Pittards, as well as silk, cashmere, and fur for the linings - as well as the company’s unwavering attention to details.