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I’m In The Mood For Gloves/Gloves Made in the USA

“I’m in the mood for gloves,

Simply because they warm me

Funny but when you wear them

I’m in the mood for gloves.” -Lyrics reinterpreted by Jack A

Gloves Made in the USA

It’s is that time of year again when the weather gets chilly and your fingers become icicles. Something to protect your hands would be the perfect solution. And that is why they invented gloves.

The History of Gloves

(This is an excerpt from Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible) Today we mostly wear gloves or mittens in the winter for protection from the cold. Mittens are typically considered the more childish hand-covering option, because they are less articulated hints and so seem less elegant. But in the 1700s, women wore elbow- length mittens made of kid, cotton, or silk, and with decorative linings. In the 1870s, black mittens were part of evening wear!
One from the earliest images of people wearing gloves is a fresco from the island of Thera (now Santorini), circa 1550 -1500 BC. 200 years later, King Tut was buried in Egypt with linen gloves in his tomb. In the eighth century BC, Homer mentions gloves as a means of barter.
Gloves are also historically a symbol of love. Knights wore a glove from their lady on their helmet or shield to give them strength as they rode into battle. Romeo says of Juliet, “O, that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek.” They were given as love tokens in the 16th century, rather like an engagement ring.
In the 17th century, a woman with sleep well under her pillow in the hope of meeting her true love was back then would often be very strongly perfumed, which added to their allure, even though this practice had a less than romantic reason behind it: “The early tannage of leather had a most objectionable odor and perfumes were extravagantly used to camouflage.”
Over time gloves, like so many garments, moved from functionality to decoration. I can’t recall a single portrait of a lady from the Renaissance to the enlightenment in which she wasn’t wearing gloves.(The Virgin Mary is the only exception, but she’s exceptional!) They were a symbol of status. Catherine de’ Medici (11519-1589) is credited with making gloves a must-have accessory for elegant women. The gloves were supposedly so fine they could fit into a nutshell, which their owners would then carry or wear on gold chains. Queen Elizabeth I loved gloves. When she died, she had more than 2000 pairs.
As late as the 1940s and 1950s, proper women wore gloves whenever they left the house. Claire McCardell says in her otherwise quite contemporary book, What Shall I Wear?, “A woman without gloves is a marked woman. It’s like going barefoot to be without them.” But the glove was already on its way out, and by the end of the 60s, most women in America weren’t wearing them.
A Few Modern Gloves
Women’s Gloves
First, we have a couple of offerings from the Guideboat Company.
Saranec Deerskin Gloves $48

Saranec Deerskin Gloves $48

Adirondack Wool Fingerless gloves

Adirondack Wool Fingerless gloves $24

The next is from Jack and Mary Designs. They are handmade in Maine for recycled fabric.

Jack and Mary Designs

Jack and Mary Designs

And then we have Geier Gloves, all made in the USA, for work or for fashion. They design for both men and ladies.

Geier Deerskin gloves

Geier Deerskin gloves

Let us not forget La Crasia who has been making gloves in the USA since 1978. With a great deal of various fashion and fun, for both men and women, this is a fun place to shop for gloves.

Crochet handmeade Opera length gloves by La Crasia

Crochet handmade Opera length gloves by La Crasia

 

Mens Gloves

Galeton Gloves is another company that specializes only in gloves. They have an enormous selection of work gloves of all types, plus a couple of nice fashionable gloves as well. They are all made in the USA.

Rough Rider Mesh Driving Gloves - Galeton

Rough Rider Mesh Driving Gloves – Galeton

This is a different set of driving gloves. this is through Leather gloves online. It is not exclusively made in USA, but it does have a decent selection. This pair of gloves is made by Tough Gloves, which specializes in gloves for police officers.

Deerskin driving gloves by Tough Gloves

Deerskin driving gloves by Tough Gloves

The next set of gloves comes from a company making gloves since 1941 called the Sullivan Glove Company. This model is called the Aristocrat.

The Aristocrat Glove by Sullivan

The Aristocrat Glove by Sullivan

Fox River is a company that makes all sort of outerwear, and they do make a few gloves. They are all made in the USA. These can be found at REI for $12.

Fox River Gripper Gloves

Fox River Gripper Gloves

So, what if it is extremely cold outside and you need some serious warmth. Well, REI says they have two different models made in the US, however, I think they might just be mislabeled. First is the Burton Gore Tex Mitten, the second is Outdoor Research Revolution Mitten. Now, Outdoor Research doesn’t trumpet that it makes things in the U.S., so I am suspicious that this may be a mislabel. But there is definitely a company that makes mittens just for the severe cold weather and it is called Batwaves. All their mittens are made in the USA.

Battmitts by Batwaves

Battmitts by Batwaves

American Mountain Company makes winter/ski type gloves. Thanks to simplyamericandot.net for posting these gloves.

American Mountain Company Mid-altitude gloves

American Mountain Company Mid-altitude gloves

 

Don’t forget to check out my Listing of Brands of Clothing Made in the USA via Internet for a larger listing of gloves made in the USA.

Baby It’s Cold Out There

I really can’t stay.
But baby it’s cold outside.
I’ve got to go away.
But baby it’s cold outside.
This evening has been —
Been hoping that you’d drop by.
So very nice.
I’ll hold your hands their just like ice.

Time to put on some mittens and start a fire and drink a little hot toddie.

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2 Responses to “I’m In The Mood For Gloves/Gloves Made in the USA”


  1. December 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to Guideboat. Looks like a great company with a wide range of products from all over the world, including the USA. The first pair of gloves that you featured I think are from Geier. The second pair appear to be from Upstate Stock, or at least the same manufacturer. I have two pairs of gloves from Upstate Stock and love them.

    • December 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

      Yes, Guideboat has some fantastic stuff. Thanks for the information on who makes the gloves, sometimes they tell you who makes it, sometimes that have things made for them and sometimes you don’t know. Have a Merry Christmas. -Jack A


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