The History of GlovesGloves have been around since the antiquity. One of the most important historical uses of a glove was in chain-mail armor by soldiers and knights during the medieval ages. In the sixteenth century, the gloves reached the pinnacle of popularity when Queen Elizabeth I began wearing ornate and embroidered gloves in front of guests and then proceeding to remove them to showcase her feminine hands. Another way to wear is aromatizing using perfume, which assisted in enhancing the smell of those who didn’t bathe on a regular basis. It wasn’t long after that when men began adopting gloves for new purposes. Whether noticed or not, have become an accessory and tool that most men wear.
Types of GlovesThere are so many types of gloves to focus. Here are just some of the types of gloves we wear today:
- Winter Gloves: Specifically designed to withstand the cold.
- Driving Gloves: It assist with grip.
- Athletic Gloves: Provide protection from various issues including friction, abrasion, laceration, and thrust.
- Fingerless Gloves: Used for protection, but still allowing freedom to the fingers.
Types of Materials in GlovesHere are some of the most common materials used to make them:
- Carpincho Leather: Often mistaken for peccary leather, yet it is inferior to peccary leather in durability, and softness.
- Peccary: It is very durable while being supple and soft. You can recognize by its characteristic 3-prong pores.
- Cashmere: Incredibly soft and luxurious. It is an expensive lining option, and it comes in many colors.
- Silk: One of the biggest benefits is its warming and cooling qualities. It’s also very luxurious to the touch.
- Cow Hide Leather: Typically used in lower price gloves. Is quite thick for a day or evening glove.
- Sheep Skin & Lamb Skin: Often called shearling, this particular skin is used significantly in casual and country riding gloves.
Handsewn vs. Machine SewnGentlemen’s gloves are either handsewn or machine sewn. Handsewn Take more time to produce and are more expensive. Handsewn gloves are a bit more chunky, and depending on how well it is sewn; it can be prone to opening. Machine Sewn They are less expensive to produce, but it still requires a skilled sewer to complete the job.
Glove SizingMost stores offer a guide size for gloves in S, M, L and XL nowadays. To determine your size, you basically measure around your dominant hand, excluding your thumb. The measurement in inches is your glove size. If you measure in centimeters, you have to divide the measurement by 2.54 to determine your glove size.
How to Maintain & Care for your Gloves
- If your gloves get wet, lay them on a towel and let them dry naturally. Under no circumstances should you use a hair dryer, a radiator or direct sunlight.
- If your glove looks very wrinkled, you can use an iron on the lowest heat setting and use a dry piece of cotton to protect the leather from the iron.
- A glove should be pulled in shape and stored flat because it is a soft material.