Martin Magnusson created his family business in 1936 and named it after the town, Hestra, Sweden where it was founded. Winter outerwear is an essential part of everyday life in Scandinavia, so you don’t get to last that long if your product is under par. These Utsjo gloves are made using a highly durable elk leather exterior, coupled with a fleece lining that retains heat inside whilst offering supreme comfort. Essentially, they also feature a Primaloft insulation barrier for added warmth, breathability and water resistance.
Black Diamond is closely associated with climbing and mountaineering and has a history that dates back to the 1950s. They are now a well established global brand recognised particularly throughout the US and Europe thanks to their practical and affordable glove designs. Their dexterous Dirtbag Gloves are great for several mountain activities from hiking to skiing, thanks to a water-repellent goat leather shell. They feature stretchable cuffs for easy transitions along with a super-soft fleece lining for added comfort.
When a company has been providing gloves for US tradespeople for close to a century, you know they must be doing something right. And that’s exactly what the team at Vermont Glove have been doing for so long. Their designs create images of the lumberjack, wielding his axe to chop up firewood in the forest, surrounded by nothing but snow and nature. Their handmade The Farmer model is cut from goat leather and made into a highly functional design with a double-wall palm construction that combats friction.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, a group of Canadian outdoor enthusiasts brought a glove to the market designed to withstand just about anything. The 4 Season Glove is made for extreme cold, but it’s also so durable that you can move burning logs around a fire without burning your hand. It’s made with Hardy leather, covered in a wax coat that provides complete protection against water, meaning they’re great for cold season fishing trips or winter kayaking. They also feature a 40g Thinsulate liner that protects you from the cold and a breathable membrane that prevents overheating.
What Cafe Leather lack in terms of extreme cold protection, they make up for in style and sophistication. The Madrid brand was set up in 2016 with a simple ethos - to make impeccably designed, handmade leather accessories for the modern man. Their Cream Rascal Gloves are perfect if you’re looking to take the bite out of winter with a more seasonal wardrobe. They’re made from vegetable-tanned leather with a lambskin detail, finished off with Gutermann threads. They’re light, comfortable and timeless, and will remain your go-to glove years after you’ve purchased them.
When a brand doesn’t get caught up in the fuss and focuses on what it’s good at, then great things happen. This is how Delgado made their name and the reason why they continue to prosper. Leather is their speciality, sublime belts and gloves their end results. The Brown Carlo is a functional man-about-town glove that more than makes a statement. It’s made from deer leather, with a 100% cashmere lining for total warmth and comfort - and produced in a fourth-generation family workshop in Naples, Italy - an ode to Dalgodo’s commitment to quality.
Marmot is the legacy of an Alaskan Glaciology project Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntly undertook back in 1971 - a trip that inspired them to create outerwear for extreme cold. Now they also make some great value accessories, such as these Marmot Basic Work Gloves, ideal for cross-country treks, hikes or just getting around the city. They’re made from cow leather and feature a Driclime lining that wicks moisture away from your skin. There’s also a Falcon grip for those who like to work outside in winter weather or ski on those clear sunny days.
Filson first made their name during the Gold Rush, but it wasn’t through finding the most sought-after of minerals, it was providing clothing for those who were on the hunt. Now, over 150 years later, Filson is still providing rugged threads for the great outdoors. Their Original Deer Glove is a classic, made from deer leather and made in the USA. It’s made to encourage a dexterous feel whilst providing excellent warmth, ideal for taking the edge off winter’s wrath.
One thing that many glove companies haven’t quite mastered is how to use a pair with modern phone devices. After all, winter doesn’t stop us wanting to use our phones, certainly if you’re finding your way to a hotel on a freezing cold day. Mujjo, however, has just pulled off a masterstroke. Their Leather Touchscreen gloves keep your hands warm whilst giving you practical access to the digital world. Not only can you touch the screen to make calls and searches, but there are also magnetic snap closures that ensure your phone doesn’t slip out of your hand.
Having trouble finding smart gloves for a more classy, evening ensemble? Then look no further than Paul Smith. The British designer is all about quality cuts, using the best fabrics on the market. These Shearling Gloves are cut from actual shearling hide which provides both the interior lining and exterior shell. They provide excellent warmth and look perfect with a long winter coat, short cut pants and brogues. If you want to spend and few pennies on your gloves and look the business in the process, look no further than these hand warmers from Mr Smith.
Anderson & Sheppard
Savile Row, a street in London’s swanky Mayfair district has always been known for exceptional tailoring, home to the best the UK has to offer. Anderson & Sheppard has been situated in this area since 1906 and is a true mark of quality - a representation of the real British gent. For their latest handwear, they have worked alongside legendary Japanese designer Yasuto Kamoshita, another famed tailor, to produce these delightful Camoshita Suede Gloves. They’re made from 100% suede, and look fantastic as part of any dress wear ensemble.
Not many brands can boldly claim to be a supplier to the British Royal Family, but that’s exactly the type of level that Dents are operating at. All of their gloves are handmade at their Wiltshire home in England and go through an impressive 32 step manufacturing process. This Shaftesbury Glove design has been specially created to work with touchscreen devices, for the modern man who refuses to sacrifice style or sophistication. They’re made from sheep leather, with cashmere lining for superior comfort, along with vented cuffs providing additional fit and breathability.
Moncler is all about the snowy peaks, specialising in high-quality ski and mountain wear, inspired by the Alps that surround their spiritual home. Their Panelled Leather and Nubuck Skiing gloves are made for those who want performance and style when hitting the slopes. They’re made from smooth Nubuck cattle leather and lines with a super warm synthetic fleece lining. Easy to slide on and off thanks to a wide-open cuff, and adorned with the iconic Moncler logo, they’re the alpine weapon of choice for skiers in the know.
Hugo Boss are the kings of smart practical. The German fashion house has made its name from producing stylish garments that are both sleek and elegant, a brand of choice for the boardroom negotiator. Their Hainz3 Leather Gloves are the ideal winter accessory for the businessman on the move, adding an element of warmth on your way to the office. They’re made from premium leather with a lamb wool lining. Notched cuffs make sliding them on and off effortless, and they’re also super flat and easy to store when not being worn.
Oliver Spencer is a self-taught tailor and shopkeeper from the UK who decided to go it alone in Notting Hill’s Portobello Road back in 2002. He creates premium tailoring with a slightly more relaxed, modern approach. As if to sum this up perfectly he has produced these Suede Trimmed Wool Gloves, the perfect blend of smart and casual. They are made mainly from wool, with a suede patch on the palm and closing. Ribbed cuffs ensure they feel both flexible and comfortable when worn with just about anything.