How do you choose the perfect glove for you?
Beyond personal style preferences, choosing the perfect glove can feel like a complicated process. A glove, just like most other clothing items, has many components that can greatly impact whether or not you would want to invest it. And while we at Seymoure may boast to creating gloves the very best gloves in the world, what does that mean? And what indicators of quality should you be looking out for when shopping for a pair of gloves?
Listed below is everything you should consider when shopping for a pair of gloves.
Not all leather is created equally and a pair of gloves made of sub-par leather can mean that the glove will feel stiff, stretch, and crack. Not only is this not visually appealing, but poor-quality leather can also be uncomfortable to wear. To avoid discomfort and ensure the longevity of your gloves, make sure the gloves you invest in are made of quality leather.
Leather gloves such as our Original Driver Glove and Men’s Driver Glove are made from an incredibly supple sustainably sourced Italian leather that will mold to the shape of your hand for optimum comfort and durability.
Finding the right lining for your gloves is important for your comfort when wearing them. Lining within a gloves offers a second insulating layer that warms and protects the hand. Depending on the season in which you want to wear your gloves, you may or may not want to opt for lining as it is a warming layer that can be unnecessary during the warmer seasons.
However, if you are looking for that second insulated layer, lined gloves like our Men’s Grant Glove with Cashmere Lining are perfect for the winter months. Cashmere is the very best glove lining available. Cashmere is sleek, soft, and has excellent insulating properties that, when combined with quality leather, is exceptionally warm and make for incredibly light-weight but warm winter gloves.
One of the things to be on the lookout for is the construction of the glove. A glove should last a lifetime and if the construction is not high enough quality, then the glove will not hold up against that test of time. The easiest aspect of construction to look out for are the seams.
If a glove is made machine stitched then there should be consistency along the stitches and the thread used should appear delicate. There should not be any holes along the leather, extraneous thread peeking out, nor any areas where the thread appears to be breaking.
Hand stitching form of construction and a glove made through this technique will have less consistent spacing between stitches, have a thicker thread, and will showcase the artistry that goes into making a pair of gloves.
Thread & Weave
While there are many similar characteristics of quality between knit gloves and leather, one of the biggest differences lies in the materials made to create the gloves. With leather you want to look for stiffness, stretch marks, and lines but with knit you want to be aware of the quality of the weave. Check for pilling along the glove as this is an indicator that the glove your purchasing is not constructed well and will not hold up well after use.
Because knit gloves are made out of carefully constructed thread that is weaved together to create a fabric, the design of a well constructed glove is dependent upon the knit itself. While sometimes you cannot prevent something snagging on a knit garment, the knit itself should be of good enough quality that a snag that harms the glove is less likely.
One way to determine the quality of a knit is to see how tight the weave is. If you slightly stretch the glove, the knit should be tightly looped together and while there may be some give and stretch depending on the fabric, the weave should stay intact and not open to reveal holes.
The most important part of shopping for a glove is finding the right fit for you. For a comprehensive guide in how to find your perfect fit take a look at our Fit Guide.