A few years ago my Mum bought me a beautiful pair for Christmas. They were green leather with a little flower detail at the wrist and I absolutely loved them. I wore them everywhere for about 3 months, and then I jumped out of the car at a cross roads to pop something in the post box, and forgot they were on my lap, and I never saw them again. I even walked up and down the road hopefully in case someone had left them on a fence or wall for me. But no such luck. It still makes me feel sick to think about it now.
And that, I told myself, is why I am not allowed to have nice things. I simply can’t be trusted.
Since then I have restricted myself to vintage gloves bought for 50p in Charity Shops, and one well worn pair of fingerless gloves that transform into mittens that cost me £1.50 in Sainsburys.
Then someone from Dents got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try a pair of their gloves. I absolutely love Dents, they’re proper gloves, sold in proper glove sizes and the kind of thing I press my nose up against department store windows to stare lovingly at. The company has been around since 1777, so they basically REALLY know what they’re doing when it comes to making gloves.
My Nana used to tell me about going to be fitted for gloves in a glove shop where there were boxes of gloves behind the counter. They would bring you a pair in your size and you would put them on and they would smooth them on to make sure they fitted. It sounded so glamorous and she looked so happy talking about it (that’ll be where my shopping habit comes from then!). Thats what Dents represents to me. It’s old school quality and elegance.
When my gloves arrived I actually did a little squeal when I upwrapped them.
They were beautifully boxed and wrapped in tissue paper. I was stupidly excited.
The gloves I chose to try out were the perfect blending of vintage and modern. The Touchscreen technology leather gloves are proper leather gloves, silk lined with a button detail at the wrist, but made from a “conductive leather” which mean you can use touch screen phones without having to remove them. It’s like a vintage bloggers dream, right?
I actually found figuring out my glove size quite daunting. You would think “measure the hand you normally write with at its widest point in inches (excluding the thumb), then round down to the nearest half or whole number” is a relatively simple instruction that even I could follow, but when I found my hand measured 7 3/4″ I immediately completely panicked about the “round down” instruction and thought a 7 1/2 would be too small. The lady at Dents told me to order a 7 1/2, so I did, and of course they fitted like, er, a glove.
Also, that touchscreen technology ACTUALLY WORKS!
So now I can be one of those annoying people who walks into you while looking at Facebook on busy paths AND have warm hands while I’m doing it!
These particular gloves are not cheap, but the fit, quality and packaging feels worth every penny and they’re the sort of thing you just dream of owning. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that actually not all the Dents gloves were as expensive as I thought they would be, plain suede gloves start at just £24, and at the moment there are some lovely leather gloves on sale for £15.
I think they would make a beautiful gift if you can somehow sneakily measure someones hand. If you have a birthday coming up I recommend adding your glove size and the Dents website to any lists you are casually leaving lying around. The only thing that concerns me is my amazing ability to loose nice things. I’m tempted to run a bit of elastic down the neck of my coat so I can keep these attached to me at all times as I think if I lost them I would be even more distraught that I was when I lost my last pair of beautiful leather gloves.
Take a peek at the Dents website, they also do mens gloves, handbags, hats, and a variety of pretty things.