Why do gloves cost so much?

The recipe for making durable and ethical gloves is simple but very demanding. Every single pair is carefully crafted from quality materials. What is needed is a highly skilled designer, cutter and glove seamstress. Materials are needed that are suitable for this challenging garment. The leather and lining must be very durable but flexible and at the same time thin but as warm as possible. (Read more about materials on the "Materials" page.) Making well-fitting and durable gloves is also very time consuming. We use a hundreds of years old table cutting method in which each hides and leather needed for a pair of gloves is stretched and cut separately, all by hand. This ensures the right fit of the glove. On a skillful cutter table, it takes about 20 minutes to cut one pair of gloves. The stitching speed of hand-covered patterns is about 2.5 pairs of gloves per day for one seamstress. Sewing machine-sewn seams is a bit faster. The fact that there are only a dozen glove factories in the world that produce gloves using the traditional table cutting method also gives perspective to this. Responsible production in Europe also means fair wages and safe conditions for workers.

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