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Leather Gloves By Dents

SIZING

A Frenchman, Xavier Jouvin, is the person we have to thank for today’s almost universal system for measuring the hand to establish one's glove size. He developed the system in 1834 after more than five years researching the human hand. He discovered the most reliable method for establishing one's glove size was by measuring the hand you write with around its widest part at the knuckles, excluding the thumb. Because finger length and thickness may vary widely, Jouvin decided hand measurements were best compared by their "mathematical width". The measurement used was called the "Pied de Roi" or King's Foot, which was approximately 3/4 of an inch longer that the English foot measure.  Prior to 1834 and the introduction of Jouvin's glove sizing system there was no reliable method to establish one's glove size and as a consequence many a King or Queen, or person of noble birth, could be seen wearing ill fitting gloves.

Today, as in the past Dents still uses Jouvin’s glove sizing method for the sizing of our fine glove collection. Dents would normally use its specialist glove makers tape measure based on Jouvin’s measurements to establish its customers’ glove sizes; however, with internet selling, this is obviously not possible.

You can easily establish your glove size by using any household inches tape measure – see our sizing section on this website.

FRANCE

In 1856 G Wykes was appointed by Dents to open its Paris office on Rue D’Hauteville.

U.S.A

In 1877 George G Field was appointed to represent Dents at its new offices at 85 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

AUSTRALIA

In 1905 J.A. Roberts was appointed as the company’s first full time representative in Australia. Mr. Roberts arrived in Perth on a very hot day, splendidly dressed as a gentleman should be in the year 1905 in "spats, top hat and morning coat".

CANADA

In 1909 Dents opened offices and a distribution centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

A ROYAL OCCASION

In 1937 Dents had the honour of manufacturing the Coronation Glove worn by H.R.H. King George VI at his coronation.

ANOTHER CORONATION

In 1953 Dents was honoured again, when the company was asked to manufacture the Coronation Glove worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation.

HOLLYWOOD

Dents made the Joker’s gloves worn by Jack Nicholson, playing the role of the Joker in the hit film Batman. The company also made the gloves worn by Batman.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Today it still takes Dents craftspeople 32 different operations to make a single pair of leather gloves.

HAND CUTTING

Today, as in the past, Dents gloves are still cut by hand, one pair at a time, as is a finely tailored bespoke Savile Row suit.

ACCESSORIES

In the early 20th century Dents manufactured gloves, shirts, collars, ties, pyjamas, scarves, belts and ladies’ blouses. The average wholesale price for a pair of leather gloves was 35s 9d for ladies and 39s 9d for men in old money.

BRACE UP

Dents once held the patent for the clasp on men’s braces. The braces, made of Indian rubber and calf hide with a Dents patent clasp, sold at a wholesale price of between 8s 9d and 42s in old money.

LEATHER

The world’s finest dress and sports gloving leathers are not made in Italy, as one might imagine, but by Pittards Tannery in Yeovil, England. Dents uses Pittards fine gloving leathers.

RETAIL

Dents has more than 250 concession shops located in leading department stores in the U.K. and Europe.

STITCH IN TIME

The words Pique, Prixseam, Brosser, Inseam, Handsewn are used to describe different types of stitching for gloves. Handsewn is the most popular stitch for Men’s gloves and inseam for Ladies gloves.