Tuesday, November 30, 2010

J. Crew Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves

This weekend I did a little holiday shopping because, well, I'm American (no Black Friday) and I ended up getting J. Crew's cashmere lined leather gloves for myself.  I opted for the cheaper version, as oppose to these and, after whatever holiday savings algorithm was in place, believe they are a pretty damn good value.  Yes, these are obviously machine made overseas, but I was extremely surprised at both the quality of the leather and cashmere lining.  As anyone who wears glove will tell you, quality is important because in this case it is usually analogous to comfort.  And there ain't many things worse than uncomfortable gloves.  Comparing these to a handsewn pair from, say, De Corato (one of my favorite shops in NYC) is kinda pointless in my humble opinion.  I'm not sure about you, but I like to SAVE money on accessories - value is the name of the game.  Not to mention, details like picked stitching are great, but why would you want something so precious on an item that is most likely going to get beat to shit?

It seems that lately everyone is really psyched on deerskin gloves.  I can appreciate the luxury and aging of deerskin, but you're not going to catch me in tan pair anytime soon.  Why's that?  Simply put, they look kinda feminine.  I'm a firm believer that a man's gloves should be the definition of understated.  Black or brown calfskin all day for me.  Just like my shoes, brown is my go to so I scooped the "dark hickory" numbers.  Bottom line: Handsome as hell, warm as hell and after a few wears it seems I got more than I paid for.  Side note: if you're in the market for some of these new tech-oriented gloves that aids in phone use, we are definitely not on the same page.  Call me old fashioned, but I take my gloves off when I use my phone.


-L.A.S

11 comments:

  1. My winter jacket is a leather bomber. Leather gloves don't fly (pun-tended) with that at all. Otherwise, I'd be Wild Wild West everyday.

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  2. Beg to differ on Deerskin looking feminine. Is Deerskin really considered a luxury item? Its usually found on work gloves in my neck of the woods, and worn by people who would find cashmere anything to be foppish. Not that I agree with that attitude either, just saying. . .

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  3. ‘why would you want something so precious on an item that is most likely going to get beat to shit?’

    … or, indeed, left in the pub.

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  4. I got a pair of fur lined gloves from a Loehman's years ago. I don't remember the brand, but they are high end and leather is supple enough to wear during surgery, and the fur is luxurious. Even in So. Cal., I break them out on some early chilly mornings... A great substitute for a heated steering wheel on an icy day.

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  5. Those look like some pretty nice gloves, I'm not a big fan of their cashmere because it tends to pill, but it's perfect for gloves since it really doesn't matter whether it does or not.

    Personally, I can't stand the tech oriented gloves but I did find some I'm going to buy that work with the iphone that are made out of merino lambswool sourced from the UK, best part is, they're only $20.

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  6. I've got these from a year ago in brown and black. They're basically just solid gloves. Minimal pilling over the year, comfortable, warm, good construction. Nothing crazy special, just understated and solid.

    And, those tech ones for $20 bucks are dots gloves... I just ordered some for the gf, we'll see how accurate they are when iphoning.

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  7. Those gloves are major shit.

    They'll be 10 dollars in March

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  8. oh god. its not fashionable to own or wear new or commercial leather.

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  9. Lawrence! I did not know you had this talent!I will be following you...Brendan's mom,Craig

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  10. I'm not really a glove guy. When I do absolutely have to wear gloves, they have to be lined leather and form fitting. Nothing worse then dress gloves looking and feeling like gloves you garden with.

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