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.