How High-End Leather Gloves Are Made – Handmade Quality Men’s Dress Gloves from Fort Belvedere

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video I talk about how a pair of
quality gloves is made especially the ones from Fort Belvedere. If you’re looking for a pair of men’s leather
gloves, you can find anything from $10 gloves all the way up to $500 glove and everything
in between. So what’s the difference? I’m sure you might think it’s just the leather
and while it’s true and the leather of an expensive gloves costs several times more
than the retail price of a cheap glove, it is not just that. Cheap gloves are stiff. You can’t really feel anything and they limit
the range of movement. On the other hand, a quality glove is soft,
stretchy and it looks very elegant when it’s on your hand. A few years back, I was sick and tired of
the same old black and brown gloves and I decided to create my own line of Fort Belvedere
gloves. I wanted something that was bolder in colors. I wanted something in grey or chamois yellow
which are classic staples of a men’s wardrobe. As well as Bordeaux or green or other colors. Because I’m really into quality, I didn’t
want a cheap pair of gloves but the best ones money can buy. Because most people don’t know what it actually
takes to make a pair of gloves depending on what kind of glove you have and how it’s sewn
it can take up to eight hours to make a single pair of gloves. And that doesn’t include the time to tend
the leather. I wanted to show you the process so you get
a deeper appreciation for what it means to have a quality piece of craftsmanship. So for gloves it all starts with a pattern. The important part is that you get different
sizes that work well for men’s hands no matter if they’re short or small, regular or bigger
long. Most cheaper glove sizes are just scaled up
on a computer in a CAD program but that doesn’t really fit the needs of most men. Because of that, we designed each and every
pattern for each size individually so it fits your hands perfectly. We also decided to create six different size
patterns to cover the entire range of men’s hands. No matter if you have very small hands or
very large hands, we got you covered! Now the length of the cloth is also important
because if it’s too long it will bunch up and be uncomfortable to wear it and if it’s
too short you get a cold air on your wrist. The entire pattern development including the
fingers, the fourchettes, the quirks and everything is done by hand by a skilled artisan and pattern
maker. Once the pattern is completed, it’s time to
work on the leather. First of all you want a quality pair of glove
leather and not many tanners can actually produce that very specialized tanning process. So you want something that is soft and stretchy
so your hand can move freely. We get our sheepskin leathers which is supremely
soft have exactly the right thickness and properties from Italy and our peccary leather
from Germany. Yes! All peccary skins come from Peru but we found
that our European tanners have a higher skill level and the final product is more consistent,
softer and has a better coloring. The first step when working with the leather
is to remove imperfections from the back side of the leather. Yes, that’s the rougher side. We use a tool that is similar to a knife and
with a skilled person to shave off those imperfections so they won’t show later on a finished glove. Second, glove leather has to be constantly
pulled and stretched because that ensures that the glove is cut the right way and later
on you can move freely with your fingers no matter if you make a fist or keep your hands
straight. There are all sorts of specialized tools such
as this knife that is used to thin out and stretch the edges in a more extreme way than
the rest. As you know leather is a natural product
and it needs a skilled hand and eye to know what to do with every different skin so we
get a consistent product afterwards. Therefore some leathers are stretched more
often than others but they have to be stretched to the right direction so they can be cut
properly. During that process we have many eyes on the
leather so we make sure only the top notch grade goes to production. Now that the leather is prepared, it’s time
for cutting. Cutting sounds easier than it actually is. You have to position the pattern the right
way. On skins like peccary where you have natural
scars and imperfections, it’s the skill of the cutter to put the gloves in a certain
way that you get the best quality with having the least amount of visible scars at the same
time without wasting leather because that would price up the final price. In order to provide you with the best value,
we only hire skilled and experienced cutters that know exactly what they’re doing. That way we can ensure a high quality product
at a fair price for you. In this time we’re also sewing the fourchettes
which are the areas in between the fingers as well as the quirks which are little triangles
that you can see in between the fingers that give you an extra range of movement. Of course we also have the little buttons
and the trim work that all goes along at the same time. Everything in this process is entirely done
by hand by people. There are no machines involved in that step
because otherwise you’ll end up with imperfections and things that are not ideal for a top-quality
glove. Once the leather is cut properly, it’s time
to sew them up. Basically there are two options. You can have a machine sewn glove and a handsewn
glove. Not all machine sewn gloves are alike. You basically can sew a glove inside out which
is often a method utilized in China or in a lower-cost production or you can have very
skilled artisans who sew them with a machine from the outside. Now when I say machine sewn that means it’s
a simple machine and they still have to align the leather. They have to control the stitch density. They have to get the lines straight and make
sure that the interlining is exactly in the right spot so you end up with a glove that
fits well and looks the part. The way we do it is in fact so difficult that
Chinese manufacturers have failed to copy the process. And you know Chinese, you know they’re good
at copying. If you want your gloves to be warm, you need
an interlining and cashmere is very soft and warm. You use a color that’s rather neutral and
that are not too bright nor too dark so you’re not gonna see any fuzz on your hands even
if you wear them for hours. As you can see it’s a different machine that
is utilized to sew in the lining so you get the perfect fit and not any knobs that feel
uncomfortable when you wear your glove. The same is true for the fingers. A different
machine is used to stitch those together because it requires a different skill because you
have the fourchettes coming together as well as the front and the back. Sometimes you can also find a machine that
is used for the edge of the glove and it creates a seam that looks like handsewn but is in
fact machine sewn. At Fort Belvedere we decided not to use that
machine because we believe in an honest product and so if you see a machine seam it means
it’s machine made. If you see a hand seam it’s handmade. Which brings us to the next kind, handsewn
glove. When we say handsewn glove we mean every single
stitch on that thing is handsewn. There’s no machine involved. Yes, that’s just a skilled sewer who does
one stitch at a time and just a few gloves per day. In fact sometimes they can even just produce
one pair of gloves per day. Obviously that’s slower than sewing it with
a machine and because of that a pair of handsewn gloves is more expensive. The look is also a bit more casual because
the seam is on the outside but we like to use a contrast stitching that highlights the
handsewn nature of the glove. At this point you also add a decorative stitching
which is usually three lines on the back of the glove and we try to do something that
is unusual and unique. It’s a little more intricate, it takes more
time but it looks different and you signal to others that this is not just your regular
old glove but a special piece of craftsmanship. At this point we also add the buttons to our
wrists which add a little bit of 1930s vintage flair but it also keeps the fit tight and
keeps your hands and wrists warm. You might think we’re done by now however
we’re not. Now it’s time to iron the glove to release
any kind of wrinkles and it looks really perfect. If we wanted to we could now even add a second
stage of ironing with a little iron and that would add a little more shine to the leather
but we believe that a classic pair of men’s gloves shouldn’t be too shiny but have a medium
shine so we skip that step. Alright! Now that you know how a pair of quality gloves
is made at Fort Belvedere, I hope you have a deeper appreciation for what it is. We offer unique details in our gloves that
you won’t find elsewhere and also the color range and the size scheme is bigger than in
other places. We also stock all of our gloves so you don’t
have to wait for weeks to get them when you need them right now. I’m the first admitted, Fort Belvedere gloves
are not cheap product but they are a very high quality product that comes to you at
a very fair value considering all the steps, know-how, time and skill that goes into making
a pair. If you want to check out our collection of
gloves in various colors please take a look at our shop. Not sure how to combine gloves please check
out our other videos about gloves that tell you all about the style and everything else
you want to know about gloves. In today’s video, I am wearing a vintage flannel
suit from A. Caraceni in Milan tailored by Mario Caraceni. It’s actually a vintage suit that I got when
I was a poor student but it fit me quite well and I just love the suit and I could have
never afforded a suit of this quality level at the time. It’s a classic Prince of Wales check pattern
with a light blue overcheck and it’s a heavier wool flannel and if you want to learn more
about flannel please check out this guide here. The shirt I’m wearing here today is actually
the very first quality dress shirt that I bought. Just like my first pair of Goodyear welted
shoes, it came in from a vintage store because it was all I could afford. The edges and the cuffs are a little worn
and I could replace them but there’s a little bit of nostalgia when I wear this shirt. I’m closing it with cufflinks they’re like
sterling silver with a bar. I found them at a vintage store and it goes
well with the brown tones of my suit. My ring on the other hand is blue and it picks
up the blue overcheck. My tie is a knit tie from Fort Belvedere and
it picks up the blue color of the over check as well. On the other hand my linen pocket square coordinates
with the blue and white striped shirt. It’s also from Fort Belvedere and is made
by hand with an X stitch in Italy which is very intricate and hard to complete. The socks I’m wearing are brown they are
likewise from Fort Belvedere and they add a contrast to the dark brown shoes from Allen
Edmonds. They are a long wingtip brogue and they’re
comfortable to wear with a thicker sole. And to add another element of contrast rather
than go with a dark brown pair shoelaces I opted to go with something tan or cognac from
Fort Belvedere as well. You can find all of the Fort Belvedere accessories
in our shop here.

65 Replies to “How High-End Leather Gloves Are Made – Handmade Quality Men’s Dress Gloves from Fort Belvedere”

  1. Guys rememeber, just because it's made in china DOES NOT necessarily mean it's poor quality. You get what you pay for. Some of the best gloves in the world are made in china, at the same time some of the most garbage gloves are made in Europe. Don't look at made in china and dismiss it. Chances are you're only looking at the lowest end of the Chinese made ones.

  2. How about starting another web store in Europe? For Europeans like me it would much more easier (no taxes) to buy your excellent products from inside the EU than from the US.

  3. I own 2 pair and these are great gloves….I wanted to get some of your driving gloves….like them better than the Dents I bought but Dents have Touchscreen capability……not that hard to add….any chance you can add that to your driving gloves?

  4. I understand the context of your comment, "If you know Chinese, you know they are good at copying." But still sounds unwarranted. Still an awesome video!

  5. I recently joined a student association at my university here in the Netherlands, and apparently it is frowned upon to wear a dimple in your tie. I was completely baffled when I was told this, why would they want to look worse? Everybody wears loosely tied full windsor knots without dimples and they all think they're the shit. Maybe this is some Dutch thing but I really don't understand it. This might actually explain why I've never seen anyone with a dimple in their tie on the street, like ever. If everybody is taught not to do this during their years at uni they'll keep doing it when they find a job.

    Does anyone have any idea why this is? I still insist on wearing my four in hand and nicky knots with half dimples but everyone keeps telling me I don't know what I'm doing with my ugly knots, when I'm the one who's spent countless hours developing my style and educating myself on sartorial rules.

  6. “If you know Chinese, you know they are good at copying.” That’s just plain rude. People like you used to drop the same ignorant comments on Japanese and Koreans. Not a good remark. They do have the machine to the sewing. My bespoke piqué stitched leather gloves are made in China and they were done very well despite the leather isn’t as premium as Italian ones because they don’t have the Italian leather.

  7. As always Mr. Schneider a truly wonderful and indeed informative video thanks so much if I am able I plan to attend this years "meninfluential" I would like very to meet with you!

  8. The problem with leather is, that they are made with a lot of poison. Also as a vegan (and many more vegans), we do not want leather gloves. It would be nice, if there would be gloves out of something similar as leather – there is a need for that in the high quality market.

  9. I bought a pair of Fort Belvedere Suede Midnight Blue, size 8. The palm fits, yet the fingers sleeves are too wide. Probably because of I am having thinner fingers. Do I need to order a pair of 7.5 Fort Belvedere Lined Gloves instead of size 8. I am looking to get another pair of lined gloves from the Gentleman's Gazette.

  10. Launching your own line is one of my dreams and goals. Raphael, (hehehe it's weird saying your name as we share the same name) you are an inspiration. 🥂

  11. Yea, but…. How are high quality babies made? Natural Selection? If so, then why do I see so many Inferior, weak, autisticly ugly people in the world that are really fucking stupid?

  12. Thank you so much for this video, it was very educational! I'm curious about the coloring process of the leathers and I assume those are part of the tanning process? Anyways, great video and amazing product, might just get a pair in the future if I ever find the money to afford them.

  13. As a vegan I choose not to purchase/wear genuine leather. I still really like the look of genuine leather gloves. Do you know any quality manufacturers of faux leather gloves? I would really appreciate any recommendations you may have. Awesome video by the way.

  14. I would love those gloves with the mesh pattern, in yellow, machine stitched. It'd be perfect for driving a Triumph Spitfire.

  15. confused about why there were some steps detailed to just say "but we dont do that." interesting information but confusing advertising tbh

  16. thank you for this video it was very helpful for me. I want to know the sewing machine name shows in 5.45. Please be so kind and let me know the name and manufacturing place of that machine.

  17. I dont see this on online shopping stores..
    Is this available online(I'm from India)
    And yeah im still a teen(currently 16) but i love your channel

  18. The gloves are beautiful, but the subtle xenophobia with the comments about Europe apparently having skilled craftsmanship that Chinese people and Peruvians do not have, is very ignorant and in poor taste.

  19. Product, and publicizing, raw materials, quality and craftsmanship are incomplete, in this particular genre, not criticize China.

  20. Leather anything takes roughly 3 and 1/2 years to make from cow hide. 2 years for the animal to grow and the rest of the time to tan the leather and make whatever you want.

  21. Im definitely not a gentleman…more like a long haired skinhead, but i just want to know how to make good gloves

  22. Thing is, no pair of gloves made from those patterns will ever be as good as a custom pair that's made from the more complicated finger wrapped kind. Price…isn't everything, you actually have to know what you want, IE, not the middle seam kind, which is a cheap pattern made for mass production.

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