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Glove Manufacturer's Guide to Branding

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 15, 2014 6:58:00 PM

harley davidson tatoo brandingThere is no disputing the importance of brand when it comes to consumer apparel. Think about 3 iconic brands, and how they make the wearer feel:

... the lifestyle conveyed by a Nike swoosh,

... the exclusivity of an LV logo,

... the “this is my tribe” feeling of a Yankees baseball cap.

Each of these brands makes the wearer feel good, admired, confident. And in each case, there are many variations when it comes to physical execution.

What are our branding options when it comes to gloves?


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Supply Chain, Branding

Get a Grip! Manufacturing Gloves with Better Grip and Durability

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 1, 2014 12:58:00 AM

use of kevlar in manufacturing glovesYour glove brand should deliver on the key performance characteristics that matter most to your end user, and enhance his or her product experience.

As glove manufacturers and designers, our goal is to help you do this, by raising the bar on glove performance, within your budget.

With careful materials selection and design, you can incorporate added performance features and maintain margins, too. Today, we are focusing on improving grip and durability.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Cost/Pricing, Glove Fit & Feel, Materials, Design, Innovation

Why Can't Glove Manufacturers Make Gloves That Fit?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Feb 1, 2014 4:05:00 PM

Glove Manufacturers Aren't Equal When It Comes to Fit

There are a number of challenging aspects of making great gloves. At the top of the list is correct fit

In fact, fit is the biggest consumer complaint when it comes to gloves. To demonstrate, here’s a recent consumer letter that is absolutely typical:

“ … my biggest gripe with most gloves on the market today is that they seem to be fitted for slender Asian or European hands. I have broad palms and relatively stubby fingers, and 90% of the gloves that I try on don't even come close to fitting properly. Your 4350's are a wonderful exception to that paradigm…” -- Alynn H., Jan. 31,2014 

So you see, we aren’t kidding when we say that a lot of glove manufacturers are getting fit wrong, at least for the North American market.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Fit & Feel

How to FInd and Choose a Leather Glove Manufacturer?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Jan 14, 2014 11:37:00 PM

We recently attended a power sports trade show, and saw a wide range of gloves.  Our visit reminded us how difficult it is for a glove buyer to sort out manufacturing options. 

We saw everything from the best quality leather gloves, to inferior gloves made of mismatched scraps.

Never was the saying “buyer beware” more apt!

Today we want to outline a process to find and research the right leather glove manufacturer for your needs.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Materials

3 Keys to Making a Leather Glove That Fits and Feels Right

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Jan 10, 2014 12:14:00 AM

There's an art to making leather gloves that fit, and a science to it as well.

A well-cut leather glove will have a nice snug fit, feel comfortable as you open and close your hand, and will perform well during normal use.

To achieve this,

  • The glove must be crafted from a glove leather, well-suited to the end use.
  • It must be manufactured according to time-tested glove-making practices.

Let's take a closer look at what each of these actually entails.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Leather, Glove Fit & Feel

Glove Buyers Guide: the Language of Leather

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Dec 31, 2013 2:17:00 PM

For our last post of the year, we return to a subject that is near and dear ... leather!

Last week, we explained some of the considerations that go into choosing the appropriate leather for a glove project. We examined:

As we explained, the choice of leather greatly affects the fit and feel of your finished glove.

Today, we want to explain some basic terminology related to tanning and testing leather, to help you become familiar with the common terms and concepts you may encounter.

Leather, with infinitely varied and wonderful properties, has a language all its own!


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Leather

What's the Best Leather for Gloves?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Dec 23, 2013 8:25:00 AM

Buyers ask us this question all the time:  How do you choose the best leather for a glove?

Glove leathers vary widely, in terms of cost, finish, color fastness, abrasion resistance, suppleness, and many other performance factors.

To answer the question, let's look the most common types of glove leather, their qualities, and best uses:


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Leather, Cost/Pricing

The Essential Guide to Leather Glove Manufacturing (A 5-Part Series)

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Dec 23, 2013 7:41:00 AM

imageLeather is a classic material for gloves.

What other material is strong and durable, feels great on your skin, and looks better the longer you wear it?

Many factors go into making leather gloves that fit and feel comfortable, and function well ...

... but it all starts with choosing the right glove leather.  From there, many other factors come into play.

We’ve written this multi-part series on leather glove manufacturing, to answer the most frequent questions that glove buyers ask us. 


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Leather, Materials

6 Personas of a Private Label Buyer

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Nov 23, 2013 7:20:00 AM

If you're a private label buyer, you are good at what you do because of your unique management style.

In our experience, working with many different private label buyers, each has a slightly different way of approaching the sourcing process.

Of the 6 glove management types we have identified, which management style best describes you?


Topics: Private Label Sourcing

Cost of Gloves: A Framework for Glove Buyers

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Nov 14, 2013 6:19:00 PM

Cost of Gloves Example: Sport Gloves

Recently, we were working on a new line of sport gloves for a client.

As it happened, the first samples were more than satisfactory, and regretably, so was cost.

At this point, the challenge becomes, how to get the same look and function, and hit the target cost? Where can we save some money?!


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Factory, Cost/Pricing, Materials, Design


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