The Glove Maker's Blog, Glove Sourcing Strategies for Retailers and Brands

Rhonda Hurwitz

Rhonda is a digital marketing expert helping companies grow.

Recent Posts

How Glove Companies Bring Your Ideas to Life: From Design to Sample

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 23, 2014 12:21:00 PM

woman_gloves_designer_hands_w_red_is_photoHere's a subject we're always asked about: 

How does a glove go from idea to reality?

And why is making a glove sample such a time consuming and costly process?

Let's look at what's involved, from concept to first sample.


Topics: Private Label Leather Sourcing

Warning, Innovation Ahead! A Glove Maker's Conversation with PrimaLoft®

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 15, 2014 9:22:00 PM

mike_joyce_PrimaloftThere's lots of innovation happening at PrimaLoft®, one of the outdoor industry's leading suppliers. 

Their team is working hard to make consumers a lot more comfortable, across a wide range of activities.

We recently had the opportunity to ask what's new for 2014-5, and beyond.

Get ready to learn what's ahead -- we think you'll be inspired by their consumer-centric innovations.

(Image credit: Albany Business Review)


3 Lessons for Private Label Apparel Buyers, From Trader Joe's

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 11, 2014 6:54:00 PM

trader_joesThis week, a story from the food retailing world got our attention.

While reading about why Trader Joe's thrives compared to competitors, a statistic jumped of the page for us.

Eighty percent (80% !!!) of Trader Joe's products are private label!!!

Their private brand acts like a magnet, pulling people into their stores. It must be pretty a special brand.

Are there lessons for your apparel, accessories, or glove business?  Hmmm ...

Keep reading. We think there's an important lesson for all of us in the apparel world.


5 Elements of Great Glove Design: Lessons from 5-Star Reviews

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 8, 2014 3:23:00 AM

fashionThe introduction of the new Apple iphone last week got us thinking about great design.

Great design ...

  • creates demand days or weeks in advance

  • commands a premium price

  • creates waiting lists once the item sells out, even when substitutes are available.

Here's a quote that sums it up for us:

"Consumer loyalty always follows great design".

Well, gloves aren't phones or computers, and they aren't software ...

So, we turned to 5-star customer reviews, to hear what elements lead to the happiest customers.

The qualities we uncovered will result in the fierce customer loyalty we all strive to achieve.

Here's how consumers define great glove design:


Glove Design: The Surprising Story of A New Snow Sport Glove

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 23, 2014 6:15:00 AM


What makes a great glove design?

Recently we worked on a new ski glove project, and the design and development process took a surprising turn.

We thought we'd share the story ...

We'd suggest that all great designs ... and brands ... start with knowing your customer.

And in this case, the merchant REALLY knew his.

As we hope to show in this story, sometimes intangible factors beyond glove expertise, technical factors or leather knowledge come into play. 

Sure those things are important ... but for this design, the "intangibles" made all the difference.


Glove Manufacturer's Advice: 3 Ways to Reduce Minimum Order Quantity

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 12, 2014 7:35:00 PM

no_moqA glove buyer's job is tough.

You watch retail trends, and develop new items to satisfy customer demand. But, forecasting a new item is hard.

If you could, you’d start small. Perhaps even fly in a small quantity to test, to gain confidence for a bigger follow-up order. 

Your gut tells you there are larger quantities to come, but until you see what sells, how can you be sure? There’s no crystal ball -- so to manage risk, you try to keep quantities small.

Problem is, the manufacturing world isn't geared for "small". That’s why you run into the MOQ issue.

Here's how to work around it.


Glove Company Tips: 4 Things To Do NOW for 2015 Success

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 8, 2014 10:45:00 AM

glove company tips: 2015 planning

What are your plans for next year? Are you thinking about new ways to delight your customers?

Last week we offered 3 tips for planning ahead for a more successful holiday selling season.

Today we want you to take a little longer view ... what else can we do to ensure next year's retail success? 

In our experience, planning,  preparation -- and a little risk taking -- is key to reaching new heights.

So here are 4 suggestions to kick off your thinking.


Glove Company TIps: 3 Smart Year-End Strategies for Retail Brands

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 8, 2014 9:57:00 AM


Happy Thanksgiving amd Merry Christmas to you….

No, I am not mixed up ... though we are still in the heat of summer as the NFL season begins and US Open tennis winds down.

So why are we writing this?

It's time to get year-end inventory finalized and marketing plans all lined up, for the most critical time of the year.

Take these steps now, for a merrier December 31.


Ultimate Glove Makers Product Planning Kit: Free Resource

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 27, 2014 12:38:00 PM

People Together-8Designing a product line takes teamwork -- and the more clarity on goals and requirements, the better the results.

That's why we created this multi-part kit for glove buyers, and their product sourcing and design teams.

The Glove Maker's Product Planning Kit is a useful collection of free resources, to help you better manage the glove making process.


Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process

NEW Glove Company Resource: The Ultimate Glove Buyer's Kit

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 12, 2014 8:39:00 AM

glove company & glove buyer planning checklist

Growing your glove business is the goal, but there's a lot to keep your eye on.

Product merchandising, and profitability. Quality, sourcing, and speed to market.

Well, here's some good news! An easy way to give your brand a tune-up, and get new projects off on the right foot.

Whether you’re outsourcing glove production or doing it all in-house, here's a free kit with everything you need to jump start your next season's glove line.



Topics: Buyer's Kit

Did you like this blog post? Share it on LInkedin, Twitter, Facebook and more

Subscribe to Updates

We write about:

  • glove category trends and innovation
  • product development and materials
  • sourcing and supply chain issues
  • other gloves manufacturing topics

Ask a question, comment ... or get in touch to guest post!