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Glove Supplier Challenges: Leather Prices Continue to Rise

Posted by Roger Heumann

Mar 9, 2014 9:27:00 PM

Two key leather fairs take place over the next two weeks.  Lineapelle will take place in Bologna this coming week.   APLF (Asia Pacific Leather Fair) will be the first few days of April.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Materials, Innovation

Counterfeit Thinsulate Hunting Gloves: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Roger Heumann

Feb 14, 2014 7:36:00 PM

3MLast week I happened to be talking to someone at 3M about hunting gloves, and the topic turned to counterfeit components.

Turns out, this supplier had caught a particular manufacturer using counterfeit Thinsulate while producing branded gloves. It seemed like an important story to share.

Here’s an unpleasant truth: there are disreputable factories promising brand name textiles, but what you see isn’t always what you get.

Here’s how to make sure that you get the glove -- and the components -- that you and your customers have paid for.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Factory, Supply Chain, Materials

Innovations for Glove Manufacturers: New Materials

Posted by Roger Heumann

Feb 8, 2014 4:34:00 PM

outdoor retailer show -- innovations for glove manufacturerd
Last month, we attended the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City.  

This show is always a source of inspiration, and if you’ve never been there, I’d highly recommend a future visit. Leading technical materials suppliers use this venue to introduce new materials for high performance gloves, apparel and sports gear, and manufacturers show off new product lines.

I wanted to share some of the highlights that have really excited us as we head into a new season of product development for our customers.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Materials

PHOTOS: Why Visit A China Glove Factory?

Posted by Roger Heumann

Jan 23, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Do you ever feel that you just can't get to the bottom of your inbox?

Each day, there's a new tidal wave of emails to deal with! 

Here's what I've come to realize.  In a global business, we need to travel more ... and email less.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Factory, Leather

2014 Asia Sourcing: What's on the Horizon? (A Glove Maker's View)

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 21, 2013 6:27:00 PM

2014_outlookLast month, I spent a week working at our glove factory in China, and meeting with vendors, suppliers and customers.

I thought I’d share a “boots on the ground” report, on what I’m seeing and hearing, pertaining to the 2014 outlook for Asia manufacturing and supply chain impacts.

An “Unofficial” 2014 Report, from Unofficial Sources


Topics: Private Label Sourcing, Glove Factory, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Supply Chain

Sourcing Tips: How to Visit a Glove Factory

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 12, 2013 9:23:00 AM

sewing maching from glove factorySuppose your son or daughter is deciding on which college to attend.

They’ve seen the brochures, talked to friends, read the online rating.

Should they choose the school where they will be spending the next 4 years, without a visit?

Similarly, it can very instructive for buyers and product managers to spend time visiting prospective and current manufacturing facilities.

My hope is that once you read this, you will know what to look for when you do.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Glove Factory

3 Ways to Ensure That You Buy A Top Quality Glove

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 5, 2013 5:33:00 PM

mountain bike gloveI visited several motorcycle glove dealerships recently. 

I have to be candid: the workmanship on some of the gloves I observed at retail was not good -- mainly at the lower price points, but not exclusively.

If you are responsible for a glove line, you might want to think about what steps you can take to engineer quality into the finished glove.

After all, quality has a huge impact on customer satisfaction with your brand.

The best time to insure that you get the quality you need? Before production starts!


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Factory, Glove Fit & Feel, Materials

Thanksgiving: A Message of Gratitude from Your Glove Supplier

Posted by Roger Heumann

Nov 27, 2013 7:10:00 AM


I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts of the season with friends and customers.

At Olympia Gloves, here are a few things we are grateful for.  There is so much to appreciate this season: 


Topics: About Olympia

Glove Manufacturing Strategies: Outsourcing vs. Direct?

Posted by Roger Heumann

Nov 14, 2013 5:47:00 PM

To make gloves well, it takes special skills and experience at all points during the process.  

Some companies have the necessary capabilities within their ranks, others do not. 

It may sound strange coming from a glove manufacturer, but outsourcing can be the right solution for some companies and not others. 

If you are developing a line of gloves and face a ”make or buy” glove making decision, here are some arguments pro and con, for outsourcing vs. going direct.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Design, Outsourcing

A Private Label Glove Sourcing Conversation

Posted by Roger Heumann

Oct 28, 2013 7:40:00 AM

Welcome to The Glove Maker's Blog

Welcome to our new blog, where we plan to share our glove manufacturing, design and sourcing experience, as well as more general views, tips and news for glove buyers and others within our industry.

sourcing leather for glove manufacturing Let’s kick off our conversation about glove sourcing with a story.

A new food store opened in my town last week. On my first visit, I tried a few items from their private label food line.

Specifically, store brand almonds, vanilla ice cream, mango salsa, and some salads.

 Packaging? Nice.
 Assortment? Interesting.

Price? Fair.  Quality? Meh.

Actually, the vanilla ice cream was gummy, and the salads were just so-so.

What does this have to do with gloves sourcing?


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Glove Fit & Feel, Outsourcing


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