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Glove Company Q & A: How To Optimize Glove Fit

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 4, 2014 2:07:00 PM

manufacturing gardening glovesA recent conversation with a glove buyer reminded us that sometimes, the easiest question can be the hardest to answer.

At the start of a new glove project, she asked for the overall measurements for 3 different types of gloves, to begin her initial design work.

Easy, right?

Even if the requirements of a glove change due to style, the basic dimension of a small, medium or large person's hand doesn’t vary … does it?

Don't all glove makers use the same basic size and hand measurements?

Well … yes and no.


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Company

Glove Company Challenge: Making Warmer Gloves

Posted by Peter Kiernan

May 9, 2014 1:31:00 PM

glove company challenge:  making warmer winter gloves

Until about 40 years ago, hands were protected with shell materials like heavy weight deerskin or bison and lined with fur or hand knit wool.

Now we have a wide variety of technologies that make the outdoors a better experience in all weather conditions.

Great materials exist. The glove designer's real challenge is to develop gloves with the right performance features for weather conditions WITHIN your budget.

Here's a 2-Part series on the materials and technologies we use to design gloves for cold weather..


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Supplier Q & A: Which Outsourced Services Are Right For You?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 9, 2014 8:09:00 PM

is_photo_sewing_machine_BWGlove sourcing isn’t one size fits all.

In fact, it’s more like visiting a buffet. Some companies completely outsource all aspects of glove manufacturing, others simply need a specific service to supplement current capabilities.

You may need help with design … or sourcing and manufacturing … or have things pretty well in hand (no pun intended) and just need occasional consulting.

How do you decide? Here’s a Q & A with a twist … use it to learn which kind of glove manufacturing services can help take your business to the next level.


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label Suppy Chain, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel

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 offer advice on improving grip and durability.


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

Why Can't Glove Manufacturers Make Gloves That Fit?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Feb 1, 2014 4:05:00 PM

Glove Manufacturers: How to make gloves that 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: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel

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

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Jan 10, 2014 12:14:00 AM

leather_multi_is_photo_285We all know the expression “fits like a glove”.

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

A well-cut 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.

Unfortunately, lots of gloves don’t live up to that expression. In fact, the most common complaint about gloves is poor fit!

On a poorly cut glove:

  • The fingers can be too long or too short 
  • The thumb crotch too tight
  • The wrist closure misplaced, and so on.

Let's take a closer look at what achieved the right fit and feel actually entails.


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel

3 Ways to Ensure That You Manufacture A Top Quality Glove

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 5, 2013 5:33:00 PM

mountain bike gloveWe 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: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials

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 blog, where we 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 talk about glove sourcing by starting 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: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Outsourcing Services

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