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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.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label Glove Materials

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.

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

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.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Leather Sourcing

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.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Glove Materials

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_285There'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.

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

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label: 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!

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing

Glove Company Tips: What's the Best Glove Leather?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Dec 23, 2013 8:25:00 AM

Glove company leather examplesBuyers ask us this question all the time: 

How do you choose the best glove leather?

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

Let's look the most common types of glove leather, their qualities, and best uses:

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/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. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Glove Materials

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.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label: Glove Factory

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!

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials

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