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Leather Price Challenges: Glove Supplier Costs 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.

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

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 Leather for Gloves?

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 leather for a glove?

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

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

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Topics: Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Suppy Chain

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