Everything about gloves.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Glove Czars gathering for State of the Union

If you want to meet and mingle with the worlds leading Glovers and Glovenauts (and "maybe" some other Glove Guru’s), you better mark your calendar to be in San Antonio on March 15-17, 2009.


You can’t afford not to attend the 2009 IGA (International Glove Association) Glove Symposium & Expo. Click on the Title for more information.


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Saturday, December 27, 2008

One word about Winter Gloves…


WATERPROOF!

It amazes me that most shoppers looking for a real winter glove fail to purchase Waterproof gloves. I’m not talking about fine fashion lined leather gloves; I’m referring to the winter gloves you wear during outdoor activities such as shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, or hiking. The same applies to winter construction and work gloves.

Thermal lined gloves are a must have and will keep you warm but once the lining becomes wet, your hands will freeze. Regarding linings look for a branded lining like Gore-Tex or HeatKeep just to name a few. A branded lining on the label generally indicates that the manufacturer has made an extra effort to provide warmth. You should also look for a knit wrist or a wrist closure to keep out snow, rain and wind. Lastly, make sure the gloves are WATERPROOF or they will not be cold proof.

Tip: Check out the Youngstown Winter Waterproof Gloves (Pictured). These are by far our #1 selling winter gloves every year since they were first introduced.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Holidays


We’re taking a short break from the Holiday Glove Rush. But WOW, the snow storms this year certainly made our glove life interesting.


Additionally, based on customer calls & e-mails, I’ve been informed by our customer service department that it looks like the USPS (US Postal Service) has let us (along with our customers) down this year falling behind by days. Not fun after working so hard. Maybe some delays are snow related but not in LA, Miami or the South.


Next week, I’ll share our top sellers for ’08 (since we are a customer centric business) and begin to talk about real issues in the Industrial Glove markets.


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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Astronaut glove wins $200,000 NASA prize

This is an interesting item for you high-tech Glovers out there like me.

High Fives go to Peter Homer, a Maine Engineer, who developed the new astronaut glove and he had no previous experience in glove R&D or manufacturing. He just may get my Glove Guru Award this year.

Following the money – NASA will be sponsoring another contest next year and raising the stakes. I guess I better buy a new lab notebook.

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More snowstorms loom across much of U.S.

Today’s headlines were in line with today’s on-line sales. Sales for our Winter Gloves reached an all-time high. Up 215%! Thanks


All that snow will sure make traveling for Santa easier Wednesday night. Also, don’t forget to get extra gloves for your snowman and snowman makers.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

For the Love of Gloves - Retail

What you wear to keep your hands warm can also be the punctuation point to an entire outfit.

This is a fashion article about trends in gloves this season for our female Glovers by Susan Martin, Style Editor at the Buffalo News. It’s that time of year and a quick read. Click on the Title to go to the article.


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cartier Gloves – Handle with Care


Gloves usually top everyone’s Christmas list, except they’re also great for protecting those family heirlooms.


One of our largest customers, Cartier (yes, that Cartier, the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker), even has us make their own brand of gloves for use in their jewelry and watch showrooms and vaults. Cartier is one of many jewelers for whom we make custom Logo Gloves. Another notable customer is Tahiti Pearl Market. The list goes on.


My point: Cotton and nylon knit gloves protect your jewelry, silverware, fine china and crystal from finger prints, scratches, and destructive and corrosion causing body oils. No one takes pleasure in seeing smudges on fine jewelry in a showcase - so why would it be acceptable in your china closet? Gloves are also great for handling important photographs and other archival media.


As for you gentlemen reading this, please make sure to visit our customer’s web sites for those special gifts for your loved one. You still have time.


Photo: Cartier on 5th Avenue - New York City




Monday, December 15, 2008

Great Gifts under $5.00…


I read a post this morning from the Taking Stock Blog (one of my favorites). Sue is our local Retail Guru and also writes a column for the News & Observer newspaper. She constantly has great tips on shopping (even nationwide stuff) and her post this morning made me remember that we qualify for her difficult challenge.

How about Great Gloves Gifts for under $5 and remember those Stocking Stuffers.

Here’s an under $5 favorite: Winter Magic Gloves

Under $10.00: Winter Knit Gloves

For those that want to splurge this year, how about some Fur Lined Chinchilla Gloves.

Thanks for the idea, Sue.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My Modest Milestones in Gloves


A little trivia: Nearly all of my colleagues know that I’ve been involved with gloves for a very long time but, quietly, yesterday marked my 18th year in glove R&D and manufacturing. You can add a few years to that if I account for my association with gloves.

December the 22nd, commemorates our 12th year on the internet which started in 1996. To my knowledge, we were the first internet glove company at that time. It was all new (and lonely) back then but we did have some interesting companions. (See Internet 1996) To benchmark our internet origins, that’s 2 years before Google. (Google Beta 1998)


Today, according to Alexa, the web information company, we rank #1 “globally” in glove traffic out of 46,600,000 glove related sites. Cheers, from the Glove Guru


Friday, December 12, 2008

The Mystery of Naked Metisse Leather Solved!

When the new line of luxurious leather gloves by Grandoe arrived a few days ago (tagged: Made from Naked Metisse Leather), I struggled to recount my 2 decades of glove experience to interpret the meaning. I even beckoned our warehouse manager, Alaqui, a Moroccan who speaks fluent French, thinking it was one of those fancy words inspired by the French romantics. No luck there either. Google and my Webster’s failed me, too.

I then resorted to humble myself and go back to the source. First, I sent an e-mail to my new glove friend, Mike D’Arcy, one of the Czars at Grandoe, and asked for the meaning. His reply was simple as if I (The Glove Guru) should have known, “Metisse is the finest leather available.” Hmmmm, Thanks a bunch, Mike, I said to myself.

Thinking there was no way we could convince any of our customers from CPW (that’s Central Park West in case you’re not into NYC acronyms) that Naked Metisse leathers were the finest for gloves, I had to call Mike.

Mystery Solved: When I asked Mike on the phone, he simply chuckled. Instantly, I felt foolish but I still had to know. The nerve of him, I thought. After a short pause, he said laughing; it’s a word we made up! “OK, fine, but what is it, Italian Nappa? European lambskin?”, I asked.

Incredibly, I soon learned that these fifth generation glove makers from Grandoe were onto something new to me; old to them. The leathers they use (for more than a century) are made from Ethiopian Highland Sheepskins, which are the finest leathers available and have an international reputation for use in gloves. Sheep raised there near the Equator provide a softer and finer grain ideal for luxurious fine fashion leather gloves.

Now that I solved the mystery of Naked Metisse Leathers, I wonder who is going to make it to Wikipedia first, Mike or me. I know I’ll beat him to Google due to this post. He still gets kudos for the word and the gloves.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Leather Glove Care

It’s that time of year and in response to the frequent questions I receive about the care of leather gloves, I thought it would be helpful to mention my recommendations here. These apply more to fashion leather gloves than general work gloves. Fashion leather gloves are generally made from premium grade sheep or lambskins which are thinner and softer than cowhide which is commonly used in work gloves. No offense to you leathernecks, but I know how you care for your gloves.


Proper care of leather gloves and leather fur lined gloves will allow them to last for years. Besides using conventional leather conditioners, proper storage is one of the most important and overlooked issue.

  • When storing, keep your leather gloves in a well-ventilated dark, dry area. This will allow the leather to stay supple and avoid mold and mildew. Sunlight will dry out and age the leather.
  • Do not store leather or fur lined leather gloves in a sealed bag. It is best to wrap them (keeping them flat) in cloth if you need to contain them. Leather is a natural material and likes to breath. Laying them flat reduces creases which can become permanent.
  • Never heat your gloves by any means or method to dry them. Let them air dry. Drying leather gloves by heat will remove the natural oils and lanolin and age the leather making it hard and brittle.

You may want to consider using the new Glove Dogs which naturally dry and deodorize your gloves. I mentioned these in my December 7th post. I know it’s a product plug but they work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gloved Up: Would you wear this? Retail

Fashion Gloves for those with an endless amount of disposable income.

I found this new site called the Fashion Guru which is very well designed and very in vogue on fashion trends. Even though we feature many modern Fashion Gloves, I'm sorry to inform you that we don't currently sell any gloves like these. But you never know, the Fashion Guru may have just started a new glove fad.

Click on the image for a preview.

Click on the title and check them out. They have other items on gloves, too.

When the Checks Stop Coming In…Start Selling Gloves and Things: Michael Jackson


Although I’m not much into the celebrity gossip, this is for those who are.
Click on the title to go to the story.

BTW, I won't be attending the auction. There is just something about a re-cycled glove that doesn't appeal to me.

Disclaimer: I have to remind myself (and all of you) that this Blog is all about Gloves.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gloves – The Ideal Stocking Stuffer – Retail


What is Christmas without gloves?

Gloves make the ideal Stocking Stuffers at Christmas since they are inexpensive, small, and always appreciated.

Here’s a simple link to some top selling Seasonal Selections to make your shopping easier.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Santa does exist.


Last week Kris Kringle himself stopped by Gloves-Online to pick up a sleigh full of gloves for all the good little boys and girls. Nancy, our resident good girl and head bean counter, posed with Santa (rarely seen without his famous red suit).

From September through December, we sell thousands of pairs of white parade, or Santa gloves. Heck, we sell so many they even have their own category. Now, it’s hard to say how many of these gloves are used by Santa’s around the world or gracing the hands of chorus singers everywhere, but I do know that at least one pair has made it to Santa’s hands. I hope you too are getting into the holiday spirit. Even though this is a true story, a little bit of Santa magic never hurt anyone.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Glove Dogs – Not your loveable pet that steals them.


Olga, our #2 Glove Guru, requested I mention a new glove accessory due to the time of year and a source of recurrent requests.

The inventor, also a Penn State alum, never explained how he came up with the name but I knew he had to be smart (and clever).

The Glove Dogs are amazing in the sense that they actually dry your gloves among other nice benefits. Everyone can use them during the wet winter unless your dog has stolen your only pair of gloves or you’re going to the Rose Bowl for New Years.

Check them out!


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Glove Guru Recommends Giving Gloves for the Hard-To-Buy-For Relative – Retail


In case this didn’t make it to your local newspaper, this was a story that hit the wires prior to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s still timely for those of you shopping for good bargains and great gifts this year. Click on the title to view the story.

Retail versus Industrial Posts

How about a little housecleaning before I even start?

After reviewing my Blog “to-do” list, I soon realized that I would be discussing both retail (consumer) gloves and industrial gloves. There is a big difference between retail fine fashion gloves and gloves for the roughneck industrial users.
It’s for the same reason we have two web portals for our glove business. One for retail customers (Gloves-Online.com)and one for industrial customers (Industrial Gloves-Online.com). This way Industrial Glovers don’t have to deal with distractions with fashion glove navigation and vise versa.

Therefore, when I make a post, I will add the words (Retail or Industrial) at the end of the title. This way, you can ignore a post that doesn’t pertain to your interests. If you don’t see a Retail or Industrial in the title, then the post should be of general interest to everyone. After all, Blogs are supposed to be brief and content focused.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to the Glove Guru’s blog. Blog. Blog. Blog.

It’s all I have heard for the past year. As the Glove Guru, you need a blog. As an Internet retailer, you need a blog. Blog. Blog. Blog. So, here it is The Glove Guru blog.

If you found me through www.gloves-online.com, you already know that this blog is associated with it. Gloves-online.com started in 1996 (yes, that’s 1996) as a way for me to publish information about gloves for my customers. At the time, I owned and operated Polygenex International, Inc., the largest specialty knit glove manufacturer in the world. By 1998, I realized GO Gloves™ was the business and manufacturing gloves in the U.S. just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So Gloves-Online.com became an e-retailer more than 10 years ago.

As I have seen the glove industry change through the years (I’ve got more than 30 years in the biz), I have also seen how business on the net has changed. So, in keeping up with those changes, I’ve decided to blog. The purpose of this blog is to share my knowledge about gloves. (It’s a bit ironic that this blog’s purpose is the same as my original goal of launching my web site back in 1996.)

This is where I will educate consumers about new gloves, glove features, glove news, teach the industrial buyer how to select gloves for different reasons, answer those everyday questions and all my frequently asked questions, and probably a bit about how the Internet and business go hand in hand (yes, I used the pun intentionally.).