Gloves of Timeless Style

Est 1946

Our story

When Cornelia James arrived in England in 1939 as a refugee from Nazi occupied Vienna, she brought with her nothing but a suitcase and a steely determination to succeed. In 1947 the couturier Norman Hartnell asked her to make gloves to accessorise the Princess's going away outfit and in 1979 she became glovemaker ‘by appointment’ to Her Majesty the Queen. Three generations later, the family business is still making gloves by hand in Sussex, England. Experience is measured in years, but success is marked in moments made special by great gloves.

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We put a lot into a pair of our gloves. Not least, 96 inches of stitching, each one executed with care and precision to make a glove fit to stand the test of time. One glovemaker fashions the glove from start to finish and - when it's done - they put their name to it. It's personal.

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The 20 Best Wedding Gloves for the Timeless Bride-Cornelia James

The 20 Best Wedding Gloves for the Timeless Bride

Wondering if bridal gloves are the addition you need to finish the wedding look? Even though gloves are not ‘required’ by wedding etiquette as they were until the 1960s, brides may choose to wear gloves as an elegant statement. Few accessories can add such a timeless feel to a wedding look as a pair of bridal gloves. Generally, the choice of glove depends on the style of the sleeve. Once you have said ‘Yes to the Dress,’ the glove shopping begins.
Long Leather Gloves: This Year’s Fashion Essential-Cornelia James

Long Leather Gloves: This Year’s Fashion Essential

Leather: uniting motorcyclists, punks, musketeers (more on that later) and fashion aficionados since the very dawn of time. The textile equivalent to a sparkling A-list celebrity, not a decade has passed without the emergence of a trademark leather piece – from the 1960’s and its rocker motorcycle jackets, to the ‘70s and its patent platform Mary Janes. And, with those in the know nodding towards a new kid (skin) on the block, this year’s darling of the fashion world is one that’s very close to our heart – a classic pair of long leather gloves. 
What are the best gloves for summer?-Cornelia James

What are the best gloves for summer?

Introducing: the Cornelia James summer guide to styling the biggest accessory of 2022. Whether you’re looking for elegant gloves for sun protection or a fabulous formal pair for endless balmy evenings, our Swiss and sueded cotton gloves will ensure your dearly begloved stays on hand throughout. So, without further ado, here’s how to bring your very favourite accessory from the depths of winter and out into the sunshine.

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Company is born

“Design student flees Nazi scourge, arrives in England with suitcase full of fabrics, finds fame and fortune as glove maker to the Queen”.

Cornelia had studied art and design in Vienna and arrived in England as a refugee in 1939. After the war, in a world made drab by rationing, the leather gloves that she made in a huge range of colours became fashion essentials. Vogue magazine profiled her as “the colour Queen of England” and Cornelia quickly established a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores.

Press & Features

Josephine Scott | Inspired by the debutante era & the Queen Charlotte’s ball-Cornelia James

Josephine Scott | Inspired by the debutante era & the Queen Charlotte’s ball

Bridal Designer & Concept @josephinescottlondon Wedding Planner, Stylist & Creative Design @lucyannevents Photographer, Creative Design and Direction @charlottewisephotography Venue @avingtonp Gloves @cornelia_james Floral design @fallintoflowers Hair & Makeup @chloeghbridal Hair & Makeup assistant @allthingsbridal__ Videographer @aiweddingfilms Cake Design @hayleyelizabethcakedesign Accessories @victoriapercival_accessories Tableware & Décor @theluxecollectionuk Chairs @furniture4events Velvet Bows @theembroiderednapkincompany Suits @menswearr_suit Shoes @emmylondonofficial Linens @northfieldslinen Models @penelopechloe @sophieoneil @joe_ryan @clarissasarica Assistant to Charlotte Wise @charlottemae_photography
Zara Larson | Women in Music Awards-Cornelia James

Zara Larson | Women in Music Awards

Women in Music Awards
Ellen Von Unwerth-Cornelia James

Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen Von Unwerth X Honey Birdette lingerie Photographer & Director : @ellenvonunwerth Styled by: @stylistmikeadler Lingerie @scarlettgasque Gloves @corneliajames Jewels @butlerandwilson Photographer & Director : @ellenvonunwerth Set design: @inherglory DOP : @cheynetd Makeup: @beasweetbeauty Hair: @Oskarperahair Nails : @nailsbymh Music: @carolinevreeland Producer: @lucywatsonproductions

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