HOW TO WATERPROOF LEATHER GLOVES
Let's start at the very beginning... When your new leather gloves arrive is there anything you can do to waterproof them and protect them from the elements?
It's worth remembering that leather is a 'skin' so has a natural resistance to the elements. As long as you don't go for a spontaneous dip in the ocean... your gloves should be fine.
Nevertheless, there are a number of high-street brands making products that will enhance the natural resistance of your leather gloves against the rain. Nikwax is the most famous of these. While these are useful, however, they may compromise the appearance of your gloves -particularly if your gloves are light in colour.
The MOST important thing to remember is that, protection or not, if your gloves do happen to get very wet, NEVER TO DRY THEM WITH EXTERNAL HEAT i.e a radiator, a fire or a tumble dryer. Your gloves should be left to dry in their own time to prevent them from cracking and drying out. Leave them be... they know what they're doing.
Once your gloves are dry, we would suggest rubbing in some neutral leather creme so keep them soft. Leather cremes are available to buy in most of your local stores- such as Tesco's and John Lewis.
HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER GLOVES
- Prepare a lukewarm solution using pure soap flakes - such as 'Lux'.
- Gently wipe down your leather glove, using a cloth rather than a sponge that will crumble.
- Never wash them in a washing machine or fully submerge them in water.
- Allow them to dry naturally & as they are drying put them on the hands of the glove wearer a couple of times to allow the gloves to stretch and to restore to the appropriate fit.
HOW TO PREVENT STRETCH WITH LEATHER GLOVES
Over the years we've had many people ask, 'how do I prevent my leather gloves from stretching?' and we have a simple answer to this... 'you shouldn't have to'.
Leather is nature's gift to the glove maker. It's natural elasticity and recovery allows the hand to pass through the narrow part of the glove and then for the glove to reform around the hand and wrist.
It is the glove cutter’s skill in selecting the right piece of leather for each different part of the glove and then preparing the leather so that it retains exactly the right amount of elasticity that makes for a perfect leather glove.
So our advice to you would be - make the investment for a quality pair of gloves that will last a lifetime, and make sure to pick the correct size glove for your hand. Do this and you should never have to worry about your gloves stretching out of shape...
HOW TO SIZE YOUR GLOVES
Our leather gloves are sold in sizes - 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8
To ascertain your glove size pass a tape measure around the widest part of your hand, excluding the thumb, (normally over your knuckles) and the result, in inches, is your glove size...
HOW TO CLEAN THE LINING OF LEATHER GLOVES
All Cornelia James, our gloves are lined with either silk or wool for extra comfort and warmth. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the leather, they should not be fully submerged in water and therefore it is rather tricky to clean the lining.
We would advise against attempting to clean the lining of your gloves, as you are quite likely to damage them. Should you feel that you need to clean them, we would suggest taking them to a specialist dry cleaners.
Quality leather gloves should last a lifetime. For us, only the best will do. Our leather comes from Pittards, the doyen of gloving leather, and some natural tanneries in Italy, where there is a centuries long tradition of tanning. They truly are, the best of the best. But... don't just take our word for it - why not see for yourself?