After the Second World War, goods of all types were in short supply and heavily rationed. The Land Rover came with aluminium (not rationed) body parts and in any colour that you liked as long as it was green in order to use up all the wartime paint that was sloshing around - in particular the 'light cockpit green' paint that was used on wartime aircraft interiors. Cornelia's gloves required the surrender of two precious ration coupons (as opposed to seven for a dress) and, available in an array of colours, offered a ready means of spicing up outfits that had seen the rigours of war. The Land Rover - proudly painted in light cockpit green - was very much a utility vehicle - a far cry from the 'Chelsea tractors' of today - and gloves, too, were a commodity rather than a luxury. If you nipped out to buy a bottle of milk (rationed to 2 pints per person per week), you'd put on a pair of gloves. Over the years the Land Rover, in all its incarnations, has been tested to near destruction in every clime and country, as have our gloves; balls, banquets, parties, state occasions, weddings, even - a special mention - the reeling at the Summer Ball at the Caledonian Club. There is something indestructibly British about the hum that emanates from the differential of a Series l Land Rover and the cut of a good pair of gloves from Cornelia James offers just the same reassurance. Land Rovers aren't guaranteed for life and neither are our gloves. But they are built to last and we stand right behind them. They symbolise a style that endures and they will come to you in a box coloured 'light cockpit green'. If you ever encounter a problem with your Cornelia James gloves, send them back to us and we'll do whatever we can. We promise.
We are glove manufacturers by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen. Our association with the Queen goes back to 1947 when Norman Hartnell, who had been asked to make the young Princess' going away outfit following her marriage to Prince Philip, asked Cornelia to make the gloves that she would wear. In 1979 we were granted a Royal Warrant and have held it ever since. The Royal Warrant is not a prize but rather a recognition of excellence consistently achieved – not least because the Warrant has to be renewed every five years. Warrant holding companies range in size from the very large to the very small - like us - and the Royal Warrant is a mark of British excellence which is recognised all over the World. The Queen has a style which is beyond fashion. An abiding memory of a Royal visit is the gloved hand waving at the window of the great black car and we are proud to have provided the glove on so many occasions.