Desdemona | Silk Opera Glove with Mousquetaire
"In her eyes I see something more beautiful than the stars". This opera length pure silk glove has the traditional mousquetaire button opening on the inside of the wrist, to allow the hand to be removed from the glove without taking the glove off the arm. Elegance understated.
The silk that we use is a pure silk jersey knit that has been used for glovemaking for centuries. It has a lustrous gleam that only silk can deliver. There is no mistaking the real thing. If you'd like to see swatches of our Silk in various colours to help you decide, you can order them here.
Opera Length, 16 BL. This glove measures 16 inches from where the thumb seam meets the wrist to the hem at the top of the glove.
Here is how you convert from centimetres to inches:
How do I guess someone's glove size?
If you are buying gloves for someone and don't know their glove size (and don't want to ruin the surprise), their height can indicate their most likely glove size. Please note, this is statistically most likely but won't be correct 100% of the time.
Applies to women only
|Height||Most likely glove size|
|5'1" to 5'6"||7|
|5'7" to 5'8"||7½|
|5'9" to 5'11"||8|
For our Opera length gloves, we take a measurement for your upper arm fit to ensure the glove has a correct and flattering fit all the way up your arm. This measurement is the circumference of your arm, where the glove ends. Opera length gloves end 16 inches up from where your thumb meets your wrist.
To take your upper arm fit measurement, pass a tape measure around your upper arm, 16 inches up from where your thumb meets your wrist. This is normally about halfway up your bicep. Have your arm outstretched but comfortable. The result, in inches, is your arm fit. Please round to the nearest 0.25 inches.
Please take care with this measurement and give it to us accurately. We really want your gloves to look perfect, and not be too loose or too tight. With your help we can get them just right!
To convert centimetres to inches, divide by 2.54 - e.g. 23cm = 9 inches
My measurement is below 8.5 or above 15.5 inches, what should I do?
We will still be able to work to your specification, but please contact us before ordering.
How fast will my gloves arrive?
Most of our gloves are made ‘to order’ but we work swiftly. Our "time to make" gloves ranges from roughly one to three days, depending on our backlog. If your order is time critical, we offer a "rush" priority service - you can select this at checkout. Please see checkout options for an accurate total (glovemaking + shipping) delivery time.
Can I return/exchange?
Yes - there is a 100 day window.
Will they fit?
Yes - they will fit like a glove ought to fit. Please take care with the sizing info.
I'm buying gloves for someone, how can I guess their glove size?
You can make a guess at someone's glove size if you know how tall they are. See our guide here.
One glove or two?
Some people ask this question! You will receive a pair of gloves.
Not sure about fabric and style - can I speak to a real person?
Of course! Contact us via phone, email, WhatsApp or Instagram during UK business hours.
Can I have a personal message included?
Yes - we send a handwritten note with all orders. Let us know if we should write something special.
What gloves will work best with my dress?
Send us a photo and we will get back to you.
Can I order a selection and send some back?
Yes, you can.
Can I order a bespoke length?
Yes. This may make the purchase non refundable.
Can I order a bespoke colour?
Yes, we work with a very good dyeing house.
Can I wear my engagement ring over my gloves?
Gloves made from Tulle or Silk are fine enough for rings.
This glove features the traditional mousquetaire opening. The mousquetaire is a buttoned opening on the inside of the wrist of a long glove. Its purpose is to allow the wearer to remove the hand from the glove whilst keeping the sleeve of the glove on the arm. The empty ‘hand’ of the glove is then neatly tucked up inside the sleeve. At a very formal banquet or dinner, it is ‘incorrect’ to wield knife and fork in a gloved hand and the mousquetaire opening offers a way around this social hurdle. It is also most helpful when a ring finger needs to be made available at a wedding.
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If you are unsure which colour to match with your outfit, please order swatches here and choose whichever colour variations you would like to see. These are free of charge. We do charge for shipping but this is instantly reimbursed to you as store credit and can be used against your order.
The hub of our glovemaking operation is a small, flint walled building that was built some 150 years ago to house dairy cows. All around us are pastures. A mile to the south, the green hills of the South Downs separate us from the salt seas of the English Channel.
It takes a lot to make a good pair of gloves. Great fabrics, selected with great care from mills large and small, skill and people with a passion for making things just right.
Almost everything we make is made to order. So that the person who is making your gloves knows exactly what you want in terms of glove size, style and dimensions. They will also know your name and you will know theirs because, when they’ve finished your gloves and they’re completely happy with them, they will sign the tag to say so.
Our box, like our gloves, is built to last. For us, it's about the product, not the packaging, but when we designed our box we made sure it was beautiful and timeless.
Virtual Personal ShoppingOur virtual appointments offer a hassle-free way to shop our collections, wherever you are around the world. From navigating the right glove for a specific event, to finding a perfect match for the big day, our dedicated team are on hand to help with the following:
- Styling and product edits
- Sizing, measuring and fit advice
- Gift suggestions
Your Time is Precious
We’re here to work around your schedule. With our simple booking process, you select the time and day that works best for you. Virtual consultations are available Monday to Friday, 9:00-16:00 BST.
Tailored to You
Just like our gloves, each appointment is bespoke. You’ll be asked to share any specific requests or queries when booking. This helps us pre-select suitable products, ensuring you get the most out of your 30 minute consultation.
It’s complimentary, always.
It’s not only the quality of our product that sets us apart, but our approach. We don’t believe in charging our customers for advice. As advocators of slow fashion, we endeavour to guide you in making the right decision. Our gloves transcend seasons, so take your time to consider your purchase. We're just happy to offer some friendly advice along the way.