Cornelia James arrived in England in 1939 as a refugee. Cornelia had studied art and design in her native Vienna and quickly set about establishing herself as a designer of distinction. The leather gloves that she made in a huge range of colours became fashion essentials and Vogue magazine profiled her as “the colour Queen of England”. Cornelia built up a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores.
Cornelia’s work brought her to the attention of Norman Hartnell; she started to work for him and made gloves for many of his grand clients. In 1947 Hartnell made a very special request and Cornelia was invited to make the "going-away" gloves for the then Princess Elizabeth after her marriage to Prince Philip. This was the start of a long and happy association with the Royal Household formalised in 1979 by the grant of a Royal Warrant as glove manufacturer ‘by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen’.
The Royal Warrant is granted to companies who have supplied HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales, for at least five years. It is recognised the world over as a mark of quality and excellence.
Making the traditions of tomorrow.
Today, it is Genevieve James, Cornelia’s daughter, who holds the Royal Warrant. The company, under the successful headship of Genevieve, continues to design and manufacture its gloves in an atelier in rural East Sussex, England. The most highly skilled workers are employed to produce the best of British craftsmanship. Well established techniques are used to ensure the high quality expected from Cornelia James gloves.
Cornelia James has always enjoyed an illustrious client list. From British royalty to rock royalty, Cornelia James is proud to have graced the hands of the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. World renowned fashion publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W Magazine also regularly feature Cornelia James gloves. More information can be found in the Press Gallery.
Gloves remain at the heart of Cornelia James and are sold through some of the world’s most exclusive stores. Collections encompass beautifully classic cotton gloves to stylishly sporty ski gloves to exuberant opera gloves.
This excellence and quality is also reflected in a selection of beautifully crafted and curated leather goods, pashminas and scarves. The rich heritage combined with a passion for creating truly exceptional British luxury accessories continues to delight customers across the world.