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Cornelia James

Wherever there is style there will be Cornelia James. 
In 1939, a young art and design student Cornelia James arrived in England as a refugee from Vienna. A talented glove maker, Cornelia quickly emerged as a designer of distinction. 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.
Today Cornelia's daughter, Genevieve James, now runs the company and Cornelia's guiding principles of attention to detail and timeless quality still ring true.  
Since 1979 Cornelia James has been the glove manufacturer 'by appointment to her Majesty the Queen' and has played a small but essential part in fashioning that iconic royal wave. 
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. More information can be found in the Press Gallery.