Driving Gloves: A Usefull yet Dandy Accessoire !

Thank you to Belgian Dandy for this excellent article!

What are driving gloves:

  • 3 most important functions:  grip, increased feel/control and protection.
  • Originally worn to keep hands clean when driving a motor car.
  • Also to protect from wooden veneers from the wooden steering wheel.
  • Some models are fingerless.
  • Made of soft thin leather, in a very thight fit, to not interfere with the hands movements. Mostly in deerskin, lambskin or Italian leather.
  • Unlined and with external seams: for better feeling and sensitivity of the drivers’ touch.
  • The give better feedback to the driver.
  • Holes in fingers and palm for ventilation.
  • Open knuckles and back for maximum flexibility.
  • Short cuffs and stud fastener.
  • They leave room for an unobstructed view of the drivers’ chronograph.

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Peccary Driving Glove

Peccary Driving Glove

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[threecol_two_last] The best and finest driving gloves are hand-sewn, and made from Peccary leather. Peccary leather is the worlds’ rarest and most luxurious leather for gloves. Buttery soft, hard wearing, difficult to sew, which make it a very time consuming and skilled process, which makes the expensive as well.

As Dorothy Levitt, the fastest girl on Earth, in 1906 said: “Never wear woolen gloves, as wool slips on the smooth surface of the steering-wheel and prevents one getting a firm grip, but wear gloves made of good soft kid.” This hasn’t changed since then.

The best and finest driving gloves are hand-sewn, and made from Peccary leather. Peccary leather is the worlds’ rarest and most luxurious leather for gloves. Buttery soft, hard wearing, difficult to sew, which make it a very time consuming and skilled process, which makes the expensive as well. [/threecol_two_last] As Dorothy Levitt, the fastest girl on Earth, in 1906 said: “Never wear woolen gloves, as wool slips on the smooth surface of the steering-wheel and prevents one getting a firm grip, but wear gloves made of good soft kid.” This hasn’t changed since then.

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Leather driving Glove by www.drivinggloves.com

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So, why do we need them ?

  • They are the link between you and your car, kind of like a ‘liaison’
  • When you own a convertible.
  • When you own a stylish old-timer.
  • When you have a race or sports car.
  • When you’re a sportive driver.
  • Just because they compliment your beautiful car.
  • They offer a more solid grip onthe steering wheel.
  • They add to the comfort of driving, especially on longer trips.
  • Because they simply are an essential part of the driving experience.
  • They add to the mystique of manliness, and make a powerfull image.
  • They bring status to the look you want to achieve.
  • And,…They can always keep our hands (a litlle) warm when needed.

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So, how do we wear them ?

Of course you wear them when you drive. They can become a nice ritual, just after starting your V8 engine.
You can always leave them in the car. You can tuck them away in your pockets.
But the might be used as a stylish fashion-accessorie as well. Lately they’ve been spotted in vests and jackets instead of a pocket handkerchief. The add a bit of ‘sprezzatura‘.

The iconic Steve Mcqueen wearing driving gloves while speeding

 

Thank you to Belgian Dandy for this excellent article!

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