GEAR | Hestra Riding Gloves


Photos via Westerlind's Instagram.

Last year at this time I was thinking about the exact same thing: leather work gloves. They pair so well with everything from pea coats to Fair Isle sweaters to jean jackets. This year, my deerskin glove obsession is pointed specifically at those golden yellow deerskin riding gloves ($90) made by the heritage Swedish glove-makers Hestra. The company was founded in 1936 in SmÃ¥land, Sweden by farmer Martin Magnusson, who began producing durable leather gloves for lumberjacks. The company is still family owned and continues to produce some of the best gloves for skiiers, bikers, climbers, and people that want high-quality classic leather gloves. When it comes to the intersection of warmth, functionality, and style, I'm now just deferring to the Swedes because they always nail it.

5 comments:

AlpineStyle56 said...

Couldn't agree more -- Hestra is the best! Love that they are a family-owned biz with history and craft. And hands down the best ski gloves/ mitts out there. (I'm a bit addicted to the Ski Cross series, in particular. Great fit, dexterity and so many colors.) Over the past few years the product I like enough to spend my money on for ski gear comes from Swedish brands - love the design aesthetic, all you need, nothing you don't.

Melissa Martin said...

Seriously, the Swedes always nail it.

Vanessa Uttaro said...

These are gorgeous. Sigh, a downside to being vegetarian... well, I can enjoy looking at them on other people, anyway. ;)

Anonymous said...

Your Hestra piece is way better, but I recently bought a pair of Marmot leather work gloves (for women!) with a soft liner and they're bomb. $45 at REI. I love a work glove, but they were always too big and left my fingers frozen! The Marmot gloves were a good solution.


http://www.backcountrygear.com/marmot-basic-work-glove.html?gclid=CP6OjIaItLwCFQPZQgodun8ACA

Rhen Nicey said...

All gloves get dirty over time, but not all gloves need washed. Many types of leathers will withstand use and abuse in dirty environments. However, soft leathers such as suede leather and goatskin leather may need washed extended use.