Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Glovers' glee

I'll be very interested in learning tomorrow whether anyone took any specific notice of Mrs. Obama's beautiful green gloves (probably nobody will mention Mr. O's, which obviously were not of the one-size-fits-all variety). It's sad that the department stores stock beautiful leather gloves in both subtle and bright colors, and they're always marked down at the end of the season (for me! just for me!). I wore my bright-yellow ones to death. I suppose that no gloves are made in this country these days; just as with prescription drugs, we probably must import them. My mother used to take us twice a year to the V*** Glove Shop to be fitted for cotton gloves and for leather ones. Oh, those scallops! Of course, there were also string-knit gloves trimmed in leather (for driving), plus leather gloves that were not for dress and immaculate kid gloves in the various lengths proper for evening occasions. This was a nineteenth-century survival, to all appearances, and one of the two elderly spinster sisters would measure and then advise on the proper gloves. There were forms on which to display the gloves, and I suppose they were ancient as well. I remember that the tiny shop also sold fine ladies' handkerchiefs. Perhaps they sold silk stockings also. Sometimes I can't believe how much of our childhood was straight out of the ninettenth century.


At 6:03 PM, January 23, 2009, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Rantor,

MSS of Zanthan and I watched the Inauguration together, and we both noticed those exquisite gloves!

A news story yesterday reported that the sheer volume of people looking for the gloves and for the First Daughters' coats crashed the J.Crew site.

Personally fitted gloves? It does sound as if you grew up in a novel.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 9:04 AM, January 27, 2009, Blogger Rantor said...

They weren't custom gloves or anything, but measurements were taken (of the dominant hand as the larger one), and sizes were to the nearest half inch, not one-size-fits-all or S, M, L, and so on. Ah! those little pearl buttons! People who traveled to Florence did take relatives' measurements and bring back gloves that were an even nearer fit, sometimes even custom.


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