The Mystery of Naked Metisse Leather Solved!

When the new line of luxurious leather gloves by Grandoe arrived a few days ago (tagged: Made from Naked Metisse Leather), I struggled to recount my 2 decades of glove experience to interpret the meaning. I even beckoned our warehouse manager, Alaqui, a Moroccan who speaks fluent French, thinking it was one of those fancy words inspired by the French romantics. No luck there either. Google and my Webster’s failed me, too.

I then resorted to humble myself and go back to the source. First, I sent an e-mail to my new glove friend, Mike D’Arcy, one of the Czars at Grandoe, and asked for the meaning. His reply was simple as if I (The Glove Guru) should have known, “Metisse is the finest leather available.” Hmmmm, Thanks a bunch, Mike, I said to myself.

Thinking there was no way we could convince any of our customers from CPW (that’s Central Park West in case you’re not into NYC acronyms) that Naked Metisse leathers were the finest for gloves, I had to call Mike.

Mystery Solved: When I asked Mike on the phone, he simply chuckled. Instantly, I felt foolish but I still had to know. The nerve of him, I thought. After a short pause, he said laughing; it’s a word we made up! “OK, fine, but what is it, Italian Nappa? European lambskin?”, I asked.

Incredibly, I soon learned that these fifth generation glove makers from Grandoe were onto something new to me; old to them. The leathers they use (for more than a century) are made from Ethiopian Highland Sheepskins, which are the finest leathers available and have an international reputation for use in gloves. Sheep raised there near the Equator provide a softer and finer grain ideal for luxurious fine fashion leather gloves.

Now that I solved the mystery of Naked Metisse Leathers, I wonder who is going to make it to Wikipedia first, Mike or me. I know I’ll beat him to Google due to this post. He still gets kudos for the word and the gloves.

Leather Glove Care

It’s that time of year and in response to the frequent questions I receive about the care of leather gloves, I thought it would be helpful to mention my recommendations here. These apply more to fashion leather gloves than general work gloves. Fashion leather gloves are generally made from premium grade sheep or lambskins which are thinner and softer than cowhide which is commonly used in work gloves. No offense to you leathernecks, but I know how you care for your gloves.

Proper care of leather gloves and leather fur lined gloves will allow them to last for years. Besides using conventional leather conditioners, proper storage is one of the most important and overlooked issue.

  • When storing, keep your leather gloves in a well-ventilated dark, dry area. This will allow the leather to stay supple and avoid mold and mildew. Sunlight will dry out and age the leather.
  • Do not store leather or fur lined leather gloves in a sealed bag. It is best to wrap them (keeping them flat) in cloth if you need to contain them. Leather is a natural material and likes to breath. Laying them flat reduces creases which can become permanent.
  • Never heat your gloves by any means or method to dry them. Let them air dry. Drying leather gloves by heat will remove the natural oils and lanolin and age the leather making it hard and brittle.

You may want to consider using the new Glove Dogs which naturally dry and deodorize your gloves. I mentioned these in my December 7th post. I know it’s a product plug but they work.

Gloved Up: Would you wear this? Retail

Fashion Gloves for those with an endless amount of disposable income.

I found this new site called the Fashion Guru which is very well designed and very in vogue on fashion trends. Even though we feature many modern Fashion Gloves, I’m sorry to inform you that we don’t currently sell any gloves like these. But you never know, the Fashion Guru may have just started a new glove fad.

Click on the image for a preview.

Click on the title and check them out. They have other items on gloves, too.

Santa does exist.


Last week Kris Kringle himself stopped by Gloves-Online to pick up a sleigh full of gloves for all the good little boys and girls. Nancy, our resident good girl and head bean counter, posed with Santa (rarely seen without his famous red suit).

From September through December, we sell thousands of pairs of white parade, or Santa gloves. Heck, we sell so many they even have their own category. Now, it’s hard to say how many of these gloves are used by Santa’s around the world or gracing the hands of chorus singers everywhere, but I do know that at least one pair has made it to Santa’s hands. I hope you too are getting into the holiday spirit. Even though this is a true story, a little bit of Santa magic never hurt anyone.

Glove Dogs – Not your loveable pet that steals them.


Olga, our #2 Glove Guru, requested I mention a new glove accessory due to the time of year and a source of recurrent requests.

The inventor, also a Penn State alum, never explained how he came up with the name but I knew he had to be smart (and clever).

The Glove Dogs are amazing in the sense that they actually dry your gloves among other nice benefits. Everyone can use them during the wet winter unless your dog has stolen your only pair of gloves or you’re going to the Rose Bowl for New Years.

Check them out!

Retail versus Industrial Posts

How about a little housecleaning before I even start?

After reviewing my Blog “to-do” list, I soon realized that I would be discussing both retail (consumer) gloves and industrial gloves. There is a big difference between retail fine fashion gloves and gloves for the roughneck industrial users.
It’s for the same reason we have two web portals for our glove business. One for retail customers (Gloves-Online.com)and one for industrial customers (Industrial Gloves-Online.com). This way Industrial Glovers don’t have to deal with distractions with fashion glove navigation and vise versa.

Therefore, when I make a post, I will add the words (Retail or Industrial) at the end of the title. This way, you can ignore a post that doesn’t pertain to your interests. If you don’t see a Retail or Industrial in the title, then the post should be of general interest to everyone. After all, Blogs are supposed to be brief and content focused.

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to the Glove Guru’s blog. Blog. Blog. Blog.

It’s all I have heard for the past year. As the Glove Guru, you need a blog. As an Internet retailer, you need a blog. Blog. Blog. Blog. So, here it is The Glove Guru blog.

If you found me through www.gloves-online.com, you already know that this blog is associated with it. Gloves-online.com started in 1996 (yes, that’s 1996) as a way for me to publish information about gloves for my customers. At the time, I owned and operated Polygenex International, Inc., the largest specialty knit glove manufacturer in the world. By 1998, I realized GO Gloves™ was the business and manufacturing gloves in the U.S. just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So Gloves-Online.com became an e-retailer more than 10 years ago.

As I have seen the glove industry change through the years (I’ve got more than 30 years in the biz), I have also seen how business on the net has changed. So, in keeping up with those changes, I’ve decided to blog. The purpose of this blog is to share my knowledge about gloves. (It’s a bit ironic that this blog’s purpose is the same as my original goal of launching my web site back in 1996.)

This is where I will educate consumers about new gloves, glove features, glove news, teach the industrial buyer how to select gloves for different reasons, answer those everyday questions and all my frequently asked questions, and probably a bit about how the Internet and business go hand in hand (yes, I used the pun intentionally.).