The White Glove Myth Demythed

It’s unusual for me to criticize others observations about gloves. It’s also frustrating when I see seasoned business publication writers write opinions about gloves when their observations are unfounded, speculative, and wrong. So please let me vent. 
This morning, while reading the distinguished Forbes on-line (what else) business journal, I came upon a commentary about the absurdity of using white gloves for protecting documents by one of their writers, Nathan Raab.  Although Mr. Raab was on the mark about the white gloves he collectively discredited, his single observation was based on a reality show. Really!
What a shame to discredit gloves that serve a purpose to protect historical documents and archives.
You can link to his story from the title of this post and you can see my commentary reply at the bottom of “his” article by clicking on the “expand comments” link. 
Maybe Mr. Raab should have searched the internet and he would have surely found me as an inventor (in the early 90’s) of white gloves specifically used for protecting our nation’s archives, documents, and films. My observation to Mr. Raab would be that it’s not rocket science and I doubt he would see the proper white gloves for protecting documents on a reality show. 
Maybe Mr. Raab will see these links after reading my reply to him.
If Mr. Raab is as smart as I think he is, he may even contact me for a few samples of neat white gloves.  

Cartier Gloves – Handle with Care


Gloves usually top everyone’s Christmas list, except they’re also great for protecting those family heirlooms.


One of our largest customers, Cartier (yes, that Cartier, the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker), even has us make their own brand of gloves for use in their jewelry and watch showrooms and vaults. Cartier is one of many jewelers for whom we make custom Logo Gloves. Another notable customer is Tahiti Pearl Market. The list goes on.


My point: Cotton and nylon knit gloves protect your jewelry, silverware, fine china and crystal from finger prints, scratches, and destructive and corrosion causing body oils. No one takes pleasure in seeing smudges on fine jewelry in a showcase – so why would it be acceptable in your china closet? Gloves are also great for handling important photographs and other archival media.


As for you gentlemen reading this, please make sure to visit our customer’s web sites for those special gifts for your loved one. You still have time.

Photo: Cartier on 5th Avenue – New York City