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wonders never cease Sunday, October 11, 2009

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2009 we've thrown down the gauntlet

yhst-94416363515198_2071_2242638027 audrey, gloves audrey sabrina Granted, Audrey Hepburn could make paper-bag-wearing seem irresistible, but don't these photos make you want to help bring back the glove?

Ah, the glove. So welcome on a chilly fall morning. So full of style and lore. Worn by royalty, dignitaries, knights and maidens since the middle ages, gloves took on not only sartorial but symbolic importance. Used to pledge a promise, flung down as a challenge, or given as a token of affection by a lady to her suitor, gloves held meaning far beyond function or style. (By the way, we're big supporters of throwing down one’s gauntlet to emphasize a point.)

By the Renaissance, opulently embroidered and perfumed gloves reigned. Queen Elizabeth I had a special wardrobe mistress for her 2,000-plus pairs. A lady could spend up to an hour putting on a pair of 16-button opera-length gloves, requiring the use of glove stretchers, powder, buttonhooks, and nimble-fingered maids.

By the early 20th century, the favored daywear style was wrist-length (“shorty”), and ladies owned a pair to match every purse/hat/shoe combo. Such impeccable attention to detail continued through the 1960s.

So, we ask you again, won't you join us in making a pair of gloves for every outfit de rigeur for the 20-teens? Feel free to peruse our collection. DSYAWHCAJFM3H3CAT67J9ZCAP6ODYCCAFQVPN6CA34YF3TCAT3K36OCAI6ZOXOCAJJBYF5CA42H97RCA4Z1KZQCAKI3RWCCA6AYPGOCA3HJQ7FCAK1C7JMCARW3OUZCAM2L997CAVC9OX2CAHU521QCA83THRRVEUK8SCA0GOB3ICAAIYI37CADARXWVCADK3348CAJKD6K5CAUFOBN0CAHNFK0MCA46NZQ1CADU54OPCABQ6XS4CAJBYACFCADPSYYNCAJK0N8YCANB2IRGCA1XFUEECALO357FCA1TTVE1CA0EFPBRCAF4DQ7Fholly


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