When facing a big decision, a storied pedigree can be the most persuasive factor, which is why people trust cars from Mercedes, and gossip from Joan Rivers. When the matter in question is gloves, try Dents
Endorsed by the Queen herself, this artisanal craftsmen collective has been sheathing fingers since 1777, when it had become apparent that Britain could no longer handle her farflung colonies with kid gloves. Hand-sewn, -stretched, and -dyed, Dents' leather's skinned from farm-raised deer and hair sheep -- which are later eaten communally by Dents employees, a practice that speaks to eco-consciousness and fear of Mad Cow. Winter models are cashmere-lined, while the driving pairs come in string-back green or open-knuckled burgundy, so your fellow strap-hangers can behold your white-knuckled excitement as the 6-Train grinds along at 8mph.
For its 230th anniversary Dents has created the limited-edition Heritage Collection: 300 cashmere-lined pairs with a shell made from tusked South American Peccary pigs -- signifying a desire to reinvigorate either their tradition or their menu, after two centuries of eating sheep.