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Gloves have been a gentleman's accessory for centuries. Within the last few decades, the variety and elegance that once existed vanished in favor of plain black and brown gloves. During the heyday of classic menswear in the 1930s, no well-dressed man would have worn black gloves. Instead, beige, yellow, gray and brown gloves with button closures (often hand stitched) would have been the gloves of choice.
To counter such tristesse in the modern glove world, Fort Belvedere offers gloves that combine functional fit, artisanal craftsmanship, innovative materials and comfort for the ultimate glove experience.
In the past we have offered grey gloves made of peccary leather, which is derived from the peccary animal, which is part of the pig family. The best quality hides come from wild animals in Peru, where they are harvested under strict CITES regulations. Since the animals are wild, little scuffs and marks in the leather are not a defect, but much rather a sign of quality and wild origin. Genuine peccary is identified by characteristic 3-prong pores that you won't find in other leathers
Peccary leather has always been praised as the best leather for gloves due to its extraordinary characteristics. It is both incredibly durable while being supple and soft. While a hand-sewn seam can rip under extreme conditions, the leather can be resewn over and over again and you will likely never be able to destroy peccary leather in the course of normal use.
Although peccary leather is marshmallow soft from the start, it will get even softer and better with wear.
If you stop getting better, you have stopped being great. That's the way we approach things at Fort Belvedere and so we want to create a peccary leather that was not only buttery soft but also functional for those cold winter days when you are out about in the snow or if you have to free your car from the ice.
We also wanted to create a stain resistant grey leather that would look neat and develop a patina at the same time.
After testing multiple ways, we are very proud to introduce to you, the world's first HydroPeccary™ Leather. It resists all kinds of fluids whether it's water, coffee or even red wine! Please watch the video so you can see for yourself.
Even though our peccary hides all come from wild Peruvian animals, the tanning was done in Germany by a family company with over 100 years of experience in tanning. The leather for these gloves was drum-dyed in order to retain it's natural softness, look and feel but also providing you with waterproof leather.
No other Peccary glove on the market has this particular characteristic and I am certain you will appreciate it as you wear your Fort Belvedere heirloom gloves.
No, they are not like your rubber kitchen gloves. While our HydroPeccary™ leather blocks water, the gloves are handsewn, which means water can enter through the seams. However, due to our tight stitches, your hands should never get wet under normal conditions. Because of that, we like to call our gloves water-resistant, not waterproof.
The art of glove cutting is a dying trade yet it is so important for peccary gloves because the skins are wild, and a cutter has to maximize the yield by cutting around holes and scars in the leather which every wild peccary skin has.
These Fort Belvedere HydroPeccary™ are handsewn by skilled Hungarian artisans. Every pair takes several hours to complete and our workers have great pride of their craft, and you can see that in every detail of the glove.
Most gloves have three simple points that are machine sewn. These Fort Belvedere gloves feature intricately hand-sewn points with contrast thread. It takes much longer, but looks better and for this kind of leather, it goes without saying that only the best workmanship is good enough.
Quirks are the little triangular pieces of leather between your fingers that provide you with an extra range of movement. It takes much more time and skill to add those, but at Fort Belvedere we believe it would not do our HydroPeccary™ leather gloves justice if we didn't use those little extra pieces to enable you to move your fingers without restriction. Also, we made the quirks in contrasting signature Fort Belvedere Green, so you can immediately recognize our gloves very easily.
When debating between Alpaca lining which is warmer and Cashmere lining, which is softer we decide to go with the softer lining because after all, these are not ski gloves meant to be worn at Antarctic expeditions but rather top notch dress gloves for an elegant gentleman. We opted for a mottled oatmeal color of cashmere that was spun, plied, finished and knitted in Italy in exactly the right glove size for maximum comfort.
These gloves have the Fort Belvedere signature trimming and leather covered button in green as well as green constrast stitching on the outside, which is all done by hand. That way your gloves standout upon closer inspection without being in-your-face loud.
Traditionally, gloves were closed with a button at the wrist, whereas today this feature has all but disappeared. Fort Belvedere reintroduces this classic feature, as a buttoned glove will hug the wrist and sit neatly under a coat sleeve. You can wear them in a classic manner or nonchalantly unbuttoned, with a touch of sprezzatura.
Together with gray gloves, Chamois yellow gloves are the most versatile glove color! It pairs equally as well with tweed sport coats, business suits, a trench coat, formal morning dress outfits such as the morning coat or the stroller suit as well as with black, gray, blue, brown or any other color in menswear, no matter whether it is an overcoat, quilted jacket or three-piece suit.
These peccary gloves come to you in our Fort Belvedere Signature Green Gift Box.