We are excited to announce our newest Special Project, which is a digital trunk show of sorts. In collaboration with Lavabre Cadet, one of the world’s finest glove makers, we are allowing our customers to commission a pair of semi- Bespoke custom gloves. These gloves are made based on your hand tracings and a selection of different fabrics, with some absolutely unique and rare detailing. Maison Lavabre Cadet, founded in France in 1946, counts glamorous and famous individuals among its distinguished clientele, along with some of the most exacting luxury houses in the world such as Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, and Hermès.
These MTO (Made-To-Order) gloves are available in several different materials and colors, as well as the option to have their initials monogrammed onto one glove for no extra cost. Outside of going to France and having a meeting with Lavabre Cadet at their showroom, this is as close to Bespoke that you’re going to be able to get. Through our Special Project, we are offering access to two different materials. The first is kidskin, which we’re offering both in a polished kidskin and a suede kidskin. The second is peccary, which is available in three colors and a one-piece pattern or a two piece pattern.
Lavabre Cadet is one of the last glove makers still using kidskin as material. Kidskin comes from a baby goat, whereas Nappa leather comes from baby lamb. Kidskin is generally considered to be the finer material because it’s softer and has more of a finesse than lambskin does. Lavabre Cadet Kidskin Gloves can be produced with inside machine stitching, which provides a sleeker, “dressier” appearance. However, clients may opt instead for outside hand stitching, which best allows for the exquisite workmanship to be fully appreciated (using up to 40% more stitches per inch than other high-end gantries).
The Maison uses only the absolute finest hides and skins available, which perfectly complements its small-scale production. Lavabre Cadet’s exceptional quality is most evident in the incredibly precise hand stitching, complicated two-panel glove patterns, and even single-panel patterns. Unlike mass produced gloves, these are available in cashmere and silk linings sewn into the outer glove. Anytime a garment is constructed using glue, its longevity is compromised, but Lavabre Cadet sews in the lining so it’s actually two gloves in one and is of much higher quality.
The king of all materials for glove making without question is peccary. A peccary is a small South-American rodent and it’s incredibly difficult to find in large enough pieces. What’s quite unique about what we’re offering and our Special Project is the opportunity to have Lavabre Cadet Peccary Gloves made out of a one-piece pattern. Normally, because of the difficulty in sourcing this material, it’s nearly impossible to find a large enough piece of the appropriate quality for the pattern to be made from a single piece. Many peccary gloves are cut from a two-piece pattern and have an interior seem. With this particular glove, it’s best as a one-piece pattern because there is no interior lining, so having stitching on the inside wouldn’t be comfortable. On these gloves, you can really see the hand stitching, and you’re only going to get that level of detail working with a company like Lavabre Cadet. This material is offered in three colors seen below: Dark Brown, Cork, or Dark Grey.
Custom Glove Sizing
We’re offering the opportunity to have a custom pattern and sizing done for you while we take care of the international business. It’s not full Bespoke, because technically in order to have a full Bespoke glove, Lavabre Cadet would need to do a trial glove for you, so this is more of a Semi-Bespoke program. It’s very important for MTO orders to have sizing done on each hand because everyone’s hands are different. Some may vary up to an inch of measurements of your right hand versus your left. To complete sizing when you order with us, you just have to submit two things:
- Measurement of each fist with the tape measure in the PDF document we send you
- Tracing of each hand onto the paper with your pencil at a 90-degree angle perpendicular to the page
The last step would be to mail these back to us here at The Hanger Project. We will compile all the orders together, staple your measurements with the details of your order, and reach out to you to go over those details before we physically send these to the atelier in France for them to go off of the original copies when developing your patterns. If you have any questions about these gloves, feel free to contact our customer service. Since this is an exclusive offer, we’re allowing two weeks for all orders to come in, so if you order by August 31st, 2017 gloves will be delivered by December 15th, 2017.