So how’s this for clever? It’s a bag with a built in glove. Or maybe it’s a glove with a built in bag. My only question -other than what the pattern looks like, there’s your challenge- is what does this pair look like? Do you cart around two bags, one on each glove? Ah, probably not. Okay, so if you lose one, do you have to buy a whole new pair or just the replacement “glove”? And then, at what price? If you lose the one without the bag, do you pay half the pair price? Sorry, can’t resist. I think it’s great.
Between 1890 and 1950, Gloversville supplied nearly 90 percent of all gloves sold in the United States, yet by the middle of the last century its factories were already in decline. One after another, stores along Main Street were shuttered, and the last of the glove makers began wrapping their mauls and their dies in chamois and closing up shop. What gloves there are to be found in Gloversville these days are sold mainly at local factory outlets, and their labels bear the words — Made in China — that spelled doom for so many homegrown industries.
Daniel is a Gloversville transplant, hailing from the two big fashion cities on both coasts. Yet another high school drop out, he taught himself to make the gloves that rest on the world’s most famous arms. Today, he’s known as the “haute couturier of gloves”. Here’s the salient points (sorry for the nag) of his operation:
- Small scale regional production (low rent to boot)
- Local skilled labor -targeted.
- High end product, high cost (commodities are a losing battle)
Then there’s the whole humility of craftsmanship and education thing. From the article:
“I thought I was a glove maker, but I wasn’t a glove maker at all until I met the old-timers,” Mr. Storto said one recent cold afternoon. “Until I came here, I had no idea what you could do with the craft.”
As it happens, the old-timers, in turn, were inspired by his efforts to elevate their craft, so much so that many of them made him a gift of their tools. Surrounded by those tools, Mr. Storto presides over a workroom that resembles a bijou museum.
Another source says:
A one-man operation, there is a waiting list for his custom-made gloves that keeps him busy year-round. He has no plans for expansion or moving the shop out of Gloversville. “My glove shop is a gift for the people of Gloversville first,” Storto said.
It’s not exactly true that he’s a one man operation, I saw photos of his gloving stitchers. I also found a photo of his patterns taken through the shop window (source).
Intrigued by the descriptions of his gloves, I looked but couldn’t find but a few of his actual gloves. I was very surprised to discover he has an etsy site with one pair of children’s wool gloves listed for sale. I thought that was hilarious. Note: he had one pair for sale, they’re gone now. And believe it or not, he even takes PayPal. Isn’t the internet great? And the price was crazy cheap -$4.95.
So ladies and gents, mock up if you will, Daniel’s glove purse pattern. While you’re not exactly rubbing him off, maybe some of what he is and has done will rub off on you.