As part of my being kinder to the planet aim, I have decided to try and be more conscious about what I buy.
I want to buy things that will last rather than wear out and need to be replaced. And I also probably need to kick my Zara habit into touch a bit too…
A Warm Glove These Days is Hard To Find…
This Christmas I asked my husband for some new, warm gloves. I wanted ones that would look nice with my smart coats (as opposed to wearing my ski gloves which make me look like I have gorilla hands). And I wanted them to be REALLY warm gloves. I don’t tend to feel that cold that much, so when it comes time to put on some gloves it’s usually very cold. I have had a fair few pairs in recent years, and none of them have been much good.
These are the ones I was very lucky to receive and I love them. They aren’t cheap, but I am planning on keeping these for years and years and they are super warm gloves. There are lots of options and colours on their website, but I like the classic look of these…my kids call them my ‘murderer gloves’. Hmm. Not quite the look I was after, but what do they know, eh?!
Hestra – 80 Years of Glove Making
I had never heard of Hestra, but my husband already had his eye on some ski gloves from there. They are a small family owned company based in Sweden and they have been making gloves for over eighty years. The products are made to high standards using traditional practices and are finished by hand in the company’s workshop in Hungary.
As lots of people are about to embark on skiing holidays soon, I had to mention this; when we in Austria I discovered that literally ALL the instructors wore Hestra gloves. My instructor had bought his in 2004 and they still looked great. The fabric ski gloves I had had for only two years had already torn in several places.
So if you are about to go skiing then I would definitely check these out. Yes, they are a bit pricey – but they will last. And no, I am not a person who thinks that expensive always equals better…but in this case I really think it’s the case. There are so few small, family owned businesses left that produce products in a traditional way…and it’s nice to support that, isn’t it?
I will probably stick with my torn gloves for another year or so, but if I were to buy some new ones, these would be my choice….