$30 vs $300 Leather Gloves For Men- Differences in Men’s Dress Gloves Gentleman’s Gazette

$30 vs $300 Leather Gloves For Men- Differences in Men’s Dress Gloves Gentleman’s Gazette


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we discuss the differences
between a $30 pair of gloves and a $300 pair of gloves. Just like with anything in life, there are
very cheap low-quality gloves and very expensive high-quality gloves. But why should you spend $150, $200, or $300
on a pair of gloves when you can get something seemingly the same for just $30. What exactly is the difference between a quality
pair of gloves and a heap pair of gloves. I already have tons of quality gloves in my
collection so we went out and bought 2 pairs of men’s gloves on sale from a department
store to compare them in person. You may not think there’s a huge difference
but in fact, there is. We’ll answer all of the questions and much
more in this video today. You can break down the differences in leather,
cut & fit, lining, and quality & detailing. First, let’s look at the leather of $30 gloves. The first thing I noticed, the tag just said
100% leather with polyester lining. The problem is, you don’t know what animal
the leather comes from. For gloves, you want specific leathers that
are stretchy so when you move, they adapt to your hand and they always look elegant
and comfortable. Obviously, there are some leathers that are
not suited to gloves such as cow leathers, or horse leathers, versus lamb leathers, peccary
leathers, hair sheep leathers are really good for gloves. With both of these pairs of gloves, you really
don’t know what it is but I can tell by moving my fist, it’s very stiff, it’s hard, and it’s
uncomfortable, so it’s likely not a quality leather. What do you expect from something that’s marked
down to $30? Now, we haven’t had those for long but I can
already tell that this leather is pigment coated especially this one here, and it will
age very poorly ad show very bad wrinkles over time. It’s simply of a lower quality and you just
get the dye on top. This one seems to be a little better because
it’s not pigment coated but it still feels very stiff and I don’t have much confidence
in the longevity of it. On camera, it’s really hard to see the difference
but I can tell you that this is extremely stiff, this is slightly softer, but both of
them really feel cheap and when you smell them, it’s really artificial and not a leather
smell. In terms of leather colors, there’s not much
choice. usually, it’s about black, dark brown, medium
brown, various shades of tan, but that’s about it. Quality gloves come in chamois yellow, grey,
red, green, blue, you name it, these colors are out there and they’re very elegant and
unique. Also with quality gloves, you’ll always know
what kind of leather they’re made of. For example, we have lamb nappa gloves that
are extremely soft and once you touch them, you see the difference between a more expensive
$160 pair of gloves and the cheap ones. We also offer nice lamb suede leathers, they’re
extremely soft and have a wonderful touch and look. It’s not something you’ll find on an inexpensive
pair of gloves. The best leather in the market is peccary
leather, it comes from an animal in Peru and it’s very durable and gets softer over time. It develops a nice patina so the longer you
have them, the more elegant they’d look. The downside is, the leather is a lot more
expensive than $30 but it’s an investment in your wardrobe and the cost per wear can
actually be much lower than a $30 pair of gloves. To learn more about glove leathers and the
differences and the options you have, please check out our video, here. Next up, let’s talk about glove linings. Cheap gloves will have a polyester lining
or something with nylon, sometimes it’s fleece, but generally, it’s rather bulky and your
hands are much more likely to sweat in them. Also, when you’re inside the gloves, you can
really feel the thick seams of the lining in the leather and they create pressure points
which make them less comfortable to wear. On the other hand, a quality pair of men’s
dress gloves, will always have a natural lining that could be wool, could be cashmere, or
alpaca. The advantage of cashmere is that it is much
softer than wool, it’s about as warm. Alpaca is slightly less soft but a lot warmer
because the fiber is hollow and has air and insulates better. On top of that, the sizing of the liner is
matched exactly to the gloves and therefore, you don’t get any thick seams, the glove looks
elegant, and it feels comfortable when you wear it. To learn more about the intricacies about
glove linings, please check out our in-depth men’s dress glove guide, here. Next up, let’s discuss cut and fit. Arguably, the most important point about wearing
gloves is the proper cut and tight fit. You’re probably familiar with the saying “It
fits like a glove.” and that means it fits like a bespoke suit that is close to your
body and there’s no excess material. Just look at the visual difference between
these two gloves. On the right, the quality glove that is quite
elegant and expensive, on the other hand, you have this cheap glove that looks bulky
and boxy. This was exactly the size for me, it only
came in three sizes. For the cheap glove, as you can see, my fingers
are just about there, could be slightly longer. On my palm here, there’s a lot of excess material. As I wear the glove, this is getting bigger
and bigger and it just looks very inelegant. Also when I move my fingers, I can just feel
that I have tension points even though it’s wide because the cut is not sophisticated
and not thought through. If you’re lucky, you find them in three sizes;
small, medium, and large, sometimes in extra large but that’s about it. now, let’s talk about the quality gloves. Usually, the cuts are a little more refined. The finger length is adjusted to the width
of the palm and therefore, you get a glove the fits really tightly and looks elegant. Quality gloves also come in half sizes, usually
a seven like this glove from Fort Belvedere so you find a perfect fit no matter whether
you have large hands or small hands. Quality gloves also look more elegant because
they are narrow around your wrist, they are not too long, there’s not excess bunching
material. Around here on the cheaper gloves, you see
that they’re all loose so you have a lot of cold air coming in and it makes you feel cold. Quality gloves are generally hand cut by an
experienced cutter. They cut around issues in the leather such
as marks or bug bites. With cheaper gloves, that’s not the case,
you just get whatever there is and usually they a grain corrected leather so it’s just
not as soft and not as stretchy anymore. With a quality pair of gloves, you also gets
lot of detailing such as contrast piping, you get hand-woven elements such as here,
with these driving gloves, or you have green piping and a button closure.It’s not something
you’ll ever find on cheaper $30 gloves. As a matter of fact, cheap detailing such
as this Calvin Klein mark on the outside of the glove, or that cheap stitching are not
very elegant. One thing that you’ll find in most quality
gloves is the so-called quirks which are these little things in between your fingers. It’s like a triangular diamond and it enables
to have extra material there so your finger movement is much easier and more comfortable. On cheaper gloves, you will never find that
and that’s why it’s much harder and they don’t feel as comfortable when you use them, when
you drive, or when you do anything with them. So quality gloves not only look much better,
they also feel a lot better and you won’t regret it and you’ll know immediately what
I’m talking about once you put your hands in one. So to sum it up, cheap gloves are all machine-sewn,
they have boring colors, they are usually bulky, and they have little tags on them,
the leather’s inferior, and they smell. On the other hand, quality gloves can either
be machine-sewn like this one, or hand-sewn like this one, you can have a contrast stitching,
you can have a tone in tone stitching, but it’s always of the highest quality. It has a warm natural lining,it has interesting
details such as the buttons, the lining, or the hand woven accents. To make a pair of gloves like this, it takes
several hours, sometimes six, sometimes eight, versus a cheap machine pair of gloves can
be sewn in less than thirty minutes. Now for a lot of men, the $30 pair of gloves
may seem like a bargain upfront but in reality when you add up costs and costs per wear,
the quality pair beats them any day. To be fair, there are uses for inexpensive
gloves such as shoveling the snow or pumping gas but once you invest in a good pair of
gloves, you can just your old ones for these activities and just skip those altogether
because they’re uncomfortable after all. I guarantee you, once you put on quality gloves
that fit you, that have an unusual color, compliments will come your way very quickly. To learn more about quality gloves and the
difference to inexpensive gloves, and anything you ever wanted to know about elegant men’s
dress gloves, please check out our in-depth video guide, here. If you want to shop the gloves in this video,
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80 Replies to “$30 vs $300 Leather Gloves For Men- Differences in Men’s Dress Gloves Gentleman’s Gazette”

  1. I would love to get the gray Peccary glove with Alpaca lining you have on your website … but, damn, it's pricey! Not to mention, your the only one who seems to be selling this combination.

  2. Simply put, I once bought an expensive pair of fine gloves that fit perfect and looked beautiful, were comfortable, and lasted me almost…25 years.

  3. I haven't looked threw all you videos but can you do one on suspenders? Love the content on your channel I'm a young man myself, who enjoys dressing well on more than just special occasions and am hoping to expand my wardrobe with classic mens wear. keep the videos coming.

  4. My taior can make a pair of lamb nappa gloves with lamb fur or bunny fur lining or cashmere (basically anything except alpaca) with Quirks for 50$ with all the specific measurements and mostly any color, would you call that a cheap glove ?

  5. Wonderful video appreciate learning about the difference between a quality pair of leather gloves verses a inexpensive pair to some it may seem wasteful to invest in a really good pair of leather gloves but as you highlight in your video over the course of time in the long run you come out way ahead thanks for the information!

  6. On one hand, quality gloves are an investment (actually, the gentleman's wardrobe can be a serious investment). It's not only about warm hands in the wintertime. On the other hand, if anyone desires to be(come) a gentleman, this can only be a start (there is no shortcut or discount on this path). Elegance and style are not facts, they are daily habits. Becoming a gentleman involves a lot of tacit knowledge… I personally know very few who make a contribution similar to Gentleman's Gazette.

  7. Nice guide, even though gloves are not a high enough priority for me to spend $300 on a pair. Now at least I better understand the difference. Maybe someday I will splurge on high quality gloves.

  8. This was helpful. Thank you, sir.
    I'll revisit your previous glove videos to see what works best for sub-freezing temperatures.

  9. I always struggle whenever I'm in the market, looking to invest in a high quality pair of leather gloves – namely black leather gloves, since they're a universal color that goes well with petty much anything. I'm a young businessman who lives in New York, so gloves this time of year are all but mandatory, I'm afraid. That is, unless you want your fingers to experience frostbite and subsequently fall right off your hands. That wouldn't be a pretty sight!

    My issue stems from not wanting to sacrifice practicality and comfort, for aesthetics (i.e., shine, design, patterns of lining glossiness, fit, and so forth), or vice-verse. Ideally, I wouldn't like to compromise either one – if you see what I'm getting at here.

    I make good money, so I wouldn't mind investing in a pair of dress gloves that would set me back, upwards of around $300 – I really wouldn't. My thing is not really knowing whether a given pair would be the right pair to purchase. The options here are plentiful, as you can only imagine

    Look, style and appeal, matter to me a great deal, as I'm a man who spends most of his time wearing suits, dress shoes, overcoats, peacoats, and quite a few accessories. Gloves accentuate the look of whatever you may be wearing on a given day, so that's why they matter so much to me.

    Thank you for the extremely detailed and highly informative video.

    I always learn so much from you. It's such a delight to be able to follow you, here on YouTube.

    Take care!

  10. in December I bought a pair of lampskin leather gloves with cashmere lining only with 80$ they are handmade and because the company was small I think that I made a great purchase

  11. Always informative! Is that a regular scarf you're wearing & is there a video? The way you wear it is very eye catching!

  12. I just bought a pair of Alwyn gloves, which was old stock since the company no longer exists after the passing of the owner. They're made of capeskin and feel awesome, however I was wondering if I could have a button put in the seam at the opening? They fit great, but the parts at the wrist kinda go everywhere when wearing and won't stay snug.

  13. Prince of Wales Check Overcoat? My father had a similar Peacoat bought from Aquascutum in 1978 and he's still wearing it when the Police brought him home at 3am last night sadly he suffers from Alzheimer's at 92 years old but his coat prevails.

  14. I just bought a 10$ pair of leather gloves off eBay being the KFC salary high school student I am. so watching This is a shit idea

  15. in construction/ helper. my hands get tore up all time! if I bought the $15 gloves.. I get 3 days out them.. $5. gloves I be lucky get 1 day.. sometimes 2. most the time.. I just go without.. dig out the spliteres when I get home! …$300$500. for gloves /or shoes.. (that's nuts).

  16. i lose my gloves every year, so i'll stick to my $5-15 pair from wally world. I'm mean for real, who is looking at your gloves and judging you? Get a fitted pair in black or leather, and no one is going to give you weird looks

  17. I have a pair of leather gloves that are on the cheeper side, but they were a gift, so I didn't waste my own money on them. Nevertheless, I like them very much, and go very good together with my black overcoat.

  18. Came for a video that would guide me about a pair of 40$ (though I got a discount from boxing day, so a bit lower) Auclair deer leather winter gloves (I couldn't find images of them online. Not even on their website. They have a bunch of products that don't an image).
    First off, I doubt they are hot enough to be used for prolong amounts of time outside in the winter of where I live (think of -20 Celcius being an unsurprising temperature)… But they do look nice. They have enough enough slack between the thumb and index to arch with my hand when I put them in a 90degree angle.
    They have the lining and filling of cheap gloves. And the actual leather exterior (which is supposedly 100% deer leather) seem kinda thin and dubious at place, but not as thinly cheap as different pair of glove I have (which were cheaper, when I bought them). If it fails to be what it's supposed to be, I'll be sure to return them.
    … I'm not a connaisseur in leather gloves. I don't know what to expect (except for the cut). When I hear leather, what comes to my mind is something that can withstand heavy-duty stuff (though, not to the same level as leather work gloves).

    … But my Auclair gloves do, at least, smell of leather.

    Since I have big hands (my gloves are range from Large to Extra-Large), not every glove is gonna fit my well. And if it fits me, it may not pass my 90degree thumb/index arch test.
    They were some much comfier (in term of keeping hands hot), but they were either too small bulky or didn't pass my thumb/index test.

    … I'm sure some 300$ gloves would be awesome, but it's not an investment I'm willing to do at the moment. I don't have enough expendable outcome, at the moment.

    … I might just buy hotter gloves too.

  19. I recently bought myself the hydro proof gloves from fort Belvedere and let me just say I was not expecting them to be super soft out of the box both outside and inside. I love them. I got myself the gray ones and they match my whole wardrobe.

  20. Anybody out there thinking of buying a pair of Honns gloves? Don't. I did, and three weeks later one of the stitches gave out. I contacted them, and here's what they replied: "We do not accept returns/refunds or offer exchanges for gloves that have been used. We apologize for the inconvenience." So basically they have no warranty or quality control on a $150 pair of gloves. Nice going HONNS!!

  21. Awesome! Saw your video on driving gloves too I had a question about kangaroo leather gloves are they better then lamb skin? Or peccary?

  22. this is really helpfull i always tought for years cow hide and horse hide was the best quality now i know the difference thank you!.

  23. The true difference comes down to how quickly you'll lose them. A $30 pair of gloves will last until they wear out. With a pair of $300 gloves one will inexplicably go missing after about two weeks. $100 gloves about 3 months before they get lost.

  24. I've watched a few of these videos over the years and this guy always makes me just as uncomfortable. He seems like a dystopian comicbook villain, slightly rapy and real murdery. Kinda reminds of the penguin from batman.

  25. 30 seconds in and I already know he's gonna convince me to shell out $300 on a pair of gloves that I'll be too afraid to wear in case I get them dirty….. Sigh! Alexa…..show me high-quality gloves. I have a shopping problem.

  26. What is your opinion on using the women’s version a glove if there is no actual difference in the look if there is no size for my small hands?

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