A quick guide to the terms used on this site: Leather types, parts of gloves and a few points of interest.
Cabretta Leather - another name for leather from a Hairsheep, so called as it grows hair instead of a woolly fleece. The soft but durable hide is used by the best makers. Primarily sourced from herds in Ethiopia and Nigeria, the majority of our gloves use this fine quality.
Cowhide - normally too thick and stiff to be used for fine gloves, but used where protection is vital: Welding etc.
Deerskin - All our deerskin is sourced from North American - the finest available. Very hard wearing, yet incredibly soft. The hide has a distinctive graining which makes it most attractive. Used mainly for men's gloves as the greater thickness of the leather requires outseam stitching, a feature used more for men's glove styles.
Forchettes - the side panels of the fingers. They can be made in contrast colours or leathers to great effect.
Hairsheep - our most popular glove leather. Very fine hides from a sheep that grows hair instead of a woolly fleece. Soft and durable. The best hides come from Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Lamb Suede - this very soft and pliable material makes a beautiful pair of gloves. Far finer than Pig Suede.
Lambskin - similar to Sheepskin, the suede is backed by the natural fleece. Thinner and softer than Sheepskin, it makes a finer pair of gloves in our opinion.
Pig Suede - less fine than lamb suede, but more cost effective. Not our first choice for suede, but useful for fashion colours.
Quirks - diamond shapes pieces sewn in as the webs of the fingers. Not always necessary, but a sure sign of a high quality maker.