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December 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm
“Tomorrow I will share with you the gloves I buy every September when I’m in Paris. They’re thin, sturdy, and age beautifully”
Ok, I’m a little confused: if they’re sturdy and age beautifully, why do you need to buy them EVERY September? %)
Ugh Sart — these are rich people problems. I usually like you but this post makes me want to barf. Maybe keep the gift guide on the positive side?
December 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm
ummm. yeah. Coats & Clark and a sewing needle.
turn those bad boys inside out. gingerly run stitches a through the tear run. do that a couple of times and be sure to knot securely but gently so as not to gather the knit. check youtube on how to mend a sweater.
next time, there’s a little shop in rome at the bottom of the steps that sells cashmere lined leather gloves or a pair of isotoners from target. they may not be the kind of curl up luxury but they are the luxury that keeps you warm and dry while you’re doing physical labor ( or in this case riding a bike around town-which is its own kind of labor/hazard)
$100 to mend?! Ridiculous. Particularlt if it’s just the seams splitting. That’s 10 minutes of work – plus you could do it yourself easily. Where are you now? Patis or New York? My tip would be to find a knitting shop asap and just ask one of the nice ladies hanging out in them to teach/show you how to do that. Buy them a coffee or a nice ball of yarn and they will probably do this for you, with pleasure.
December 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Hey Scott – I’ll mend your gloves for that $100. Seriously, $100? I love think leather gloves that fit a man like a second skin. They mean none of the loss of dexterity and articulation that regular thickness gloves cause…
December 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm
biking is hard on glove. my leather gloves are all stretched out of shape from holding the handles… I have bike-gloves and non-bike-gloves.
December 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm
Hah! That`s funny! I really love a good quality leather gloves, that feel like your second skin! It`s worth to invest in a nice pair you can keep for years!
December 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Oh come on!! My grandma would mend them in 10 minutes for 0 euros and you wouldn’t even see a stitch!
Sometimes I wonder if NY is on another planet…
December 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm
You need some HAND-KNIT gloves. If they fall apart, it’s easy to rip back a finger and re-knit. If you find a fast enough knitter, they’ll also be less than $100.
December 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm
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December 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm
Mending’s a good skill to acquire and is not difficult, requiring only patience and willingness…many military men mend! I feel like mine was the last generation to learn to mend and it means that beautiful but damaged vintage comes to happy me. But if anyone can tell me how to CLEAN fine leather coloured gloves…
December 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Cashmere is a very delicate fiber, you are better off buying wool for durability.
Ask a local knitter to mend your glove.
December 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm
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December 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm
I repair knitted garments. please contact me at your convenience. Thank you.
December 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Or maybe buy leather gloves lined with cashmere!
December 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm
$100 to mend a small hole in a knit glove!? That’s insane. It would be cheaper and more rewarding to learn how to knit and do it yourself. Seriously, swing by your local yarn store and see if they can recommend someone who would be willing to help you out. The hardest part will be finding an acceptable match to the yarn.
December 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm
Knit gloves really are beautiful!
December 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Or you could just sew it or patch it yourself for free…
December 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Seems like she’s perfect with the home-spun tools. Based upon her tutorial and visuals might be worth a shot to drop her an email. With her not being too far away – Michigan – it might be less than the $100 quote.
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December 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm
December 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Do you know anyone that knits? Fixing a finger is pretty simple for an experienced knitter.
December 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Gee, I wish I can mend it for you, but I live 1,000 miles away. I knit them for my own pleasure. Some people just born craftist.
December 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm
taylors in asia are always much cheaper, and do a great job…maybe try a taylor in an asian (as in indian) area of town. http://whattheshoe.blogspot.com
Try DYI? It could be a good start! :)
December 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm
um…well … i’d just sew them up!
(too obvious, perhaps?)
use one of handy
little sewing kits they give you in hotels –
choose a color to match your gloves (or not)
and sew them – inside out is best – use an
egg (hard-boiled is best) to sew ‘against’.
December 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm
I am loving my fingerless cashmere gloves from J. Crew. Haven’t had any problems with them at all.
December 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Oh, I love knit gloves. Mend it yourself! I was doing just that yesterday to my favorite pair of wool gloves.
December 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm
I agree that you just need to learn to knit. I knit all of my accessories and sweaters in fact (and they are beautiful…not at all unstylish…there are great luxury yarns available these days). The added bonus is that they weren’t made in a factory in China, etc. and shipped thousands of miles!
December 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm
$100 to mend?! that’s not even funny NY.
Good luck with the fix.
I read from previous blogs of yours, that people simply do not fix or repair damaged items, but rather purchase new ones.
I really really like that you are interested in saving the life of your items! It inspires me to repair my goods rather than give myself an excuse to purchase new ones.
My local dry cleaner (who also does repairs), and I thank you.
December 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Well, leather gloves are an option but it is essential to get them to cover the wrist and beyond. I have wool gloves which are strong and bobble resistant as well – they also hold their shape. Cashmere gloves and cashmere socks are a fabulous idea but a truly lousy reality unless you’re the Great Gatsby!
December 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Send them my way! No charge.
Maybe try some DYI? Always helps! :)
December 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm
I’m an excellent and experienced mender (unless you mean your leather gloves) I’ll mend them for free – or for a few style tips.
December 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Cashmere lined sports gloves if your constantly on a biker and a dressier pair for date night!!
December 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm
For darning of wool gloves, the tailor at Jerri’s Cleaners, on 6th Avenue, between 10th and 11th Streets. For leather, the shoemaker across 6th Avenue on 10th Street. Give the money you save to the guy who begs outside Citarella.
December 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Good quality gloves don”t have seams although they will have a join/gusset at the base of the thumb and fingers. Either buy a homemade pair on etsy or commision a pair from your favorite knitter
December 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Best practical gloves for being out and about? Wind proof gloves made for runners and cyclists. Try Smartwool, Under Armor, Mountain Hard Wear, or other outdoorsy brands like them. They keep your hands warm and dry, are fully functional, and have a nice tight fit (not bulky.) I have a dog, so I need to have warm hands when I walk him in the winter. Knit gloves just do not fit the bill for me. Also, you can get these gloves in solid black. They don’t look like you have ski gloves on.
December 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm
Though I shopped Melrose in the eighties I’d still go to Brook Bros. every fall for my cashmere lined leather gloves. The leather held up but the cashmere might wear out. I’d wear these up in the mountains ‘apres ski.’
Brooks Bros – still? I don’t know.
Marcel Da Chump
December 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm
A new bike! Looks like a Specialized hybrid in matte black. Ride safe!
December 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Weeeeel, this place *will* charge you, um, alot?….Alice Zotta – 2 W 45th…but those reweavers are like magicians, I swear.
Anyway, even if you don’t use them for your cashmere glove conundrum, they’re the best at invisibly mending holes, tears, other fabric disasters. Keep them in your rolodex for the future…
December 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Those are fabulous. Cashmere is king! They keep hands warm and styled in the gnarliest weather.
December 13, 2011 at 1:02 am
Nice bike! Specialized Sirrus? I have the same one ;) happy riding (and I hope you find a fantastic/reasonably priced pair of full finger bike gloves!)
December 13, 2011 at 1:42 am
Oh dear, first world problems.
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December 13, 2011 at 2:07 am
I haven’t mastered invisible mending yet, but I’ve gotten pretty good at not noticeable fixing. And I don’t knit & have never formally studied sewing–mending is, I think, just one of those skills that can be developed with some patience, practice, and logical problem-solving skills. No fancy tools need be involved, either–a decent needle, something to stabilize the fabric, and doubled thread will generally get the job done. So this is something you can do yourself.
December 13, 2011 at 2:11 am
last year, I strategically snipped mine on purpose in one place just to poke a fingertip out use my android!
this year, I found & bought a fully technical type of gloves. also I now need ones that grip everything and they keep my hands clean, dry & safe.
so, function over softness. I just can’t use the knit ones anymore.
December 13, 2011 at 3:09 am
I staple clothing if I get stuck, also a bit of tape does wonders but it tends to make a squishy noise if you use it on the hem of a skirt. I think it would look pretty daggy to wear the gloves so that all the fingers were hanging out, how to draw people’s attention in … nothing like a bit of de-construction to pull it all together.
December 13, 2011 at 3:46 am
Mend? As if? Give them to someone poor or homeless and buy a new pair.
December 13, 2011 at 3:50 am
What is insane is to spend $100 just for gloves …
December 13, 2011 at 4:13 am
it’s not something i would buy as a present but leather ones always good :)
December 13, 2011 at 4:19 am
Yes, I know of one, but he is in Hong Kong. A 70 old man who does it on the street for the pass 40 years. He is the best and inexpensive, I send all my sweaters there and coming back looking like nothing had happened.
December 13, 2011 at 4:51 am
do not mend them. Now they’re perfect for iPhone! :)
December 13, 2011 at 4:54 am
an unconventional way of mending knitted gloves (for those who can’t knit or mend) is woolfiller: you just close the holes by felting – which is fun! http://www.woolfiller.com
and why keep buying gloves that don’t work? it seems a waste of money and material. cashmere is too delicate for gloves, expecially when you bike a lot.
this might be an interesting link for anyone who likes to think about what they actually buy… cashmere is not particularly animal-friendly.
December 13, 2011 at 5:02 am
I like the ones without the finger tips. You can still take photos and keep your hands warm.
December 13, 2011 at 5:06 am
When it comes to gloves, mitts and socks, cashmere is not strong enough! You need a wool and nylon mix or else it’s just a waste of money. Besides, mittens are much warmer and more stylish;) Take it from a Norwegian!
December 13, 2011 at 6:47 am
I can mend them beautifully to you, just send them to Brazil (laughs).
December 13, 2011 at 6:49 am
I usually cut my gloves in the manner of this photo so I can use my iPhone. Is that not what is happening here?
December 13, 2011 at 6:53 am
When are you coming to Barcelona to shoot pretty people in the streets,like me?
December 13, 2011 at 7:23 am
1) In our society where everything is disposable, you can’t have anything mended anymore.
2) For my part, I prefer to buy good, thin leather gloves which will last a long time and age beautiffully. My address in Paris (where I live) :
Gants Causse, 12 rue de Castiglione, 1st arrondissement. A wonderful store that sells traditionally made quality gloves. And, of course, if you have the money : Hermès.
December 13, 2011 at 7:43 am
just sew with same color thread…….it will have character
December 13, 2011 at 7:58 am
I suggest you find that laundress and have them mend them! Or take them to a yarn shop and ask the proprietor if she knows someone adept at those things. And trust me, if you walk into one of those yarn stores, you will not walk out without a few photos! They are a wonder of color!
December 13, 2011 at 8:06 am
We cannot live without our cashmere gloves during the winter months!!
December 13, 2011 at 8:47 am
DIY. It’s easy to learn how to do and then you have something to be proud of when you’re done. Or pay your assistant to do it.
December 13, 2011 at 8:57 am
OR ..um…….you could get a needle and thread from CVS and mend it yourself. (NB: Google methods of mending cashmere…its quite simple, yet brilliant really!).
On another note I gave up on gloves a long time ago. My long fingers seem to ignore their purpose. So mittens are my saviour. Nowadays there is a mit/glove hybrid (these are basically mittens that have the tips folding over to reveal fingerless gloves). They are quite stylish/hip and for a photographer c’est superb.
December 13, 2011 at 9:06 am
I swear by these Barbour lambswool fingerless gloves for doing anything outdoors that requires a little dexterity from your hands (ie Photography). Even though the fingertips are exposed they’re extra thick and very warm so my fingers never get too cold. I have had mine for over two years and wear them heavily during the fall and winter and they still look brand new.
December 13, 2011 at 9:43 am
The Gap has a couple pairs of knit gloves right now with a slit at just the tip of the thumb and index finger where fingers can slide out to flick a lighter, bike bell or operate a smart phone. They’re inexpensive, but may be just what you’re looking for.
See—I’d be a perfect as your personal assistant. I mailed you my cover letter and résumé last night. Check it out.
December 13, 2011 at 9:52 am
You need to be friends with a knitter. He or she would have you recognizing a hand knit from a machine knit in no time (as a bonus to the knitting readers of your blog). You know there are mittens that are fashioned in such a way that the top is a flap that opens up and buttons down so your fingers are exposed when you need them to be. Perfect for photographers!
December 13, 2011 at 10:24 am
May I suggest putting a call into the Purl SoHo knitting shop over on Broome. It’s a modern knitters haven…I imagine they might know a great knitter who might enjoy the challenge for less $$$. Resourcefulness!
December 13, 2011 at 11:42 am
Not that you need any further advice, but yes, a darning needle and some wool (preferably some that doesn’t match at all). Turn the glove inside out, darn them (easy), turn them right side out. 10 minutes.
December 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm
OR, cut all the fingers off half-way down and let them be finger-less gloves! Much easier to manage anyway.
December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
This happens with my alpaca socks which I love and keep mending and mending and mending but they are mainly all holes now. Solution!!! I just discovered New Zealand merino and possum fur (really!) socks… they have knit gloves too… and just ordered them. Supposed to be really really warm and soft and durable. These possums have beautiful fur but are destroying the NZ forest so I don’t feel bad about using their fur. you can google new zealand merino possum and find sites that sell. Plus I like to purchase stuff from real people not big corps and these are mostly small business people.
December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm
I buy those stretchy knit gloves from drug stores for $1.50 a pair (and less at end-of-season clearance) and they have never yet split open on me. Plus I can put them in the washer along with socks and everything else and they are fresh and lovely all over again. They still fit my hand better than any other glove out there…
December 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm
If you can afford $100 knit gloves, you should definitely be retired.
December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Alice Zotta Reweaver does amazing work.
2 West 45th St
December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm
December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm
So what are the gloves you buy every September in Paris?
December 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm
The knit gloves are machine made with — well not the best cashmere out there. The mending must be done by hand.
Find a wonderful knitter, pay him or her what they are worth, and have them knit you custom fitted cashmere gloves. They will last because the cashmere will be better and they will fit properly. And I the mending will be much less expensive.
December 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Having read the other comments — of course wear cashmere gloves. A cashmere scarf and beret are nice too. And not so expensive. Just learn to knit.
signed– a knitter
December 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm
Just accept the rule of thumb!
December 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm
btw, did you ever/consider soc. echo-touchgloves ?
i find them intruiging although i have not yet have the occasion to try them myself – overview here :
may i, as a/my personal side-note ?
15+ years ago i bought Roeckl-gloves in Munich, and they travelled around-with-me-thru-france-italy-usa. now that i needed to wear them/again, a button “went missing”.
i found out that Roeckl-HQ has a free-of-charge-mending-service – i sent my worn-gloves and got them back mended/repaired.
fee : postage. me-thinks : awesome)
(p.s. pls. feel free to forward/contact me if anyone wants roeckl-repair-info)
December 14, 2011 at 2:07 am
So, which are the beautiful gloves you buy in Paris, Scott? I’m on the search for a great pair!
December 14, 2011 at 5:50 am
Scott, If I lived in NYC I’d mend them for you for nothing. Would take a few minutes at most. Seasons Greetings from warm sunny Australia!
December 14, 2011 at 7:19 am
Awwww, just leave the torn thumb. Just think: now you don’t have to remove the gloves in order to use an iPhone!
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December 14, 2011 at 9:04 am
Good people who don’t overcharge are so hard to find!
December 14, 2011 at 9:47 am
I use to get my mon to do the mending. But now that I live across the Atlantic I do it myself. It’s not that difficult…
But I have to say that the combo biking and knitted gloves is not a good combo. As born and raised in a country with a strong biking culture – Denmark – I and my kids always get holes on the gloves/mittens on the tumb – so the onlys way is to do the mending og swift to leather ones.
BTW – its fun reading abouth your experience with biking…
December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Cycling stresses the fingertips – it’s gonna happen. Either get some winter cycling gloves or fingerless and/or ‘claw’ style military surplus ones – they work really well. Stomp and steer!
December 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm
I love cashmere, too! I have two beautiful cashmere scarves which I recently purchased, but unfortunately they are constantly developing little holes in the knitting. As far as gloves, I would recommend a leather pair lined with cashmere knit. I have a pair, and they are AMAZING. So warm and fuzzy inside.
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December 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm
Since you’ve mentioned liking sporty gear as a fashion statement, I recommend neoprene kayaking gloves for cycling. Mine are neoprene on top and suede on the under side. Wind-proof and durable, maybe even stylish. And not expensive. Try REI.
December 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm
So, where can these gloves be found? There does not seem to be a follow-up post…
December 15, 2011 at 2:04 am
100$ for mending… seriously?
There’s just a nice shop right at my street which would do it for 10 € or even less and you would proably not notice the seams. In this shop I let my trousers fit and cut to my body. And even for this I don’t pay that much! You or your friend have – for sure – asked the wrong people!
Second: If you use these gloves for biking… maybe you should think about buying some real good sport biking gloves, finger gloved. They would endure your city-biking for 5 years or even more! Optionally go for leather gloves with fur or cashmere inside, they are more enduring, comfortable and very elegant!
Keep on photographing. Most of your pictures are very inspirational! Thank you!
December 15, 2011 at 6:38 am
I would also make fingerless gloves!
December 15, 2011 at 7:24 am
Most of the comments are from non-knitters. I have been knitting for 30 years and though I knit medium fast, I still hate to repair knits, especially socks and gloves. Because of the fingers knitting a pair of gloves takes more time than knitting a pair of socks which takes on average 450-500 yards of wool. I can easily knit a scarf or a hat in one evening but a pair of socks will take two days. Suppose you knit 100 yards/ hour it will take you five hours but with gloves and socks the needles and stitches have to be very small (on a set of 4-5 needles size 0-2 or 1-2 long circular ones) to be long wearing. So it’s like driving through New York at rush hour. Non-knitters think of knitters as retired lady of leisure and people who sit in shops and want to kill their time being good samaritans, but if you take 2 days to knit as for living how much would you think you charge, seriously considering that you need to be able to cover insurance when sick etc… This is no wonder that most things nowadays are machine made at lower quality. Those who question this just stop in a yarn shop get a ball of yarn and needles size 8 and try to see how long it will take you to knit this. Then think about switching to 4 or 5 size 0-2 needles and estimate how long it will take multiply by five.
Besides, cashmere pills like crazy and is never considered as a yarn for daily work, such as around bike handles.
December 15, 2011 at 8:33 am
take the glove in to a knitting shop ask the owner if she can bind off the tear….binding is when u attach the seems of the knitted garment good luck
December 15, 2011 at 9:44 am
please – still waiting for which gloves are bought every Sept. in Paris?
December 15, 2011 at 11:36 am
My mom will make you a couple of new one…..for free…..
Regardless, the one on the picture seems to be cut for a reason…..smartphone i guess…
Regards, from Spain….
Love your captures anyway
December 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm
Oh Scott, you are riding a Specialized?!?!
And it’s a hybrid at that, such a disappointment for a man who prides himself on having style and a taste for the finer things.
Now look at your post directly above this one “On the Road…..Palmeraie, Skoura, Morocco” and notice the lovely mixte this gentleman has. Note the delicate twin top tubes, the way the brake cable is hidden inside the top tube, the gentle rake of the forks with chrome tips, and that lovely sea foam green.
I’m not expert enough to say what vintage this bike is, but I can tell you despite being found on some dusty street in Morocco it has more heart and style than your boring mass marketed Specialized.
But I am happy you are riding, no matter what the bike. :)
December 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm
PS. You got a cool new bike. Matte. Good for you! Poor Mr. Huffy…
December 16, 2011 at 9:26 am
I think that’s deliberate and functional- he needs to operate his Blackberry! Clever!
December 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I agree with many of the comments above. It should not cost $100 to mend knitted gloves. My question is why do these gloves have a seam at all? It may be my personal preference, but as a knitter, I would never knit gloves (mittens, socks, hats, nor pullovers) with a seam.
December 18, 2011 at 6:20 am
Dude. You sent an assistant to see how much it would cost to mend your gloves? Just use a needle + thread.
I’ve never had a pair of knit gloves split like that, they last yonks! And I am a cyclist. Perhaps you should try the cheaper end of the market, like moi.
December 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Sorry but what a ridiculous post!
Every year I buy a pair of black gloves for three quid at Camden Market and they do nicely, thank you very much. I always manage to lose them so £100 would be such a waste. How about giving £97 to the homeless?
December 21, 2011 at 12:01 am
Save all of them and make a pillow of gloves.
January 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm
My mother still has gloves from the 50′s that we wear constantly – never mended. Unfortunately, you are being sold shabby gloves, my friend, no matter what the tag says.
I suggest that you demand a refund, then rediscover the beauty of ye olde American work gloves – Carhart / Wells Lamont – and consider it the macho “utilitarian touch” to your gourmet wardrobe… the essential “wrong thing” as Vreeland would say.
January 14, 2012 at 8:38 am
Two words: Duplicate Stitch.
January 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm
Before you complain about mending costs, consider the expertise and learning curve it takes to be a good mender. A high price may indicate an undesirable job, the kind that involves a lot of time and skill but no particular satisfaction. Seams on knitted gloves indicate cheap assembly techniques, usually cheaper fibers as well. If one finger goes another one is about to go. I’m a lifelong knitter and love to mend fine things made of beautiful fibers but I don’t bother when they’re cheapo items carelessly made. I have learned in Ohio winters that leather gloves with warm linings are more versatile than knitted ones if you need to grip metal (as in steering wheel or bike handles); the leather palm keeps your hand from slipping. If you aren’t handling metal, mitten designs are warmer as the fingers stay together. Forgive me if I go on–knitting is a fiber technique; the yarn of alpacas, lambs, sheep, NZ possums, et al, has variable qualities. A blend of fine merino sheep wool with nylon is very strong, soft, and versatile; well made gloves out of any high quality yarns and blends will be expensive. They should last several years and deserve attentive cleaning, usually not dry cleaning but gentle washing and air drying.
January 18, 2015 at 9:50 am
Splitting is an issue of fit, they are too tight. I knit custom fit gloves. You can contact me at my email address. I charge just a bit more than what the mending fee would be.
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October 1, 2016 at 3:23 am
Some reasons for its high quality are due to the climate these Mongolian goats’ lives in. The variety of plants, the severity of the winter climate and the breeding, all contribute to the softness, warmness and fineness of pure Mongolian cashmere wool.