Mother’s Day

There isn’t a better time to show your mum just how much she means to you. As it’s not long until 15th March, make sure you’re prepared with a few thoughtful gifts…

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Of course, florals will play a huge part in Mother’s Day, from the bouquet of flowers you’ll give your mum, to the pattern on her stylish new Dents accessory. Keeping this in mind, we think the Parma clutch bag is an elegant gift idea. Choose between the bright and summery White Floral, and the evening-look Black Floral varieties.

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Now that spring has officially sprung, neutrals are all we can think about! Your mum will love the versatile and easy-to-style accessories above, from the block colour fedora style hat, to the light and breezy metallic striped scarf. Last but not least, her flawless look will be complete with a pair of fabric gloves.

Things to Do:

So, you’ve got the gifts, now for the activities! Here’s what we’ll be getting up to…

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  • Making a lovely handmade card. There are so many creative ideas online!
  • Baking a cake (a great recipe for chocolate and walnut cake can be found here)
  • Taking a trip to the florist and choose a bunch of your mum’s favourite flowers
  • Treating mum to a lovely lunch with tea and scones when you get the munchies
  • Taking a long stroll along the country, or any beautiful landscapes near you

If you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments! We hope you enjoy Mother’s Day, and spend lots of quality time together!

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A Royal Visit from The Duchess of Cornwall

It has certainly been a whirlwind of a day here at Dents HQ! You may have heard that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall visited us today, to be given a tour of our building and present several long service awards to some of the most dedicated members of Dents.

Arriving at HQ at 10.30am in her very own pair of black Dents gloves, the Duchess started the tour with a meet and greet, followed by a trip to the factory, where HRH was given demonstrations in the leather selecting, cutting, machine and ironing processes that are involved in creating our fine heritage gloves.

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Rodney Trigger talking to the Duchess about leather selecting

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CEO Deborah Moore showing HRH all the components involved in making a pair of gloves

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The process of webbing, in which each piece of leather is cut into shape using special knives

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Janet giving a demonstration in ironing and pressing

A tour around our museum was next, with opportunities to look at the fascinating articles on exhibit. Curator Sarah Kenyon was pleased to show the Duchess our extensive collection, including images from previous royal visits, plus gloves worn by the likes of Lord Nelson, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II during her Coronation in 1953. HRH even had the chance to hold a pair of Sir Walter Raleigh’s gloves!

The visit also included a look at the Design Office, where designs for the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection were shown to HRH.

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HRH meeting with the Worshipful Company of Glovers

The tour ended with staff and special guests gathering in the showroom to witness the long service awards being given out. The Worshipful Company of Glovers also took part in the presentation, with Master Glover Ann Esslemont announcing the recipients of the award, while HRH handed out the certificates.

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John Cundick being awarded for his lifetime of service

Awards went out to valued past and present members of Dents that have been working at Dents for over 20 years. The most notable was of course Quality Controller John Cundick, who has worked at Dents for an impressive 65 years.

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There were smiles all round when CEO Deborah Moore’s dog Ruby was presented a special cake for her 10 years at Dents.

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Ruby was looking forward to her doggy treat… Photo credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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…And she certainly enjoyed tucking into the cake, decorated with dog biscuits! Photo credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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During the speeches, pictured with Master Glover Ann Esslemont and Chairman Robert Yentob

During her final speech, The Duchess said she was impressed that Dents still maintain traditional methods of glove production.

Departing at 11.30am, HRH was waved away by a flurry of Union Jack flags. The royal visit created a lovely buzz around the building, and today has been one that we certainly won’t be forgetting soon!

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Spring/Summer 2015 Collection Release

Have you been waiting for some new women’s accessories to ease you into the new season? You’re in luck, as it’s time to release our latest arrivals in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection! Influenced by the predicted top trends, these essential women’s handbags, hats and scarves will work perfectly with your new wardrobe!

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Handbags are the forefront of this season’s launch, and there is certainly a lot of choice available for you! We’re loving blocks of colour at the moment, so you’ll notice plenty of neutrals, plus pastels such as grey and soft pink among the latest arrivals. These summery, yet understated accessories subtly nod towards nautical roots.

So what would we recommend? If you’re looking for something more striking, you’ll love the bursts of floral prints that feature throughout the new collection. This year we’ve added an edge to the top trend by introducing the Parma shoulder bag and clutch in eye catching Black Floral (top left). Alternatively, the exquisite cut-out detailing featured in the large Perugia clutch bag (bottom left) brings a delicate femininity into the range, and can easily transition your outfit between day and night.

But it’s not all about handbags – there’s also a selection of women’s gloves, essential leather purses, summer hats and light scarves that have been added to the collection!

Have any of these stunning accessories taken your fancy?

See the full collection.

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Perfect Pancakes

On February 17th, only one thing will be on our minds: flippin’ good pancakes! Some of you may still be sticking to your New Year diet (go on, you can do it!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a healthier treat. We have just the recipe for you – and in a few easy steps, you’ll have a perfect stack of pancakes, with a few added goodies!

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Image source: BBC Good Food

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • A knob of butter
  • 150g pack of blueberries
  • Sunflower oil, or a little butter for cooking
  • Golden or maple syrup

METHOD

1. To prepare the batter, mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg in with the milk. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and then pour the liquid mixture into it. Whisk to achieve a thick, smooth batter. Beat in the knob of melted butter, and gently stir in half the blueberries. Yummy!

2. Now onto the cooking. Heat a small amount of oil or butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Wait for the pan to heat fully before dropping several large tablespoons of the batter into the pan (with spaces in between) to create thick pancakes around 7.5cm in width. Cook for around 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, and then turn and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden. Once all the pancakes have been cooked, serve them with golden syrup and the rest of the blueberries (or any other fruit of your choice – let us know any topping recommendations in the comments!).

At at only 108 calories per serving, you won’t feel guilty! Stack them high and enjoy!

Recipe source: BBC Good Food

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Horst A. Friedrichs Visits Dents

Last week, photographer Horst A. Friedrichs paid a visit to our factory in Warminster, where our Heritage Glove Collection is handcrafted. The reason behind his trip was to photograph what goes on behind the scenes here for his new book, which focuses on quality products that are made in Britain.

Friedrichs’ previous works beautifully document the details in the world around him. His subject matter has varied from 21st century rockers, to the beauty of Mali, to sophisticated driving style.

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Horst used several elements of the factory in his images

As a believer of beautifully crafted items, Friedrichs’ new book will feature 15 of the best British brands today, including John Lobb, Brooks England, Anderson & Sheppard, Lock & Co. Hatters, and Lewis Leathers.

So what attracts Horst to this form of production? ‘I believe that it is important to document old traditions’ he says, noting that there are so many mass produced products in the world today. As traditional British manufacturers are becoming increasingly rare, an item of quality is worth that extra cost. Freidrichs likes how there is still a community of people out there who still look out for hand-crafted products.

The most interesting aspect of his research visits has been seeing the commitment of all the craftspeople he’s encountered. Some have worked at the same company for over 30 years, and he found their dedication ‘moving’.

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Capturing important details during the ‘numbering’ process

The yet untitled book will be published by Prestel later this year. We can’t wait to see the finished piece!

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Gifts for Your Valentine

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For all you love birds out there, Valentine’s Day is one of the best times of the year. It’s all about the romantic dinners, roses and spending quality time together. But why not make 14th February that extra bit special with a loving gift from Dents? Red is of course the colour associated most with Valentine’s Day, so it makes sense to accessorise your other half in this iconic colour. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on that certain someone’s face!

Gifts for Him

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A favourite saying of ours is ‘Glove the One You Love’. No doubt you’ll drive away on a romantic weekend break this Valentine’s Day, and what better way to do this than in a pair of men’s driving gloves? There are plenty of red options available on our website, such as the contrasting two-tone Waverley glove in Berry/Black, or the classic Delta glove with a hint of red on the keyhole back piping. Alternatively, a lovely heritage card case will take you through the weekend with ease.

Gifts for Her

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Your significant other can’t go on a romantic break without these essential accessories! Show how much you love her with this year’s Valentine glove, which is beautifully decorated with a trio of diamante hearts at the cuff. The glove is available in a selection of 9 gorgeous colours, so you can’t go wrong! If you two go on a lovely day out, opt for a bright and eye catching red organiser shoulder bag to hold all your everyday belongings – such as a gorgeous soft leather purse. And not forgetting the romantic dinner! Complete your evening look with a clutch bag to start the date off flawlessly. He’ll only have eyes on you!

We hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

Shop Valentine’s.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Autumn/Winter 2015 Photoshoot

It’s that time of year again when we start preparing for future collections, and recently we shot our men’s and women’s Autumn/Winter 2015 pieces on some fabulous models. But what happens during a Dents photo shoot? Read on to find out!

Starting bright and early, the studio-based women’s shoot was taken in-house, and mainly focused on soft winter knits. Every photo shoot starts out with inspiration and research to get the ideas flowing…

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You’ll see some of these poses reflected in the final shoot…

So what is there to look forward to? Gorgeous prints and patterns such as animal print and tartan will be reintroduced. Notable in the shoot were the matching knitted hats, scarves, and gloves that are sure to make a lovely set. As for leather gloves, we will be bringing brand new feminine designs to the future collection. There’s sure to be something for every woman!

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What’s caught your eye so far?

After searching through the many photos taken that day, it was tough to choose a small selection of images the review stage. The chosen few went onto the editing process…

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Matching hat and scarf pieces often appeared in the shoot

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Something for every occasion! Notice the ‘D’ stud on the bow?

…And voilà! Above are some of the final edited images.

Onto the men’s shoot now, which was taken the day after at Bishopstrow House, located near Dents HQ. This time two male models joined us. The setting provided a beautiful background and plenty of opportunities to take hundreds of shots. Our team had a great time photographing both inside the house, and on the grounds – despite the occasional spot of rain and snow!

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Some of the outfits hung up ready…

The men’s collection will also see plenty of new designs later this year. Fabric back gloves are set to become a big thing, for example tweed designs. Classic scarves in plaid, checkered and striped patterns will be also joining us in deep, autumnal colours – ideal for the fashion-conscious gentleman.

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A few tweaks to the outfits were made by the styling team…

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Dress like a dapper chapper with some help from Dents!

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Any Wiltshire locals recognise the setting at Bishopstrow?

We ended up with a huge selection of images from the men’s shoot – but only a few could go through to the editing stage…

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There were far too many to chose from!

Want to see more? Here are a few extra preview images…

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You may see these pieces in the Autumn/Winter collection…

Let us know your opinions in the comments! Stay tuned for more collection information later in the year…

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How to Wear: Long Leather Gloves

Our fashion focus of the moment is the versatile long leather glove. A statement piece that will add an edge to any look, this accessory is ideal for keeping your hands and arms protected against the winter chill in the air.

So many trends can be achieved with this style of glove. Many of you may think they have a rather Gothic appearance, but they can also be sophisticated and even elegant depending on what you wear with them. So let’s look at styling yours around a few key pieces of clothes: the winter coat, and the dress.

Wear With a Winter Coat

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There are several ways you can style your long leather gloves with a winter coat – it all depends on the coat’s cut. Short-sleeved and cape coats are ideal for fully revealing the glove and working with layers. If your coat has long sleeves, either push them up to the elbow – or drape the coat over your shoulders like the sophisticated top middle image.

Wear With a Dress

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Elbow length leather gloves can give any dress a little edge. The trend is regularly seen on high end catwalks and celebs such as Dita Von Teese, who has opted to colour block all in black. Plus, with monochrome weddings becoming increasingly popular, the stark contrast between white wedding dresses and a pair of black gloves really makes this styling work.

So, if this accessory appeals to you, we have just the right style! Discover the Women’s Long Leather Glove. With a length of 62cm, the glove ends above the elbow for extra elegance, and beautifully features 3 points and button detailing on the side. Opt for a pair in black if dressing for a glamourous occasion, or mocca for everyday accessorising.

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The Factory’s Festive Competition

Our factory craftspeople, who are behind the creation of Dent’s heritage glove collection, took part in a very festive competition this week. The brief was to create a traditional Christmas wreath, and it was a tough call to decide the winner out of the 6 entries – each at a top standard.

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Winner Gail (second from left) and the other exhibitors with their entries

First place went to glove seamstress Gail. Surrounding a large candle, her beautifully arranged wreath was made using plants and flowers such as roses, pine cones, rosemary, and fresh berries from her garden. A few extra decorative features finished off the piece, such as jingle bells and dried orange segments.

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The Winning Exhibit

Have you made a wreath this year? We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy your holiday break!

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Festive Things to Do This Christmas

Christmas is a time to do all sorts of festive things with your family- from the comfort of traditional activities to trying something new. You can never be bored with so many things to do this time of year! Read on to find out our top ideas, but if you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments!

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

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There are endless ways to craft handmade decorations and gifts for both your home and friends. A simple but effective way to start is by giving reusable, natural materials such as pine cones and twigs a new life. Spray paint them in festive metallic colours and attach them to an ornament – or even the tree! If you’ve kept craft materials from last Christmas, now’s your chance to use them for something special. For example, handmade cardboard boxes are a personal way to wrap a small present. Caught the arty bug? You can gather plenty more inspiring of craft ideas on Pinterest.

Traditional Things to do

Tradtional Things to Do

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England has several traditional activities and Christmassy events around the country to entertain the whole family. Pantomimes and nativities are fun and interactive ways to get the kids involved. Ice skating is a great new skill to learn, and it gets a few laughs when someone falls over spectacularly! Top your evening off with a few glasses of mulled wine whilst listening to the carol singers, and you’ll have a brilliant night out. Don’t forget to wrap up nice and warm in a men’s hat and scarf set or a women’s knitted set!

Festive Foods

Festive Foods

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One of the biggest things to look forward to on the big day is the delicious Christmas meal – and the yummy puddings to follow! A traditional roast has a sense of comfort to it, but why not add a twist by making smaller nibbles such as stuffing and pasties out of the leftover ingredients as an after-dinner snack? There are plenty of options available to cater for all tastes, and the web is bursting with new and creative ideas!

Dents Advent Calendar

CalendarThe countdown to Christmas has never been more fun! As well as eating a tasty chocolate treat everyday, keep a look out across our social media for our Advent Calendar trail, starting here. The calendar above will be updated daily with a new festive favourite.

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