Dents Vintage Clothing

Did you know that Dents used to produce clothing? Our museum records show that manufacturing started c.1874, and ceased in 1971. On top of gloves and accessories, we previously sold shirts, ties, pyjamas, blouses, coats and jackets. Fun fact: leather clothing production began 1925, and took place in several locations such as Watford and Plymouth. Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

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We delved into the museum archives to uncover these fascinating 1960s images of Dents’ suede coat and jacket designs (above). They proved to be popular items during this era; not only were they stylish, but comfy and warm, too!

So what prompted this trip into the past? The recent generous donations of this vintage suede dress, skirt and waistcoat, which are now homed in our museum…

After re-acquainting with these clothes, we got into the spirit of all things vintage and retro by recreating shots from the era. And what better time to do this than when 1970s festival vibes are coming back into fashion?

The Dress

Among the newly found garments was this 40 year old pale green suede pinafore dress, which definitely has a retro vibe to it. Of course, we couldn’t resist including a pair of vintage gloves from our museum in the shot! These soft tan coloured leather gloves – with a lovely check patterned cuff – were uncovered from our vast collection, and teamed up perfectly with the dress.Dress details

Getting closer to the details, you can see the label states ‘Real leather, styled by Dents. Made in England’. The exquisitely textured buttons are a useful, yet decorative feature that run down the front of the dress in true 70s fashion.

The Skirt

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Manufactured c.1970s, this authentic 3/4 length green suede skirt is minimal in design. The panels mean that the skirt is almost shaped straight up and down – excellent for bringing in your figure at the waist, and elongating the legs. Luckily our model had her own pair of vintage-style long heeled boots to fit the look!

The Waistcoat

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Onto our final garment: the red waistcoat, dating back to around 1970-1980, as seen layered over the suede dress to create a whole new dimension to the outfit. This garment would have been a highly versatile addition to anyone’s wardrobe!

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Again we can see that this garment was ‘styled by Dents’. The circular silver-coloured buckle is the most noticeable feature of the waistcoat, and it adds an attractive finish to this truly retro design.

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We can certainly see why elements of 70s fashion are making their way back into clothing lines with a bang! This decade was a treasure trove of extravagant ensembles; the cuts of clothes were sharp and simple, yet brightened up with chunky platform shoes, flares, big hair, and bold patterns.

After this touch of nostalgia, we wonder if you have examples of vintage Dents garments to share? Show us your pics – we’d love to see!

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How to Wear: Summer Scarves

As a key fashion accessory, it seems a shame to say goodbye to scarves at the end of winter. So even though we’re in a pleasantly warm April, there’s still time to invest in a few light scarves that can flawlessly take you through the season. And with so many different styles and patterns to choose from, it’s no wonder you might need a few pointers on how best to style them!

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What’s to Love?

As one of the most versatile fashion accessories out there, as summer scarves can be teamed up with so many clothing garments. Dents love to keep up with the current season’s top trends, so we’ve made sure our spring/summer scarf collection is packed full of enticing colour schemes and exhuberant patterns. Citrus-coloured pastels and bold floral prints are among our favourites!

Ways to Wear

You can pick up on several eye-catching tips on Pinterest that are guaranteed to prompt a few flattering glances your way. But it’s ‘knot’ all about tying (see what we did there?), as sometimes the simplest methods are all you need to achieve the desired effect. Here are some of our top scarf designs to experiment with…

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1. The Tassel Scarf - The delicate tassel detailing of this multi-colour wave stripe linen blend scarf is an attractive element of the design – and therefore needs to be shown off. The best way to do this is by loosely wrapping the scarf around neck, so that equal lengths hang both sides. Not only is it comfortable, but also the perfect everyday look too.

2. The Satin Scarf - Our classic print satin scarf has a subtle sheen that will add an elegant effect to your summer outfit. As shown above, simply draping the scarf over your shoulders with a slight fold in the material can create a lovely waterfall motion. For a casual evening look, try hanging it over your arms and across the back of your waist. This method also means that your neck can feel the cool breeze!

3. The Eternity Scarf – Perhaps the easiest to style, the metallic animal print loop scarf handily comes in one shape. It is worn loosely around the neck, and makes a statement when teamed up with a maxi dress or a demin jacket. Play around with what works best for you.

4. The Rectangular-Cut Scarf - The most common cut of all our summer scarves. Half wrap your bright floral scarf around your neck so that one side gracefully falls down your back. This styling looks great from every angle, and has a casual, yet elegant vibe that can take you from day to night.

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How to Accessorise in RED

From the wise words of fashion designer Bill Blass: ‘When in doubt, wear red’.

Now that some much-needed sunshine is finally starting made an appearance over here, red is becoming far more prominent in our wardrobes. This striking colour features heavily among the accessories in the both our men’s and women’s collections, and is offered in a multitude of shades that are sure to make instant impressions – from our ever popular Berry, to the orange-tinted Flame.

The key to wearing this bold colour is finding the right balance between your red accessories and the rest of your outfit. We believe red is best worn in moderation, so we’ve got a few pointers on how to wear this vibrant colour well…

The Women’s Edit

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Your red accessories should be the most noticeable part of your ensemble, so don’t wear more than one or two key pieces in this colour. With that in mind, here some of our top picks for you to mix and match:

  • The Glove: Elizabeth Feminine, bold and eye-catching, this classic silk lined leather glove will keep your hands cool during the warmer days.
  • The Handbag: Leather Flap Over Body Bag | This vibrant block colour organiser shoulder bag is an essential and useful addition to your wardrobe. 
  • The Summer Scarf: Lightweight Stripe Scarf | When red appears in bursts among other colours, the accessory is more versatile to style around – which is why we love this light summer scarf!

A little red inspiration… what do you think of our moodboard?

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The Men’s Edit

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Men’s fashion tends to be more subdued. So, we’ve included a few darker shades of red into this edit. We recommend you match your chosen red accessory with another part of your outfit –  for example, look at the way the thin stripes of the jacket above match the gloves. This styling brings the whole outfit together without overdoing it.

  • The Gloves: Trentham | What better way to wear red than with a pair of striking hairsheep leather gloves, lined with the finest Scottish cashmere?
  • The Wallet: Bridle leather wallet While wallets aren’t often considered a fashion item, this Heritage must-have is a classic way to co-ordinate your red accessories.
  • The Braces: Plain braces If it’s too warm for gloves, try wearing a pair of braces under a deep navy jacket with a white shirt to fit in with the nautical vibe that is always popular this time of year.

Red inspiration can be found all around you…

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Dents & Fashion Shows

Over the past few of months, Dents have appeared in several fashion shows around the world, exhibiting pieces from our men’s and women’s collections in both stands, and on the catwalk. Let’s take a look at what accessories were featured…

Melbourne Fashion Festival

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Last week, some of our gloves were shown at Melbourne Fashion Festival. Monochrome, urban and jungle themes are noticeable in the model’s outfits above – not forgetting the pair of black gloves (left) that completed this wild styling.

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We love the vibrancy of the spring-themed floral pieces seen in this image, which are beautifully contrasted by the dots on our black elbow length devoré gloves that create the perfect twist to this evening accessory.

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The devoré gloves show just how versatile they are when teamed up with various outfits. Here the stylists have opted for the flawless combination of khaki and black to achieve a military vibe, and the injection of bold spot patterns draws the eye to the must-have accessory.


MODA

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Back in February, when we exhibited at MODA in the Birmingham NEC, a few men’s accessories graced the catwalk. For example, our men’s lambswool tartan scarf in Black Stewart – finished off with lovely tassel detailing – proved to still be a much-have accessory while there’s still a chill in the air.

Which look if your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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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 Jay 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 Spring/Summer 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!

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