Dents on Escape to the Country

We had a very busy time being filmed last week! On Friday, Jules Hudson and the Escape to the Country team arrived at Dents HQ. There was a certainly a buzz around the building as the crew filmed our factory and museum, and it was interesting to see the processes behind filming a TV show.

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Presenter Jules Hudson outside HQ with his complimentary pair of Dents gloves

The daytime programme, which is regularly shown on BBC Two, mainly focuses around house hunters who are looking to relocate to the country. As Dents is situated nearby, we were lucky to be featured on the show!

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Getting prepped and during filming in the factory

The factory was first to be filmed. Jules and the team looked into the cutting and sewing methods behind crafting our heritage gloves, before moving upstairs to the Dents museum…

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Deciding which of our museum gloves will be featured in the show

Both Deborah and our museum curator Sarah took part in interviews that will give viewers an insight into some of our most historic gloves. There’s plenty to look at in the museum, so there were many filming opportunities!

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Jules Hudson carefully holding Lord Nelson’s blood stained gloves

While this isn’t the first time we have appeared on TV, it was still an exciting experience for everyone, and a pleasure to work with such lovely people. We can’t wait until the finished piece airs!

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Dents in Pitti Uomo

Last week, Dents took part in Pitti Uomo, a world renowned fashion trade fair based in Florence. The bi-annual event was held between 16th – 19th June, and attracts many international brands, designers and customers to present and preview future collections. Our menswear designer Laura flew over to greet customers at the Dents stand, which exhibited our range of men’s gloves and accessories…

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How the Dents stand was exhibited. What do you think?

The theme behind our stand was colour  which was evident through the wide range of vibrant hues of our displayed gloves! The collection featured many shades such as reds, blues, browns and cork (the lovely yellow colour of our iconic peccary gloves), found both in the leather and our cashmere linings.

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A close up of some of our stand displays…

Pitti also holds many inspiring fashion runways, shows and live performances that allow other brands to present their new ranges. For us, Laura says that this was our best summer shows to date!

During her time there, Laura also got the chance to experience some Italian culture by watching a calcio storico match. The game is an exciting combination of football, rugby and wrestling that originated in 16th century Florence.

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The beginning of the traditional parade

Before the match, there was 50 minute long procession of vibrant flag waving and throwing, atmospheric drum banging, and trumpet blowing to get the crowd going. Both the procession and game were played in traditional costume.

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During the middle of the match

The teams were from the four historical neighborhoods in the city. They compete against each other in several matches before determining the winner – and this calcio storico match was much more physical then Laura was expecting!

Overall the trip was very successful, and we can’t wait to go to our next show!

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Father’s Day – Gift Ideas & Things to Do

Make a note in your diary: Father’s Day (21st June) isn’t far away! Be prepared for this special day with a superb present from our top gift ideas for dad. There’s no better way to show him just how much he means to you!

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So how are we celebrating this occasion with you? We’re currently offering 20% OFF all driving gloves! And with a great discount like this, you can even treat yourself to a men’s or women’s pair while you’re at it! Hurry, offer ends 21st June.

Things to Do:

Treating dad isn’t always about material gifts – there are many ways to spend quality time with him…

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  • Take him for a drive in a motor car. There are great places dotted all around the UK that will let him experience the car of his dreams for a few hours. And it’s the perfect time to wear those new driving gloves!
  • Cook him an English breakfast in bed. Always a winner!
  • Build something together. If your dad’s into woodcraft or mechanics, it could be a great bonding experience
  • Have a BBQ – after all, it’s just the weather for it!

Get your creative juices flowing with the help of our Pinterest board for even more exciting gift and craft ideas.

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Have you got any fabulous ideas for Father’s Day? Share them in the comments!

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Where Glove Style Started…

Gloves haven’t always been considered a fashion accessory. Gone are the days when they were considered as a form of etiquette; the last century has dramatically transformed gloves into statement pieces, thanks to celebrity influences and the ever-changing iconic trends from each era…

1920s – 1930s

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During the early decades of the 20th century, gloves were generally worn by women. Influential silver screen actresses and singers, like Gloria Swanson and Joan Crawford, strongly promoted the glitz and glamour of elbow length evening gloves. Often made of soft silk, satin, and lace materials, they would often accompany a long gown at a formal party.

On the other hand, men had always treated gloves as a means to show their manners and respect. Wealthy gentlemen would wear them outside as part of their everyday attire, and take them off when entering a building. These gloves tended to be of simple, yet classic styling – often made of a thin leather.

1940s – 1950s

1940s - 1950sFilm continually proved to be a popular factor towards the trend of long gloves during the middle of the 20th century. Who could forget Marilyn Monroe as one of the best evening glove wearers of all time? For example, her sequin detailed gloves (above) combined class and elegance with a hint of flirtation.

Patterns and decorative features became more experimental in the 1950s. Iconic polka dot prints – as seen on Judy Garland’s quaint gloves – were a hit among women. It could be noted that during the latter part of this era, the accessory concentrated less on being a part of formal attire, and more focused on everyday wear.

1960s – 1970s

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Having transitioned into an essential form of clothing, the glove considerably reduced in length. Often the cuff would end at the wrist, like we know today. Designs were practical, yet still made room for expressing yourself – whether you had extravagant or classic tastes.

People with a bold sense of fashion would opt for gloves with vivid colours and patterns, as proved in our 1960s image from the Dents archives (above). Those with a feminine tastes could style their look around iconic actress Audrey Hepburn. She beautifully portrayed her class and sophistication through the delicate touches on her plain white fabric gloves.

1980s – 1990s

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When the pop culture really hit during the later part of the 20th century, it heavily impacted on glove designs. The accessory had a noticeable shift in popularity towards male celebrities; it became a huge statement piece among music legends such as Billy Idol, David Lee Roth, and Michael Jackson. The king of pop was known for performing in just one white glove, which was encrusted with diamante detailing.

Fingerless gloves (whether they be made of leather or net material) also proved to be popular among party goers at the time. Fans of Madonna will remember her regularly sporting a pair in many different styles.

2000 – Present Day

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And finally, we enter the modern day! As a contemporary everyday accessory, gloves have perhaps become tamer in design – but that doesn’t mean they look boring! Many of you choose classic styles such as driving gloves, and those with 3 sewn points on the back. One exception, of course, is extravagantly dressed celebrity Lady Gaga, who arrived on the red carpet in large red ‘washing gloves’ at the most recent Oscars.

Thanks to social media gurus with a keen sense of fashion, leather gloves have become a top accessory – especially for males. Dents gloves have grown in popularity over the last few years, and have even recently been spotted on the likes of blogger Ella Catliff and men’s stylist Angelo Mitakos, who wear them perfectly.

Which era is your favourite when it comes to glove styling?

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Glovers Lane

Readers who are local to Warminster may have heard that a freshly re-made path situated near Dents HQ has been named after us. Entitled ‘Glovers Lane’, the new path name was approved by the Planning Advisory Committee of Warminster Town Council after a suggestion from a member of the local cycle club.

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CEO Deborah Moore (right) and Warminster Town Council clerk Heather Abernethie showing off their bright coloured gloves

Glovers Lane was once an uneven and muddy pathway that raised safety concerns. Now, it provides an accessible connection between Newopaul Way and Portway Lane that is suitable for both cyclists and pedestrians, due to the newly fitted street lights and smoother surface.

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The route of Glovers Lane

We are thrilled that the lane is officially named after our craft. Dents has been based in Warminster for many years, and the company has made a positive impact on the local area and its manufacturing history. HQ moved to Furnax Lane four years ago, just around the corner from the Glovers Lane. Our CEO Deborah Moore says, “This is a wonderful recognition from Wiltshire Council and is a real tribute to the talented designers and the skilled leather cutters and hand sewers who have worked so hard here over the decades.”

The route provides easy accessibility to Dents HQ and the surrounding businesses in the area. “Glovers Lane will be useful for employees at the Business Parks to get to work; and it also means our popular Factory Shop will be within easier reach for many local residents,” Deborah says.

Horace Prickett, the Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for transport, has expressed his enthusiasm for the new name. “The support of the community in Warminster has really helped make these improvements possible. I am very much in favour of recognising the good work and support that local individuals, companies and groups have made to their communities. Street naming is a fine way offering a long term recognition of their contribution”.

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Hot off the Press…

There has been some great press coverage for Dents recently! A few days ago, The Telegraph released this article, which highlighting our key trends, manufacturing processes, and the history behind the company…

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In this interview with our CEO Deborah Moore, you can find out all you need to know about how Dents continues to expand and thrive as a company. The article rightly notes that “there’s still a demand for luxury British goods”, which is one of the key reasons why our customers are spread out worldwide. As part of the ever-changing fashion industry, we like to make sure that we keep on top of the latest trends and “think outside the box”. Deborah states, “In the last five years, there does seem to be a trend of people wanting to dress more lady or gentlemanlike.”

Because Dents is one of the “handful of glove makers that have survived in the UK”, the article notes that many of our factory employees have been working at Dents – or within the glove and leather industry – for most of their lives. Our dedicated designers and other members of the Dents team often stay with the company for long periods of time.

The Telegraph also covers our royal connections, such as Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation gloves, and some fun historical facts about the gloves worn made in the days of Tutankhamun. Want to read the full article? Just click here!

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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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