An Interview with the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers

Alison Gowman, the current Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, was recently interviewed on Radio London. Founded 375 years ago, The Worshipful Company of Glovers is a London-based company that aims to ‘maintain close links with the glove industry and seek to promote the wearing of gloves and the businesses and training connected with glove-making’.

Over time we have had many connections with the company; you can read up on our meetings with them in our previous posts.

Watch the interesting interview below. We were lucky enough to be mentioned at 8:30!


What’s in our Easter Basket?

Hop into Easter with Dents’ very own Easter Bunny – he’s got lots of colourful goodies for you! Take a look…

Easter Picks

1. Men’s Handsewn Unlined Peccary Gloves in Cork

2. Flap Over Zipped Leather Purse in Cornflour

3. Flap Over Leather Purse in Flame

4. Flap Over Leather Purse in Hot Pink

5. Paperstraw Grab Clutch in Hot Pink Multi and Flame Multi

6. Large Snake Print Envelope Clutch in Hot Pink

7. Men’s Deerskin Leather Driving Glove in Sapphire, Forest and Berry

How will you be spending your Easter?


My Week at Dents

dents buildingRecently at Dents, we took on a student from a local school to do a week’s work experience in our Design Department. Kerrin, who is currently doing Textiles as part of her GCSEs, was eager to see how things work at HQ. Here’s her story…

“The week started with a tour around Dents HQ and the museum, so I got the chance to meet everyone and to get to know the building.

“My time here brought plenty of creative tasks to keep me busy, including a project where I researched Autumn/Winter 2014 colour trends and styles in magazines, and presented my inspiration on mood boards. This led onto designing gloves on Adobe Illustrator, a program that was completely new to me. Photography was a big part of the experience; I helped with photographing several products across the Dewhurst Dents group, as well as gloves from the museum, before experimenting with Photoshop.


The moodboards showing Kerrin’s research…

“The best part of the week was seeing several creative processes from start to finish, and I enjoyed being introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator. I’m thinking of going on to do Textiles at A Level, and possibly go further into the industry after leaving school.”

Kerrin really helped us during her time here, and we wish her all the best for the future!


Factory Generator

Dents received a blast from the past when a 1916 petrol powered generator that would have even impressed Fred Dibnah arrived at HQ. Ben Roland, a vintage machine collector, recently bought the generator – and after much research he traced it back to the Dents factory in the early 1900s. Incredibly, it is still in full working order, despite it being 98 years old!


It is believed that the machine was used to power a dynamo or lighting, or even the old sewing machines. Even John Cundick, who’s been with Dents for 60 years, didn’t know! The generator runs on a 50/50 mix of paraffin and petrol, and can run for 24 hours if necessary. At a weight of approximately 300 kilos, it used to require four men to carry it, using the handles at the base. Every part of the steel-and-copper machine is original – except for the tank, which was replaced after it had rusted through. Unfortunately we couldn’t see it in action, but it was great to see it again!


Treat Her this Mother’s Day

IMG_3619 edit textOn 30th March, show your mum just how much you appreciate her with a little help from Dents! We’re sure you’ll find something she’ll love in our Mother’s Day gifts page - and to make the occasion extra special, we are offering 50% off selected items on our website…

gifts for mothers day

1. Touchscreen Technology Leather Driving Gloves | 2. Women’s Leather Frill Cuff Glove | 3. Women’s Leather Gloves with Studded Strap | 4. Women’s Classic Leather Glove

But don’t feel left out gents! There’s a great choice of gloves on offer for you too…

and for the men

1. Touchscreen Technology Leather Driving Gloves | 2. Men’s Casual Cow Suede Gloves | 3. Men’s Casual Leather Glove | 4. Men’s Casual Pigsuede Glove | 5. Men’s Casual Leather Glove

But why stop at gloves for the perfect gift? There are plenty of half price handbags and leather goods to choose from. Or alternatively, you could think about giving your mum a Stephen Collins belt or beautiful piece of Gaby jewellery.

Enjoy the special day!


Free Gift with Purchase

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A great new offer for you: if you purchase a single item priced at £75 or over on the Dents website, we will give you a free gift!

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So if your item over £75 is a ladies product, you will receive a lovely boucle pashmina scarf – and the beautiful colour you’ll receive (either Berry, Black, Damson or Hot Pink) will be a surprise! Made of 100% Acrylic, this scarf with tied tassle ends is the perfect accessory.

And if it’s a men’s item, a useful leather wallet (either in Black, Chocolate or English Tan) will be added to your purchase. The wallet comes with plenty of credit card pockets and shiny silver colour fittings.

For a limited time only. Terms and conditions apply:

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Get the Catwalk Look with Dents

In celebration of the Fashion Week season, we’ve gathered some inspiring gloves seen on the catwalk in previous shows – and you can even get the look with similar pairs in our collection!

hairsheep mens glove copyAs we head into spring, our unlined men’s hairsheep leather gloves in Highway Tan will be perfect for when you need to resist the slight chill in the air. The light glove is nicely detailed with 3 points and a palm vent.

dove gloves copyOur women’s hairsheep silk lined leather glove in Dove will perfectly complement the cream tones in your wardrobe. This glove is also available in a range of pastel and vibrant colours.

havana glove copyNeutrals are set to be a popular trend during the spring/summer months, and our men’s deerskin glove in Havana will do just the trick. A casual style, it comes with a strap fastening at the wrist, and a Dents stud.

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Who could resist the beautiful colours of our women’s classic smooth grain leather glove? Go for Bordeaux to match the catwalk look above.


Spring has Sprung

Move over winter – things are brightening up with the new spring/summer additions on our website, where we have a great selection for the ladies. Here are some of our favourites…

Women’s Floral Stretch Glove:

Our beautiful fabric glove brings a fairytale of florals to the Spring/Summer seasons

Our beautiful fabric glove brings a fairytale of florals to the spring/summer seasons

Women’s Imipec Leather Glove:

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Leather gloves will still look great in the coming months! This unlined imipec glove is available in a range of beautiful colours

Flap Over Leather Purse:

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This handy purse comes with useful bill fold and credit card pockets, a coin section, and an ID window

Flap Over Paperstraw Shoulder Bag:

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Nautical is always a big in spring/summer – so with our colourful striped handbag, you’re bound to be on trend!


Celebrity Style

If you look to celebrities for style influence, but aren’t sure how to get their look, then Dents are here to help! We have found gloves similar to those worn by royalty and your favourite celebrities in our online shop


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Get the look: Women’s Silk Lined Leather Glove

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Match the Duchess of Cambridge’s beautiful mocca gloves with our own version, which comes with an elasticated wrist and leather button detailing


David Beckham

Get the look: Men’s Leather Contrast Lining Glove

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David Beckham’s brown gloves go with every outfit – and a very similar pair can be found on our Heritage range!



Get the look: Women’s Long Leather Glove

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Get Adele’s look with these long leather gloves, with added button detailing at the wrist


Ryan Gosling Drive

Get the look: Men’s Leather Driving Glove

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Drive in style like Ryan Gosling with our cut out driving gloves in a lovely English Tan colour


Australia Day

Australia Day is a special event held annually on January 26th, to commemorate an important moment in history: the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships into Australia. On this day, Captain Arthur Phillip and 11 British ships (collectively holding over 1000 people, many of whom were convicts) landed in Sydney Cove, New South Wales to start a new life. After 7 months of sailing, the arrival was marked by the raising of the Flag of Great Britain.

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Captain Arthur Phillip, the First Governor of New South Wales

Arthur Phillip later moved back to England, and died in 1814. He is buried in St Nicholas Church, Bathampton – which is local to the Dents factory shop in Warminster – and his legacy still lives on…

St Nicholas Church, Bathampton, and Arthur Phillips' grave

St Nicholas Church, Bathampton, and Arthur Phillips’ grave

Also known as ‘Anniversary Day’ and ‘Foundation Day’, it is a time to celebrate the diversity of Australia’s society through community events such as parades, barbecues and fireworks.

The special day is a huge event across the Dominion

The day is a huge event across the Dominion

In celebration of this special occasion, we’ve gathered a fascinating account of the development behind Dents Australia

Our gloves were bought by the London offices of Australian stores as early as the Colonial days. There are also records that J. & W. Dent & Co. supplied gloves to the department store David Jones Ltd in 1839, making us the second oldest supplier to his house.

By 1896 the growth of the country and demand for gloves was sufficient for the company to appoint McRorie Mellor Pty Ltd (who had previously handled a variety of British lines) as resident agents in Melbourne. After further developments, John A. Roberts was selected to go to Perth as a full-time representative in 1905. With a long family history of trading, Roberts had joined the company after leaving school around 1886, and continued working there for the rest of his life. Working closely with McRorie Mellor, they made Dents a household name across the Dominion.

After the changes that the First World War brought, McRorie Mellor gave up the Dents agency in early 1921. The parent company then established a direct trading branch and set up a Head Office and warehouse in 313/315 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. At the same time, the glove business run by McRorie Mellor in Sydney was transferred back to the parent company, with offices at 103 York Street.

Roberts asked Harold Drew to become the Sydney manager the same year, although he stayed in control of the organisation until his death five years later. Drew ensured that there were regular visits between Britain and Australia, which helped in choosing merchandise for the Australian market. Despite his later illness and lack of staff due to the Second World War, he showed great courage and determination in maintaining the company until his death in 1944.

The manager position was then given to O.W Croyden, who had worked previously in Sydney. While the War had lowered stock, the availability of transport as of July 1945 meant that Croyden could return to England to discuss how Dents Australia would continue running. HQ was later moved to Melbourne in 1969.

We’d like to wish our Australian customers a very happy day!