My Experience at Dents

We recently took on university student Katherine McDougall for a month’s worth of photography experience here at Dents HQ. Having just finished her first year of Photography at Falmouth University, this opportunity was a great way to spend her summer break.

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Katherine with some examples of her work

Here’s a Q&A with Katherine…

What have you been up to?

I have mostly been photographing the extensive collection of gloves and artifacts from the Dents Museum, and then editing the images, ready for documentation. Several images needed to be taken for each glove, to record the detailing and labeling. I also helped take images of products for the Dents website.

What have you learnt?

I’ve learnt about the company and lots about product photography. My time here has helped me gain a futher understanding of compositions and editing, which I can take into future jobs.

Favourite part of your experience here at Dents?

The best part has been learning about product photography. I also enjoyed gaining experience in working for a company, which will help my career.

Any unusual pieces in the museum glove collection?

My favourite pieces were the miniature gloves from the Victorian era, which were used to show craftsmanship at such a small scale.

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Accessorise for a Summer Occasion!

Now that we’re well and truly into summer, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate special occasions in the lovely weather! And with your smart outfit, you’ll be needing some smart accessories too…

For a Graduation

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Congratulations to all those who have finished their degrees! For those who are celebrating in style, why not try a Dents clutch bag to make the day extra special? This satin east west clutch bag has a beautiful metal fretwork design, and looks best when worn with a navy dress and gold jewellery to match.

For a Wedding Guest

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Metallics are a popular trend at the moment, and silver makes a lovely colour for wedding guests. This beautiful large taffeta body clutch bag comes with a handy chain strap to take you through the day, and is lined with matching satin. Even the bride will be envious!

For a Christening

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Christenings often mean wearing pale colours – after all, they’ll brighten up the happy day! For the gents, a beige pair of plain braces will nicely accompany your suit, whereas ladies will adore this large brim hat with a detachable bow. Not only will it will protect you from the sun, you’ll look great in photographs!

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What special occasions will you be attending this summer?

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Glastonbury Festival is on its Way!

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The festival is on the huge scale, with some of the biggest acts in the arts

Get your wellies on and the sun cream out – Glastonbury Festival is starting tomorrow! We’re definitely looking forward to hearing about what goes on in one of the biggest events of the season, which is happening just 22 miles from Dents HQ. And this year is sure to be a good one, with a line up including Dolly Parton, Lily Allen and Elbow.

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Hopefully you’ll avoid the bad weather and experience some sun!

Festivals are notorious for their changeable weather – and of course, mud! Be prepared with these essential festival survival kit ideas… or pop into the Dents Factory Shop along the way if you’re local to us!

Large Brim Paperstraw Hat:

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Avoid the glare of the sun with this festival chic hat. Not only will it protect you, its black and white patterned trim is very in at the moment!

 

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It may be getting a little hot for gloves – but fear not, as our light cotton crochet gloves will still add that much needed festival vibe.

 

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Stay clean with this handy men’s wash bag, which comes with outside zip, slip pockets and waterproof lining

Will you be watching the excitement from the crowds? If so, enjoy the festival experience!

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Mr Selfridge will Return for Series 3!

Earlier this year it was announced that the hit ITV drama Mr Selfridge will return to our screens for a third series! The show, which centres around store owner Harry Selfridge during the early years of his department store Selfridges & Co., has proven to be a popular period drama.

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As you may know, Dents gloves have made a few appearances in the show during the last two series. Our red women’s silk lined leather glove was notably featured back in series one (read more here), and the latest series included several characters wearing our designs, as you will see here.

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The gorgeous red glove that character Agnes Towler featured in the first series

We’re already excited about Mr Selfridge’s return, especially after reading press articles on future storylines and behind the scenes images. Could Dents feature again in the next series? We can’t wait to find out!

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Let the Races Begin!

It’s time to sport your finest hat – one of the biggest horse racing events in Europe is taking place!

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Image taken from Sporting Life

Between 17th – 21st June 2014, the annual Royal Ascot will be held in the small town of Ascot in Berkshire. The event dates way back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne, and it has become tradition for the races to be opened everyday by the Royal Procession, during which the Queen and her guests arrive in a horse drawn landaus.

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Will you catch a glimpse of the Queen?

In celebration of this exciting event, we’re offering you a free pair of fabric gloves (of your choice) when you purchase any handbag online (for a limited time only). Whether you’re watching from the stands or on your TV, don’t forget to dress up in your occasion wear…

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Shop Ascot style:

  1. Women’s Floral Stretch Glove
  2. Large Paperstraw Clutch Bag
  3. Men’s Plain Cotton Gloves
  4. Men’s Striped Braces
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Bikers Visit Dents

On Friday, the Dents museum was visited by a very interesting group of people…

Roaring into HQ on several Harley Davidsons and one trike, motorbike group The Hogsback Chapter arrived to learn about the history of gloves!

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The Hogsback Chapter regularly go to events and rides throughout the year. Coming all the way from Surrey, the group decided to visit the museum as part of their ‘Wicked Wiltshire Weekend’. Events organiser Ruth – who originates from Wiltshire – had heard about the museum tour in a Daily Mail article, and thought it was worth a look!

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Our museum holds a fascinating collection of gloves throughout history. Of course, the bikers were particularly interested in the driving gloves worn by racing legends Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham, as well as Jack Nicholson’s Joker gloves in 1989′s Batman and the Bond gloves worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall.

The tour ended with a look around the Factory Shop, where the bikers could take home some souvenir gloves and accessories. You never know, you may see them sporting a few pairs out on the roads!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day isn’t far away, so how can you show your appreciation for your dad when June 15th arrives? With a gift from Dents of course!

We know how much this special day can mean, so to help you find the ideal present, all men’s products (including Heritage) are 20% off online! So what can you get to suit his tastes…?

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The Dents Heritage range is the best place to go to add a little quality to your dad’s wardrobe. He’s sure to love a pair of men’s handmade English gloves, smart cufflinks or a useful leather gift.

 

for the traveller

If your dad enjoys travelling, he can keep his essential belongings safe with a Dents leather wallet or a wash bag. And he can stay up to date with the latest goings on during his travels, with the help of a protective iPad case.

 

for the car lover

Everyone knows a car fanatic, whether it’s your dad, granddad or uncle. Suit their need for speed with a pair of driving gloves - there’s a great selection of styles online, from keyhole cut outs to crochet back designs…

 

for the dapper dad

tweed flat capbelt/pair of braces or a stylish pair of black gloves can instantly smarten any outfit – and he’ll have you to thank for his dapper look!

If you’re still struggling for ideas, a Dents gift voucher (varying between denominations of £10 – £100) will give your dad the opportunity to choose the perfect gift!

Offer runs until 15th June. How will you spend this Father’s Day with your dad?

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Handbag Heaven

This season’s collection of handbags simply aren’t to be missed! You’re sure to find plenty of stunning styles to suit any occasion…

Large Leather Tote with Contrast Side Panels:

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Best used for: Wearing on a cruise

A simple design, yet 100% nautical. You’ll fit in perfectly on your cruise break with this large leather tote that comes with contrast-colour side panels and a tassel at the front. It also comes with adjustable buckle shoulder straps, a zip top fastening, an inside zip, and mobile pockets. Lined with the signature Dents lining.

 

Large Cut Out Shoulder Bag:

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Best used for: A trip to the beach

This is an ideal bag to take with you on a big day to the beach – and in Camel, it’s in the ultimate summer colour! The cut out detailing is beautiful and adds an interesting touch. With its large size, it will hold plenty of items such as your mobile phone and beach essentials.

 

Small Leather Satchel:

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Best used for: A quick outing

Just need to nip into town? Not only does this gorgeous small leather satchel have lovely plait edging and gorgeous gold features, but all the essential pockets for a quick trip out. Lined with the Dents signature lining.

 

Large Paperstraw Clutch Bag:

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Best used for: Casual dining

This lovely large 3-tone paperstraw bag can be used during any time of the day, whether it’s for a nice lunch out, or a casual dinner (wear it without its strap to turn it into a clutch). This bag comes with inside zip, slip and mobile pockets. It also features a Dents metal plate on the front panel.

 

Sequin Body Clutch:

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Best used for: A stylish night out

If you’re into parties, of course you’ll need the ultimate party accessory: the clutch! The eye catching sequin detailing is stunning, and the clutch will go with so many dresses. To save you from holding it all night, it also comes with a drop chain.

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May Top Picks

As we come into May, what’s caught our eye? See our favourite picks of the month from the Dents collection…

Women’s Sueded Hairsheep Glove

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Now that the days are getting warmer, switch to unlined suede gloves. We love it in Sand; neutrals are a great base colour to style around

Men’s Peccary Handsewn Gloves:

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A fine pair of Heritage handsewn gloves, with 3 points and a Dents stud closure. Crafted from genuine Peccary leather

Men’s Leather Billfold Wallet:

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Made of Italian waxed leather, this billfold wallet is kitted out with credit cards and billfold pockets. The contrast stitching adds a nice touch

Men’s Plaited Leather Belt:

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A plaited belt will be just what you need to finish off your casual outfit. In Black it will go with anything!

Paperstraw Grab Clutch:

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Grab it and go! Ideal for a quick trip out, this useful bag has a zip top fastening, inside slip and mobile pockets. Choose from a Flame Multi, Hot Pink Multi and Turquoise Multi

Shop Dents.

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How to Wear Patterned Accessories

Prints have always been a huge spring/summer trend, and this year is no different! Our patterned accessories are a must have for adding a quirky touch to any outfit. To give you some ideas on how to style around them, we’ve gathered a few inspiring images and tips…

Animal Print

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Model images taken from Pinterest

We think simplicity is key when it comes to styling animal print; it’s best worn with plain coloured fabrics (such as black or neutrals) to draw attention to the pattern. Why not try our dalmatian print hat in the faux fur collection, a pair of leopard print leather gloves in Chestnut/Leopard, or a stunning snake print pyramid shape box bag?

Polka Dots

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Model images taken from Pinterest

Spots are a very eye catching pattern. Get the look with our 50s style spotted cotton glove which is decorated a with lovely bow feature at the wrist. Wear the Black version as part of a monochrome outfit, or alternatively team it up with a contrasting vibrant colour (like above, centre). The Berry and Pink versions, however, should go with pale clothing to make the glove really stand out.

Floral Prints

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A pattern that will go nicely with a frilly or silk top, florals are an instant springtime hit. Try our lovely floral stretch glove - it’s made of a light fabric and comes with a V-shaped vent at the wrist that is perfect for the warmer weather. Find this glove in Ivory/Hot Pink, Black/Hot Pink and Ivory/Cornflour.

What’s your favourite pattern? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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