How to Style the Wild West!

Yee-haw – Wild West fashion has made a comeback! Bring out your denim shirt and that pair of cowboy boots, because we are going to help you accessorise like it’s late 1800s America – but with a modern twist!

The Edit

So, you want to release your inner cowgirl? Shades of brown, black and gold will kick-start your country and western vibes. Here’s what to wear…

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The Hat Large Brim Paperstraw Hat | Wide paperstraw hats offer a contemporary take on the traditional cowboy hat. We think the gold buckle adds a delicate touch that is reminiscent of a sheriff’s badge and cowboy spurs. If you really want to nail the cowgirl vibe, don’t forget to style your hair into two plaits or loose ponytails!

The Gloves Charlotte Hairsheep Leather Cuff Gloves | The interlinking snake print pattern across the cuff provides a subtle nod towards desert snakes. With otherwise minimalist detailing, this versatile glove can be teamed up with many other outfits!

The Handbag – Lucia Shoulder Bag | Mixing the flawless combination of black, white and gold together, the Lucia shoulder bag matches each of our recommended accessories. Its rope handle also provides a interesting alternative to leather, and creates a summery feel.

The Belt  Mia Cut Out Leather Belt | Made by our sister company Stephen Collins, not only does this gorgeous leather belt feature a large rustic buckle in antique gold, the beautiful cut-out detailing on the keeper will add casual western hints to your everyday outfit. Alternatively, why not choose one of the plaited belts available on our website?

Now that you have the accessories, it’s time to find the cowboy-style clothes to go with them! Need some style inspiration? Here’s some of our favourite images from Pinterest…

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For your top half, a fully buttoned up denim or plaid shirt are must-have pieces – however an embroidered white shirt can work just as well. If possible, include a fringed garment, such as a jacket or accessory. Depending on how authentic you want your western vibe to be, tie a patterned neckerchief for a finishing touch. Team all of this up with either a pair of denim jeans (the ‘double denim’ look can work a treat), or a long floaty skirt that matches the rest of your outfit. And of course, a pair of tan cowboy boots will complete the look!

Will you be trying out any of our country and western styling tips? Share your ideas with us below!

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TV TIME FOR DENTS

The film crew from BBC’s popular Escape to the Country series were given a lesson in traditional glove making during a recent visit to Dents in Warminster.

Jules Hudson outside Dents in Warminster with his box of gloves

The crew, including presenter Jules Hudson, spent a few fascinating hours here, as they met Dents’ team of skilled traditional craftsmen and women, and watched the glove making process – first from leather cutting, to hand sewing and finishing.

Jules Hudson with Dents Factory Craftspeople in Warminster

“Jules was especially interested in the hand-sewing techniques, and also how to measure the size of a hand,” said Dents Chief Executive Deborah Moore. “This is so important to ensure the ‘perfect fit’ that has helped make Dents such an iconic brand.”

Escape to the Country crew filming webbing glove making process at Dents

The TV crew also visited the private Dents museum to see the collection of historic gloves and artefacts.

“Lord Nelson’s gloves, and the gloves of Queen Elizabeth I, are always stand-out items here,” said Deborah. “Jules also looked at the driving gloves we made for Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss, as well as the gloves worn in Batman and by James Bond in Skyfall.”

Dents will be featured in an Escape to the Country programme, which will on screen later this year.

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How to Accessorise in Soft Browns

As one of the most common colours featured throughout our collection, soft brown proves once again to be a must-have colour to accessorise in. Gone are the days where we tend to dress in darker tones during the chillier months – this season’s all about opting for belts, gloves and light scarves in warm shades of this classic hue!

The Men’s Edit:

Men's brown gloves, wallet and belt from Dents

Browns are particularly popular among our male customers. Our warmest shades include tan, havana, tobacco and cognac, which provide endless styling possibilities! For best results, any of our recommended accessories (above) will flawlessly teamed up with a white shirt, plus bursts of black and deep reds throughout your outfit. If you’re aiming for a luxury country look, why not wear a couple of tan coloured Dents items with a tweed jacket?

  • The Gloves – Winchester | These deerskin leather driving gloves are detailed with quirky contrast stitching – ideal for the fashion-conscious gentleman. The keyhole back feature also provides a cooler feel during the summer.
  • The Belt Plain Leather Belt | In such a versatile shade of tan, this minimalist accessory can be worn with so many garments!

Our inspiring men’s moodboard focusing on the classic colour. What do you think…?

Men's brown inspirational moodboard, Pinterest


The Women’s Edit

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This season, women’s wardrobes are all about looking natural; soft cognac, chestnut and taupe (to name but a few) are the perfect tones to replace classic black. Achieve a relaxed look by choosing a few key accessories from our selection that match your summer attire. We think teaming them up with earthy khakis, creams and neutrals will do just the trick!

  • The GlovesKelly Crochet Back Driving Glove | A good all-rounder; this glove oozes both style and practicality, whilst not going overboard with the brown tones.
  • The Belt – Eliza Skinny Belt | Best used to enhance an outfit (rather than dominate it) wear this block-coloured chestnut belt from our sister company Stephen Collins will delicately match any bursts of brown in your ensemble.
  • The ScarfLace Print Eternity Scarf | In nude, this lightweight scarf provides a paler alternative if you want to tone down your look. The floral lace pattern reminds us of summer gardens!

From nature to beauty, soft browns are seen everywhere at the moment, as seen in this women’s moodboard…

Women's brown inspiring moodborad, Pinterest

Do you own any special Dents items in this must-have colour? Let us know in the comments!

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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…

Dents gloves and accessories stand in Oitti Uomo June 2015

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.

Dents colourful crochet back gloves and driving gloves at Pitti Uomo June 2015

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.

Calcio Storico Parade in Florence

The colourful parade starting…

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.

Calcio Storico Match in Florence

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!

Dents men's leather gloves make the perfect Father's Day gift

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…

Father's Day Moodboard - Ideas of Things to Do

  • 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.

Dents Driving Glove Promotion - Father's Day

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

Daisy Buchanan and Gloria Swanson glove styling 1920s - 1930s

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

Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland glove styling 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

Dents gloves and Audrey Hepburn glove styling 1960s - 1970s

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

Michael Jackson and Madonna glove styling 1980s - 1990s

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

Lady Gaga, Angelo Mitakos, Ella Catliff glove styling 21st century

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.

Dents CEO Deobrah Moore and Heather Abernathie at Glovers Lane, Warminster

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.

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.”New Glovers Lane Route, WarminsterThe 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…

Dents Article in The Telegraph Online

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

Leanne & Skirt

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

Waistcoat & Leanne

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!

wastcoat details

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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Images taken from Pinterest

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!

how to wear summer scarves

Images taken from Pinterest

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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