The idea of the ‘driving’ glove is largely defunct nowadays, what with those things we call ‘roofs’, ‘windows’ and ‘in-car heating’. Driving gloves were originally worn by racing drivers and motorists who sat in open cockpits and needed them for warmth, but wearing them behind the wheel of a vintage automobile today just seems right, and it’s undoubtedly a pleasurable experience. This pair has been crafted from supple lambskin leather as well as knitted wool for added comfort and breathability, and would complete a driving-inspired outfit such as this Harrington and chukka boot combination.
Black leather gloves are a classic option, and the most formal of all glove styles. This pair is lined with soft cashmere, and is hand-made entirely in Naples, Italy. Ideal for wearing with formal clothing, you can combine the black leather with grey, black and navy tailoring – try a double-breasted overcoat such as this example from Ring Jacket. The winter alternative to sharp Oxford shoes, these Oxford boots will complete the look, which would work perfectly for a 9-5 office job.
Peccary leather is known for its toughness and durability, making these gloves an intriguing proposition. Peccary is easily recognisable from the visible hair pores in rows of three, which give it its distinctive and much-replicated texture – displayed especially well in the tobacco shade of these gloves. Wear them proudly with other brown and neutral shades, such as those found in this Private White V.C. Raglan-sleeve coat and these suede Barbanera Chelsea boots.
Charlie Thomas is a former staffer at The Rake.