Maison Bédouin: Chic French driving gloves

Recapturing the essence of French taste, Maison Bédouin are the Parisian brand bringing the driving glove firmly back onto the radar.

The trailblazing modernization of automobiles has meant that we hardly have to lift a finger to drive one. Most have roofs, and in-car heating, two major reasons why its market has shrunk in the last few decades. On top of this, there seems to be fewer hedonists in the Hollywood mould (Steve McQueen), who cruise around town in their convertible Rolls-Royce Corniches with their wives in the passenger seat, or if you’re Gardener McKay, your dog free-standing on the retracted roof. The romance, tradition and functionality of the driving glove appeared to have been lost to a generation.

The driving glove is not the only old-fashioned accoutrement or item of cultural significance, that has seen its beauty and authenticity fade away. With vivid childhood memories of the beautifully démodé character of Paris in the 80s, two cousins from the ‘City of Light’ have used their nostalgia to recapture the glamour of French taste with their incomparably chic driving gloves.


    Freddie Anderson


    October 2021


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