British glove design awards17 July 2006
The winning students of this year's British Glove Association Design Competitions have been presented with their awards by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, Stephen Brooker, at a luncheon hosted by the company at Mansion House. A pair of 'electric blue' cape leather driving gloves, designed by Jaime Lawn of the University of Lincoln, were manufactured at Bennett Safetywear's (www.bennettsafetywear.co.uk) St Helens' factory. The factory specialises in the manufacture of high quality leather gloves such as pilots' gloves, uniform gloves for the police and military and racing drivers' gloves. Jaime won first prize in the Sports/Activity Glove Category. The dress glove leather was supplied by Pittards' of Yeovil [http://www.pittards.com]. The children's wear category winning hat, scarf and glove set by Emma Mudford of the University of Northampton and the runner-up's fringed set was produced by British Glove Association member, Peshawear [http://www.peshawear.co.uk]. Peshawear operate from offices in Croydon and Bishops Stortford. The company, established over 30 years ago, specialise in gloves for both children and adults. Wendy Jeins' special occasion winning wedding glove was made up by Cornelia James [http://www.corneliajames.com]. Cornelia James have been glovemakers 'by appointment' to the Queen since 1986 and the current holder of the Royal Warrant is Genevieve James. The Worshipful Company of Glovers, in common with many other City Livery Companies, is of mediaeval origin. It was formed in 1349 by glove makers in London who wished to protect the high standard of their craft. Today, it has developed into a modern fellowship maintaining close links with the British glove industry, supporting charities and the education and training of young people.