understanding finish options

Our gloves often offer you a choice of finishes for points, cuffs and linings. Here we explain those options so that you can choose the perfect glove for you.

detailing

points

Points are the detail on the back of the glove and are usually a choice of Greek or Classic.

The image shows Single, Greek and Classic from left to right.

at the wrist

cuffs

with the exception of driving gloves, we often offer a choice of front vent, side vent or a sack cuff. A sack is essentially a plain, unvented cuff that can be turned over.

the history of george horn, master glovers

George Horn are a third generation master glove makers based in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by George in the 1940's and continued by his son, Brian, the company is now run by Brian and his son, Gerard. Infused with a passion for quality, authenticity and a respect for their craft and art, George Horn produce the finest hand sewn gloves available. To read more about the 77 year history of this small company, check through our timeline below.

George's story

The Beginning

George was orphaned during the first world war and spent his early days in a London orphanage. In his teen years George was sent to Worcester, the home of British glove making, where he was apprenticed to Dents, to this day one of the world's finest glove makers. Here George learnt his trade and worked until he took up a position with the Red Gauntlet company in Dublin. After a short while in Dublin, George set up his own workshops in Prussia Street in 1943, and George Horn gloves came into being.

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Recognition

Throughout the 1960's the company thrived and established a reputation for gloves of the highest quality. Sales reached around the world from Japan to the USA and included famous names such as Harrods and Christian Dior. Bloomingdales, Saks of Fifth Avenue and Roots in New York George Horn gloves enjoyed a reputation for the highest standard of materials and quality producing gloves from motorcycle gauntlets to Irish Army Officers dress gloves and everything in between.

George expanded the Ashtown factory and the success of the company seemed boundless.

Fire

dress glove making ends

In 1972 a fire tore through the Ashtown premises, destroying much of the old machinery. Unable to source replacement machinery that he deemed of a suitable standard, George called a halt to dress glove making. The business continued as The Castleknock Glove Company making industrial gloves, specialty gloves, and small batches like gloves for the Irish Army officers and also began supplying leather to the craft market.

George's son, Brian, had started his involvement in the company in the 1970's, initially selling in Ireland and then around the world, then learning the trade of the master glove maker from his father. To this day it is Brian that cuts the gloves and oversees the stitching and finishing of all of our gloves.

Castleknock Gloves

Mass Production ends Irish Glovemaking

Following the 1972 fire, the company moved to Prussia Street, trading as The Castleknock Glove Company but the demise of Irish manufacturing and the era of mass imported products, saw the business wind down in 2003.

A move to leather and tools supply began and Brian retained his glovemaking on a small bespoke scale for the next 15 years.

new needs old

a rare find starts a new beginning

Following the closure of a glove maker in the UK, Brian secured the old machinery, knives and equipment that would be on a par with that which was originally lost in the fire of 1972. Whilst some would argue that modern machines can do the job, for Brian it just didn't feel right and finding the right equipment gave the impetus and motivation to start a 2 year process of trial, set up and refinement to bring us right up to 2020 and this beautiful moment of rebirth.

a 25 year wait

a craft saved

After 77 years of craft, expertise, excitement, success, disaster and effort by 3 generations of one family, the continuation of George Horn not only sees the survival of Ireland's last master glove maker, it also heralds a new era of those learning the craft. George Horn are also engaged in the training and education of leather crafters and glove makers to ensure that these centuries old skills are preserved in a sustainable and viable way. It's an exciting time and we hope it's a story that you will share with us as you enjoy a pair of hand sewn George Horn gloves.

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