Renewing the apprenticeship of glove is one of the main goals of the owner of the Czech brand Bohemia Gloves

photo: courtesy of Bohemia Gloves

In the 1960s, there was a factory that generated two million pairs of gloves a month. In 2017, the small Bohemia Gloves brand was taken over by Petra Kesnerová. “Twelve years ago, I started working for my father-in-law. He traded in leather all his life. Gradually, I took on more and more competencies and within two years I managed his entire international business. ”

Originally, he received an offer to buy a bankrupt glove company – one of the clients taking leather for production. Eventually, she took the company under Peter’s wings, even though she didn’t want to do it due to a lot of work, and in a year and a half she put the company on its feet. Unfortunately, the pandemic changed the situation and the owner decided to end the activity and give notice to all people. Petra could not accept that. “I said to myself that once I did it once, I could do it a second time. I also naively thought that in the spring of 2020 the pandemic ended and bought the company. Deciding was really hard because my son was tiny at the time. But it’s all me, I never go that comfortable way. ”

photo: courtesy of Bohemia Gloves

In the autumn, the second wave of the pandemic came and no one took over the orders that Bohemia Gloves had prepared. The only option was to set up an e-shop. This started the online journey of Bohemia Gloves and B2C (business to client), where Petra never went. “I learned a lot and it moved us forward.”

People are an essential element in production. Glove sewing is extremely demanding and the most important thing is experience. Another pitfall of the whole process is that each worker specializes in one part of production. The biggest tragedy is that there is no longer an apprenticeship where young people can learn and continue the craft. “I would like to change that. That is one of my main goals. There are also glove makers who are able to pass on the craft and experience. That’s my horizon where I want to go. But it means you have to do it in an interesting way.Petra does not rest on her laurels. Her determination and energy are admirable. It is clear to her that the majority of the Czech population does not know at all how much the glove industry has a tradition here.

photo: courtesy of Bohemia Gloves

The leathers for production come from Naples, Italy, where the factory has a family tannery, with which Petra has many years of great experience. “I am convinced that we are really buying the best that can be found in Europe at the moment. The tannery is in the center of Naples, so they have extremely strict conditions and environmental regulations. They have special technologies for recycling water used in production. ”

American deerskin leather is traditionally used for driving gloves, which is associated with classic cars. It comes from deer living in the wild, which flock to regulate their numbers. In the Czech Republic, Bohemia Gloves cooperates with tanners, from whom they take calfskin for outdoor gloves for bushcraft or motorcycles.

photo: courtesy of Bohemia Gloves

To the question why Petra chose to stay with this business, she answers: “I can’t explain it, but I feel that glove is something that belongs to me and I naturally move in the industry.”

A step forward is also the campaign of photographer Alexander Bel and stylist Magda Žůrková, who will represent Bohemia Gloves and their beautiful work throughout the summer. Phil La Noiraude took on hair styling and make-up and created looky inspired by the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Gloves are not just a seasonal accessory. Each pair is an artistic, traditionally made piece that can be used every day, as it was during the First Republic.

photo: courtesy of Bohemia Gloves

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