Worcester glove-making

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Worcester glove-making

Worcester's gloving industry reached its peak between 1790 and 1820 when 150 manufacturers of gloves employed over 30,000 people in and around Worcester. At this time nearly half of all glovers in Britain were based in and around the city of Worcester.

By the middle of the 20th century, only a few Worcester gloving companies survived as gloves became less fashionable and free trade allowed in cheaper imports. Those left became more adventurous, employing famous fashion designers and developing new types of sporting equipment.

These leather ski gloves were made by Milore and were created so they could button over coat cuffs to protect the wrists.

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