The legendary glove manufactoring in Pécs

If someone mentions fashion, the first thing that comes to our mind is Paris. It is frequently forgotten that Hungary also played a significant role in the history of fashion since the 19th century. For example, it is worth to know that it is the famous Hungarian city, Pécs that is the capital of glove making on the European continent. The legendary Pécs gloves, or Hamerli gloves are unique and famous all over the world. Even American superstars tend to have a pair of the Hungarian invention.

In 1861, Hungarian tawer János Hamerli established Hungary’s first glove factory. He was a master in making gloves as he learned the skills for the noble craftsmanship in Austria and the Czech Republic from well-known foreign masters. He was an excellent tawer in Hungary and managed to become famous in a short period of time. His skills were the best in the whole country. He invented the first glove sewing-machine. With hard work and new inventions, the factory became the most profitable business in the country and the continent. After his death in 1895, his oldest son became his successor. In the 1930s the factory started to export the unique gloves to foreign countries in Western-Europe. Luckily, the factory survived World War II and continued the manufacturing. In the 1950s the factory became known in the United States and Japan. In 1970 it became the biggest glove making factory in the country and in the world, as well, and had an excellent strategy on how to be available on the international market.

The first employees of the factory in 1861 (Photo: www.hamerli.com)

At the beginning of the 1990s, Pécs gloves started to become old-fashioned and unpopular. It was also a problem that the company did not have enough employees to manage the huge amount of export. Soon the factory had to be closed. Fortunately, the employees of the factory started their small undertakings and kept the brand alive. After 1996, many workshops opened across the country and continued the tradition of making legendary Hungarian gloves.

Why are these gloves so special? Despite the 21st century’s modern technology, Pécs gloves are made by hand. Manufacturers usually use unique materials like the skin of lambs and deer. If we are talking about exclusive luxurious gloves the material is usually the skin of pythons, peccaries (skunk pig) and ostriches.  These materials are exported from France and Italy. The production of these gloves consists of the following steps: designing, cutting, pressing, decorating, sewing, lining, and packing. The colours of these gloves are usually black, brown, blue and red.

Advertisement from the 1970s (Photo: www.facebook.com/RegiPecs)

The quality and excellence of these gloves lie in the perfect materials and the 150-year-old tradition which is unique. The company always comes up with new ideas and trends trying its best to provide the highest quality.

Pécs gloves are valued Hungarian inventions and famous all over the world. Even American superstars tend to have a pair of these gloves and they are always satisfied with its quality. Here are three superstars wearing the Hungarian product:

Lady Gaga

The Grammy and Golden Globe-winning American superstar started her carrier in 2007. Her debut single Poker Face became an international hit in several countries and the official music video for the song has been viewed by 500 million people. In the clip, Lady Gaga is wearing and dancing in greyish-coloured Pécs gloves.

Madonna

The American pop icon loves to wear gloves. Not only for different kind of events, in music videos, and photo shoots, but at her concerts as well. And, of course, she is wearing the world-famous Pécs gloves.

Madonna by Tom Munro for L’Uomo Vogue (Photo: www.pinterest.co.uk)

Ryan Gosling

In the 2011 movie Drive, the American actor wears Pécs gloves on the poster of the movie and in one of the scenes while driving a car.

Ryan Gosling wearing Pécs gloves (Photo: www.pinterest.com)

 

Pécs gloves’s official website

Featured image: www.hamerli.com