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What Your Gloves Say About You

By all accounts and weather forecasts, it’s glove season just about everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere—even California has been seeing temps drop perilously close to “brisk.”

And your last line of defense against that bone-chilling frigidness: a good pair of finger-sweaters.

So we went ahead and surveyed all of the hand-sheltering options out there to help you find the right ones—and in our long tradition of telling you what your sartorial choices are saying about you, we’ve put together a handy guide.

Here’s what the way you’re bundling up your mitts says about you.»

The Stat Sheet: S. N. S. Herning Apex Mittens

Behold: grown-man mittens.

They’re a rare breed this day and age, but the Danes at S. N. S. Herning are still making a pair—and their Apex Mittens have just landed at SF’s Unionmade with the rest of S. N. S. Herning’s woolly goodness for the season. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: S. N. S. Herning has been swaddling the Danish coast in 100% pure new wool since 1931, using a “bobble” knit that’s thick, durable and warm and looks pretty darn cool when you see it in a pattern on a sweater... or mittens.

Who to Channel: Sir Edmund Hillary ascending Mount Everest; a really dapper snowman; a heavyweight boxer.

When to Wear Them: Within three miles of a log cabin; once it’s gotten too cold to text outdoors; anytime an impromptu snowball fight might break out.

Degree of Difficulty: Somewhat high. These are mittens. There’s a real risk of ending up looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story or that guy on the cover of Fuck Yeah Menswear. Try and stay somewhere in between those two and you should be fine.

Both dangerous ends of the spectrum, after the jump.»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Warm Hands

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As part of our tireless commitment to outfitting you for the coming winter, we thought we’d call attention to your hands.

More specifically, how you’re going to protect them without losing the ability to turn doorknobs.

Fortunately, the rise of the lumberjack-as-style-icon means you’ve got a uniquely broad swath of cozy gloves to choose from, and most of them can take as much snowball-related punishment as you can dish out. In short, it’s going to be quite a winter.

Behold, our favorite gloves»