At Darn Tough, we get this question a lot: Do you makes gloves? Hate to disappoint, but we’re single-minded in our mission to knit the world’s best sock. Good news is, our friends at Vermont Glove have your hands covered (get it?). Quality gloves and mitts, Merino Wool liners… and did we mention they’re made in Vermont, too? We’ll let them take it from here.
I know you know how important feet are. I mean, you’re reading a blog about socks (and I love you for that). I’m here to make the case for hands. Spoiler alert: they’re pretty darn useful too.
100 Years & Counting
Here in Vermont, people have been using their hands for a pretty long time. Just about since the beginning. At Vermont Glove, we make socks to protect your hands. We call ’em gloves.
We’ve been making goat leather gloves in Randolph, Vermont since 1920. Originally founded to outfit lineworkers electrifying America with protectors (aka chunky rubber-insulated gloves that prevent you from being electrocuted), we developed a unique line of work gloves that perform exceptionally well.
Over the last 102 years, we have weathered wars, depressions and the mass exodus of American manufacturing. At times, we survived by the skin of our…goats. Against all odds, we held on, never once leaving our factory in Randolph.
Nature's Dream Team
Our gloves have been made out of goat leather since day 1. Like Merino Wool, goat leather offers superior performance right off the animal. It is naturally supple while remaining incredibly durable - offering the perfect balance of dexterity and longevity.
Ready for the juicy part? Pair these two up and you’ve got a natural material dream team. I know I don’t have to tell you the benefits of Merino, since you're already a sock wizard, but Merino Wool is naturally soft, breathable, and keeps you warm even when it’s wet. That’s why Vermont Glove offers a removable Merino Wool liner that magically transforms summer gloves into winter gloves.
Beyond Socks & Gloves
While Darn Tough makes socks and we make gloves, we at Vermont Glove are deeply inspired by the social, environmental, and economic values that have motivated Darn Tough since its founding. As a Vermont company that manufactures our own product right here in Vermont, we believe we have an obligation to not just serve our bottom line, but to take care of our employees, our community, and our environment.
By rebuilding a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible manufacturing sector here in Vermont, we at Vermont Glove and our friends at Darn Tough have an opportunity to protect our most cherished parts of Vermont that make this great place what it is.
And the even more interesting thing is, when you really care about your people, your place, and your craftsmanship, you end up making the best product on the market. Turns out we at Vermont Glove and Darn Tough not only share core values and an extreme location on the body, but also best-in-class quality.
Don’t believe me? I get it. I wouldn’t trust me either. Grab a pair of gloves for yourself and give ’em hell. Cut some firewood, dig a ditch, or wrestle a bear, and let us know what you think. Just don’t put them on your feet. Remember, gloves are socks for your hands.
About the Author
Andrew is the creative director at Vermont Glove. In addition to clicking a mouse and typing on a keyboard, he uses his hands for a number of other things. He owns and operates a branding studio, co-owns and co-operates a diversified flower farm, is an aspiring amateur sauna enthusiast, is actively rediscovering a long lost love of bicycles, and prefers to eat 6 meals a day.