As many Bulldog Tools customers will already know, about 18 months ago we began selling a new brand of gardening gloves called Ethel Gloves.
Ethel Gloves originated in the USA when a company called Mechanix, who are specialists in manufacturing high performance gloves for the engineering, construction and military sectors decided to make a glove just for women.
The gloves were designed to perfectly fit the contours of a woman’s hands while still offering both protection and maximum dexterity. Mechanix used synthetic suede they had developed to cover the fingers and palms of the gloves ensuring that hands remained protected as well as comfortable during use.
Although function and protection were the primary concerns for Mechanix when developing Ethel Gloves, they also wanted to develop gloves that looked good too. To achieve this goal Mechanix’s design team created a range of fabrics that would not only stretch, breathe and offer comfort, but also could be machine washed after a hard day in the garden.
This week we were invited by our friend Ken Crowther (pictured above) to join him on his BBC Radio Essex Monday afternoon show to talk about our involvement with Ethel Gloves and particularly the development of their latest range of bamboo gardening gloves.
We asked Dominic from Quality Garden Tools who runs the Ethel Gloves website for us to take part in the broadcast as he helped bring both Ethel Gloves and the Mechanix range to the UK.
Ken and Dominic talked about the full Ethel range including the three gloves we make with designs from the V&A Museum fabric archive which were selected by staff at the museum to reflect the style of the early twentieth century, the lightweight gauntlets which are manufactured using tough, snag resistant ballistic nylon and puncture proof 4X synthetic suede and our new Bamboo range.
The Bamboo range (pictured left) and their sustainable manufacture were of particular interest to Ken as the gloves are vegan, anti-microbial, wick away moisture, offer stretch to fit women’s hands perfectly and as with all Ethel Gloves they are machine washable. Unlike the traditional glove range they are designed to be close fitting for ‘touch and feel’ jobs all around the garden, rather than tough weeding and pruning tasks.
We would like to thank BBC Radio Essex, Ken Crowther and Dominic for their help and if you want to listen to the broadcast in full, please click here and forward to 1hr 13m 52secs to hear the Ethel Gloves interview.
You can see the entire range of Ethel Gloves here.