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Hot Hands

Hestra brings the rainbow to next season’s glove line. We’ve got a preview.

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Black, or gray…black, or gray?  Not too long ago that was pretty much the only choice shoppers had when perusing the ski glove wall. But more and…

Black, or gray…black, or gray? Not too long ago that was pretty much the only choice shoppers had when perusing the ski glove wall. But more and more vibrant colors are returning to ski gear, and that palate is moving onto the hands, too. Swedish glove crafter Hestra is leading the charge, working with pro skiers to cater to a younger, bolder market.

The Anja Parson pro mitt and glove, for example, will be out next fall in a variety of colors of incredibly dexterous, warm and durable aniline-dyed…

The Anja Parson pro mitt and glove, for example, will be out next fall in a variety of colors of incredibly dexterous, warm and durable aniline-dyed cowhide. The Swedish racer, along with pro freeskiers Henrik Windstedt and Seth Morrison, are some of the athletes from whom Hestra’s designers are drawing input and inspiration.

Hestra, who has been focused solely on gloves for the past 75 years, is known for classic ski gloves, warmth, and years-long durability. But,…

Hestra, who has been focused solely on gloves for the past 75 years, is known for classic ski gloves, warmth, and years-long durability. But, according to Dino Dardano, president of Hestra USA, at this winter’s industry trade shows they saw an incredibly positive reaction to the new brights from buyers. That means chances are you’ll be able to spice up and coordinate your ski outfit all the way to your fingertips come fall 2011.

If you think everyone will be staring at your hands, well, you are probably right. Pink, red, purple, bright blues, orange, and green leathers are…

If you think everyone will be staring at your hands, well, you are probably right. Pink, red, purple, bright blues, orange, and green leathers are what Hestra will be putting out for the US market next fall, in addition to it’s classic neutral colors. “You’ve seen super-bright color in everything but gloves…everyone is still hyper focused on black,” says Dardano. “Colors will still be second to black, but Hestra is unique in doing all these colors in leather, and lightening things up a bit.”