Monday, March 24, 2014

Randers Handsker

Marie-Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution of 1789, is said to always have worn Randers gloves to bed at night. Not because the gloves were fashionable, but because they had a reputation for being sweetly scented and keeping the hands soft. 

In this 1778 painting, Marie Antoinette is dressed in a riding costume, 
with her scented gloves in hand.

I understand and believe dear Marie-Antoinette's habit. Even though I sense quality that would have a matching price tag, the fragrance and the feel invited me to linger longer in this shop in Frederiksberggade, København. 

Randers Glove Factory is considered to be one of the world's oldest glove factories. The production of gloves in Randers dates back to the 1200s.

In the late 1600s, glove manufacture was the main trade in the city of Randers. The gloves were sold throughout Europe and became one of Denmark's chief exports. 

At one time Randers had as much as 28 Glover masters. The gloves were exported to Sweden, Russia, Germany, France and England. They were especially known for their distinctive fragrance and softness.

But all good things come to an end, and by 1801 there were only three glovers left in Randers.

Randers Handsker was taken over by the Vejrum family in 1927, and is operated today by the fourth generation of Vejrums. Randers Glove Factory currently exports to Scandinavia, Northern Europe the United States and Japan. 

Randers Handsker also provides gloves to Queen Margrethe of Denmark.