Get a grip

There's nothing like signalling your rage in reindeer-skin gloves: IS IT WORTH IT? Driving gloves Connolly pounds 105

DRIVERS who wear gloves have been the butt of many an Alan Partridge joke. Yet they ignore the snide string-back references and insist that gloves make us better drivers. So this season's reindeer driving gloves (pounds 105) from Connolly are less about cravats and more about control.

You can see the attraction, sleek and black with red handstitching, the gloves have grips and holes in all the right places. Vogue's Vanessa Gillingham agrees. "They're well made and they look it. You can tell they'll last."

Reindeer is the skin for driving - soft, absorbent and longer lasting than suede - it gives an iron grip. For those whose needs are less concourse and more car-pool, they also protect from hot steering wheels and icy interiors.

A pair of high street knock-offs can do the warmth thing at a third of the price, but as anyone with an E-type will tell you, it's authenticity that counts. Connolly have upholstered all the seats to be seen in, from the first Rolls Royce to the QEII, and their gloves are the genuine article. Although company policy prevents anything as crass as naming names, I am assured they can be seen on many a professional hand.

But are they necessary for the Honda owner? Driving gloves date back to the wooden steering-wheel days when protection was vital. Today's mod cons make them less so, but glove owners say that's not the point. Your average bloke may never need his reindeer grip to tame a headstrong Bugatti, but he likes to know that he has it, just in case.

While men are particular about the functions of their gloves (boys and their toys!), women tend to be more concerned with the glamour factor. Expensive gloves can give a Grace Kelly air to the most mundane of supermarket runs. Certainly they give one the urge to wave, HRH-style, at passing motorists. And for those of us whose driving gestures are of the less peaceful kind, Connolly do their popular signalling glove - black, with the appropriate two fingers dyed red. Designer road rage - now that's worth it.

Brandy Scott

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Business Analyst - 12 Month FTC - Entry Level

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...

    Recruitment Genius: Chefs - All Levels

    £16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...

    Recruitment Genius: Maintenance Engineer

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...

    Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive & Customer Service - Call Centre Jobs!

    £7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...

    Day In a Page

    Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

    Tribal gathering

    Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
    10 best trays

    Get carried away with 10 best trays

    Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
    Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
    How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

    Heavy weather

    What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
    World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

    World Bodypainting Festival 2015

    Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
    alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

    Don't call us nerds

    Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
    How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

    How to find gold

    Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
    Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

    Not born in the USA

    Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
    10 best balsamic vinegars

    10 best balsamic vinegars

    Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
    Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

    Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

    Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
    Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

    Greece referendum

    Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
    Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

    7/7 bombings anniversary

    Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
    Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

    Versace haute couture review

    Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created