The Glove Compartment
(reprinted from WWD 09/09/09)
GLOVES, LIKE SHOES AND OLSENS, by definition come in pairs. But arguably the best-known glove in recent memory never had a mate: Michael Jackson’s sequined, much-celebrated — and not veryau courant — single version.
The soft-spoken woman behind that design is Dorothy Gaspar, a third-generation glovemaker from Budapest. In 1985, she set out for Los Angeles with the dream of outfitting stars — at least from the wrist down. Her custom-made designs are worn by Madonna on her Sticky and Sweet Tour and Lady GaGa in her increasingly Bunuelian videos.
Now. after almost 25 years in business catering to the toast of pop celebrity. Gaspar is launching her first line targeting fashion civilians, the kind who consider public pants-wearing a necessity and have never taken up with a 21-year-old named Jesus. If one implies from the timing that she is trying to capitalize on Jackson’s passing, she begs to differ, saying, “I started to work on it about seven or eight months ago, so that was before [his death].” However, she has created a group of gloves called the Moonwalk in tribute to the pop star. “That’s my way of remembering,” she says.
At her presentation, she will showcase about 40 pairs in leather, lace and a sheer fabric called Touch Tech. which is thin enough to allow for iPhone use. The prices start around $50 and go up to $200 for “crazy creations.”
Gaspar still hand-stitches all of her samples in her Los Angeles studio. She has designs for “Iron Man 2,” “The Green Hornet” and the Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie” in the works.
And while her teenage daughter isn’t yet involved in the business, she supports Mom in other ways. “She’s always texting everybody [while] wearing her gloves,” she says. As for whether she’ll be a fourth-generation glove maker, says Gaspar, “I’m hoping. It’s a process.”
(reprinted from Splendidcity.com)
September 22, 2009 by Tracy Hopkins
It’s official, today is the first day of fall. Even though the weather isn’t the least bit frosty, it’s still a good time to invest in a quality pair of gloves.
During Fashion Week, I went to a cocktail presentation for Gaspar Gloves. Designed by third generation glover maker Dorothy Gaspar, the gloves were featured in designer Erin Fetherston’s feminine Spring 2010 runway show.
The gloves are also highly regarded in Hollywood and have been worn by leading ladies including Angelina Jolie (”The Changeling” ) and Michelle Pfieffer (as a fierce Cat Woman).
Gaspar gloves are like buttah, and I can’t wait to wear my black leather pair with an eye-catching woven pattern.
Image credit: Tracy E. Hopkins
reprinted from The Fashion Examiner Blog
by VIVIAN G. KELLY
Gloves seem to be making a comeback with the young set, and we can thank LADY GAGA and MILEY CYRUS for that. The power pop stars have is indisputable and we have no argument with Dorothy’s butter soft kid creations getting pushed to the front of the line. Lady Gaga favors the basic driving gloves and black + red, white, and black. Miley’s pic are the fingerless pink pair.
ABOUT GASPAR GLOVES
Dorothy Gaspar, is a third generation master glove maker, has been in the family business of glove making all her life. The Gaspar Glove business was established originally in Budapest, Hungary by her grandfather in 1885. When Dorothy moved to Los Angeles in 1985, Gaspar Gloves experienced a rebirth a hundred years later.
Dorothy, donning a pair of her black lace Madonna in the eighties gloves, answered a few questions during her press presentation.
FE: You said young people are embracing gloves now?
DOROTHY GASPAR: I love seeing them in clubs. I have a lot of younger customers who realize gloves are a way to jazz up an outfit without breaking the bank.
FE: There was a big piece in Harpers’ Bazaar about “the classis”, a good idea in a recession. What’s your interpretation of a classic?
DOROTHY: Yes, you want to start with the basic vintage style that’s simple and clean but has some interesting twenties style stitiching.
FE: How much for a basic pair of Gaspars?
DOROTHY: Around $200 and they’re in kid leather. The long ones which are all one skin and go from $400 – 500 depending on the detail.
FE: Your favorite pair is…
DOROTHY: the red checkered ones with zippers. Perfect with a red suit!
Photo: Kim Myers Robertson
"Demure clothes get a quiet sex appeal from a few well-chosen accessories
— in particular these dramatic leather gloves".