How did it start? The House of Causse, founded in 1892 in the little French town of Millau, was a place where nobility and couturiers could mingle, and where the creme de la creme commissioned exquisite gloves to be made from the finest materials. Also that year, the label opened a boutique at 12 Rue de Castiglione, Paris. A century later, fourth-generation glovemaker Olivier Causse began working with prize-winning designers Nadine Carel and Manuel Rubio. In a Millau factory designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, exquisite gloves are created under the house label, as well as for Hermes, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Marrying rich traditions with new materials, Causse has remained one of the most acclaimed glovemakers in the world.
Why we love it: for bringing the elegance of a bygone era to a rather reluctant 21st century, in which the wearing of gloves is an option born of necessity more than fashion. The label is pure French chic and reminds us that there are categories for glove love (for example, evening gloves, town gloves and summer, winter and cock- tail gloves) for which the fabric, colour and style depend on the occasion. Laces, knots, pendants and buckles are suitable for day events, whereas fur with supple lambskin with a glace or nubuck finish, or peccary, work better for night. Whether it's a metallic finish on python skin, ostrich, crocodile or iguana - lots of possibilities come into play.
What we would pick: the soft fur-trimmed pair (centre left; HK$6,900), the elegant long, black beaded gloves (top left; HK$8,500) and the Swarovski-studded leather version (bottom left; HK$4,600).
Where can you get it? House of Causse is available at On Pedder, 18 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2118 3489.