Congrats to winner, Sharon!
Have you ever heard of Cornelia James? Perhaps not.
But no doubt you’ve seen Cornelia James gloves, even if you didn’t know what you were looking at.
Perhaps you noticed The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence, posing in some for a 2012 issue of W.
But most likely, you’ve seen them frequently on the hands of Queen Elizabeth II, or her daughter Princess Anne, her niece Princess Beatrice, or her late (sob) daughter-in-law, Princess Diana.
For November 2012’s Remembrance Day (Britain’s version of Veteran’s Day), Kate Middleton (aka Duchess Catherine) wore Cornelia James’ pure wool glove with side bow in black. Very ’50s, very chic and, as with most everything Kate wears, very appropriate to the situation. I love the black bow peeking out from the Duchess’ coat sleeve!
Cornelia James has been making gloves for Her Majesty the Queen since 1947. “She designed the Coronation gloves and has been making most of the ones the Queen has worn ever since,” says Genevieve Lawson, who took over the company begun by her mother after James’ 1999 death.
The Queen’s gloves are always in the same colors: black, white, navy, and beige, and measure six inches from thumb to cuff. Ever the frugal monarch, Queen Elizabeth often sends the gloves back for repairs rather than simply buying new ones.
Cornelia James was a Jewish refugee from Vienna who came to England in 1939 and began making affordable, colorful gloves so that people could accessorize their clothing post-WWII.
All CJ gloves are handmade, and it takes about an hour to make a pair.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with Cornelia James to offer a Girls in White Dresses reader the chance to win a pair of the gloves Kate Middleton is shown wearing above.
The gloves are 100% wool and are available in many colors. They retail for around $81 at the current exchange rate. Elegant, and a wonderful treat for yourself if you’re not the winner!
Enter via the Rafflecopter below by February 20, and I’ll choose a random winner February 21.