–At 12 of Via Stella, Sanità district (homeland of the glove makers), we find from 1920:Omega one of the oldest, Neapolitan glove makers families.
i’m introduced in the laboratory by Alberto, son of Mauro, (fourth generation of glove makers) where you can breathe a Neapolitan air: the smell of coffee, pictures of some holy cards close to the walls and the workers who pull fast their cigarette while working meticulously to a phase of the glove.
After sipping my coffee, Alberto mentions me a little of their history almost a century and immediately begins the tour in the “Kingdom of the gloves” (along with a tourist).
Let’s start with the vision of the leather quality control (Lamb, peccary, deer, Carpincho) made by Alberto and then from Mauro, who consists of spreading the fabric so as to show the animal’s defects; then moistens the fabric on which rests the mold of the glove that is beaten on the skin before being cut. The raw material is Italian and French origin and: the tanning, refinement and dyeing is done in Naples; we would have various leather types, qualitatively speaking, and each one of them is used for a different part of the glove.
After the cut, the glove is assembled, completely by hand in 25 transactions made by 25 different ladies; tool sewing them altogether few (they are 2 and how we see are very old) that are used for essential seams such as: strock and pique. The final step is the application of the lining which is usually in cashmere or silk.
Squillace family produces for some great high-fashion brands like Chanel and 95% of gloves products (70,000 per year) are exported abroad.