Aller comme un gant

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…gloves hand-made in France.

Gloves are almost as fun as shoes. They can be practical (snore) or fabulous, so why not reach for fabulous? Since 1989, Chantal and Christian Canillac have been creating fabulous gloves at L’Atelier du Gantier, (The Glovemaker’s Workshop) in Millau (near Montpellier, in the south of France). If a glove-buying jaunt to France isn’t in your future, they can also be ordered on-line. The Canillacs show you exactly how to measure your hand to ensure a perfect fit. Since these gloves are custom-made, however, you’ll need to wait about a month before they’ll be keeping you warm in style, so Santa might need to slip an I.O.U. under the tree, or, perhaps better still, let you select the style, color, and trim yourself so you have something to look forward to after the holidays are a memory.

While you wait for your package to arrive, check out the video on their site that shows the steps in creating a custom glove, from stretching the hide to the showroom. But how to pick your favorite combination of color and style of glove? There are 67 (!) choices of leather – solids, prints, and metallics. Then how to decide on a style? Why decide? Indulge.

Today’s expression, aller comme un gant (allay kum uhn gahn) means “to go like a glove.” In other words, if something fits perfectly, or is completely appropriate for a situation, just like gloves are the ideal present.

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For all 12 days of Christmas:

1. Cartier Tank watch

2. Hermès Kelly bag

3. Assouline book

4. Atelier du Gantier gloves

5. Anne Fontaine blouse

6. French Perfume

7. Hermès bracelet

8. Diptyque candle

9. Cartier Trinity collection

10. Longchamp Le Pliage tote

11. Hermès scarf

12. Apartment in Paris

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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