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Home Sewn: Local Glovemaker’s work in Vogue

September 23, 2012
By AMANDA MAY METZGER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - It wasn't the first time Daniel Storto was commissioned by the editors at Vogue magazine to design and sew a pair of gloves, but this order presented a new challenge for the glovemaker of Gloversville.

Though British model Stella Tennant appeared in American Vogue in May wearing Storto's gloves, this time Vogue wanted embellished gloves for its September 120th anniversary edition, on stands now.

He was contacted by Camilla Nickerson, Vogue stylist and fashion editor.

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Daniel Storto stands in his shop, decorated for Autumn, on North Main Street in Gloversville. He has laid out leftover lambskin used to craft the gloves in the September issue of Vogue. The crystals used to embellish the gloves also are shown on the table, along with prints and a copy of the magazine. (The Leader-Herald/ Amanda May Metzger)

"She said, I'd like for you to create something special for the 120th anniversary,'" Storto said.

He noted Prada's heavily embellished fall collection was the inspiration for the Swarvoski crystals Vogue sent him for the gloves.

But Storto said he hadn't created beaded gloves before, and the challenge of making gloves for such a major anniversary for the magazine was both invigorating and a little frightening.

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"When clothes are this ornate, jewelry is strictly optional (note that even accessories seem accessorized)," reads the description for one of the photos featuring Storto's orange lambskin gloves beaded with black Swarvoski crystals.

In the spread titled "El Dorado," Tennant was photographed, wearing Storto's gloves, by Mario Testino for the shoot in Peru that highlights a "richly embellished wardrobe as luxe as the fabled treasures of the Incan empire," the magazine reads.

The process took three weeks as Storto fretted over where to place the crystals.

"I was very frustrated because I didn't like how they were sitting on the [cutouts]," he said.

Then Storto's son, Andre, a Gloversville middle school student, tossed the crystals over the leather and wherever they landed, Storto fastened them, letting the beads fall where they may.

The result is one white lambskin crystal-beaded pair and one orange-lambskin embellished pair. Each pair retails for $12,500. They are made to order.

The originals are kept with Vogue.

While Storto was hand-stitching and beading the pieces, he said many passersby were drawn to his shop and delighted to hear something from their hometown would be featured in an internationally distributed magazine.

"What I love about Anna Wintour and the rest of the editors, they know I'm not a brand. I'm a one-man band, and yet they support something like this," Storto said. "That's very encouraging for people to know that you don't have to be a huge conglomerate to get in Vogue."

Storto said he's received e-mails from people who live throughout the country who are interested in ordering a pair of the gloves from the Vogue spread, and some of them are interested in visiting Gloversville and seeing Storto's little shop at the Schine Building on North Main Street.

"It really opens up Gloversville. They Google it and read about [Gloversville's history]. That's what happens. It promotes Gloversville," Storto said.

Storto's gloves were also worn by Nicole Kidman in 2004 as she posed for the cover of Vogue in photographer Irving Penn's final cover shoot.

He made the belts for Duckie Brown's Spring 2013 Collection which showed last week in New York City.

According to Storto's blog, www.danielstorto.blogspot.comwhere his work is shown, he has worked with several designers including Geoffrey Beene, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne, Givenchy, Guy Laroche, Adeline Andre, J.Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, Duckie Brown, Derek Lam and Paul Smith.

His work is kept in permanent collections by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Storto was born in Toronto. Before moving to Gloversville about 10 years ago, he lived in places like Hollywood and New York City, though he says he has no intention of returning to a bigger city.

"How could I have a glove shop anywhere else? It wouldn't make any sense," he said.

Storto sells less expensive pieces made of varying fabrics and leathers out of his shop. He also sews and sells tote bags.

The Vogue October issue will replace the September issue this week.



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