Alpine Pro Mitts are used by freeriders, professional mountain guides, ski instructors and others that place high demands on their equipment. They are highly functional mitts that can withstand much wear and tear.
Cowhide Leather is a durable leather with good impregnation properties. It takes on beautiful nuances in colour when dyed and resists moisture and abrasion well. Widely used for many of our ski gloves.
Bemberg Liners: Soft and warm polyamide fabric.
A lesson in leather
Your second skin
Leather is a natural, living material. It is a by-product of the meat industry and one of our oldest materials for clothing. It is beautiful, supple and provides a comfortable fit. Some leathers withstand moisture well, while others are softer. The characteristics of leather are partly a result of where the animal lived. We select our leather with great care and work closely with the tanneries. Since we have been working with leather since 1936, we have a good network of quality-conscious suppliers.
Many of our gloves are made of leather without dyes. For our coloured gloves, we only use drum dyed leather. This requires a better quality raw material than when dying the surface, but means that the leather retains its natural appearance and characteristics. Depending on the intended purpose of the gloves, we choose nappa, suede or split. Elk split leather is porous and insulating and we use it to make our Loke outdoor gloves that are perfect to wear around the campfire. Nappa is more moisture resistant and is therefore used for most of our ski gloves.
Army Leather is our most durable leather, originally used to make gloves for military purposes. It is a specially treated goatskin that withstands tough, outdoor conditions. The leather has good impregnation and its structural properties provide effective protection against moisture.
Cowhide is a durable leather with good impregnation properties. It takes on beautiful nuances in colour when dyed and resists moisture and abrasion well. It is therefore widely used for many of our ski gloves.
Nubuck is a leather where the surface – the shiny and smooth side – is polished giving it a suede-like feeling.
Peccary is wild boar leather from South America. It is soft, smooth, warm and considered to be one of the most exclusive leathers for gloves.
Elk Leather is a soft, rich leather with good insulating properties and a fine texture surface. Although it’s durable leather, it has a slightly sensitive surface. We use elk leather from Sweden and Finland, where the climate produces the best quality hides.
Drum dyed leather is colored all the way through, allowing the leather to retain its natural characteristics. This method requires higher quality raw materials than when the leather is only surface-dyed.
Ecocuir© is a trademark-protected cowhide that is tanned without the use of chrome or synthetic dyes. The leather is saturated with grease to better repel moisture. It’s beautiful natural colour develops a lovely patina over time as the gloves are used.
Wild boar leather is a robust leather that is both tear and abrasion resistant. It has a porous structure that insulates well. We use Swedish wild boar leather for our Loke outdoor glove.
About the company
Hestra - one of the World's leading glove brands
The family business Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the town of Hestra.
Our gloves are manufactured in our own factories and we personally buy all leather, fabric, wool and other materials. This gives us control of the production chain and ensures a high level of quality. Several of our models are handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe.
In 2015, we produced over 2 million pairs of gloves. The company has about 40 employees at its headquarters in Sweden. We also have a subsidiaries in the United States and Germany as well as agents, distributors and retailers in over 30 countries.
In addition to Scandinavia, the United States, Alp- countries and Japan are our largest markets. The owners and managers are brothers Claes and Svante Magnusson. They have two sons – the fourth generation of Magnussons – who also work at Hestra.
HESTRA is one of the leading international glove brands in skiing, outdoor recreation and leisure. We also develop gloves for professional uses such as construction work under the brand name HESTRA JOB. Design and product development is done in cooperation with some of the world's best professional skiers and adventurers under the direction of Design director Marianne Knutsson-Hall.
From lumberjacks to mountaineers
Hands come first at Hestra. For 80 years, we have been developing gloves that provide warmth, protection and fingertip sensitivity in the most varied conditions. Today, our range comprises more than 400 styles. It may sound a lot, but people and hands are different. That’s why different gloves are needed.
Everything that we do today has grown out of the timber forests of the uplands in the Swedish province of Småland. That is where Martin Magnusson and his family settled and where he began making gloves in 1936. Magnusson set up his workshop in a farmhouse and started making gloves for the local lumberjacks.
In 1937, a ski slope was created nearby and as its popularity grew, Magnusson saw a new market for his high quality, durable gloves. His sons, Lars-Olof and Göte, became keen skiers and started working in the family business in their teens. Over the years, the word about our gloves spread to places beyond the village that gave us our name. Sweden was becoming a nation of enthusiastic skiers and the sport’s popularity grew in the 1960s. With their avid interest in skiing, Lars-Olof, Göte and their brother-in-law Lennart made sure that Hestra jumped on the bandwagon.
Since then, two more generations of the Magnusson family have entered the company; Svante and Claes, who grew up among skis and gloves, and now their sons, Niklas, Jacob, Anton and Jonas too.
Today, Hestra has a presence in over 25 countries and, although we now have three factories and manufacture gloves for sports, fashion and professional uses, nothing has really changed. The focus remains on hands and gloves. And Hestra is still our home.
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