I’m an expert at texting, checking emails or phoning a friend with one hand, while holding the dog’s lead in the other. And for most of the year I don’t give it much thought. But when the weather starts to necessitate the wearing of gloves, this modern-day multitasking can turn into a hazardous juggling act.
Thankfully, my husband came to the rescue with a wholly practical Christmas pressie. He found some non-techie-looking gloves by an American accessories company called Echo Design that are fashioned in a fetching shade of forest green. As a result, I can now take a call or open a new screen without getting my hands cold or dropping something.
The solution to this conundrum didn’t, as it happens, come from one of those weird innovations-based catalogues that seem to fall from the pages of the weekend newspapers. My husband discovered them in one of our favourite destinations on Lamb’s Conduit Street: Darkroom. “We’ve carried the brand Echo for three years now and particularly like the ranges it produces that have the ‘touch’ facility,” explains Darkroom director Rhonda Drakeford, who sells these woollen gloves in a selection of bright hues (from £30). “The styles change each year, but always manage to merge this technological feature with nice fabrics and a good design.” It turns out that Echo is also available at Fenwick and Anthropologie.
What delights me most about my new gloves is that fashion seems to be the emphasis, with technology an added bonus. They are so stylish that you can’t tell (unless you try them) exactly what these mitts are capable of.