JUNE 2013 | America's Master Glovemaker |Daniel Storto designs Haute Couture and Ready to Wear gloves. A single father raising his 12 year old son on his own, they reside in Gloversville New York, the one time glove making capital of the world. He is the last remaining glove maker with the only storefront shop where you can observe him at work using tools all made in Gloversville dating back to the early 1800's and that were passed down to him from previous glove makers. The shop is a tribute to all of the glove makers that have come before him and he is proud to be preserving an important chapter of American history. Daniel Storto has collaborated with fashion designers such as Geoffrey Beene, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne, Givenchy, Guy Laroche, Adeline Andre, Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta, Duckie Brown, Bob Mackie, Perry Ellis, Derek Lam, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, J. Mendel, Timothy Everest and Paul Smith. The Costume Institute at the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto have made his work a part of their permanent collection.
Daniel Storto's deep knowledge of glove history and the evolution of glove-making techniques, coupled with impressive work he'd done for Geoffrey Beene, led Hamish Bowles, Vogue's European editor at large, to invite him to recreate all the gloves for the 2001 Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster exhibition "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years."
In 2002, the wider art world had taken notice of Storto, whose now famous sculptural "Circle" gloves were featured on the front and back cover of the interdisciplinary arts magazine 2wice (Vol.5:No 2). That issue was published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Davis Museum, Boston which included artists Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Adam Bartos, Andrea Zittel, Andrew Bush, Lorna Simpson and Matthew Barney.
In May 2004, Irving Penn photographed Storto's gloves for the cover of American Vogue [Mr. Penn's very last American Vogue cover] and in September 2007 Storto's L.O.V.E. gloves were a feature cover story of American Craft magazine. In October 2009 Storto's life and work was the subject of a feature story by Guy Trebay for The New York Times.
In September 2012 Daniel Storto's gloves were prominently featured in the 125th Anniversary issue of American Vogue.
Currently America's master glovemaker Daniel Storto is developing his Fall 2013 Couture Glove Collection for both Women and Men.
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