as much as i go on and on (and on) about dressy winter coats that are vegany in nature… i have another winter accessory problem: mittens. i much prefer mittens to gloves, because my fingers stay warmer (except for the poor thumb. if only there were thumbless mittens!), and i’ll admit that finding vegan mittens really isn’t all that tough, but my problem is that i have specific desires, mitten-wise:
1. they should be warm, but not crazy-bulky. the kind i always used to buy were cotton/acrylic, but they were lined with thinsulate, so they were warm but relatively compact. in other words, they were easy to fold in half and jam into my pockets.
2. they should have a non-slip palm or something similar. i always call them "driving mittens," but that’s probably not the right name. anyhow, the idea is that i want some gription for driving, walking dogs, and so forth.
i realized several years ago that the mittens i always bought had suede palms. boo! it was one of those things i hadn’t thought about until it suddenly dawned on me, and ever since i’ve been looking for good replacements. and unfortunately, it seems as though my options are: (a) thin/flimsy knit mittens in cotton/acrylic, without much lining… (b) crazy-silly "boxing mittens" that are probably for snowboarding but are much more puffy than i want… or (c) nothing.
i have one pair of flimsy mittens (with slippery palms) that i bought last spring to go with my new faux-shearling coat. i’m not crazy about them at all, but i keep them because they’re better than nothing.
i also have one pair of ridiculous columbia mittens that are pretty warm, and they have a non-slip palm, but i honestly feel like i’m wearing boxing gloves when i have them on. they’re massive when i put them in my pockets, and i have a hard time actually using my hands for anything when i’m wearing them. (and they’re children’s size, so they’re as small as i can comfortably go.)
i still have two pair of the old suede-palm mittens, but i hate wearing them for obvious reasons. one pair is used for dog walking, because i need the gription and i need the agility… and the other pair is in the pockets of my cashmere coat. sigh.
dear vegan universe, please create a beautiful vegan j.crew-type dress coat, and please create wonderful vegan driving mittens, and line them both with thinsulate. thank you muchly.