Grifter Company is a lifestyle brand focused on stylish quality made goods. We blend street styling confidence with vintage bravura.
Unsatisfied by the mass-produced quality of the gloves on the market and bored of the tired styles, we set out to make gloves that represent who we are when we ride, while simultaneously respecting those individuals who made them. We couldn’t reconcile good workmanship with a fresh look from other brands so we considered making our own. And this led us to Gloversville, New York.
Gloversville is a once storied industrial town, at the turn of the century known as the glove manufacturing capital of the world. The framework of this community was defined by its industry for decades, just like so many mill towns across the United States. But as time passed, the market demanded its goods fast and cheap, factories closed and jobs moved overseas. When the prices dropped, so did the quality, to say nothing of the authenticity of the goods we hungrily consumed.
But this compromise we’ve experienced in American manufacturing is by no means permanent. The old ways of making quality leather goods are still a part of Gloversville, and there we’ve partnered with a glove maker who is bringing our vision to life. The high quality leathers we value are still tanned nearby, so close we hand select them from the tannery weekly. And, most critically, the glove makers themselves are still there. Every set of gloves we sell was hand-sewn by a skilled American.
And it’s not just how our gloves are made that’s important, Grifter Company aims to change the moto wear game by celebrating the individual rider, man or woman, and creating distinctive styles that reflect the forward-thinking minds defining today’s scene. Moto culture doesn’t have to be limited to black leathers and a soft-tail bagger (though if that’s what you’re into – fine by us), and we’ve noticed female riders haven’t been given much to work with for gloves. We’re motivated by the new wave of moto culture and evolving look of today’s riders.