When Cornelia James arrived in England in 1939, she was a student of art and design in her native Vienna and quickly set about establishing herself as a designer of distinction.
The leather gloves she made were available in a huge range of colours and became fashion essentials – Vogue magazine dubbed her “the colour Queen of England”. Cornelia built a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores and her work brought her to the attention of Norman Hartnell and she began working for him and made gloves for many of his grand clients. In 1947 Hartnell made a very special request inviting Cornelia to make the “going-away” gloves for the then Princess Elizabeth after her marriage to Prince Philip, heralding a long and happy association with the Royal Household formalised in 1979 by the grant of a Royal Warrant as glove manufacturer ‘by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen’.
The Royal Warrant is granted to companies who have supplied HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales, for at least five years. It is recognised the world over as a mark of quality and excellence.
Genevieve James, Cornelia’s daughter now holds the Royal Warrant and the company, under the successful headship of Genevieve continues to design and manufacture its gloves, the atelier is located in rural East Sussex, England. Only the most highly skilled workers are employed to produce the best of British craftsmanship using well established techniques to ensure the high quality expected from Cornelia James gloves.
Elegant and Timeless Line
While the line has grown, gloves remain at the heart of Cornelia James and are available through some of the world’s most exclusive stores, the rich heritage combined with a passion for creating truly exceptional British luxury accessories continues to delight customers across the world. Ranging from silk scarves, beautifully classic cotton gloves to stylishly sporty ski gloves to exuberant opera gloves, excellence and quality is also reflected in a selection of beautifully crafted and curated leather goods, pashminas and scarves. www.corneliajames.com