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The Swedish family business Martin Magnusson & Co was founded in 1936 and is now run by the Magnusson family in its third generation.

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The family business Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third and fourth generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the small village Hestra, Sweden.Our gloves are manufactured in our own factories and we personally buy all leather, fabric, wool and other materials. This gives us control of the production chain and ensures a high level of quality. Several of our models are handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe.

In 2019, we produced over 2 million pairs of gloves. The company has about 50 employees at its headquarters in Sweden. We also have a subsidiaries in United States, Norway and Germany as well as agents, distributors and retailers in over 30 countries. Hands comes first at Hestra. For 80 years, we have been developing gloves that provides warmth, protection and fingertip sensitivity in the most varied conditions. Today, our range comprises more than 400 styles. It may sound a lot, but people and hands are different. That's why different gloves are needed.

The basis for the perfect glove is the right material. Leather in particular is a natural product and 0.1 millimeter already makes a big difference. The quality of the raw leather must be measured and controlled by hand, each piece is unique. Therefore, Hestra maintains long-standing relationships with tanneries that meet the quality standards and also purchases all other textiles, wool and other materials personally. Depending on the application or characteristics of the glove, the most suitable leather is selected in terms of moisture resistance, texture, stiffness and durability. Experienced seamstresses then manufacture each glove by hand from up to 100 individual parts in three of our own factories. This ensures control over the entire production chain and a high level of quality.


Hestra's gloves themselves are of excellent quality. The higher the quality and durability of the glove, the more sustainable it is. Hestra has control over the entire production chain, and is ISO14001 and ISO9001 certified. The factories are audited annually by the BSCI to verify that various ethical standards are being met.

Hestra is a member of the Swedish Chemical Group and does not use chemicals that are particularly harmful to the environment, in accordance with EU legislation (REACH) and other relevant legislation. This applies to all suppliers and is verified by material tests. The leather is a by-product of the meat industry - all suppliers of leather or wool must guarantee compliance with the "Five Freedoms of Animals". All wool is free from mulesing.

Further efforts include

- Environmental projects (alternative packaging bags)
- Replaceable liners (longer life)
- Small repair service for defective gloves
- Short, efficient transport routes
- Ökotex-certified materials, if available
- Chrome-free tanned Ecocuir leather