“Some of our employees have been exclusively making gloves for 37 years. Wing and Weft is holding on to that knowledge.”Katie Sue Nichols
Wing and Weft is the last glove maker in Manhattan.
Wing and Weft is the last glove maker in Manhattan. Originally known as Lacresia Gloves, the company had acquired two factories: a fabric and a leather glove maker. As for Katie Sue Nicklos, she was a theatrical costumer and a customer of Lacresia Gloves before taking over the business in 2017. She was very grateful to be chosen by the previous owners, who recognized that Katie Sue’s mind was already calibrated towards the technical aspects and that she quickly picked up glove making.
Wing and Weft makes small batch production runs of gloves, and is proud to have made the gloves for most First Ladies’ inauguration ceremonies since Jaqueline Kennedy, as well as Michael Jackson’s famous white glove, and a myriad of other celebrities’ gloves.
“We are here to preserve the craft of glove-making. That’s our #1 goal: making sure we can carry that mission on.”
The company stands out with its leather work; in fact, some of its employees have exclusively been making gloves for 37 years and Wing and Weft is holding onto that knowledge. Wing and Weft also offers thousands of unique gloves for rental and is the only company offering that service.
The number one challenge that the company is facing is space and staying in the Garment District. As Katie Sue explains, they have to sell a lot of gloves to afford to stay where they are. To help cover its costs, the company sometimes uses its space in creative ways, helping other people who need to be here like us maintain their hooks to the Garment District. Staying in the district also matters a lot when it comes to retaining their highly specialized employees, who use public transportation to go to work. If money were no object, she would buy an entire building.
“I will never move away from the Garment District. We have to be here, close to our Broadway customers. Our clients are all 20-40 mins away from here. Nobody is going to use Uber to send work out to Red Hook.”
Wing and Weft has some wonderful high school interns right now who are interested in the Garment District and the creation process. In addition to supporting the younger crowd through internships, the company is also dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and offering discounts to customers from these communities.
“We love being here. I love my job. I love the rainbow of clients we have. We will keep going as long as possible.”