imageAs the season’s most in-demand accessory, elbow-grazing opera gloves should be simple to find. But having ransacked every big name department store from Barneys to Bloomies, it seems extra long cashmere-lined leather gloves in small sizes are seemingly non-existent. Having been on my radar screen since mid-October, I practically put the kibosh on the search until I stumbled upon Sermoneta – a bustling Madison Avenue boutique that only sells gloves.

A well-lit, snow white space no larger than a walk-in closet, Sermoneta’s lone U.S. location carries a deceivingly large selection of haute hand coverings. The holy grail of gloves, Sermoneta is littered with over 60 jaw-dropping styles, all of which are artfully displayed on hand mannequins that sit atop gallery-like Lucite shelves. Rather than rummage through messy bins to find your size, the shop’s stock is securely stowed behind the counter in space age-y cubbyholes.

This season’s handi-work includes sleek opera length silhouettes (a cut so coveted, they’ve re-stocked ‘em five times!), purple driving gloves with half fingers (perfect for pressing numbers on your cell), an ivory ensemble with intricate lace cut-outs, a timeless teal number with side buttons, racy leopard prints adorned with zippers, punk-infused pairs with metal grommets and a standout style with shimmery silver strips (pictured above). Prepare to pay top dollar for the finest fabrics such as rabbit fur, mink, buttery suede, pigskin, patent and quilted leathers, all of which are handmade at Sermoneta’s headquarters in Italy. With such an abundance of styles and sizes, one thing’s for certain… you won’t be leaving empty-handed.

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  • Sermoneta
  • 609-611 Madison Avenue (@ 58th)
  • 212-319-5946
  • $49-$700
  • exchange or store credit only
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