I prefer to buy items that have longevity. Barbour, similar to L.L. Bean, touts that their items last years if well taken care of. So far the durability of the Barbour gloves has been phenomenal, but they also have heritage wrapped into them. Barbour was founded in 1894 and the tartan pattern, such as the one found on these gloves, originates from 16th century Scotland. Together, the dark sophisticated colors, leather and wool exterior, and soft cashmere lining form a elegant and functional piece of attire.