Since 1777, we have led the industry as a premier leather glove manufacturer.


where it all started

"The only source of knowledge is experience." - Albert Einstein

Fownes Brothers and Co., Inc. was established in 1777 by John and Thomas Fownes in the English city of Worcester; a prosperous and prestigious glove trade center. Fownes Brothers entered the American market in 1887 with a sales office in New York City. The New York office is maintained to this day and has become the global headquarters for sales, merchandising and design.

Fownes Brothers established manufacturing facilities in Gloversville and Amsterdam, N.Y. in 1903. In the late 1950’s manufacturing shifted from the US and the Caribbean basin, to the Far East. First came the Philippines in 1959, then Southern China in 1984.

Both facilities are still in operation to this day.

With a growing international business, Fownes established an office in Shanghai in 2002 to address the needs of its global customers. In addition to offering comprehensive sales, merchandising and design services, the Shanghai office coordinates sourcing, quality control, quality assurance, product development, and production logistics for all Asian operations.

What We've Achieved

  • 1777 - Fownes Brothers Gloves Company/Worcester/England 

  • 1887 - Opens Sales Office in New York City 

  • 1903 - Opens Manufacturing plants in Gloversville and Amsterdam, N.Y. 

  • 1959 - Opens first self-owned factory in the Far East- Philippines 

  • 1984 - Opens second self-owned factory in the South of China 

  • 2002 - Opens Office in Shanghai- China 

  • 2011 - Creates U|R Powered Brand

  • 2014 - Forms Fownes Performance Group