Fownes Brothers & Co., Inc., founded in 1777 and based in New York City, has been a premier glove manufacturer for over 200 years. Today, Fownes Brothers is at the forefront of the conductive leather and fabric industry with their U|R Powered branded products available at many major retail outlets such as Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Von Maur, Nordstroms & Dillards. Products are also available for sale online at

Fownes, a company with a storied history of making the finest gloves and other cold weather accessories, is pleased to announce that it recently received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office covering colored conductive leather materials. U.S. Patent No. 8,507,102, which was issued to Fownes Brothers on August 13, 2013, covers colored conductive leathers that allow users to interact directly with today’s capacitive touchscreen electronic devices, such as most smartphones, without removing their gloves.

The colored conductive leather covered by Fownes Brothers’ patent represents a major step forward in touchscreen-enabled glove technology. While conductive textile gloves and gloves with conductive elements provided in the fingertips have been on the market for several years, the dream of high-quality colored leather touchscreen-enabled gloves remained elusive. Initial attempts at preparing colored conductive leather materials resulted in gloves that stacked up poorly against traditional leather gloves in terms of quality, durability, colorfastness, and were limited in regards to the range of available colors. Fownes Brothers’ patented colored conductive leather materials are crafted into gloves in a variety of colors that are virtually indistinguishable from their traditional leather offerings, with the added benefit of keeping smartphone tapping fingers warm.

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