Handle with kid glovesThe French city of Grenoble used to be the world's luxury glove center but the arrival of Asian imitations at far cheaper prices have made these hand-made gems almost obsolete.
The Ganterie Lesdiguieres Barnier is France's last maker of kid gloves, and its master glover, Jean Strazzeri, has been cutting gloves for half a century. Today he trains a few young people in his art but he's worried there won't be a succession. He's a rare thing - a glove maker who has won the coveted Meilleur Ouvrier de France award, which makes him one of the country's top craftsmen.
Drop by the shop or better yet, organize a tour through the Grenoble Tourist Office and find out why it takes 22 separate pieces of kidskin to make a single glove.