Cornelia James design and manufacture beautiful gloves and evening accessories.
Itï¿½s the stuff of legends and 60 years on the fashion business founded by Cornelia James continues to surprise. Cornelia had studied art and design in Vienna and arrived in England as a refugee in 1939. After the war, in a world made drab by rationing, the leather gloves that she made in a huge range of colours became fashion essentials.
Vogue magazine profiled her as ï¿½the colour Queen of Englandï¿½ and Cornelia quickly established a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores.
In November 1947 the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten provided a vivid splash of colour against a background of unremitting post war austerity. Norman Hartnell made the Princessï¿½ wedding gown and ï¿½going-awayï¿½ outfit and he turned to Cornelia James to provide the gloves. It marked the beginning of a long association with the Royal Household marked, in 1979, by the granting of a Royal Warrant.
Today it is Genevieve James, Corneliaï¿½s daughter, who holds the Warrant as glove manufacturer ï¿½by appointment to Her Majesty the Queenï¿½.