Displaying a beautiful beadwork pattern on the gauntlet, these leather mittens are named for Col. Edward Felix Norton who was a British army officer and mountaineer. Norton was taught mountaineering in the Alps from his grandfather, Alfred Wilis. His experience led to joining the British Mount Everst expeditions in 1922 and 1924. Both expeditions reached high elevations and his 8570m height was a world altitude record that stood for nearly 30 years.
Astis leather mittens are hand-sewn in the USA from high-quality black suede leather with hand-stitched beadwork on the gauntlet and are lined with Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft insulation. Working directly with a tannery in the USA, we developed a suede leather, injected with silicone during the tanning process for further waterproofing, that is extremely durable yet retains great dexterity. The length and cut of their design allows for a jacket to slide fully inside without bunching while providing a close fit that protects the wrists and hands from snow in the heaviest of powder days.
As each leather mitten is hand-sewn and uses natural materials, each leather mitten will possess slight variation in the look of the leather, beadwork, and fur trim. Astis embraces these subtle differences and views them as unique mittens more akin to works of art.