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Astis Mittens - The story so far

Astis Ski Mitts and Gloves began with a thoughtful and unique gift...

Brad's original mittens

Astis celebrates a time honoured approach to leather artistry. As Astis handcrafts each individual pair using natural leather, each pair will possess slight variations, marks and differences. Astis embraces these subtle differences and views each piece as wearable works of art.
Brad, one of the young founders of 
Astis, received a pair of handmade mittens as a gift from one of his best friends, Phil. Phil gave Brad those mitts (pictured at left) knowing that he would appeciate the beautiful leather craftsmanship, the intricate beaded pattern and the overall handmade artistry. Over 12 years of tough outdoor use in all conditions, many times skiing over 100 days in a season, often in below freezing temperatures, Brad was surprised to discover that not only were these mittens beautifully crafted - they outlasted all others he had worn. Brad prized them for their durability and treasured their unique distinctiveness.. in fact Brad found them to be almost indestructable, until a visit to his sister ........

Unfortunately, the family dog got into his ski bag and chewed on his mittens. Quite distraught and unable to successfully repair the leather to a useable standard or to buy a suitable replacement, he embarked on a mission to develop an improved version  - this time, specifically made for the rigours of outdoor sports yet retaining the craftmanship look and functionality of his original gift. And so Astis mittens and gloves was born.

Brad partnered with his good friend Charlie to develop a line of long lasting, uniquely designed beaded mittens which combine today's technologies with the tradition of handcrafted leather artistry. Charlie, like Brad, has a passion for outdoor adventure. Growing up together, they bonded over years of snow skiing, waterskiing, swimming, climbing, biking, surfing or just about any outdoor adventure they could imagine.

After many rounds of prototyping and perfecting the mittens as longasting outdoor equipment, Astis was founded in 2011 and still operates under the guidance of Brad and Charlie. Astis mittens and gloves are made from the highest quality, hardwearing full thickness suede leather. They are lined with dry-wicking Polartech ® ThermalPro® Highloft fleece to keep your hands dry and warm in the wettest and coldest of conditions. 

Astis mittens combine today's technology whilst upholding the traditions of handcrafted leather artistry. A special waterproofing process is impregnated into the suede leather during the tanning process and helps protect the leather from staining.

Hand stitched in the USA, the Astis forearm beaded patterns offer a wide choice of uniquely designed beadwork or cowhide patterns, most with fur trim. Each year Astis designers develop new bead patterns to create a colourful and ever growing selection of beautiful beaded designs.

There are now 4 Astis styles to choose from:

  • Long cuff gauntlet mitt ( some designs also available in a glove on pre-order ) with forearm beading and fur trims
  • Short cuff mitt with embroidered band and fur at the cuff - slimmer fit than the Long Cuff
  • Mid cuff mitt with a beaded band on back of hand
  • Short cuff glove with beaded band on back of hand
  • On pre- order only - Long Cuff Children's sizes in limited designs are also available for kids 4 - 6 and 7 - 9 years. Email for current designs!

As beautiful as they look, Astis mittens and gloves are crafted to be worn - and admired - for many years. Astis was founded on the guiding principle of bringing you the best, most distinctive ski mittens and ski gloves for your winter adventures

 
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