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Hestra: A glove
company with long history

The family business Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third and fourth generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the small village Hestra, Sweden.


Hestra's journey began in 1936 when it was founded by Martin Magnusson. He initially crafted gloves for the lumberjacks in the small village of Hestra, Sweden. Now, several decades down the road, their unwavering dedication to creating durable, enduring gloves remains as robust as it was in the beginning.

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7 members of the Martin Magnusson & Co family who originated and continue to operate Hestra, in one of their workshops sitting on stools an standing for a photo.


Martin Magnusson & Co., a family business with its origins dating back to 1936, is currently managed by the third and fourth generations of the Magnusson family. All aspects of design and development are centralized at the company's headquarters in the charming village of Hestra, Sweden.

Our gloves are crafted in our own manufacturing facilities, and we personally source all the leather, fabric, wool, and other materials. This hands-on approach grants us complete control over the production process, ensuring a consistently high level of quality. Some of our glove models are even meticulously handmade by some of the most skilled glove makers in Europe.

In 2021, we proudly produced over 2 million pairs of gloves. The company's headquarters in Sweden is home to around 60 dedicated employees. Additionally, we have subsidiaries in the United States, Norway, and Germany, along with a network of agents, distributors, and retailers spanning over 40 countries.

For a more in-depth look at our rich history, we invite you to explore our full historical account here

The System

Achieving both dry and warm hands is possible by incorporating gloves with various features. The Hestra glove system operates on the layering concept, allowing you to adapt to the prevailing weather conditions and your level of activity by using multiple layers of gloves. This ensures optimal temperature regulation.

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A skier in a blue jackets standing in the snow with 2 poles and a backpack. He is looking at a piece of paper while a pair of red Hestra gloves hangs from his wrists.
A hang using an industrial sewing machine sewing the cuff onto a pair of camel leather Hestra gloves.


In the 1930s, Hestra was established with the aim of meeting the needs of a single family in the quaint village of Hestra, Sweden. Today, Hestra has evolved into a global enterprise, offering employment to numerous women and men worldwide, thereby supporting the well-being of their families. Notably, the sense of being one big family persists among our colleagues, with many employees dedicating decades to the company.

At Hestra, our colleagues collaborate to create, manufacture, and market high-quality gloves. Across generations, we have honed our glove-making expertise, all while striving to continuously refine our processes and products. Our focus is on striking the right balance between materials, construction, production methods, and marketing, all with the goal of delivering the finest products to our valued customers.


The sense of being one big family persists not only among our colleagues but with our team of athletes.

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Hestra Athlete Chad Sayers standing on a steep mountain side in full ski gear, helmet and goggles carrying his skis and poles.