Kato’s White Striped Racing Gloves; Who Makes Them?
The Green Hornet is an action/comedy super hero flick. You can check the movie review I posted here. Just like my in depth look at the Tank SUV from Fast Five, sometimes a movie has a certain detail that almost becomes more memorable than the movie itself. While riding around in a personal Tank isn’t exactly an attainable piece of movie-cool for most people, Kato’s white striped racing gloves have drawn quite a bit of attention. The problem is, when you search the internet to try and get yourself a pair, it’s like they don’t exist.
Where did they come from and who makes those cool white striped racing gloves?
After being asked many times, I decided to figure this out. First I tracked down the costume designer for The Green Hornet movie. Kym Barrett is a very talented costume designer. She has a flair for details and plays an integral role in character creation as the “look” of a character usually defines its success. With a background in theater and recent work for Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM show, she got her fitting start in film designing the costumes for Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
It wasn’t long after Romeo and Juliet that she was hired for another memorable movie; The Matrix. In fact, she designed costumes for the entire Trilogy as well as aided “costume design” in the video game Enter the Matrix. An example of her attention to detail is the fact that Neo’s jacket wasn’t purchased, it was made from a cheap, yet perfect wool blend that cost only three dollars a yard. She decided there’d be no blue in the matrix. However, to keep with the color scheme almost everything was put through a green dye bath, even the items that looked white. It’s a subtle touch most people probably wouldn’t notice and yet it’s all those little details that add up to a unique look.
Barrett wanted to stay true to the iconic and memorable image of Bruce Lee as Kato in The Green Hornet television show. The challenge was getting a hero clad in all-black to show up on camera properly. On film, Kato’s costume seemed to mash together into a big black blob. She chose the white striped gloves for a unique look and visibility during fight scenes.
Barrett commissioned Dorothy Gaspar to help design and then hand-make Kato’s white striped racing gloves. Gaspar Gloves has offered custom glove design and manufacturing to the film industry since 1985. She made most of Micheal Jackson’s gloves including that one he loved to wear. Her gloves have appeared in everything from the Charlie’s Angels, to Robocop, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Gone in 60 Seconds and long list of many Super Hero movies and dramas and comedies alike. Gaspar chose fine leathers for Kato’s gloves and assembled them by hand for durable and rugged construction while still being stylish.
So how can I get my hands on my own pair of Kato Gloves?
I had a quick chat with Gaspar’s PR department who put me in touch with Tibor Balazs. If anyone would like to have a pair of their own Kato White Striped gloves, they are available on a custom made basis only. At $400.00 a pair with a two to three week turnaround time, it’s actually kind of reasonable considering they are handmade and featured in a successful film as well as being from a company that is already in extremely high demand. If you’d like your own pair, contact Tibor Balazs, the director of Sales and Marketing at Gaspar Gloves.
So what do you do if $400.00 is too much? I asked the same question and after a little more research found Brazimoto. Of all things, their main business is Scooter Apparel. As unlikely as that sounds, they have a pretty close design, not intended as a Kato replica, they just kind of worked out that way. Check out their black and cream colored Rapido riding gloves. Size them a little small as they are made of genuine leather and will stretch out over time for that second skin look. Don’t be concerned with the goofy photo of a glove two sizes two big on their website. I found someone who wears the Rapido snugly and they’re very close to the Kato Gloves for much cheaper at $109.95.
So if you can swing it, get the real deal from Gaspar Gloves, or the closest thing available on the internet through Brazimoto and wear something chances are most people can’t even find.
Thanks for reading,
Anyone genuinely interested in buying a pair of the custom Kato Gloves from Gaspar can comment this article. When commenting, leave your email address (it doesn’t show up to regular readers, only I see it) and I’ll give you Tavor Balazs’ email address I just don’t want to get him spammed by posting it here. Make sure you’re serious about the purchase as they are very busy and tell them Kephra Rubin sent you.
Stay Tuned: In the process of researching these gloves I learned some pretty interesting things about Jay Chou, who plays Kato in The Green Hornet. Stay tuned and I’ll post an article all about this interesting, albeit little-known person.