DENMARK'S LAST GLOVE FACTORY
In the 1970s, Randers Handskefabrik was successful in expanding the collection to also include scarves, raincoats, umbrellas, canes, nylon stockings and slippers sewn at the glove factory, and hats and boas aimed at the young generation.
DENMARK’S LAST GLOVE FACTORY
In the mid-1970s, the last of Randers Handskefabrik's competitors closed. The Vejrum family did not consider the glove factory to be in danger of closure, but economic conditions could force the company to close. Glove making was not the only craft that had difficulty competing with the increasing mass production, but there continued to be production in Denmark, i.a. of gloves for the police.
NEW STORE IN RANDERS
In 1971, Randers Handskefabrik's shop in Randers under the name "Randers Handsker" moved from Torvegade 12 to Brødregade 14. The shop was located here until 2022, when it moved back to Torvegade 12.
LEATHER CLOTHES EXIT
It was a financial blow when Randers had to give up the production of leather clothing at the beginning of the 1980s. Cheap leather clothing flowed to Denmark, and Randers Handskefabrik could not compete with the low prices. The turnover, therefore, had to be obtained in glove production, and when the order for the police gloves was commissioned to a competitor during the 1970s, the future did not look bright for Randers Handskefabrik.
THE APPLE ORCHARD
Fortunately, Ejnar Vejrum was an enterprising businessman and spread his investments so that all capital was not tied to the factory. This led, among other things, to the Vejrum family owning an apple plantation with 13,000 trees in Hornbæk for a number of years.
Employees at the glove factory still remember that part of this year's Christmas present consisted of apples from the plantation.
RHANDERS IN HISTORY
The 1970s were a breakthrough decade, when Denmark was challenged both politically and economically. The "Constituency Election" in 1973 marked the introduction of a number of new, smaller parties that challenged the existing power of the traditional major parties, the Social Democrats, the Radical Liberal Party, the Conservative People's Party and the Liberal Party.
The period was also characterised by upheavals on the labor market with an increased focus on equality, wages and working conditions, resulting in strikes and collective bargaining disputes. Rising energy prices had a major impact on the operation of the country's companies, and intervention on "Car-free Sundays" still stands strong in Danes' memories. In addition, the liberalisation of world trade meant that, among other things, the textile industry faced great competition from other countries where wages were lower - which was also the case for Randers Handskefabrik.