Hat sales up worldwide

Even though, Ray Orrock, a columnist for Inside Bay Area, knows “more about nuclear physics than…women’s fashions”, he was still able to find out from the Millinery Information Bureau that hat sales for men and women have gone up by one-third since 1993.

Unfortunately, he continues, “no fashion maven has offered to explain why hats are making a comeback.” So he asked some friends:

ONE SAID: “It’s the baby boomers. They’ve arrived at an age where they want to be regarded as mature in their dress, and their idea of ‘mature’ — as garnered from all the pictures of grownups, such as parents, grandparents, etc. they’ve ever seen — is someone wearing a hat.”

Another suggested: “T-shirts, which used to be the way to express individuality, have run their course. Hats are a new way to express yourself, to be different.”Men's Borsalino Fur Felt Fedora - The Casual
ONE WOMAN thinks it’s the fact that celebrities have taken to wearing hats. “In Britain,” she points out, “women’s hat sales are up 50 percent, and I think that was spurred by Princess Di. The queen always wore hats without affecting sales of headgear. But Di was young and photogenic, and her face was everywhere.”

Well, Ray, I’d like to add my two cents here. Hats look good, and the people who wear them look great.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 7, 2006 at 4:58 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hats Off to you for reading Ray Orrock’s column!
    By the way, he has a huge collection of hats from all over and puts a different one on for a different mood. He encouraged all of us to wear hats as a means of expressing ourselves (silly, sophisticated, etc.)

    I tip my hat to you,
    One of Ray’s five kids.


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