Pork Pies: perfect for gangstas, artistes, and the guy in the street

Newsflash: LONDON MAIL SAYS PORK PIES MAKING A COMEBACK

Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Porkpie Hat - The Baku PorkpieHatlife quotes an article in the The Sunday Mail (Return to fashion’s heady days)as saying hats are making a comeback for young men. They specifically cite pork pies and fedoras as being the headwear of choice, noting that Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and members of the band Black Eyed Peas are embracing this trend.

They’re going back to traditional hats like their grandfathers used to wear. A lot of teens are buying them for formals and socials and dress-up parties…the gangsta/mafia look is seen by the 16 and 17-year-olds as kinda cool. Topping the list of favorites are the little trilbys or pork pies, as well as fedoras and panamas.

I’m glad the younger generation are “getting” hats; and I know they’ll be just as glad when they reach that wonderful age when they can wear hats cuz they really like them.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 12, 2006 at 8:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Cowboy Hats and Shania Twain – Yee Haw!

Hartford York Hats - Men's Stetson Straw Western Hat - The Open RoadMake room on your calendar for Canada’s Calgary Stampede. It runs July 7 to 16, a mammoth 10-day fiesta of Western cool — one of the biggest rodeo events in North America. About 1.2 million visitors – more than the city’s population – regularly don their denims, mosey into town and whoop it up for dozens of edge-of-your-seat attractions, including bucking bronco contests and chuck wagon races (a frenetic Wild West reinvention of the Roman chariot dash).

Touted as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the 94-year-old Calgary Stampede is the city’s premier attraction. One long party for locals – many businesses allow unofficial work-slow schedules for their bleary-eyed employees – it’s a roiling cavalcade of rodeo contests, livestock exhibitions, stage shows and a giant, pulsating fairground midway. As you swagger around in your Stetson and tight jeans, check out the heart-attack-themed food stands: spongy corn dogs, macaroni and cheese deep-fried in breadcrumbs and, of course, many varieties of barbecued Alberta beef.

Visitors who survive this gastronomic assault spend most of their recovery time at the rodeo displays and at Calgary’s western-themed bars and nightclubs, [where they] cover their exteriors in straw bales and start pumping Shania Twain tunes into the streets.

Be still, my spurs!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 11, 2006 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Taxes, Hats and Ashton Kutcher

Hartford York Hats - Men's Scala Hand Crocheted Raffia Summer Hat - The GiovanniIn case you’re suffering from taxman depression, there is a reason to celebrate this month. April has been officially declared the Straw Hat Month by none other than that illustrious NYC-based headgear promotion agency, the Headwear Information Bureau (HBI).

HBI founder, Casey Bush, wants you to do like Kid Rock or Demi’s boy (whassisname?) – to wit; don a trilby, accessorize with boogie board, and get wet sand between your toes.

Okay, the last bits were mine (but don’t it make ya wanna?)

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 10, 2006 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Natty Knitting in My Ivy Cap

Hartford York Hats - Kangol Polyester Knit Ivy Cap - The Kangol Argyle IvyHello. My name is Steve Singer, and I’m a knittaholic.
(just practicing for my next Knittaholics Anonymous meeting…)

Speaking of which, there’s an article that may interest all you other knitters. They’re getting themselves all tied up into knots over the difficulties of argyle and plaid, saying:

Plaid is back! You might not recognize it as a plaid because it is on the diagonal and it’s called argyle. Argyle is everywhere … on sweaters, socks, purses and even mittens and hats. The retro look of this knitted intarsia pattern is very trendy. But argyle presents one of the most challenging of knitted projects, even to an experienced knitter.

A little advice, people: one of the best sources of inspiration when attempting your hand at intarsia, is to wear an example on your head. I kid you not: with the Kangol Argyle Ivy atop your brain, you’ll look so good nobody’ll care when you end up with yet another macrame plant holder.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

P.S. if anyone wants some free plant holders, call me. Please.

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Published in: on April 7, 2006 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

All Wet In Your Hat

Linda Cook and her son Kevin Pringles won $10,000 in an Arizona U contest for their prototype Hydro Hat, a hat that uses water-absorbent crystals to keep the wearer cool. Give it a 30 minute soak in cool water, and the hat’s hydrated for three days.

Once they’ve perfected it, Cook plans to market the Hydro Hat to construction workers, postal workers and the military.

Hartford York Hats - Men's and Women's Wigens Cotton Bucket Cap - The UppsalaI’ve had my own low-tech version of a hydro hat for years, invented when I forget to remove my bucket hat when jumping into the lake. Of course, it doesn’t stay wet for three days and I’m just guessing that the cooling system of the Hydro Hat doesn’t include a soaked head and rivulets of water running down your face. But, then again, maybe it does.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 6, 2006 at 9:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Wear the Right Hat: Get the Right Job

Here’s an excerpt from The John Hopkins News-Letter for all you job-seeking graduates and mid-life career changers:

The trend toward more “dress-to-impress” clothing is only furthered by the aggressive job market that exists today. Tanika White, fashion writer of the Baltimore Sun, says, “It’s a very competitive society, and anything you can do to set yourself apart from other people is a plus. Your clothes are the first thing people will notice about you. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best or the most qualified candidate.”

And look at this very scary admission from Through the Wardrobe: Women’s Relationships with Their Clothes, where a professional staff administrator of a university said that those in her job position “recognize quality. They know a silk tweed from a polyester tweed. And it says, ‘I am one of you. I know your rules. I am willing to play by them right now. And I expect from you what you give anybody else.'”

Wow. Who knew tweed could say so much?

Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Fedora Hat - The Baku Fedora
Wonder what my hemp says? (Personally, I think it’s bilingual).

Which is either pretty impressive, or can get me into twice as much trouble…

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 5, 2006 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Cheers! Your Hat is a Security Risk

Not again!!!

There’s been another attack on hat-wearing pub patrons in the U.K. From the March issue of HatLife, comes this incredible report:

Retired teacher Betty Wilbraham was ordered to take off her hat at an English pub called Hereward’s. Wilbraham, who [quite rightly] believes it is not good for a lady to be seen without a hat, was ordered to take off her rain hat because she was told it was a security risk.

The manager declared the Market Street pub is a hat-free zone because headwear restricts their CCTV coverage and pointed to a sign on the front door showing that all hats, including top hats and sailor hats, are unwelcome.

Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Cotton Canvas Summer Hat - The Caroline“I’ve never heard of such a thing as a hat-free pub. I am a hat person. Certainly if I were going out to lunch I would wear a hat. My mother wouldn’t have set a foot outside the house for a loaf of bread without her hat. She would have been horrified if ladies went to lunch without their hats,” said Wilbraham.

Well, Ms. Wilbraham, from one hat person to another, I’m appalled. Good-looking, but appalled. My advice is to take it straight to the Queen; she too is a hat person and would not take kindly to being ordered to remove her headwear while downing a couple ‘o pints with her bubble and squeak.

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Steve Singer
Spluttering CEO
Hartford York

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Published in: on April 4, 2006 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Girly Men in Hard Hats

That superb Toronto Star columnist, Cathal Kelly, is calling for all men to carry their man bags with pride.

A man without a bag is a man without a purpose. Hartford York Hats & Accessories - Scully Leather - The Squadron Zip BinderNo bag means no daytimer, no PDA, no notebook, no reading material, no packed lunch or any of the other apparatus of gainful employment.

So it was depressing to learn from one of today’s self-promoting style icons that a man carrying a bag still has to feel weird about looking, well, girly.

“I have a ‘man bag’. I’m not gonna lie,” hip-hop dandy Diddy admits in the latest issue of Details. He goes on to advise men to “make sure that if you carry one, it’s very, very big, so it doesn’t get mistaken for a pocketbook.”

The unsubtle implication is that manly men don’t carry bags unless they’re filled with cement mix.

How brave of Diddy to come forward on behalf of all of us who carry this mark of Cain to the office. Hartford York Hats & Accessories - Men's Brand X Huarache Handmade Leather Sandals - The RancheroPray tell, what other swishy behaviour is the noted back-up dancer advocating on behalf of these days? Eating with utensils? Wearing sandals? Showering?

It’s hard to credit this John Wayne posturing from a guy who favours velvet suits and matching diamond earrings. But apparently there are men out there, smart men like Diddy, who’d rather stuff their Filofax down their pants than be seen carrying a bag any smaller than a laundry hamper.

Hartford York Hats - Men's Henschel Woven Toyo Summer Hat - The Downer PorkpieHe goes on to say that men of a conservative cast have two basic accessory options [after hats, of course!]: a watch and a bag. Those of you wearing pendants, pocket squares and pork pie hats can skip this paragraph. Don’t squander one of your two accessories on a bulky, black canvas monstrosity stuffed to bursting with old copies of Details and gym clothes. Regardless of what Diddy would have you believe, a man bag doesn’t have to be big, nor does it have to be black.

Hartford York Hats & Accessories - Men's Scully Antiqued Lambskin Briefcase - The Scully Computer BriefcaseIn the end, be not afraid. You are a man. You have stuff. It must be transported. Do so with style. If you’re still feeling weird about it, wear a hardhat.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on April 3, 2006 at 11:17 am  Leave a Comment