Hats Enhance Eyeshade Protection

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Summer sun eye protection includes both sunglasses and hats, says Sara Moore, a health educator at the Wellness Center in southern California.

In a Poly Post article, she says “you really need glasses that offer 100 percent protection” in order to best safeguard your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.

But that’s not all:

Personally, when I’m driving or walking around outside for an extended period of time, I also like to wear hats,” said Moore, “If you are in the sun for an extended period you should probably wear a hat as well because sun can get in from the sides of your glasses and cause damage even if you glasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.

Women seem to get this rather symbiotic association between hats and sunglasses; men, on the other hand, tend to get a little confused. From one guy to another, don’t try to understand: just wear the glasses with your hat. It’s a relationship thing.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on May 31, 2006 at 10:48 am  Leave a Comment  

The Greatest Hat-Wearing Event In The World

Men's Brent Black Hand-woven Straw Fedora Panama - The Montecristi ClassicAscot is the greatest hat-wearing event in the world says milliner Philip Treacy, quoted in a Toronto Star article Hats off to Royal Ascot. Susan Rozsnyai, editor-at-large for the society magazine, Hello! agrees that it’s a see-and-be-seen function for the fashion-conscious:

Ascot stands head and shoulders above every other racing meeting because it is the one event of the year where you are expected to put on a show. Society ladies are allowed to indulge their wildest creativity with flamboyant hats and outfits. This is the peacock event of the social diary.

The world’s most glamorous racing event – and one of the snootiest – was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, and has specific rules of dress and behavior. For instance, when meeting with the royals:

Men, remove your hat with your right hand and bow, or incline your head in respect. Transfer your hat to your left hand so you’re ready if the Queen offers to shake hands with you.

Women, keep your hat on (*phew*) and curtsey when introduced. Address the Queen as “Your Majesty.” Under no circumstances should you offer to shake hands.

(I may call in sick…..)

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on May 30, 2006 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maritime Chic in your Captain’s Hat

Hartford York Hats - Men's Scala Cotton Greek Fisherman's Hat - The CaptainFrom Tokyo to Toledo, it’s nautical fun this season: classic navy-blue pea jackets and sailor shirts (scattered with decorative touches like teeny anchors and real seashells); roped belts and scrimshaw knives; and don’t forget the boat!

I’ve been rowing – I mean, sailing – for years, now, and like to think I’ve got the nautical look down pat. And the warble too: Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Thanks for singing along,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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Published in: on May 29, 2006 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Save the Planet: Buy Hemp

Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Hemp Fedora - The Sicilian FedoraIf you’re a pot-smoking hippie (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), then apparently you know that one acre of hemp produces four times as much paper as an acre of trees AND that hemp can be used to make clothing that is, if treated properly, soft like cotton and far more durable, thus rendering cotton unnecessary.

If you insist on knowing other reasons why growing hemp is good for the environment, lookee here:

It’s a hardy, no-nonsense, drought-resistant plant. With few natural predators, hemp needs little to no pesticides. Herbicides are also virtually unnecessary as the plants grow 6 to 16 feet tall in only 110 days. The complex root structure prevents erosion and decays quickly after harvest. Hemp does not deplete the nutrients in soil, and even purifies the earth by absorbing heavy-metal contaminants. Hemp farmers around the world agree that any crop planted in the wake of a hemp crop will flourish.

Well, I’ll put that in my hat and smoke it!

(so to speak…)

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on May 26, 2006 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Wear a Hat and a Smile

Hartford York Hats - Women in hats. Is there a sight lovelier in this world?Houston hat expert and lecturer, MaryJean Mollard, says that a hat and a big smile have the power to cover all fashion faults. In addition, she explains that a hat focuses attention on the eyes and adds another dimension to the wearer’s style.

Hats are the most dramatic way to make a statement about yourself. [They’re] something not everyone wears, so a hat can complete an outfit and make it memorable.

I’d like to clear up a little something here, people: Ms. Mollard of course means a hat and a big smile in addition to your outfit, not alone.

Although…

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Smilin’ Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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Published in: on May 25, 2006 at 11:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Call My Hat Quirky – it’s OK

Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Canvas Handbag - The Caribbean CruiseVogue says to go white and frilly for spring/summer outfits this year and keep the outsize, detail-heavy look for bags and purses. Quirky and colorful, let your accessories grab the limelight this season!

That’s all okay with me – except for the frilly stuff. I only do that when I’m playing pirate, but of course you don’t want to know any more about that.

Do you?

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on May 24, 2006 at 6:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ponder Your Hat (Or Not)

 Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Raffia Braid Sun Visor - The Palm PalsHigh school student Jennifer Quan says “people wear hats both to make a fashion statement and to protect themselves from the elements. In a metaphorical sense, we all wear different hats in life to protect ourselves.”

She compares wearing a sun visor (which protects your eyes), with using a friend to ‘shield’ you from having to talk to someone really annoying.

The next time you pick up a hat, take a minute to ponder the meaning behind it. Or, to keep your brain from overheating, you could choose not to think about the deep meaning behind donning a hat and just wear your headgear with pride.

The latter is what I usually do, Julie, cuz an overheated brain is just not fun.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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Published in: on May 23, 2006 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Hats: halos of happiness

 Hartford York Hats - Men's Christys' London Linen Ivy Cap - The EdwardShe’s been at the epicenter of fashion for nearly 50 years: a Vogue fashion editor; editor of Vanity; and for the last 18 years in her “Doppie Pagine” or double pages, for Italian Vogue.

So when this legendary editor, Anna Piaggi, talks, people listen. “English hatmakers for me are really the best – and I feel better if I have a good hat on,” she says. Her work of visual images, Fashion-ology, is drawing 4,000 visitors a week to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and you can still see it—if you hurry. It’s on display until tomorrow.

Slightly harried in my halo,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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Published in: on May 22, 2006 at 8:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

In My Amish/Spanish Hat

 Hartford York Hats - Men's Biltmore Dress Straw Porkpie Hat - The Night OutIt seems that the next fashion trend will be Amish-inspired clothing. Fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, who just completed a two-day photo shoot in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, says “the [models] are wearing black pants, black jackets and shoes, white shirts, and black hats,” he said. “They could be Amish, but not really. They could be Spanish, but not really. So they’re a little nondescript.”

A photography tip from a pro: “When it’s windy like this, you can only use it to make the picture interesting,” Lindbergh said. “You can’t fight it.”

(I knew that…)

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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Published in: on May 20, 2006 at 8:35 pm  Leave a Comment