Mother’s Day Gift Suggestion: Buy If You Wish To Live

Mother's Day Hats from Hartford York Hats - Women's Borsalino Woven Fiber Panama Hat - The AndreaIf you don’t get the lady in your life a little (big) something on May 13th, (whether she be your mother or the mother of your children or basically some stranger’s mom), you know you’re pretty much dead in the water.

That said, I’ve been trying to decide between hats for my beloved. I just can’t make up my mind if I should buy the gorgeous Andrea, a sophisticated Panama for women from Borsalino, or The Baku, an exquisite straw porkpie from the same Italian maestro. Yes, yes, the latter hat would be for me – but I might share. And anyway, it would put me in such a great mood, and I’d be so delightful to be around, that I could be my own Mother’s Day present.

Wow, I’m good.

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Published in: on April 30, 2007 at 1:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Plant A Tree For National Hat Day (or Arbor Day)

Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Straw Scala Outback - The Scala AveryThe National Arbor Foundation (ArborDay.org) says that the most common date for observance of National Arbor Day across the U.S. is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day on that date. But a number of state Arbor Days are at other times to coincide with the best tree planting weather, from January and February in the south to May in the far north.

So don’t be surprised if you’re in Alaska next month, and see everybody out planting trees: Arbor Day in that state is the third Monday in May. If the need to plant trees springs upon you in mid-January, you’re in luck: the third Friday of that month has been declared Arbor Day in Louisiana.

If you think that’s confusing, National Arbor Day can be a week long, and is on different dates around the world. China‘s tree planting day is March 12, while in Tasmania, it’s some time in October.

I’m seeing a method in this mayhem here. Some planning guru’s got tree-planting advocates running all over the globe trying to catch up with all the tree-planting dates, and greening the globe as they trot.

Hey, that sounds like a pretty good marketing ploy. . . . .by the way, did you know that today’s National Hat Day? Oh yes! Absolutely. And don’t worry if you missed it — it’s a new holiday, and it lasts all year.

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Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Color Tips for Men’s Summer Hats

Cotton Summer Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Modern Stetson Seersucker Bucket HatThere’s a good article over at Men’s Fashion on About.com. Called 7 Tips Men Need to Know About Wearing Color, co-author Daniel Billett says that “men shouldn’t be afraid of color but should embrace it.”

One tip that pertains to hats is no. 5, Keep Color Around the Face. It reads:

keep flattering colors that enhance skin and eye color around the face. You don’t want to look like you just got out of the hospital, do you?

The article further advises men to study ads and store displays for inspiration and ideas.

I say what the heck, just come over to my house and I’ll show you my latest favorite hat/color combo: bucket hats in green and orange.

Word to the wise: remove all fishing hooks from said favorite bucket hats before donning.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Toby Keith Charity Golf Tournament April 27

Toby Keith Cowboy Hats at Hartford York HatsThe Toby Keith Foundation which (among other things) helps families of children fighting cancer with medical bills, short term housing, groceries and other needs, begins it annual Toby Keith charity golf tournament with a party in downtown Oklahoma City on April 27.

The event is an important source of funding for these young patients, and began when a Toby Keith band member’s toddler lost her battle with cancer a few years back.

“We throw a great party with this event every year to support these kids in their battle with cancer,” Toby said. “Soldiers come in all sizes.”

As do heroes, you Big Dawg, you–and recipient of The Country Radio Broadcasters 2007 Humanitarian award. Congratulations!

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Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

What Hat Did You Wear For Earth Day?

Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Cubavera Woven Toyo Straw Stingy Brim Summer Hat - The ManuelitoSo, what’d you do for Earth Day? I got all recycled and natural from head to toe, starting with my vegan boxers and cotton knit sweater right to the top of my head, with this totally toyo hat.

When a friend told me he’d replaced all the bulbs in his garden with fluorescent ones, I was initially quite impressed. (After all, this man’s no brown thumb). Upon some reflection, though, I believe some witty comeback on my part was called for, and I missed my chance.

Ah, well. I’ll have the last laugh, I’m sure. Wait till he sees the people from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at his door. Oh, yeah.

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Published in: on April 23, 2007 at 8:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Real-Life Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Fedora Hats at Hartford York Hats - Men's Indiana Jones Oiled Cloth Hat - The Indy DownpourIt’s not just the hat that makes swashbuckling, cowboy-hatted Josh Bernstein (star of Digging for the Truth on the History Channel) a real-life modern-day Indiana Jones.

A New York Times article called Did Somebody Say Indiana Jones? says this is a man whose anthropological travels have taken him through almost 40 countries, and across some 500,000 miles. He’s recovered from food poisoning and chigger bites in Peru and swam through shark-infested waters off Easter Island. All in a day’s work, according to Mr. Bernstein, with no two days the same.

The Cornell graduate hosted Digging For The Truth for three seasons, exploring mysteries like the lost cities of Atlantis and El Dorado. He traveled to locations by camel or paraglider or with oxygen tanks and flippers, sometimes braving natural disasters and parasites.

Now that Digging is done, he’s got a new program beginning in January on The Discovery Channel, which will include Indy’s – I mean, Mr. Bernstein’s – usual pursuits of anthropological and archaeological subjects, as well as another of his passions, the environment.

I, for one, will be watching. And–hey, Josh!–if you need an assistant, I must tell you that I cut a fine figure in my Indiana Jones hat, too.

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Published in: on April 21, 2007 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Donate Your Old Hats For A Good Cause

Baseball Caps from Hartford York Hats - Men's Indiana Jones Ball Cap - The Indy AdventureThere’s a young teen in Michigan who is battling cancer. He’s decided that lots of other kids in his predicament probably needs hats just like he did when going through chemotherapy, so he’s decided two things:

  1. to collect enough hats to break the current record; and then
  2. to deliver these hats to other kids with cancer.

How can you help? By sending TJ a hat (or 2) that you don’t wear anymore. You see, he’s got to amass over 83,000 hats to beat the current world record.

And why’s he doing this? His About page says it’s something to keep his mind off his pain, therapy, meds, and tiredness, [and] is also an excellent way to return his heart and kindness back to the world for helping him beat his cancer.

After he claims the record, he wishes to give all the hats back to other children with cancer. TJ wants to travel to the children and distribute the hats to them himself. If you or anyone that you know would like to help our TJ beat that record, we have set up a PO box for you to send the hats to, and he promises to wear them at least once.

We will also get a picture of him wearing each hat and put them here on the web site. TJ will then store them away till the day he has enough hats to claim the record, then begin the final run of his journey by passing them out to kids all around that will then be fighting his same fight against cancer.

Go, TJ!

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Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hats Are Like Eggplants

Montecristi Panama Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Brent Black Handwoven Straw Fedora Panama Hat - The Montecristi AficionadoOn his blog, author Seth Godin says “salespeople who sell properly sell stuff people wish they would have bought in the first place.”

Like eggplants.

His example of a great salesman is one he ran into at a farmer’s market last year, who was selling eggplants. He says:

Most people are afraid of eggplant. They won’t buy it. They need to be sold it. And after they’re sold, they’re often glad they were sold.

It’s education that sells people–they learn how to use something. In the case of an eggplant, how to prepare and eat it. And in the case of hats? I teach people how to feel comfortable in a hat; how to graduate from ball caps to ivy caps to panama hats.

Sell what you know (or know what you sell) and you’ll satisfy yourself and your customer.

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Don Imus Should Remove His Hat

Cowboy Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Toby Keith Western Hat - The Toby Keith Raffia OutbackEveryone’s got an opinion about shock jock Don Imus’s recent fall, perhaps the most reasoned and truthful being Harvey Fierstein’s NY Times op-ed entitled Our Prejudices, Ourselves.

Something I’ve noticed about Don Imus is that, unlike other spewing celebs (Mel Gibson and Michael Richards leap immediately to mind) the radio personality does indeed wear hats. Once he removes his headphones, Don Imus is rarely seen without a cowboy hat on his head.

Mr. Imus, you may wear a hat, but you, sir, are no gentleman.

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Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

How You Wear A Hat Is As Important As the Hat Itself

Women's Summer Sun Hats from Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Paper Braid Sunhat - The LaurenBrooke Jaffe, InStyle’s accessories editor, says people have to learn how to shop for hats, and gives the following tips:

1. Check out your hat while looking in a full-length mirror because you need to see how the hat works in proportion to your entire body, not just the head.

2. Don’t put the hat straight up and down on your head. The face is asymmetrical, Jaffe notes, and you have to tilt a hat to the side to make it work. That’s how Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie wear them.

3. For the hat novice, Jaffe says a dark-or neutral-colored fedora or bucket hat is a good starting point. “A floppy hat will draw more attention,” she says.

4. Consider your own size when thinking about brim size. Width often corresponds to the wearer’s height: shorter people in fitted hats that are closer to the head and taller people in big brims.

Hat designer Eugenia Kim adds that “There’s a juxtaposition of casual and dressy. For the 20-something [woman] who wants to wear a cloche, don’t wear it with a dress, wear it with jeans.”

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Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment