Indiana Jones Still Fits In His Hat

Indiana Jones Fedora Hats and Ball Caps at Hartford York HatsHarrison Ford was in the thick jungle canopy of Hawaii for much of this past month, working on segments of the latest Indiana Jones movie (due for release in May 2008). The Hawaii locale doubles for a South American rainforest in the Indiana Jones storyline, and executive producer Kathleen Kennedy said the difficulty in finding old-growth jungle today “is a sad commentary on the world.”

In a lighter vein, she went on to report that her 65-year old star was “reportedly suffering from some aches and pains” due to the fact that he “still handles his own leaps and falls during filming.” Then she added:

I gotta say, he looks amazing, he looks fantastic in the outfit. When we first did the test, that was the first thing Harrison wanted to see was whether or not he still fit in the pants, and he did. And he still fit in the hat.

I never for a moment thought otherwise.

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Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hat Tricks

Cowboy Hats and Western Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Stetson Fur Felt Hat - The Open Road Fur FeltSeems I was inadventently practicing a little of the artform known as chapeaugraphy the other day, when I was playing with a piece of fur felt.

A little background: in 1618, a Parisian street performer added to his tricks with a ring-shaped piece of felt, manipulating it to look like various types of hats atop a variety of characters. This was the start of a performance art that is still sometimes practiced today (by others besides myself, I mean).

I can’t help but take this event as some sort of powerful sign. Either it’s for me to expand my empire into show biz or to get out of hats altogether.

I’ll let you know…

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Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stupid Hat Laws

Summer Sun Hats from Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Paper Braid Sunhat - The LaurenI love reading stupid laws, and when they involve hats – well, you can guess how hard I giggle.

Allow me to share:

An ordinance in Lawrence, Kansas, forbids anyone to carry bees in his hat while on the city streets.

Now this is a GOOD LAW if there is an enormous bee-keeping industry in the area, and the bee-keepers tend to walk around town swapping bees (which they transport–for reasons only know to them–in their bee-keeping hats)AND if these bees just happen to be killer-bees.

As an aside, I heard about Lawrence, Kansas before. A man who lived there introduced himself to me as “Lawrence Lawrence of Lawrence Kansas”. (true story)

Here’s another:

In Owensboro, Kentucky, it is illegal for a woman to buy a new hat without her husband trying it on first.

Men, let me tell you. There’s no shame in wearing your wife’s hat. And feel free to carry her purse. It’s when you get to the pantyhose that my eyebrows leap off the page.

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Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm  Comments (1)  

Should Women Remove Unisex Hats for National Anthem?

Baseball Caps from Hartford York Hats - Stacy Adams Leather Ball Cap - The MonroeShort answer: no.

But that’s just my opinion, and the debate simmers in stadiums across the country.

Men, of course, are required by federal law to remove their hats during the national anthem (unless they’re in uniform). Look it up: U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 30. Nothing there about women.

One editorial on the subject concludes: “However, if you’re wearing some sort of unisex hat, like a baseball cap or a cowboy hat, I think the proper thing for a lady to do is take her hat off and hold it over the heart until it’s time to play ball.”

I don’t agree. Men still tend to go by general rules of doffing their hats or at least momentarily touching them in greeting. This polite gesture was never incorporated by the female hat-wearer. Similarly, women did not follow suit when men almost always removed their hats upon entering a building (the usual reason now given is that women’s hats were deemed part of the actual outfit, intricately secured by pins, and should only be removed when the lady’s coiffure could be repaired).

The reason behind the behaviors don’t really matter here. What matters is the hundreds of years of tradition behind who takes off what, where and when.

Thus, the suggestion that women remove their hats, unisex or otherwise, during the playing of the national anthem is simply a nonsensical imposition of a long-standing male tradition upon today’s woman.

(and I’ll tell ya right here and now, my little lady won’t stand for it, and I can’t either!)

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Steve Singer, Uber Feminist
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Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Hat Safety

Ivy Caps and Ball Caps from Hartford York Hats - Men's Christys London Linen Ivy Cap - The EdwardIt seems that hats are pretty safe items of wardrobe–I mean, when’s the last time you injured yourself tripping over your hat?

However, not all pieces of clothing have such an outstanding safety record. Each year, according to, more than 20,000 serious injuries occur as the result of untied shoelaces. And, please. Everybody raise your hand if your back’s ever gone out when you’ve bent over to tie your shoes.

It’s not just shoelaces and shoes, of course. I can’t even count the times I’ve nearly strangled myself, trying to adjust my tie (gosh, I miss my clip-ons….)

Resolved: Hats are teddy bears for grown-ups.

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Published in: on July 24, 2007 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Official: Straw Fedora is the Summer Status Symbol

Straw Fedora Hats at Hartford York Hats - Makins Fedora - The SouthwestIt’s got to be official – it’s in the New York Times! A compilation snapshot of that city’s hat-wearing frenzy is captured in Cats in the Hats, Bill Cunningham’s On The Street segment of Fashion & Style.

The photo caption reads:

The straw fedora, with its rakish snap brim, is the summer status symbol. The hats have the traditional headband of patterned fabric or solid-color grosgrain ribbon. There are even a few vintage Panama hats being worn around the city.

Very nice to see how many ladies are wearing the unisex hat. I like the composition of the picture too–lots of energy and vibrancy with all the colors and straw weave patterns.

(And I thought for sure this year’s summer status symbol was my pre-publication copy of the last Harry Potter manuscript, Deathly Hallows) HA!

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Steve Singer
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Hat Passion

Women's Hats from Hartford York Hats - Women's Scala Western Straw - The GrettaIt’s interesting how people tend to either love or hate hats; you don’t find too many people who say they can take ’em or leave ’em.

Take, for example, the blog entry at Melissavina called A Theory on Hats, which opens up with the “theory that the standard hat wearer (particularly the female hat wearer) is slightly crazy. . .over-dramatic, and slightly unaware of social graces”.


However, after wearing a hat herself and having “walked a mile in the moccasins of the hat wearer“, the writer admits her “horizons were broadened”, and she has changed her crazy people hat theory completely. She now theorizes that people who wear hats can be divided into two groups.

I’m not sure which of the two groups I fit: the first (“trying to make a bold accessory statement, buck the system, feel their originality oats”) or the second (hiding a bad home perm job).

To tell the truth, I sort of liked the first theory.

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Illegal In My Hat

Classic Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Scala Straw Boater Hat - The BoaterI’m a little bummed today. You see, I just found out that unicycles are explicitly banned from using bike lanes in 17 states.

Doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind this blatant incursion on the rights of this here individual. As a matter of fact, I think personal freedom of expression (like unicyclying in my totally classic boater hat) may well be defined as an inalienable right under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Good golly, Miss Molly! Here I was looking forward to a wee sunny day excursion on my unicycle (for which I always have my boater at hand), and now find out I may face jail time.

Ah, well. Maybe I’ll just wear my bucket hat and go fishin’. Of course, it’s probably illegal to be as good as I am at that sport.

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Steve Singer, Unicyclist,
Freedom Fighter and
Fisherman Extraordinaire
(oh yeah, and
CEO Hartford York)

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Dad Wore Hats – A Picture in Words

Panama Hats from Hartoford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Handwoven Straw Panama Hat - The Panama FinoThere’s a very short, quite wonderful poem called
Dad Wore Hats
on a blog I happened upon. Please read it – the pictures painted by these words are quite real, intimate and evocative.

On that blog’s reader comments, someone said it reminded him of U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ tribute called “The Death of the Hat“. In my opinion, both bring images magically to life, but “Dad” is sweetly reminiscent, while “Death” is a mournful dirge.

All I know is that, after I read both, I rushed off to listen to the brilliant Eric Bibb do his “Panama Hat”.

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Published in: on July 16, 2007 at 4:08 pm  Comments (1)  

How Much Do You Love Your Hat?

Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Colonel Littleton Woven Straw Panama Summer Hat - The Lynnville PanamaI’m not one to doubt the claims made at, such as:

One in 264 parents say they love their pets more than their children.

(As a matter of fact, I think some of those parents might have been lying.)

Anyway, the statement made me wonder as to the importance of hats to those who love them. More important than socks, surely. Slightly above ties and watches, I’d hazard to guess. Food? (Depends if there’s dessert).

And what about how women rate the importance of their hats vis-a-vis men? Do men love their hats more than women love theirs, or is it vice versa? Do men love hats more than they love women?


Is it possible that women love their hats more than they love ME? (I mean, men–more than they love MEN.)

Perfectly understandable, and all that, but still. I think I need a bit of a lie down now. With me hat.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)