I Like Hats For What They’re Not

Men's Colonel Littleton Woven Straw Panama Summer Hat - The Lynnville Panama Western HatHats are not related in any way to Giant Toasted Leaf-Cutter Ants.

Nor are they made from Mopani Worms, Reindeer Paté or even Thai Green Crocodile Curry. Certain people who wear hats might, of course, consume Lizard Wine, Civet Coffee or Monkey-Picked Tea Wash, but the hat itself is absolved from any such participation.

Yes, I was browsing Trendwatching.com again, and when I got to No. 17 in the section called Itgredients, where the food and beverages industry was singled out for “catering to consumers’ endless lust for experimentation and desperate attempts to consume anything that other people haven’t”, I was mighty glad I’ve been faithful to my hats all these years.

Sure, there’s been innovation and experimentation with caps and hats over time, sometimes with the crown shape, brim size or material and colors, but I would proudly wear each and every product I sell on my site (yes, even the women’s hats, although not far outside the house).

In all honesty, however, I don’t think I could consume a small bag of worms (sold, by the way, for a mere $20).

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on July 31, 2008 at 2:00 am  Leave a Comment  

There’s A Hat For Everybody (But Not Emus)

Men's Hats - Linen Newsboy Cap - The Anthony Peto La Louvre ChapeauUK hatter, Anthony Okwesia, explains how he helps people find hats to suit them:

Measure their head, look at what they’ve got on, the shape of their face, see what style they like. Generally it’s all about feel and attitude because you’ll know when you put the right one on.

In an article about him (called Anthony The Hat Man in The Manchester Confidential), he goes on to talk about who buys what from him, saying:

I cater from anyone from 6-60. In Liverpool I tend to find you get students, emos, goths, . . . a lot of thespian kind of people . . . all sorts: the trendies, the bohemians, all the hippy types . . . everyone comes and buys. The older generation like their hats. The Chinese like their hats. And then you get all the tourists . . . Spanish people love hats. Irish people love their hats [especially trilbies and flat caps]. Actually I’d say Spanish and Irish buy the most.

I understood all of the foregoing — everything but the “emos” reference.

At first, I thought Anthony was somehow selling hats to emus, but then realized he actually wasn’t referring to the large Australian flightless bird (similar to the ostrich but smaller), but in fact to those youth whose lifestyle embraces a subculture which embodyies emotional sensitivity (ie., emos). *whew* What a difference a letter makes, I’ll tell ya!

Ah well! Live and learn, I say.

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Steve Singer
Budding Ornithologist and
CEO Hartford York

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The Vanity of Hats

Stetson Men's Ivy Cap - The Bandera Linen Ivy at HartfordYork.comWell, now. Something very interesting about the difference between the sexes from the minds behind Gullible Info, where they intone:

Women who lie about their age shave an average 4.4 years off their age. Fewer men lie about their age than women but those who do lie shave off an average 6.2 years.

At first, I thought this fact correlated quite smoothly with my own observation that although women tend to have more hats than men, more men than women actually wear hats (ie., more men are style-driven and thus vainer than women). However, that’s really not the case.

The resurgence of both the trilby and newsboy amongst younger males (first musicians and then actors) seems to be part of a selected lifestyle. Women, on the other hand, make more a one-off fashion statement when they wear hats, and so their decision to wear a hat is subject to daily change.

Although I’m sure my findings are profound and may impact the worlds of both fashion and psychiatry on deep and meaningful levels, I’m a bit too distracted to study the issue further. You see, I can’t really decide if I should wear my straw porkpie or my panama hat today, and until I choose, I’m simply all a-flutter.

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Steve Singer
Hand Wringer and
CEO Hartford York

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Celebrities in Hats

Men's Brent Black Handwoven Straw Fedora Panama Hat - The Montecristi Aficionado at HartfordYork HatsIt’s the summer of the straw fedora, especially in Hollywood!

In point of fact, Eonline.com even has a photo gallery called Celebrities In Hats where the likes of Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake are pictured in summertime fedoras. Beautiful ladies not only appreciate men in hats, they’ve also taken to wearing fedoras themselves.

This is a win-win situation: I get to wear my favorite straw hat; am actually admired by members of the opposite sex and I happen to be in the forefront of the fashion world — PLUS I get to ogle (politely) women in fedoras. Life just doesn’t get any better.

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Steve Singer
The Really Cool Dude In His Hat
and CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on July 19, 2008 at 2:53 am  Comments (3)  

The Hats That Dictate

Men's Colonel Littleton Woven Straw Summer Hat - The Lynnville Panama from HartfordYork.comI remember reading a snippet attributed to country singer superstar, Tim McGraw, where he said: I don’t let my hat dictate the kind of music I do or who I am.

This is from the man who teamed up a few years back with hip-hop artist Nelly (initially to scathing predictions and outright disbelief) — and wound up creating the smash cross-over hit Over and Over. The man really practices what he preaches.

The fact that Tim McGraw is primarily associated with one type of music and lifestyle (including the cowboy hats he wears on and off stage) simply does not interfere with his personal range of vision and ability to produce something well outside his (and everyone else’s) comfort zone. He knew he was so much more than people’s preconceived notions, and he proved it with stunning success.

Today’s lesson? Believe in yourself. Wear the hat you like. Do what you really want to do.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sunbrella or Straw Hat?

Summer Straw Hats for Men - Scala Panama Safari Hat - The Copacabana at HartfordYork.comAfter the fiasco on the beach today (rogue wind that turned my Daffy Duck beach umbrella — with beak — into one quacking big missile), I’m pretty sure even a personal sun umbrella (or parasol) is beyond me.

Thank goodness for straw hats: they’re light and breezy, provide no-hands shade and rarely do they suddenly become assault weapons. Straw hats are also good for my health: look at my hands, they’re still shaking from the strain of nearly shish kebabing innocent bathers. That kind of stress level can’t be good for a person.

Take it from me: straw hats save lives. Wear one today (and scan the sky).

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Steve Singer
Shaken and Very Nearly Stirred
CEO Hartford York

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Party Like a Patriot In Your Made-In-America Hat!

Men's Straw Hats and Fedoras - Makins Ramie Fedora - The St Marks PlaceLike a lot of people, I’m starting my Independence Day celebrations a day early — as sort of a warm-up to tomorrow’s real deal.

Since July is National Picnic Month anyway, I’ve decided to try some of these 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics for family and friends, in between bouts of swimming and fireworks, hot dogs and sparklers.

Have a great, safe Fourth, and make sure you do it in style!

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Steve (Big Bang) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on July 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment