Men’s Hats in War Against Rising Skin Cancer Deaths

Men's Borsalino Handwoven Straw Panama Hat - The Panama Fino at HartfordYork.comDoes this sound like you?

Too often men leave it up to their partners or mothers to remind them to use sunscreen or cover up with a shirt and hat and even to visit the doctor about a worrying mole.

Well, I’ve certainly been guilty of rolling my eyes, but when I read the Medical News Today report (Men’s Skin Cancer Deaths Double In Last 30 Years) based on Cancer Research UK figures, I focused pretty fast.

It seems that “the rates of men dying from malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – have doubled in the last 30 years.”

What’s so shocking about this statistic is that melanoma is a largely preventable disease: sunscreen, hats and shirts being pretty sensible choices, considering the alternative.

I think I might just start selling sunscreen on my site, along with men’s hats and summer shirts. Sort of a public health service.

Cover up, men. Here’s to your good health!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goorin Brothers Hats in Denver (and right here)

Goorin Cotton Duckbill Cap - The Jordan Driver at HartfordYork.comGoorin Brothers Hats, the Bold Hatmakers, have opened up a new outlet in Denver — and offers nary a cowboy hat!

In her MetroMix article, Erica Boniface quotes fourth generation hatmaker and company owner, Ben Goorin (who wants to “make hats an accessible luxury”) as saying:

The response has been really fantastic so far. We’ve even had people tell us they have been at Goorin in other cities before coming to Denver. So in a month, we already had a fan base. I think people in Denver have a very unique sense of style, so it’s been fun to customize our selection to meet their demands.

That fan base extends to celebrities, of whom Ben Goorin says:

Every Monday morning I find emails from people who have seen one celebrity or another wearing our hats. Sandra Bullock had the Eric B. on in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady were out with the kids and the whole family was wearing our hats! For us, it’s not about celebrities, but we’re always flattered when they sport a Goorin.

You don’t have to fly to Denver to buy your Goorin hats — we’ve got fedoras and duckbill caps by Goorin at the ready here at HartfordYork.com.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm  Comments (2)  

Men’s Hats by Swanepoel and Stetson

Men's Swanepoel/Stetson Fedora - The Carousel Fur Felt Dress Hat at HartfordYork.com

The headwear go-to guy in America is Albertus Swanepoel, and now the South African-born milliner’s on board with the inconic American hat manufacturer — Stetson.

Before arriving in New York City two decades ago, Albertus Swanepoel was already winning awards for his fashion designs in Pretoria. Over the years, he’s worked with top designers including Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu and Diane von Furstenberg, developed his own label, and won countless awards and feature spreads in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Stetson is the latest (and greatest) joint venture for Swanepoel, who also works with Barney’s in NYC, The Gap, Coach and Kate Spade.

Interested in fashion since childhood, Swanepoel has definite opinions about hats, which he calls “the orphan accessory”, too often overlooked (even on the runways) until the last minute. Because hats are the most personal of the accessories, says Swanepoel, they’re also the most interesting and can be worn either as a way to be noticed or a way to hide.

The Stetson collection of hats he’s working on (five of which are available at HartfordYork.com) is being created for full-on attention. While he’s insisting that the very recognizable and classic silhouette of the Stetson western hat remain sacrosanct, you’ll see modern touches (with a bit of whimsy) that add the inimitable designed-by-Swanepoel look.

The Carousel is just such a hat, offered in very limited edition by HartfordYork.com. As seen in the May 2010 edition of Vogue, The Carousel is a fully-lined Stetson fedora made stunning by the Swanepoel-designed hand embroidery adorning the brim and hat band trim.

Order The Carousel today for September 2010 delivery. When a designer the caliber of Albertus Swanepoel works with a hat company which himself acknowledges as “the Rolls-Royce of hats”, you know the Stetson Carousel is THE must-have hat of the Fall 2010 season.

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Steve Singer
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