Hats, Sunglasses Essential In This Heat Wave

Men's Borsalino Straw Pork Pie Hat - The Baku at HartfordYork.comWell, the American East Coast heatwave is officially in full force. AccuWeather expects that

the oppressive heat gripping the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will hold strong through the middle of the week. While temperatures will come down a bit Thursday into Friday, rising humidity will keep it feeling uncomfortably hot.

If you need to venture outdoors, use common sense and follow top sun safety tips issued by the Environmental Working Group: wear sunscreen; stay out of the sun whenever possible or make shade; wear more clothes rather than less. Here, in addition to shirts, shorts or pants that help shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, the EWG specifically lists hats and sunglasses (the latter “protect your eyes from UV radiation, a cause of cataracts”) as items you should make sure to wear.

I for one have no problem putting on a hat or cap when leaving the house — I tend to misplace my sunglasses, though, and have been keeping an extra pair in the car just in case. Cataracts are serious, to be sure, but there’s also all that wrinkle-making squinting to be reckoned with.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on July 7, 2010 at 5:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Designer Ball Caps Bring Culture to the Masses

1333 Minna Cotton Ballcap - The Marduk Cap at HartfordYork.comRichard Boler wrote an opinion piece called Kindly remove your cap, son: How did the ball cap become the chapeau of choice for, like, everyone? in which he bemoans the fact that almost everyone he sees–men and boys alike–wear ball caps instead of proper hats like fedoras (or presumably more fashionable caps like newsboys). He’s offended because baseball caps are for boys and ball players — and not for men.

He also argues that grown men are still wearing baseball caps because we endlessly recycle culture instead of advancing it.

I agree that there are times when ball caps don’t match the occasion, but I don’t think that all ball caps can fall under the ilk of “unadvanced”. The ball cap pictured here, for instance, is one designed by a group of artists in San Francisco called 1333 Minna. The cap is called The Marduk, which is the name of an ancient Babylonian Lord of Lords and leader of all gods. Designed by the artist Belsky, Marduk is depicted as a flying snake dragon. A tree of life is embroidered on the rear panels with a signature crown on the under brim. The artistic emphasis is Marduk’s power and absorption of magic.

Mr. Boler, I think your “heartfelt wish for our country is that we find ways to break free from this stagnation” is being answered by designers and artists across the nation who are truly creative, and who are finding novel ways of advancing culture. Even your “humble suggestion for our country is that we start with our hats” is heeded here. You just need to know where to look.

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on July 2, 2010 at 3:48 am  Comments (1)