Men’s Large Hats in Sizes 2X and 3X

Borsalino Panama Hat - The Vented Montecristi Fedora at HartfordYork.comMen’s hats that fit very large heads can sometimes be quite difficult to find. Most retailers just don’t seem to keep enough 2X and 3X sizes in stock — the hats that are big enough for the hard-to-fit man with a Size 8 head, measuring 25 1/4 inches.

At Hartford York, we have an extensive collection of men’s hats in larger sizes, from dress hats to casual caps in every material. Pictured above is a Borsalino Panama hat called The Ventilated Montecristi. It’s a limited edition, handwoven hat that is exceptionally lightweight for comfortable summer wear. The level of craftsmanship is obvious from the intricacy of the weave.

Also available in XXL is a newsboy cap called The Linen Lennon. I challenged my friend Anthony Peto of Paris to recreate the cap (the original of which is in a famous picture of John Lennon), and this very full cut newsboy in a toothy 100% Irish linen is the result. Imagine.

For those of you who pay attention to such things, yes, both The Ventilated Montecristi and The Linen Lennon are exclusive to Hartford York, in addition to being part of 2X and 3X hat selection.

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No Dirty ‘Black Friday’ Secrets at HartfordYork. Honest!

Men's Stetson Fur Felt Hat - The Cavalry Hat at HartfordYork.comCNN says to watch out for the Dirty Secrets of Black Friday ‘Doorbusters’, saying that

of the hordes of pre-dawn shoppers who line up for hours outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving, most will not bag the best bargains that appear in merchants’ circulars.

That’s just wrong.

Shoopers need to be on the look-out for phrases like While supplies last, Minimum 2 per store, No rainchecks, and/or All items are available in limited quantities. If you see any of these limitations, be prepared to walk away from the store empty-handed.

Big-name stores are guilty of this practice. Sears, for example, is limiting its Black Friday special on an LCD HETV to “only while quantities last; minimum 3 per store; no rainchecks”. They also have a washer/dryer deal but they’ve limited that to 4 per store and no rainchecks.

This practice of short supply is patently unfair to consumers and can actually be physically dangerous as with last year’s WalMart stampede that saw a store employee killed.

Even if you do happen to luck into a store that still has inventory, you should know of another unfair practice. Some of the items on sale are not the standard models, but in fact cheaper derivatives. Consumers are not made aware of this important point, and often wind up getting less of a true bargain.

Trust is a crucial factor in establishing and maintaining any successful business, but especially one that’s solely online like mine. One of the main reasons I started this blog back in 2005 was to have a sort of “over-the-counter” connection between shop owner (yours truly) and customer.

I don’t impose false limits or create short supply. If you order a Borsalino fedora or a Stetson cowboy hat, that’s exactly what you get. Maybe honesty and good service aren’t slick and shiny slogans, but (in my old-fashioned opinion, anyway) there’s just no other way to run a business and succeed as a human being.

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CEO Hartford York

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The Hats in Paris

Borsalino Fall and Winter Hats - Men's Fur Felt Dress Fedora at HartfordYork.comAfter visting one of the most extravagantly beautiful cities in the world, writer Barry Ronge of The Times wrote about how Parisians exemplify the sexiness of style in his article, Paris, C’est Chic.

He talks about the simple boot, for example, saying:

Boots in France are not things that protect your feet. They are declarations of wealth, status and power. Unless you are properly shod, you will never get your foot in the door of the haute société.

And then he moves on to hats:

The same goes for hats. French men wear dashing Borsalino hats or chic little Trilbies in wonderfully woven fabrics. The women go for elegantly crumpled little velvet concoctions, usually in black, that hug the head and are adorned with beautifully created flowers, subtle embroidered medallions or plaited ribbon trims that define the shape of the head without shrieking: “Look at the fabulous hat I am wearing.”

From that last bit, I think Mr. Ronge is okay if a man shrieks about his fabulous hat, but he’s not so much a fan of women doing so. That point may call for some discussion, but not before I chew on his next sentence:

They have mastered the art of dressing way, way up, but in a style so discreet and ingeniously engineered that it looks totally effortless.

This last statement makes me wonder if perhaps my heritage doesn’t contain a little more francophone than the folks let on. . .cuz you just know how effortlessly chic I am in my Borsalino hat.

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Steve Singer
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A Most Interesting Hat

Men's Borsalino Fur Felt Fedora - The CasualHumorist Josh Billings once said: Every man has his follies – and often they are the most interesting thing he has got. There’s a kernel there, wouldn’t you say?

Not, I hasten to add, that I describe my interest in hats a folly, although others have and may still. This lifelong appreciation for and familiarity with headgear has brought me wealth, fame and glory. Okay, that’s not true, but I do have a solid business, I hang out with some pretty cool people in the industry, and I’ve been know to give interviews. (Thanks, mom).

So, what’s this post really about? Stick with what you love, follow your passions. What’s folly to one man is fortune to another.

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Steve Singer, Folly Man
and CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 1, 2008 at 1:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Hats and the State of Your Affairs

Men's Dress Hats - Men's Borsalino Beaver Fur Felt Fedora Hat - The Stingy UltimoIf you have that sinking feeling that all may not be well in the loaded arena of personal relationships, (but as usual you have no idea what you’ve done), it may simply be time for a new hat.

Women like men who wear hats – they find ’em sexy. I know this by extensive personal experience (well, if I were a woman, I’d find myself incredibly attractive in my Borsalino). Anyway, it’s not just my opinion. I was reading one of those women’s magazines (at the check-out! I was bored!) and a reader survey in it confirmed that most women find men who wear hats to be exciting, confident and fun to be around.

That’s why you can take a guy like Pete Doherty, who isn’t a man you’d immediately label “handsome”, slap a fedora on his head, and he lands a supermodel girl friend. Look at Brad Pitt. He didn’t even wear hats until he wed Angelina Jolie–now he’s sporting fedoras and newsboys all the time, in an obvious attempt to spice up his rather bland blond look and keep the old spark bright.

So there it is, men. Forget couples counseling. Get yerself a hat.

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Steve Singer
Relationship Guru *cough*
and CEO Hartford York

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Gentle With My Hat, Please, Officer

Fur Felt Fedoras from Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Fedora - The Virgilio DorseNewsday.com reports that the Transportation Security Administration has issued a directive advising the nation’s 43,000 airport screeners to scrutinize anyone wearing a head covering that might hide explosives (or monkeys) — be it a cowboy hat, turban, baseball cap or beret.

Okay, I get the explosives bit and I’m all for it but I was completely unaware of the monkey-under-the-hat smuggling incident that apparently took place on a flight into LaGuardia Airport earlier this month. Now you know I’ve been wearing hats all my life and maybe it’s just me, but it really never has occurred to me (until a moment ago) to use my headwear as a form of animal transport. Several immediate concerns comes to mind, and most of them involve extreme danger to either my hair or hat.

Also I do have some trouble thinking that a beret can hide anything larger than a ladybug.

However, if there’s a market niche somewhere in this story just begging to be filled, I’m your man. I’ll give this whole thing some considerable thought and get back to you.

In the meantime, my advice still stands. Your head belongs in your hat. Nowhere else and certainly nothing else.

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Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Hats That Are Borsalino

Borsalino Fedoras and Porkpies from Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Fedora Hat - The Baku FedoraBorsalino hats have been the industry gold standard for luxury hats for 150 years, and the company sees no reason to change the way they do things. As Borsalino sales director, Claudio Mennuni, confirms in a Reuters article as reported in The Age: “some of the steps we do have to be done the same way we did it 50, 60, 70 years ago.”

For instance?

We found we couldn’t get the same quality using new gear,” like lighter irons to shape brims instead of old gas-fired heavyweights, he said. “In a lot of cases you have to fix the equipment, you can’t find it anywhere else.

Throughout the century, Borsalino’s signature trilbies, or fedoras, have graced the silver screen, from the likes of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca to Denzel Washington‘s dapper detective in last year’s Inside Man.

Borsalino is targeting the under-35s, featuring new fibres, colors and hats that can be folded up and still keep their shape. These days, fashion watchers note a trend of nostalgia for the styles of the 1930s and ’40s, which include pin-striped suits, overcoats and elegant accessories.

Interest in fedoras and pork-pie hats among younger customers has been fueled by celebrities such as pop stars Justin Timberlake, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and the Black Eyed Peas.

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CEO Hartford York

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An Easter Bonnet Can Tame Even The Wildest Hare

Straw Hats from Hartford York - Men's Borsalino Straw Panama Hat - The Fabrizio Summer Optimo HatHARE, get it? Oh, yeah, that’s funny! And there’s a lot more where that came from over at Easter Bunny Wisdom.

Another bit of bunny business is “Some body parts should be floppy.”

Really, I’m killing myself here.

But getting back to the business at hand, I may have actually chosen my Easter bonnet – er, hat. After yesterday’s post, I knew it was decision-making time. So I used this internet-based focus-therapy game to regain a modicum of concentration. (By the way, were you aware that South American Ameraucana and Araucan chickens can lay eggs that are green, blue, or pinkish in color?).

Anyway, I’ve decided to go with the color of Easter in the incredible Borsalino straw shown here.

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CEO Hartford York

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Did You Get Your Easter Hat Yet?

Straw Fedoras for Men from Hartford York Hats - The Borsalino Raffia FedoraEaster’s coming up pretty fast, with Easter Sunday falling on April 8th this year. Where does the time go? The stores have been crammed with bunnies and chocolates, colored eggs and baskets for days now.

Did you get your Easter hat yet?

A hat is one of the only items in a man’s wardrobe where there’s truly a myriad of choice available. And it’s making me miserable.

I mean the Borsalino fedora shown here is a real beaut, and I’m partial to the texture of raffia weave. But then I feel really sorry for all the rest of the hats that won’t be on my head this Easter. Wonderful hats just sitting there…headless…and I start to question my choice.

Like, I wonder why I didn’t choose the snappy Henschel woven toyo, called the Downer High Roller. It’s got a great pinch front and I like the self trim. Or maybe the Jamaican from Scala, a very affordable Grade 3 Panama with an expensive, sophisticated look.

By the way, I have the real answer to why two heads are better than one.

Exactly.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

18 Percent Of Antiques In China Are Fake

Hartford York Hats - Summer Straw Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Fedora Hat - The Baku FedoraThat’s a pretty bold headline, but the source (GullibleInfo.com) is impeccable. (I think.)

Anyway, it’s a good thing to keep in mind, next time you’re winging it to China and planning on loading up on Oriental curio for investment purposes.

Like any piece of art (hats excluded of course), if you buy something because you like it, and you don’t care if it appreciates over time, then you’re safe. But if you see an antique such as a Tibetan Rice Bucket (a well-known scam) or some so-called 19th century Chinese measuring boxes that you’re planning to retire on, well…better get some expert advice first.

You did know, did you not, that hats are considered works of art?

And you, in your hat, you’re a real piece of work.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on February 19, 2007 at 9:39 pm  Leave a Comment