Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Christys' London Crocheted Raffia Fedora at HartfordYork.comThere’s still time with express shipping to get a great gift for dad from Hartford York this Father’s Day. I’ve been asked for my top Father’s Day gift ideas, and hope you find something you think he’ll love from these items that pull double duty — being useful and stylish:

Sun Readers

Sunglasses that serve as reading glasses let dad look great when he’s kicking back on the beach. A pair of sun readers also keep him from having to juggle a couple pairs of glasses (except those he’s drinking from, of course…)

Hot Hats and Caps

A cool cap or summer hat will protect dad from too much of a good thing, and below you’ll find a few colorful examples of what’s hot for him in hats this Father’s Day:

  • The Fantasy Band by Borsalino. It may seem a small thing, but the dark edging on the light ribbon trim on this Panama fedora really changes its overall appearance, and is a complete departure from the perceived “norm” of a bleached white straw with black ribbon.
  • The Superstitious by Carlos Santana is satin-lined ivy cap that is brilliant in color, and it’s proving already to be extremely popular. We’re generally seeing more plaids and contrast panels in caps, even in the tans and grays, greatly increasing choice.
  • The Patchwork Ravi is a cotton hat by Robert Graham. Usually everyone immediately goes to “bucket hat” when picturing a cotton hat, but this stingy brim plaid trilby is both boldly stylish and eminently wearable.

Hope your Father’s Day is a real celebration!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on June 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Red Hats for Valentine’s Day

Ivy Cap in Linen by Wigens (and it's red)If you’re thinking of getting your significant other a hat for Valentine’s Day (what a great gift!), then why not spring for a bit of color — and get a red hat or cap for the occasion?

The ivy cap shown here is a good start. From Wigens, it’s a smart yet casual, fun cap in linen that adds pizzazz to any look, but doesn’t overpower it.

Taking the red cap idea a little more out there, you might want to try a red gingham five point ivy from Makins. It’s made by hand in NYC, and has got a brass buckle on the adjustable strap. It’ll turn some heads on Valentine’s Day!

For something outstanding in seagrass, Makins offers a bright red stingy brim hat with a red, white and blue striped grosgrain band and gold metal buckle. If that’s a tad too outre, you can get extremely traditional with a bowler hat — in natural raffia! The red is in the gingham band, and it’s another special order hat from Makins.

Best thing about hats as Valentine’s Day gifts? Well, they don’t make you gain weight like chocolates can and and they come in as many colors as a bouquet of flowers — and hats last a lot longer and rarely make you sneeze.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Hats and Glasses Rule

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There’s an ongoing discussion over at The Washington Post’s Holiday Guide about all matters fashion, and one question was if there’s any fashion rule that says hats and glasses shouldn’t be worn at the same time.

This so-called rule, by the by, isn’t one for men in fedoras so much as it is for the ladies, but I think the answer could apply to both sexes: glasses and hats are good if they balance.

For instance, if you’ve got a loud print hat or one in a bold, bright color, wear your lightest glasses–ones with a wire or partly invisible frame. On the other hand, if you’ve got a simple, dark fur felt cloche or woolen beret on your head, then you can wear a more decorative pair of peepers.

Being a man, I never really thought of how to best pair glasses and hats, my biggest beef with lenses being more on the practical side: trying to defog them when coming in from the cold outdoors. Nothing ruins a good hat more than blindly walking (face-first) into a closet door.

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Steve Singer
The Very Suave Albeit Sometimes Bruised
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on December 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Luxe Hats for Men Who Appreciate the Finer Things in Life

Crown Cap Mink Trooper - The Mink Trooper W/Leather at HartfordYork.comIf you’ve got a man in your life for whom quality and cut truly matters, I’ve got a few gift suggestions that might come under the slightly more deluxe heading.

Let’s start off with Mink Trooper by Crown Cap of Canada (pictured here). The image alone is worth all the words I could conjure–and you’ll likely be speechless with delight too when you put this lambskin and mink fur cap on your head.

For the special event, be it a New Year’s celebration or special anniversary party, a fur felt top hat from Christys’ London combines exquisite, elegant style with old world craftsmanship second to none.

Although most guys don’t know designer names other than Kangol, Stetson and Borsalino, there is one other they might recognize: Rod Keenan. That’s because Rod Keenan comes up with hats like The Sedgewick, a hand made elongated trilby with wired brim in fur felt, using whimsical brass hands as trim.

Walking sticks by Finna and Palatnik are definitely luxe gift items, with mongoy wood and African ebony used in the shafts and hand-crafted silver and gold-plated handles, as are the scrimshaw pocket knives by internationally renowned artist Sam McDowell.

The only problem you might possibly have comes to choosing between such top-quality gifts–but then, that’s not really a bad problem to have, is it?

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Steve Singer
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After Thanksgiving, it’s Cyber Monday!

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Wikipedia defines Cyber Monday as the “ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

There’s a big difference between Black Friday and Cyber Monday — Black Friday is the kick-off for traditional stores (brick-and-mortar), whereas the entire premise of Cyber Monday

was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores. Although that idea has not survived the test of time, Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division, in which online retailers offer low prices and promotions.

The only reason Cyber Monday has not yet survived the test of time is that the whole idea of shopping online is still so relatively new. From my perspective as an online retailer, the competition from other retailers to advertise the best specials and promotions (usually by way of coupon codes, which the consumer inputs at check-out) is the force that will keep Cyber Monday alive and well.

Raise a glass to a great and safe Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!

Giving thanks,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 8:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Hats on Your Holiday Wish List

Crown Cap Fur Hat - The Mink TrooperHave you made your Holiday Wish List yet? Instead of putting family members and friends off with meaningless noises (Oh, I don’t need anything or I’ll love whatever you give me), let them know what gift would really make you happy.

Tell them something that you want and will make use of — if it’s an expensive fur hat, then tell them to all chip in and make it a group present.

Everyone knows that giving is beneficial to both parties:

[giving] increases the bond between us and the person to whom we have given, tells us about ourselves and generally increases our feelings of competence.

Do your loved ones a favor, then. Make a list of hats you’d really like (check it twice) and then receive the gifts with honest pleasure, joy and sincere thanks. Not only will you have some great hats to wear, but by allowing the gifter to “attend” your needs (or desires), that person’s affection for you will actually grow.

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Steve Singer, List Maker
and CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Only Hope for the U.S. Economy: Hats

Men's Fur Felt Fedora - Keenan Fur Felt Trilby - The FinneyI didn’t want to tell you this before the holidays, but NPD Research Group’s Marshal Cohen confirmed that “accessories [like hats] are benefiting at apparel’s expense. . .[and have in fact]. . . now become the primary purchase.”

In her article US Holiday Doldrums May Spur Year of Accessories, Alexandria Sage writes:

Although every holiday sees its share of accessories as gifts — remember all those socks from Grandma? — the category can be especially resilient in weak spending years. While people may forgo an entire new outfit, they are less averse to spending on one special accessory that won’t cost as much yet will bring flair to their wardrobe, the theory goes.

Coordinated winter wear assortments such as scarves, hats and gloves proved a big holiday seller, with the competition not coming so much from clothing but electronics. Can’t say that I disagree with the trend: you got your stylish hat, you got your leather gloves, you got your PDA – so, who cares if you’re naked under your coat?

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Steve Singer
The Flashin’ Fashion
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on January 7, 2008 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Pass The Hat

Cowboy Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Stetson Straw Western Hat - The Open RoadThe late American dancer and teacher, Louise Brown, once said: If you can’t return a favor, pass it on.

That’s kind of like recycling, and I do that as much as possible–including with hats I don’t wear anymore. When you’ve got as many favorite hats as I do, it’s hard to part with any of them. But it’s even harder to see them, lonely and headless, waiting for me to wear them.

So (at least until I grow more heads), I have a strict policy. Once I reach my maximum number of hats (which number changes depending on my mood), I gift those I haven’t worn for more than a year to people I think might give them a good life.

The adoption interview process is admittedly lengthy and can be harrowing–more than one potential hat-adopter has been turned away (you know who you are, mom).

Pass on your old hat whenever you buy a new one. It’s good for the earth; your friends love you; your hats will be atop someone’s head where they belong; and everyone will think of you as generous and environmentally-correct, when in fact you just wanna buy more hats.

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Father’s Day Approacheth: Try A Hat This Year

Panama Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Brent Black - Montecristi Panama - The $10K MontecristiThe third Sunday of June is Father’s Day (June 17 to be exact this year), and for those of you scrambling for a gift idea that’s slightly more exciting than another Snoopy tie (and you know how much I love Peanuts!), why not get the man a hat?

You don’t have to break the bank, of course, with something uber extravagant like The $10K Montecristi Panama (although I’m guessing it’s likely pay-back time for all the grey hairs you gave the old man). No, you can choose one of the more affordable Montecristi Panama hats–it’s the same hat, the difference being in the fineness of the weave (and the number of years it’ll take you to pay it off).

If you just need some more time to save your pennies before getting Dad a little something, might I suggest taking up residency in Estonia or Finland, perhaps? Father’s Day in those countries isn’t till November, you see.

Bon voyage!
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Will You Be A ‘Creative Gift-Giver’ This Mother’s Day?

Gift Certificates from Hartford York Hats - Great Gift IdeaMother’s Day is the third most celebrated day of the year, according to market research firm IBIS World. (First would be Christmas I guess, and then my birthday. . . )

Of the 82.5 million moms and grandmas in America, most will receive presents ranging from the traditional (ie., cards, chocolates, jewelery and flowers) to more modern offerings like cell phones designed in red pearl or those with easy-to-see numbers on the dial pad.

Then there are Gift Certificates, which when tucked into a colorful fruit basket crammed with a brilliant selection of good-for-you ground cherries, nonis, mangoes, rose hips and (of course) papayas and pitayas, are likely the most appreciated of all gifts, because they represent choice.

It’s not that mom won’t love what you picked out for her – of course she will! She still displays that burnt woodwork art thingie you did in junior high, doesn’t she?

Don’t throw your money away: get creative. Give a Gift Certificate for Mother’s Day this year, and then spend time together choosing a hat. She’s worth every minute.

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Steve (The Sensitive) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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