Great Golf Hat

Product reviews that you submit to Hartford York are edited for clarity, spelling and length; however, one top review from customer Gary M. of Frederick, MD, deserves its very own blog post.

Gary purchased The Outback, a raffia straw hat by Scala with leather chin cord and broad, sun-shielding brim. I like this hat for its comfortable wear (there’s an elasticized sweatband) and casual style. Gary’s full review reads as follows:

This is one of two hats I ordered that came out of the box looking great — better even than the online pics. I ordered The Outback as a replacement golf hat, selecting it in part because of the chin string. Had to bail from the golf cart one too many times when the wind whipped off my previous straw golf hat, sans chin string. Plus, we’ll be on a cruise in about a month, and I figure if the wind blows your hat off then, I’d only be able to chase it so far . . . anyway, I’ll consider raffia weave in the future. Rugged but polished, fits great.

One note, I measured 22.5″ and was in-between M & L size, and opted for the larger size because of my experience with sweatbands similar to this one where a M was a bit snug. I thought it would make more sense to go with the L thinking the snug fit would translate into L feeling more like M; sort of worked out that way, but I believe the M would have worked as well because of the construction.

Aside from that, I found on my first outing with it, that while the string sort of duels with my cigar while bending over a putt and sometimes clips off the ash, I found a careful positioning of the cigar as it passes through the string opening mitigates the conflict.

I’m very satisfied with the hat, and plan to wear it as First Choice while out hitting the crap out of those little, white, round & dimpled friends of mine, against whom I otherwise harbor no ill will. Great golf hat!

Now that’s what I call a review!

Thanks for playing,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Straw Hats for Men

Makins Bu Straw Fedora - The Lyceum Hat at HartfordYork.comWe’ve got more five-star customer reviews to share, this time on perfect-for-summer straw hats.

The one pictured here is a Makins fedora called The Lyceum. Made from Japanese Bu straw, you really won’t believe how light this very classy hat is until you put it on your head. The blue with white multi-striped band is, using the word of a satisfied customer “magnificent”, and if you like your hats made in the U.S.A., then you’ll appreciate that this hat was made in New York City.

Joel W. called The Montecristi Pork Pie, a Panama hat by Biltmore, “a great lid.” Since he spends time in southeast Asia, he says it’s important to wear Panama hats “of high quality because of all the heat and humidity.” His assessment of The Montecristi Pork Pie? “This one rocks!”

Another Biltmore straw hat received a five-star review. Customer Enoch B. said he likes the quality of The Ventilated Panama hat, a pinch front fedora with an interesting dimensional brim and cooling open mesh crown. The great look comes in at a great price too. What’s not to like?

Keep those customer reviews coming. Let us know what makes you happy — and we’ll continue doing just that!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Men’s Hats and Caps for Spring/Summer 2012

Our new collection of Spring/Summer hats and caps is in — if you haven’t leafed through the eCatalog, why not take a few minutes? You’ll like what you see.

There are the men’s hats by noted NYC hat designer Eugenia Kim (which were created exclusively for Hartford York, by the way) as well as those from Anthony Peto of Paris, including one cap called The Tweedledee.

Another exclusive to Hartford York (and you) is from the Santana by Carlos Santana line of hats. It’s called The Santana Special and I think you’ll enjoy wearing this stingy brim all summer long.

One of my favorites in the new hats this season has got to be the one from Borsalino they call The Mazzini. It’s made from braided abaca, which is leaf stalks from a species of banana tree native to the Phillipines. The weave is open and you’ll see hints of two tones of color throughout. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Linen is a great warm weather material, and there’s a newsboy from JB Stetson in plaid that’s fresh and sings of Spring, as does The Inti Ivy Cap from Robert Graham (a linen/cotton blend driver style cap that’s just too cool for school).

You know I could go on, but I need to get back to the site to ogle hats — I mean, to help customers. Let me know which hat is your new favorite!

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Beyonce in the Stetson Roxbury

You know I personally choose every hat you see on Hartford York, and that I attend photo shoots for our catalog (which is why I’m posting this from Mexico, by the way!). It’s this hands-on involvement that makes it all the more exciting when a big-name celebrity is featured in a national publication, wearing one of “my” hats.

This time, it’s Beyoncé, the R&B superstar, (who’s also of course an actress and fashion designer as well as being married to Jay-Z, another Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist and fabulously successful entrepreneur). As a matter of fact, Beyoncé’s not only IN the July issue of Essence Magazine, she’s actually written the cover story, Eat, Play, Love where she, in her own words,

shares how a nine-month break and life’s simple pleasures reignited her creativity and renewed her soul.

The unisex hat Beyoncé is wearing in the spread is called The Roxbury. It’s a lightweight straw hat by Stetson, so it’s great for summer and perfect for a little western sass. And what’s good enough for Beyoncé sure is good enough for me. How ’bout you?

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on June 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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
CEO Hartford York

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

Best Gardening Hats for Men and Women

Wigens Linen Bucket Hat - The Summertime Roland - Exclusive to HartfordYork.com

Chic, pretty women’s hats to wear while gardening? Ladies, we’ve got you covered with beautiful summer hats that not only look wonderful — they protect you from the sun too! At HartfordYork.com, you’ll find quality gardening hats in straw, linen and raffia that go from garden to glam from top designers like Helen Kaminski, Tommy Bahama, Scala and John Callanan.

In fact, The Crocheted Raffia sun hat from Callanan was featured in Country Home Magazine and has become one of the most-requested women’s sun hats at HartfordYork.com.

For men who like to work in the dirt, vented raffia hats (or those made from cotton) with wide brims are likely the best choice for both good looks and relief from the rays. You’ve got your choice of designers too, of course (Tommy Bahama and Scala among them) as well as styles, including western straw hats from Colonel Littleton and Toby Keith.

Send me some tomatoes.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Many Colors of Ivy Caps and Summer Hats

Robert Graham Silk Ivy Cap - The Aristotle at HartfordYork.com
Men have been wearing dark colors for far too long, in my opinion — and still tend to do so. From business suits and formal attire to casual jeans and hoodies, the overall shades range from black to dark blue and grey. Pretty somber stuff and as far from a Tommy Bahama style as you could ever fear to roam.

Men's Mr. Green Hats Summertime Fedora - The Kent Hat at HartfordYork.comThe easiest way to start to lighten up your wardrobe is with a cap or hat — it doesn’t have to be as colorful as The Aristotle, a Robert Graham ivy cap, pictured at top. You could start with a fairly sedate summer fedora in brown, such as The Kent, shown here at right. Designed by Mr. Green Hats, the fedora is given a color pop with a very tasty hat band in shades of matching brown with mint.

Men's Christys' Crown Straw Fedora - The Akon Summer Hat at HartfordYork.comChristys’ Crown takes a similar approach in dressing up an otherwise calm straw hat with a vividly striped turquoise and black hat band in their fedora, The Akon.
Men's Borsalino Linen Rex - The Nuncio Walking Hat at HartfordYork.comOnce you’ve mastered the little flashes of color, it’s time to move on to the truly vibrant caps and hats, like The Nuncio, a linen rex from none other than Borsalino.

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Heads In Fedoras

Mr. Green Fedora - The KentFedoras are the hat of choice this summer, if celebrity trends are anything to go by. Hugh Jackman and his son were spotted wearing the classic style as were Jeremy Piven, Robert Downey Jr., Benji Madden among others.

Even in summer, these young men still tend to wear darker colors (only Jack Osborne had a natural straw), but the majority tend to make a further style statement with funky hat bands.

Hollywood heads in fedoras aren’t only men either: Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, and Kylie Minogue were also shown in the must-have headwear recently.

What was nice about seeing all these stars in hats was how natural they looked. Sun protection, style and attention-getting is a pretty potent package: what’s not to like?

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Steve Singer
Head Fedora and CEO Hartford York

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Do You Fondle Your Hat?

Men's Brent Black Hand-Woven Straw Fedora Panama - The Montecristi ClassicThe obvious answer here is: sure, who doesn’t?

Hat makers and wearers take pride in not only the look of their hat, but the feel of the material too. When straw feels like fine linen you’ve probably got a Montecristi Panama hat, the kind where the hat bodies are woven over hundreds of hours by master weavers in the village of Montecristi. With milliner Brent Black, you’ve also got a guy who is so dedicated to perfection of the craft that he actually selects–in person–those hat bodies which he’ll shape and block by hand.

So next time you’re asked if you fondle your hat, you can be proud to say: Of course I do, don’t you?

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Steve Singer
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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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