Winter Hats Still Required: Punxsutawney Phil

Beaver and Leather Trooper HatDon’t pack up those winter hats, people! Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil is calling for six more weeks of winter. Although Staten Island Chuck disagrees, it might not be a bad idea to grab a trooper or fur hat just in case.

Has it occurred to anyone else that it seems a bit odd to rely on burrowing rodents to predict fairly important weather patterns? And how must that make meteorologists feel? Imagine: One more bad forecast, Smithy, and it’s the woodchuck for you! 

For those of you who live in places where the snow flies, it’s nice to know that earmuffs and warm gloves are only a click away, especially when you see that stores have already stockpiled spring and summer apparel, with nary a winter hat to be found. I guess they’ve been listening to that marmot from Staten Island.

As a little added incentive to stock up, here’s the secret link to where you can save 25% on JB Stetson Troopers.

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Published in: on February 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Winter Ball Caps

Stetson Leather Ball CapWhen is a ball cap not just a ball cap? When it’s a winter ball cap, of course! I think we’ve previously established that baseball caps have finally entered the world of fashion with past posts like this and this.

I may have been remiss, however, in imparting to you the fact that ball caps are designed for winter wear as well. From top designers like Wigens and JB Stetson, you’ll find extremely warm and good-looking caps in luxe cashmere and rugged leather, some fleece-lined with drop-down earflaps. They come in solid tones as well as plaids, so you can wear them with pretty much any winter jacket or overcoat.

One person who bought the Stetson cadet style ball cap (pictured above) called The Byers 2, left a 5-star review, saying:

Outstanding. Bought second one for wife. The lining is comfortable and earflaps are perfect. They stop the wind, keep my ears warm, yet hearing through it is excellent. Leather is soft and durable.

Wear it in health, Jon (and Jon’s missus).

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Published in: on January 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Working Out in Your Winter Hat

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Wigens Cashmere Ball Cap with Drop-Down Earflaps - The HY Exclusive at HartfordYork.com

There’s an article called Top Reasons Why Cold Weather Exercise Beats Hot Weather Workouts at DNAInfo.com that might help those of you who hibernate all winter come outside once in a while. It seems that “exercising outside in the cold is better for you than working out in the warm.”

Several reasons are listed, including the best — you burn more calories! So, whatever your mode of exercise (a brisk walk is fine), it’ll be more effective because your body is burning more calories in its effort to stay warm.

Also, it seems that dehydration is not as much a problem in sub-zero conditions because (if you’re dressed properly in layers), you simply don’t sweat as much as you do when jogging on a hot summer day.

Finally, “you can work out much harder in chilly temperatures than in hot ones — heat taxes the body so much more and the dangers of working out in excessive heat outweigh the benefits.”

To be honest, I don’t think that last reason helps me get off the couch in a blizzard. I consider just putting on my boots a pretty hard day at the office, but still, it’s good to know that my usual jog/walk/collapse routine pays off so well in cold weather.

Don’t forget those all-important layers to wick sweat away from your body, and make sure you’re wearing gloves and a warm winter hat as well. Exercising in a deep freeze is hard enough without courting frostbite!

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Taking the Plunge with The Mink Trooper

Leinburd/Crown Cap Fur Hat - The Mink Trooper at HartfordYork.com

Leinburd/Crown Cap Fur Hat - The Mink Trooper at HartfordYork.com

Pricey hats, like The Mink Trooper from Leinburd/Crown Cap, sometimes need a little consideration before ordering. Budgeting may be required, and second-thoughts enter in. Even though your brain tells you a top quality all-mink fur hat from a trusted brand name is going last for years and do a bang up job in keeping you warm and dry (and make you look damn good all the while), your wallet might still be tenaciously stuck in your back pocket.

A customer who bought The Mink Trooper recently talks about his initial hesitation, and then goes on to say what made the decision to buy ultimately worthwhile:

I waited a long time before purchasing this mink hat, and guess what? It’s beyond my expectations. It’s soft, warm, luxurious and the size that I ordered (2XL which is my real size) fits perfectly. I am happy with it and it matches my brown shearling coat. SO, if you want it get it, don’t think twice.

There’s nothing more satisfying than an expensive purchase that turns out to be something truly worthwhile and that you are really pleased with.

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Published in: on January 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Trooper hats are for troopers

The Mink TrooperIf you live where winter is, then you’ll know why troopers, those fur-lined bombardiers with tie-down earflaps, are more a necessity than simply a luxurious (and handsome) winter hat. They basically hug your head when Mistral-like gales issue from somewhere at the top of the world, plummeting temperatures by dozens of degrees in a matter of hours.

Unless you’ve experienced the cold where it actually hurts to breathe, makes your eyes water and freezes your nostrils, you may not understand completely the importance of high quality troopers. These hats, made by such brands as JB Stetson, Wigens, Sam Saba and Woolrich, are often crafted from rugged leather, impervious to hail and wet snow squalls, their earflaps lined with fur to keep frostbite at bay.

The most luxurious trooper at HartfordYork.com has got to be The Mink Trooper, a Leinburd/Crown Cap fur hat. You simply can’t find a richer or warmer winter hat, and it’ll keep you warm in style for years to come.

Troopers come at every price point, of course, and you can’t do much better than the $100 leather and sheepskin trooper from Sam Saba. Made in Canada, it’s a classic hat with earflaps and leather ties, warmly lined with plush lambs wool. We’ve also got troopers on sale right now, so you can get a hat like The Leather/Raccoon Trooper from JB Stetson, at 25% off.

If that doesn’t warm your cockles, then I don’t know what will!

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Published in: on January 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Quality Trumps Price When Seniors Buy Hats

Men's Wigens Shearling Ivy Cap - The Gustav at HartfordYork.com In a CNBC article, Splurging in Retirement, Colleen Kane looks at the reasons that might make seniors on fixed budgets spend a little more.

Paying more for quality is something any smart shopper will opt for if possible, but seniors tend to be the most insistent group on this point — and that search for quality is evident right across the board, from services like life insurance to retail items such as hats and accessories.

We certainly see this trend at HartfordYork.com, where many of the people who purchase hats are seniors. They may wait for sales, free shipping offers and/or other specials to make the purchase more budget-friendly, but seniors are definitely buyers who look for quality first. They are also loyal to brand names and retailers with whom they have built relationships, a trait that makes senior customers very much valued.

The hat mentioned in the CNBC article (and shown here) is The Gustav from Wigens of Sweden, a well-know and well-respected hat manufacturer. Although it’s a pricier cap as caps go, it’s also made to last in high quality leather and is lined for warmth, with drop-down ear flaps, which means it’s versatile and may be used in many weather conditions. In other words, this ivy cap for men has got the classic style, warmth and durability seniors prefer in winter hats plus it’s a quality piece from a trusted name.

What’s not to love?

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Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mt. Everest in My Hat


That old font of information (Gullible.com) had this to say today: that Mt. Everest has never been climbed by a person wearing a wig or toupee.

That really struck a nerve with yours truly. How do they know that? Did they ask every climber if he was bewigged? And what if hair extensions were used — do they count? Were women even included in this survey? Perhaps embarrassed balding men, like tennis-great Andre Agassi (whom I hasten to add has never, to my knowledge, climbed Mt. Everest), would have lied about their locks.

I’ll go one more: Mt. Everest has never been climbed by a person NOT wearing a hat. And whether the climber wore a wig or was utterly bald, he stayed warm and looked good.

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Men’s Hats, Like Jackets, are Workhorse & Vanity Pieces

Men's Wigens Leather Bucket Hat - The Norberg at HartfordYork.com

A NY Times review on last week’s men’s fashion show in Paris says that “the most useful garment in the show was the jacket . . . at once a workhorse and a piece of vanity.”

This view of how an article of clothing can serve multiple purposes is very much how I see men’s hats. The workhorse aspect comes into effect when you wear a warm winter hat to stave off windchill or when you don a leather bucket hat to keep your head dry in a downpour. The vanity characteristic is served nearly unconsciously — none of us would buy a piece of apparel that we didn’t believe looked good on us or enhanced the way we appear to others.

Much like men’s hats, jackets can dress an outfit up or down. This gives existing pieces in any wardrobe extra life by offering a variety of looks from which to draw. Try it yourself: your winter overcoat takes on a very different overall character when topped by a leather ivy cap instead of a Russian-style Ambassador.

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Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Shopping for Your Hat Online Good for Environment

Wigens Leather Ballcap with Earflaps - The Knut at HartfordYork.com

A recent study shows that carbon emissions are 15 times higher when something is purchased in a store than when it is bought online.

The study adds to prior research which noted a 35 percent reduction in energy consumption and in carbon dioxide emissions when people shop online rather than going to a mall.

It’s the extra travel and packaging of the product that takes the biggest environmental toll when you shop at brick-and-mortar stores. In his article Create More Time & Help the Environment, Dr. Joseph Mercola says:

Typically retailers have products shipped from a distributor to a regional warehouse, and then distributed to individual stores. This requires not only extra energy but also extra packaging. Customers then drive to and from the store, and take their purchases home in another package, typically a plastic bag.

Hats off to all of you tree-huggers who buy your hats online!

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Steve Singer
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Published in: on January 9, 2010 at 11:36 am  Leave a Comment  

If You Had a New Hat, What Kind Would It Be?

Men's Fur Hat - The Sheared All Beaver Trooper from Crown Cap at HartfordYork.comIf you had several styles of hats lined up in front of you, which one do you think you’d chose as your new hat?

Look to your personality type to answer this question — if you’re a pretty conservative fellow who wears dress fedoras and homburgs without fail, then a casual baseball cap (or even a designer ball cap) may be too far outside your comfort field even to try.

The dedicated cap wearer on the other hand could easily make the transition within caps — going from a newsboy or longshoreman’s style ivy cap without qualm — but then will get stuck at wearing a trilby or walking hat (even if it’s in the same material or casual style as the cap).

Like any other change in style, you’ll be out of your comfort zone when trying on a hat style that you don’t usually wear. Remember your first suit and tie? But the effect can certainly pay off in terms of your appearance and the variety any new style adds to your wardrobe.

One reader told me that he tries out new hat styles whenever he travels, whether on business or vacation. This way he is in a new environment, around people who have no expectations or preconceived notions. For example, when he went skiing, he took along his new trooper hat, a style which he’d never worn before. After wearing it for a week and getting used to it (earflaps up and down) he felt comfortable enough to wear it to the office when he got back home.

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