How Many Hats Do You Own?

Biltmore Fur Felt Stingy Brim Hat - The Peluche Pork Pie at HartfordYork.comAlthough there are certain men among us who admit to not owning even one hat (!), those fashionable gents who do wear flat caps, fedoras and pork pies tend to own at least a few hats, if not several. I suppose I have about ten favorite hats and caps — per season — that I wear, plus some that have seen better days (but I still use in a pinch).

Because I sell hats for a living, which entails meeting and working with hat designers, going on photo shoots and so on, I’m obviously in the enviable position of having access to all styles of hats in numbers that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

On the other hand, it can be very trying for a hat lover such as myself to constantly beMakins Fur Felt  Hat - The Salome Pork Pie at HartfordYork.com presented with the latest newsboy or fedora from master hatters like Borsalino and Wigens, and be introduced to new designers like Eugenia Kim and Victor Osborne. I continually see updated looks or some unique design that puts a new hat in my ever-growing list of favorites.

For instance, when Biltmore came out with The Peluche, a remarkably beautiful pork pie hat with its long, uncombed nap, it made the unequivocal declaration of my new favorite fur felt pork pie (Makins’ Salome — the brushed dress hat with rope trim) feel dishonest. There was in fact an absolute tie between the two impeccably designed and flawlessly made hats that left no room for preference.

Loving all well-made, stylish hats equally, the only solution to hat-hoarding must be either an intervention (ha!) or a larger cupboard/temperature-controlled display case. I’ll leave you to decide which path you think I’ll take.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Thoughtful Fashion for Men in 2013

9_LAI_STRIPE_027In Bill Cunningham’s first On the Street segment for 2013, the fashion photographer says the trend in men’s fashion is moving from dress-down Friday disheveled to thoughtfully and wonderfully dressed.

The difference is as striking, he adds, as when fitted jackets and trousers appeared in the 1950s replacing the very full silhouette seen in the decade prior.

Mr. Cunningham’s slideshow, a weekly feature in the The New York Times, is not specific to men’s hats, but in viewing the images, you’ll see everyday well-dressed men (in a cold Manhattan) wearing everything from an enormous Russian fur ushanka to a great-looking fedora, as well as a variety of flat caps, newsboys and watch caps.

He concludes that the overall direction that men’s fashion is taking is “to clean up your act. The dress-down Friday is not going to work.”

Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

Published in: on January 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fascinators for Every Occasion

Scala Sinamay Feather Spray Headband Fascinator at HartfordYork.comGracey at Fashion for Giants wore the Scala Sinamay Feather Spray Fascinator recently (along with her mega-watt smile) and said it was very comfortable. The headband stayed in place nicely, even with all the dancing that naturally goes along with any birthday celebration–which is apparently a three-day event for tall people, and this lady is 6 feet, according to her blog.

Although you might associate fascinators with very dressy occasions, Gracey said she wore hers to a dinner and pole-dancing exhibition. You can see her outfit on her blog, which was comprised of jeans and a blazer. She looks great and the fascinator just adds fun and style to the overall look.

In other words, you don’t have to put your fascinators away after New Year’s, ladies. Think of them as you do any other fashion accessory; something that livens up an outfit — formal or casual.

Word of advice: store all fascinators (especially those with feathers) far from the reach of any cat. Felines tend to be fascinated by fascinators–but not in a good way.

Thanks for reading,
(and belated birthday wishes, Gracey)
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

P.S. Don’t forget that the Hartford York 2012 Fall/Winter sale is going on right now and you can save as much as 65% on your favorite brands and styles. Happy New Year!

Published in: on December 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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!

Thanks for reading,
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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