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

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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!

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Hats Are A Great Big Look-At-Me

Men's Hats - Mr. Green Sewn Braid Fedora - The Donovan HatAlthough she says she can’t do hats herself, writer Jess Cartner-Morley admits in her article called Hats: The Way To Do It that “hats are becoming normalized again“, influenced by celebrity style “for once”, she concedes, “a force for good.”

Funny to think that the wearing of hats once signified respectability and due deference to occasion. These days, they mean quite the opposite: hats are for show-offs. To wear a hat on any occasion other than a wedding or at the races is one great big look-at-me. Forget about hiding below the brim; hats make you more visible, not less.

I agree that hats can be worn to make a statement, but isn’t that true of anything? Whatever we wear — from shoes to jackets to pants — I think we all emphasize comfort and good looks. I mean, I’d much rather field a compliment than otherwise, wouldn’t you?

Yes, I think hats are showy. That’s not necessarily the same thing as calling a person who wears hat a show-off. All that being said, I do like showing off my showy hats, but I don’t like to think of myself as a show-off.

Well, I’d better shove off now!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
Showman Extraordinaire
and CEO Hartford York

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