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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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!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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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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Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 4:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Perfect Hat To Be Looked At In

Frank Sinatra hatIf you’re thinking choosing a new fedora to hang on your hat rack, don’t get put off by price. There are good-looking hats at all prices points and, yes, every seriously stylish man who wears dress hats should indeed someday invest in a Borsalino fur felt like The Balducci or perhaps a special order Makins fedora in leather braid.

You can’t tell me, though, that you won’t be volubly admired in The Way (pictured above), a Sinatra wool felt fedora — which sells for a budget-friendly $75. The stingy brim is striking in two tones and features finishing details like a fancy ribbon (with bow) as trim and a rolled edge. It’s also satin lined and has a leather sweatband. The overall look is a nice, crisp silhouette and it’s just one of several in the Frank Sinatra line of men’s hats.

These really are perfect hats to be looked at in, and at prices that not only allow you to make your car payments — but (more importantly) indulge your hat passion, guilt free.

Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.
Frank Sinatra

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Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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