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Hats Are A Great Big Look-At-Me

by admin ~ August 7th, 2008

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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Hats Take The Pain Away

by admin ~ August 5th, 2008

Men's Jonathan Richard Linen Walking Hat - The Mourne Walker LinenFindings of a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in May 2008, confirmed a sort of mind-over-matter approach to pain management: “positive emotional thought of any type will function as a dampening effect on pain“.

However, what’s really interesting (in my books, anyway) is that instead of conjuring up some soothing imagery, you may do better imagining exciting things. This is because “the titillating effects of food and sex“, for example, serve as a better distraction than something more sedate like a pool of water.

Pleasurable response derived from excitement may facilitate the involvement of internal opioid mechanisms to counteract pain,” Dr. Hamid Hekmat, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. “Excitement absorbs attention and pleasant imagery can induce hypnotic-like states that detracts from pain, improves positive mood and reinforces personal belief in the manageability of pain.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine adjunct professor, Peter Staats, agreeds, saying: “Pain is an emotional response and, as such, can be modified by emotions.”

I happened to have a chance to put the foregoing theory to the test today, after suffering a severe (okay, slight) burn caused by one of those stupid wood-working burn-y tools.

First, I envisaged a chocolate bar the size of Taj Mahal – nothing.

Next, I visualized all sorts of birds and bees having hot sex – confusion reigned, but no relief.

Finally, in desperation, I turned to my sure-fire solace–a mental image of The Mourne Walker Linen Hat — and, sure enough, my degree-less burn was completely forgotten, dismissed as unimportant, as I immersed myself in the perfection that is this made-in-Ireland, silk-lined, natural linen hat, sublimely accented with a small feather.

Hats. My internal opioid.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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I Like Hats For What They’re Not

by admin ~ July 31st, 2008

Men's Colonel Littleton Woven Straw Panama Summer Hat - The Lynnville Panama Western HatHats are not related in any way to Giant Toasted Leaf-Cutter Ants.

Nor are they made from Mopani Worms, Reindeer Paté or even Thai Green Crocodile Curry. Certain people who wear hats might, of course, consume Lizard Wine, Civet Coffee or Monkey-Picked Tea Wash, but the hat itself is absolved from any such participation.

Yes, I was browsing Trendwatching.com again, and when I got to No. 17 in the section called Itgredients, where the food and beverages industry was singled out for “catering to consumers’ endless lust for experimentation and desperate attempts to consume anything that other people haven’t”, I was mighty glad I’ve been faithful to my hats all these years.

Sure, there’s been innovation and experimentation with caps and hats over time, sometimes with the crown shape, brim size or material and colors, but I would proudly wear each and every product I sell on my site (yes, even the women’s hats, although not far outside the house).

In all honesty, however, I don’t think I could consume a small bag of worms (sold, by the way, for a mere $20).

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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There’s A Hat For Everybody (But Not Emus)

by admin ~ July 30th, 2008

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.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
Budding Ornithologist and
CEO Hartford York

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The Vanity of Hats

by admin ~ July 22nd, 2008

Stetson Men's Ivy Cap - The Bandera Linen Ivy at HartfordYork.comWell, now. Something very interesting about the difference between the sexes from the minds behind Gullible Info, where they intone:

Women who lie about their age shave an average 4.4 years off their age. Fewer men lie about their age than women but those who do lie shave off an average 6.2 years.

At first, I thought this fact correlated quite smoothly with my own observation that although women tend to have more hats than men, more men than women actually wear hats (ie., more men are style-driven and thus vainer than women). However, that’s really not the case.

The resurgence of both the trilby and newsboy amongst younger males (first musicians and then actors) seems to be part of a selected lifestyle. Women, on the other hand, make more a one-off fashion statement when they wear hats, and so their decision to wear a hat is subject to daily change.

Although I’m sure my findings are profound and may impact the worlds of both fashion and psychiatry on deep and meaningful levels, I’m a bit too distracted to study the issue further. You see, I can’t really decide if I should wear my straw porkpie or my panama hat today, and until I choose, I’m simply all a-flutter.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
Hand Wringer and
CEO Hartford York

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Celebrities in Hats

by admin ~ July 19th, 2008

Men's Brent Black Handwoven Straw Fedora Panama Hat - The Montecristi Aficionado at HartfordYork HatsIt’s the summer of the straw fedora, especially in Hollywood!

In point of fact, Eonline.com even has a photo gallery called Celebrities In Hats where the likes of Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake are pictured in summertime fedoras. Beautiful ladies not only appreciate men in hats, they’ve also taken to wearing fedoras themselves.

This is a win-win situation: I get to wear my favorite straw hat; am actually admired by members of the opposite sex and I happen to be in the forefront of the fashion world — PLUS I get to ogle (politely) women in fedoras. Life just doesn’t get any better.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
The Really Cool Dude In His Hat
and CEO Hartford York

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The Hats That Dictate

by admin ~ July 14th, 2008

Men's Colonel Littleton Woven Straw Summer Hat - The Lynnville Panama from HartfordYork.comI remember reading a snippet attributed to country singer superstar, Tim McGraw, where he said: I don’t let my hat dictate the kind of music I do or who I am.

This is from the man who teamed up a few years back with hip-hop artist Nelly (initially to scathing predictions and outright disbelief) — and wound up creating the smash cross-over hit Over and Over. The man really practices what he preaches.

The fact that Tim McGraw is primarily associated with one type of music and lifestyle (including the cowboy hats he wears on and off stage) simply does not interfere with his personal range of vision and ability to produce something well outside his (and everyone else’s) comfort zone. He knew he was so much more than people’s preconceived notions, and he proved it with stunning success.

Today’s lesson? Believe in yourself. Wear the hat you like. Do what you really want to do.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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Sunbrella or Straw Hat?

by admin ~ July 10th, 2008

Summer Straw Hats for Men - Scala Panama Safari Hat - The Copacabana at HartfordYork.comAfter the fiasco on the beach today (rogue wind that turned my Daffy Duck beach umbrella — with beak — into one quacking big missile), I’m pretty sure even a personal sun umbrella (or parasol) is beyond me.

Thank goodness for straw hats: they’re light and breezy, provide no-hands shade and rarely do they suddenly become assault weapons. Straw hats are also good for my health: look at my hands, they’re still shaking from the strain of nearly shish kebabing innocent bathers. That kind of stress level can’t be good for a person.

Take it from me: straw hats save lives. Wear one today (and scan the sky).

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
Shaken and Very Nearly Stirred
CEO Hartford York

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Party Like a Patriot In Your Made-In-America Hat!

by admin ~ July 3rd, 2008

Men's Straw Hats and Fedoras - Makins Ramie Fedora - The St Marks PlaceLike a lot of people, I’m starting my Independence Day celebrations a day early — as sort of a warm-up to tomorrow’s real deal.

Since July is National Picnic Month anyway, I’ve decided to try some of these 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics for family and friends, in between bouts of swimming and fireworks, hot dogs and sparklers.

Have a great, safe Fourth, and make sure you do it in style!

Thanks for reading,
Steve (Big Bang) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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