Sunday, October 25, 2009

Stormy Kromer

My favorite hunting hat is the classic cap from Stormy Kromer.  I find it to be much more stylish than a logo-emblazoned baseball cap.  The label on the inside of the cap tells its history:

George "Stormy" Kromer was a semi-pro ballplayer and railroad engineer who always lost his hat to the gusts that blew through his locomotive.  So he asked his wife, Ida, to put needle and thread to one of his old baseball caps.  The "Kromer" they created in 1903 is now legendary for its comfort, warmth, durability ... and grip when the wind blows.

The original cap is constructed with six panels of hand-stictched wool attached to the brim.  The cap also includes a band that can be pulled down to protect one's ears.  The cap is now available in a multitude of colors, and a variety of fabrics that have extended the line beyond the original wool.  These include waxed cotton, 10-mile cloth, and a pretty snazzy-looking corduroy.

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