Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hold on to your hat

Stormy Kromer is more than a hat company. It is also the name of the founder of that company. He was a semi-pro baseball player who born in 1876 in Wisconsin. In 1903, he asked his wife, Ida, to modify an old baseball cap to help keep it on in windy weather. The all-cloth cap with the soft, canvas visor was a departure from the traditional fedoras of the day, but it was more comfortable and because of it's six-panel fit, it stayed put. As the story goes, soon other railroad workers wanted one of Stormy Kromer's caps for themselves, and when Ida could no longer keep up with demand, they hired a few employees and the business was born. They are still in business today, making the original classics hand-stitched in Wisconsin, as well as some outerwear and some variations on the cap.

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