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Stormy Kromer: History of a Great American Made Hat

November 23, 2011
Wear your Stormy while you fish, and stay warm

Imagine your “real” job is the engineer on a train screaming down the frozen tracks of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You stick your head out the window to try and get a glimpse of something…of anything. Suddenly, your hat is stolen away by the swift, invisible hand of Njord, god of the wind.

This cruel scenario played out more than once for our hero George “Stormy” Kromer. He would peek his head out of the window on the train engine, and his hat would be stolen away.  Stormy knew there had to be a better hat; the fedora design just wasn’t well suited for hanging out of a train engine.

Having been a semi-pro ball player, spending time on more than 30 teams, Stormy was partial to baseball hats. He asked his wife Ida if she could modify his favorite ball cap to help keep it on in the windy weather. She came up with a hat, which incorporated a soft canvas visor with a six-panel design that stayed put in the wind.

The men who worked the railroad with Stormy liked the hat so much they wanted one for themselves. After a very, short time Ida was unable to keep up with demand, she hired a few workers, and in 1903 the company was born. Demand was ever increasing, and in 1919 the Kromers moved production to a facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2001, Bob Jacquart, owner of Jacquart Fabric Products purchased the rights to Stormy Kromer caps and the production was moved to Ironwood, Michigan. Today, the company produces more than 50,000 caps annually, in a variety of colors and styles. Of course Stormy Kromer is more than just hats. Stormy Kromer jackets, shirts, and pants are all made right here in the U.S.A.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

Women’s fashions for fall

September 30, 2011
Petal Pusher

The wind is blowing, the leaves are turning color, and it feels like fall here in the north woods. It is time we starting thinking about pulling those warm clothes out of the closet. Better yet, let’s talk about what’s new and looking good for women this fall.

Stormy Kromer Petal Pusher Hat • Good, old Stormy Kromer, his ears would get cold while wearing his baseball hats and steaming down the rail line. His wife, Ida added ear flaps to one of those time-tested hats, and the Stormy Kromer hat was born. The Petal Pusher not only looks good but it’s stitched with the same last-as-long-as-you-will, six-panel-crown-construction as the original Stormy Kromer cap. Made in America.

 

 

Filson Women’s Wool Timber Jacket • Like Stormy, C.C. Filson was a railroad man who knocked around Nebraska for a time before he settled in Seattle, Washington. The gold rush came to his neck of the woods in 1897 and C.C’s destiny in wool was forged. This jacket is reminiscent of the original Filson wool jackets designed to protect timber cruisers. Built for warmth, the Timber Jacket is made from Filson’s heavy weight 100% virgin 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool. And, it is as durable as it is good looking. Made in USA.

 


All-Leather Rucksack • Our comfortable wrap-around Classic Rucksack, redesigned as a women’s backpack/purse. The All Leather Rucksack is made with our luxurious Serengeti leather and has been sized down for everyday use. Take it on the hiking trail with you, to a football game, or wandering around Canal Park. Guaranteed for Life. Made in USA.

 

Heim Made Minne-Skirt • Here is a great down insulated skirt from right here in Minnesota. Perfect for staying warm while being
active in the winter time; hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Also great to have with you for those fall football and soccer games when you need just one more layer to curb the chill while you cheer for the hometown team. A “jacket for your behind” as the Heim ladies like to say.

 

 

 

Minnetonka Three Layer Fringe Boot • In 1822, two 17 year old boys paddled up the Minnehaha Creek to make the European discovery of Lake Minnetonka. While we are not sure of their footgear, one thing we are sure of: this Three Layer Fringe boot is going to be a very popular one this fall. Minnetonka likes to say these are “more than just boots, they become a part of you.”  Calf high, in natural suedes with a thin rubber sole.

This season is shaping up to be a really nice one for color in the trees of Minnesota. Looking forward to getting out and enjoying some great walks through the woods. Here’s hoping you have a great fall season no matter where your hiking boots may land.