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Ring in the New Year & Turn Our Poor Economy Around

December 31st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

It’s that time of year - we all sit down and think about a new year’s resolution. Many will look back at the year past and try to evaluate their character, and some simply take the “easy way out” by pledging to lose 25 pounds this year, which more times than not never seems to happen! But this year, my new year’s resolution is one I encourage the rest of you to take, too. I pledge to Save An American Job by buying American!

It’s an unfortunate reality that we’ve all seen and felt the effects of our struggling economy. Whether in cutbacks, layoffs, loss of wages or simple penny pinching. We search for the lowest priced products more now than ever. Is that really the best answer, though? Let’s take a look at this in relation to men’s hats. If I am only worried about the lowest priced item, I may select a hat that is made in China, but what does this do for American manufacturing?

By seeking the lowest priced hat, which in many cases are foreign made, you’ve contributed to the loss of 5,500,000 jobs since the beginning of 2001. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying foreign made products are bad, but at a time where we look to turn our economy around, we need to buy American to Save American Jobs!

Let’s go back to men’s hats - products like the Belfry Purple line of hats emphasize exceptional design, durability, and reliability, not to mention they’re made by American workers. Not only would wearing one of these Belfry Purple hats give you the sense of true style, it gives you the pride that you support American made products, in turn you’ve helped Save an American job.

This year, I encourage you to help restore the American Dream. Together we can see the positive effects of saving our US Manufacturing all while looking great in some classic American made hats!

-Katie

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Time to Dress Warm When You Step Out

December 3rd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style, Trend Watch

If I had a quarter for every time throughout the winter I heard my mother remind me to put a hat on my head and scarf around my neck, I’d be rich! What I didn’t realize as a child is that the combination of a hat and scarf is more than just a means to stay warm - it’s a true fashion statement. From bright colors in big knit scarves to plaid scarves, this year is all about scarves that compliment your hats.

Whether you’re headed to the ski lodge or an awards show or headed to work, everyone who is anyone is wearing a scarf. Hollywood’s youngest trend-setters are showing their fashion sense in plaid, but the one thing their missing to really polish the look is a trendy hat.

For these fashion forward ladies, may I suggest something like the Belfry Street Insular. It’s casual and trendy at the same time. Not to mention will keep your warm on cold December days.

As one fashion trend that is really here to stay, the hat and scarf combination works for both men and women. Guys have found popular pub caps and street fedora hats work just as well with scarves as a knit hat. With stars like Ne-Yo rockin’ a trendy man’s hat every time he leaves his house, it’s only natural to add a scarf as temperatures drop.

Here he is dressed up and looking fine for the Grammys:

From casual to dressy, be sure to stock your closet with a variety of hats and scarves for this winter. Not only is it something you should buy yourself, hats and scarves make great stocking stuffers at the holidays, too!

-Katie

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