The leather caps and hats in this year's Fall/Winter collection for 2014 are truly superb, and include a couple of new leather balls caps, one being a six-panel cap from the Mr. Kim collection by New York designer Eugenia Kim. The satin-lined cap has a flat 2 1/2 inch bill with suede underbrim and is fitted with a grosgrain sweatband. It's a Hartford York exclusive that you can't get anywhere else. Another new leather cap this
year, and also exclusive to Hartford York (and you) is The Highball, from the Brooklyn workshop of designer Tracy Watts. This baseball cap with its lined underbrim features leather front panels with the back panels done in wool. An adjustable leather strap allows for a snug and comfortable fit.
If you're looking for a patchwork cap, we've got one in from Italy by Stefeno, and it's exquisite. The leather newsboy is made from textured panels and features a suede brim which has been sewn down. Satin lined for added comfort, this is a great cap for the season. The Redding, from JB Stetson, is a leather cap you'll want for cooler days, as is The Byers, a cadet cap. Both are made from 100% leather, have microfleece lining and hidden earflaps that drop down when you need them, and are extremely comfortable and warm.
Anthony Peto is a favorite designer around here and has crafted a fabulous pork pie hat called The Jellybone. From Peto's Paris workshop, this lined leather hat has a just-stingy two inch brim and is exclusively available here, nowhere else. Another cap exclusive to Hartford York is a two tone leather ball cap called The Campbell from JB Stetson, and it's just a really good-looking cap you can wear anywhere. The Brooklyn, a newsboy cap in incredibly soft leather, is also a Stetson-made exclusive to Hartford York, and it features a sewn down, contrast color brim.
A perennial favorite from John B. Stetson is The Quilcene, a very fine lambskin ivy cap with embroidered lining, contrast sewn-down leather brim and leather tab at back to snug it all up. One happy customer said of this cap: "Great hat! Well made. Looks good and is surprisingly warm." Another back-by-demand hat is a leather fedora with a nicely narrow brim that can be turned up or down as you like. Five-star reviews for this stingy brim hat read:
The Santana by Carlos Santana leather hat is back this year as well. Customers love the "intricate design" and "great craftsmanship" and leave top-rated reviews like this: "I am a hat collector and when I received this hat, it more than met my expectations! The fit is the truest fit of any hat I own. It's of the utmost quality and craftsmanship. It is my favorite hat in my collection."
Leather hats for really cold weather wear include The Baltic, a Wigens winter ball cap. The shearling (leather outside, fleece inside) is flawless, the stitching and styling impeccable, and the drop down fleece-lined earflaps are perfect for when it's freezing out there. There's another ball cap from Wigens, and this one's in cashmere. Produced exclusively for us (and of course, for you), it's got a full elk leather brim, quilted lining and drop down earflaps.
More winter warmth from Wigens comes your way with The Bjorn, a rugged hat made from blemish-free shearling on the outside and deep plush sheepskin pile on the inside. Wear it flap up or down for added comfort. I'm partial to The Gustav, a leather ivy cap made of shearling lambskin and lined for warmth with drop down earflaps, but if it's a bombardier you're looking for in a leather winter hat, The Klas (made from goat skin and long-haired French rabbit fur) is in a class of its own.
- I love it. If I had a second head, then I'd even buy another one just like it.
- Love this Stetson and so do the ladies.