The best summer hat came into my hands, as if descending from a cloud. I'm constantly reviewing hats, touching them, feeling them, and of course wearing them. What always catches me off-guard, and never ceases to amaze me, is when I grab a hat and say, “Wow."
The Best Summer Hat - Where to Begin
I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was late March and the winter was slowly, angrily, pulling away. We got a brand new shipment of straw hats and I nearly lost my mind. These were summer products we couldn't start selling, yet the kid in me needed to dive face-first into the boxes. Summer was here, and it smelled like a hayfield.
I grabbed it, yanking on it full force. I had to know what it was, and I had to have it. Of course, I shouldn't have been surprised, when it turned out to be a Stetson.
The Stetson Tate hemp fedora to be exact. There was something about it, the quality of the hemp or the meticulous weaving, I couldn't be sure. But whatever it was, this straw hat was like no other. The hemp gives it a cloth-like quality, you'd swear it's not straw. Every straw hat I've ever tried has a brittleness to it, but so what, it's not like you need to sleep in them.
Not the Stetson. I wanted to live the rest of my life in this hat. I put it on, trying it out, living out my fantasy dreams of the soon approaching summer. Spending time at the pool, going to the beach, and enjoying a baseball game with friends. What was supposed to be a 30-second test drive, turned into an afternoon affair.
Best Summer Hat Gets Better
The hat stayed on my head, in a good way, as I refused to let it go. I went out to dinner and got teased unmercifully. People said, “That's a summer hat, and it's still March." I told them I didn't care and they needed to shut their mouths. I was so offended like they were insulting my girlfriend.
Then my hunch was vindicated. The bartender said, “That's a nice hat, where'd you get it?" And I knew my instincts had been right. Though I couldn't sell it to him yet, or even part with my own, I assured the dapper gentleman he would be the first to receive the hat, as soon as they became available. Then he bought me a drink.
Cheers. Here's to a fashionable and stylish summer, and hoping you can find the best summer hat of your own.