This Ida Kromer cap is my new favorite thing.
It is toasty warm, and cute in my opinion - except ... doesn't it make my head look sort of gigantic? Regardless, I like the little bill and how the ear flaps cap be pulled down over my ears to keep them cozy. Also a plus, these are made in the USA with recycled wool.
Kurt has one too. He started it, really. Before I had one of my own, I used to wear his on cold mornings at the bus stop. I still regularly and shamelessly steal (borrow?) his SmartWool socks, sherpa-lined elk skin gloves and house slippers. I'll be darned if he doesn't have the best winter gear. Only in my wildest dreams could I have fathomed the furnace-y warmth that is his pair of Carhartt cover-alls. Problem is, Carhartt doesn't make "cute". Stormy Kromer does.
Stormy Kromer was a retired baseball player and railroad engeneer who lived in Milwaukee in the 1900's. In the winter, the icy Northern air whipped through his locomotive, freezing his ears and sometimes blowing off his engeneer's cap all together. His wife, Ida, modified one of his old ball caps to include ear flaps. After some careful revision, the Stormy Kromer cap was born - a snug fitting cap with soft, flexible bill and the trademark ear band. All of his friends wanted one. They opened a factory. I have the Ida, the daintier version built for lady heads.