Handcrafted in the USA since 1903, these hats have certainly made a mark in our gallery. Starting with a few hooks of the original, we now have an entire wall dedicated to a variety of different colors for both men and women. After he repeatedly lost his cap on a locomotive, railroad engineer George “Stormy” Kromer asked his wife, Ida to stitch a new-fashioned baseball cap with a higher crown, a pull-down ear band and a cloth visor to keep it snug. Of course, his fellow engineers at the locomotive couldn’t get enough of Ida’s new custom-made hat and her sewing machine started to sing. Once the caps were popular, it was too much for the small factory at Kaukauna, Wisconsin, to handle, Ida eventually moved the factory to Milwaukee with her helpers. Six decades after it was founded, George passed away in 1965, leaving the company behind. But heading into the 21stcentury, word got out that the hat makers were closing the doors on the factory. Bob Jacquart then made a call to Milwaukee and relaunched Stormy Kromer from Ironwood, Michigan. It is still made here today with the same commitment to authenticity and durability, as back in the day. These affordable hats make for great gifts and with new styles to choose from, the legend of “Stormy” Kromer will live on! Please visit Absolute Gallery in Old Town for our Stormy Kromer collection and other unique gifts.