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A History of Craftsmanship

Est 1903

Handcrafted in the USA

1903

You can't fake your way to legendary

To meet him was to never forget him. George “Stormy” Kromer was genuine, and that spirit reached every corner of a company he never planned to start in the first place. He simply wanted a piece of headgear that worked as hard as he did. One cap led to a thousand and then many millions, but a century later we’re still making products as authentically as the first one—from materials to methods. You can’t pretend to be a legend. It’s something you earn from your customers, your commitments, and always carrying through.

  • 1903

    George and Ida Kromer

    After repeatedly losing his cap on the wind-whipped locomotive where he works, George Kromer asks his wife, Ida, to stitch a new-fashioned baseball cap with a higher crown, a pull-down earband to keep it snug, and a soft, cloth visor. Quickly, Stormy’s fellow engineers beg him for their own six-panel caps. Ida’s sewing machine begins to sing.

  • 1919

    Stormy Kromer in Kaukauna, WI

    When the demand for caps overwhelm the Kromer’s small, Kaukauna, WI operation, Ida and her helpers move production to a bona fide factory on North Broadway in Milwaukee where the company continues to grow, eventually employing an average of 25 to 30 workers.

  • 1965

    Richard Grossman

    Six decades after starting Stormy Kromer, our founder’s health begins to fail, and he passes the hat, if you will, to Richard Grossman, who continues production into the 21st century.

  • 2001

    Bob Jacquart purchases Stormy Kromer

    When word spreads that production of the legendary Kromer cap will soon cease, Bob Jacquart makes a call to Milwaukee and, one month later, relaunches Stormy Kromer from its new home at Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, Michigan—still made in the USA, still crafted by hand. According to Bob, the best purchase he’s ever made.

  • 2005

    The Ida Kromer Cap

    Stormy Kromer builds on its iconic cap with the “Ida Kromer,” a shorter-brimmed version of the original that acknowledges a hundred years of mostly-male aesthetic and says: “Wait, why not take care of the ladies, too?” A striking new palette of colors, the forerunner of best-sellers such as the "Petal Pusher," and a perfectly-fitted homage to the woman whose needle and thread sparked the entire enterprise.

  • 2017

    Stormy Kromer, 114 years and going strong

    114 years after Ida’s first stitch, the Jacquart family celebrates its part in the renewal of the Kromer brand, the vitality of Stormy’s ongoing legacy, and a commitment to usher the company into a bright, always authentic future.

The Original Cap

The Original Cap

It’s possible a 4-panel hat constructed by hand, with love, for a larger-than-life character named Stormy Kromer could have been as iconic. We’ll never know. Ida stitched together 6-panels in 1903, and the rest is history. Rich, warm, wonderfully-fitted history. The original Stormy Kromer cap lined in cotton flannel, in every color or pattern that matters, from “Partridge Plaid” to “Blaze Pink.” Few things age perfectly. This is one of them.

The Original Cap

Regular $44.99

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