God Save the Hat!
I hope everyone who attended PROMOTIONS EAST 2012 had a great time. From educational seminars and an up-close look at the latest in promotional products to fashion shows (Fashion-EAST-a) and “after-dark” networking events at the hottest clubs, how could you not?
Unfortunately, I will have to vicariously live through my co-workers' pictures since I spent the last two days in Baltimore representing Promo Marketing's sister publication, Print Professional, at PSDA's annual show. This has been a busy, but enjoyable, week for all of us!
To backtrack, I started off my Tuesday with some printer friends, and I ended it by dining on one of Charm City's finest delicacies—crabs, of course (shout out to Bo Brooks Restaurant & Catering for the fabulous meal). Two hours later, I rolled myself back to the hotel and began to unwind, wondering what I should write about in this week's blog. I turned on the T.V. and ABC was airing Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee concert. I caught the end of Sir Paul McCartney performing a version of Wings' “Live and Let Die,” followed by a group performance consisting of McCartney and fellow musical guests singing the Beatles' “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” I read a little bit more about the concert.
Not Very Surprising:
- Who put this concert together? Maybe I can buy the Queen getting down to a little Tom Jones, but she doesn't strike me as a will.i.am or Kylie Minogue fan. Oh that Prince Harry and his crazy shenanigans...
- Friendships aside, I think Sir Elton John is contractually obligated to perform at any concert involving the Royal family. I also think there's an unspoken rule requiring Stevie Wonder to perform at any event that is being televised or honoring someone.
- Lots of Union Jack clothing, accessories and flags were present.
- Is it necessary to list only one bullet point for a category? If the Ska band Madness performed its 80s hit “Our House” on the palace roof, then heck yeah! I really like Madness (and I know they ruled the UK at one time), but does anyone else think that seemed … random?
So, I thought to myself ... the British … promotional apparel … blog deadline (not necessarily in that order). Where is the connection? Hats—but in a broader sense. Good luck finding something a la Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie style with a company logo imprinted on it. However, more practical caps and headwear are huge sellers in this industry. With so many options to choose from, where does one begin? I put on my thinking cap and decided to showcase the following:
- Polyester Foam Front Solid and Two Tone Color Five Panel Pro Style Mesh Back Caps from Otto International Inc.
- Adult Sized Lindu Straw Safari Hat from Jacobson Hat
- Peter Grimm – Drifter Cowboy Hat from S&S Activewear
- Headwear Prof Brushed Cotton Visor from Atlantic Coast Cotton
- Adult Knit Cap with Visor from Heritage Sportswear Inc.
- The Sportailor Fisherman Hat from TSF Sportswear
- The Snowball Hat from Alternative Apparel
- Acrylic Knit Beanies with USA Star Stripes from ATT Headwear (ATT Proline)
(Editor's Note: If you visit Promo Marketing's Free Search Engine and type “Headwear,” 3,971 results show up. Type “Hat,” and you get 4,870 results. Finally, type “Cap,” and you can sort through 10,063 results. Not too shabby.)