Christmas in Minnesota

Guest Post by SK Brand Ambassador, Joe Whitson

A Winter Lake in Minnesota

After a reluctant arrival, winter in Minnesota is finally beginning to take hold. The rough waters of our 10,000 lakes are slowly, slowly freezing over, exchanging their ripples and waves for icy crystals, spider webbing their way across the surface in endlessly complex patterns. Nature has replaced her faded greens and grays, lovely in November, but out of style in December, for a new coat of unblemished snow. In winter, the stars seem crisper and even the sun herself celebrates the season, rewarding early risers with her sundog, the multi-hued ring she wears on only the coldest and clearest mornings.

Winter in Minnesota

It might sound cliché, but in winter, the world truly is transformed. Of course, every season brings change, but the changes of other seasons speak to growth and progress, always looking forward. In winter, the alterations seem more foundational, more primal; it looks back, a time of reflection and heritage. Colors are simple and honest; sound is subdued beneath the snow. When I walk through the knee-high snow drifts of one of Minnesota’s evergreen forests, the heavy boughs drooping threateningly above my head, my breath drifting out in miniature white clouds, the sound of the sudden crack of ice as it expands in one of the nearby lakes, thoughts of the future are set aside and nostalgia is allowed to run free.

A Winter Trail in Minnesota

I know what you’re thinking, it’s easy to romantically philosophize about the season when you’re sitting peacefully by a fire watching the flurries come down outside, but the realities of winter often make it hard to appreciate. For my sister, trying to survive winter with two toddlers can be far from magical. Every errand is a lesson in patience as gloves and hats and boot and coats are put on and taken off and lost and found. Every icy sidewalk is a potential fall and every icy road a potential accident. Every outdoor task that is hard enough with two babies in the summer, becomes something to be dreaded in the winter. You don’t think about the lightly shrouded fir trees, you think about the painfully frigid wind and hope your daughter’s nose won’t freeze.

Peninsula Cap, Urban Workpack and Tough Mitts from Stormy Kromer

This year for Christmas, I wanted to give my sister the gift of seeing winter as it should be seen. I wanted her to look back, to rediscover the magic winter holds for all of us before the realities of life gets in the way. The question was how to translate an experience, a way of seeing the world into a concrete gift. I decided on a Stormy Kromer Christmas. Stormy Kromer is a heritage brand from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that I know values winter the same way I do. There is just something about wool and flannel that jump starts winter nostalgia. My sister will be getting the new Peninsula cap, a pair of wool Tough Mitts, and an Urban Workpack. I also threw in a Minnesota State Park pass for good measure. But of course, the real gift isn’t about the gear, it’s about the experience, so the gift also includes a January trip to wintry woods north of Lake Superior, hosted by yours truly. The kids can stay home with dad.

So this winter, get outside, rediscover the season and from all of us at Stormy Kromer, have the happiest of holidays.

A Kromer Christmas Miracle

The Reynolds Family

On August 10th of this year, the newest member of the extended Kromer family was brought into the world – Hunter George Reynolds. While the family is celebrating now, little Hunter has had to fight to get here.

You see, Hunter was born 3 months premature and weighed in at just 1 lb, 10 oz on that August day. Members of the Kromer family contacted us soon after his birth, and his Stormy Kromer family here in Ironwood immediately joined the large group of people sending prayers his way.

His family just sent us this photo this week – and you can see how tiny little Hunter still is 4 1/2 months later. His Lil Kromer Cap is still way too big on him!  He has been quite the fighter these months – and the best news is that he has been able to finally go home after spending months in the NICU.

So how does Hunter fit into the Kromer family? Hunter is Stormy’s great-great-great nephew, and his middle name of George is in homage to the many “Georges” in the Kromer family, including our namesake, George “Stormy” Kromer.

One last note. Hunter’s parents are named Tyler and Angela. Do you see what happens when you correctly arrange the initials of their first names? H. A. T.

Tyler and Angela say this was completely unintentional. Maybe. Or maybe there was a little divine intervention from his great-great-great uncle.

Please join us in welcoming Hunter home for Christmas, a Kromer Christmas miracle!

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Cabin

Guest Post by SK Brand Ambassador, Jill Emmer

Jill in her Huron Poncho

Hi! My name is Jill Emmer. I am a mom, a photographer & a bit of an adventurer. I live in Minneapolis, MN.  It is an honor to also be a Stormy Kromer brand ambassador. You can learn more about me at www.ShineOnPhotos.com. Today I am going to tell you the story of how I became involved with Stormy Kromer.

Kids playing by Tree

About a week before school started, I decided to take my boys on a spur-of-the-moment road trip. My husband had to work, so it was just myself and the boys. We went up to the North Shore of Minnesota, then down along the southern side of Lake Superior and through Upper Michigan and into Wisconsin until we reached the family cabin on the northeast side of Wisconsin.

Along the way we visited places such as Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Park Point Rec Area in Duluth, Amnicon Falls State Park, Brule River State Forest and the Porcupine Mountain area.

Kids playing on rocks

It was a wonderful trip. The sort of trip you hope will give your kids memories for years to come. Skipping rocks, collecting rocks, hiking near waterfalls, singing silly songs, seeing all sorts of wildlife, rainy nights in hotel pools and all three of us accidentally falling asleep in the same bed nearly every night.

Boy in a canoe

While we were traveling, I made a point to take us through the towns of Ironwood, MI and Hurley, WI. I remembered how beautiful the area was from countless ski trips up to that area growing up. I had seen the area many times in the winter, but never in the summer.

Kids by the Stormy Kromer statue

While we were driving through Ironwood, MI, my son Arlo pointed out the window at a statue of a giant hat and said “Grandma Lynn!” Sure enough, it was a statue of a hat my mom wears all the time! A Stormy Kromer! How funny to pass right by that giant hat. I have always had a love for the brand: my dad is an avid outdoorsman of all types – hunting, fishing, skiing, etc. In fact, he grew up in a small town not too far from Ironwood, MI. He is a very practical outdoorsman who would never consider spending more than $30 on a pair of jeans (he has bought his jeans from Fleet Farm for as long as I can remember) and he has always had a Stormy on his head. I have heard him say many times that it is the best hat possible for ice fishing. Warm. Keeps the sun out. Easy to grab on and off. And most importantly, it allows you to cover your ears on an as-needed basis!

Chopping Ice

Anyways – my dad converted all of my family into Stormy lovers. My mom (and dad) volunteer at a humane society and spend 20-30 hours a week walking dogs. No matter what the weather is – they walk for hours! My mom has at least 4 Stormy Kromers.

Walking dogs in Stormy Kromer

So, of course I pulled in and we bought our first and only souvenirs (besides rocks of course) of the trip! A round of new hats for all!

In a canoe with Stormy Kromer

That night I stalked Stormy Kromer out on social media and found out they were looking for Brand Ambassadors! It seemed a bit fateful that I happened to pass through their hometown at just the right time. So I threw my name into the hat and a little while later I found out I was accepted as a Brand Ambassador!

Canoeing with Stormy Kromer

I have turned down many offers from other companies to act as their rep. To be honest, I am not a big fan of advertising in social media. I try to use my photography and my Instagram account for art, not marketing. This was certainly the first time I asked a company to be their rep!  However, I am already taking photos of everyone in my family with these hats on so it seems logical – and exciting.

Hugging a tree with Stormy Kromer

These are some of my favorite Stormy products:

The Button-Up hat and the Huron Poncho.

The Highland Vest

The cozy Benchwarmer Mittens

The red/black scarf with the black hat combo

And the men’s red/black flannel shirt

Thanks so much for reading my blog post! I look forward to sharing future adventures with Stormy & you!

Xo,

Jill

 

Your 2015 Wish List

Holiday Wish ListHave you been entering our daily Stormy Wish contest with the hope that your husband/wife/mom/friend will see what you’re wishing for? Just in case you don’t win any free stuff from us, we’ve created this form to make sure your wishes make it to the “Santa” in your life.

Just fill out the form below and the person you indicate will get an email from someone on the Stormy Kromer team. Not a form email, an actual response from one of our friendly folks letting the person know exactly what you’d like for the holidays along with where to buy it – both online in locally.

What are you waiting for? Submit your Wish List today!

 

2015 Stormy Kromer Holiday Wish List

 

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Stormy Wish Giveaway 2015

Stormy Wish Giveaway

What tops your wish list this year? One of our new caps in Harris Tweed? A Huron Poncho? A pair of Tough Mitts? Tell us, and your wish just might come true!

All you have to do: post a photo or link to the Stormy Kromer item you want most on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram between now and December 18th—and we’ll randomly choose one wish to grant each day. So start making your list, and don’t forget to tag Stormy Kromer and use #StormyWish. Search now for wish list ideas!

(Looking for a back-up plan just in case you don’t win? Click here to create on online wish list that we will email to the gift giver in your life!)

Full rules below.

Stormy Kromer® Holiday Wish List 2015 Giveaway (Promotion)

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

THIS PROMOTION IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, INC., TWITTER, INC., OR INSTAGRAM, LLC

  1. ELIGIBILITY:Promotion is open only to legal adult residents of the 50 United States (including District of Columbia), 18 years of age or older (and not a minor in state of residence) at time of entry.  Employees of Stormy Kromer, USA (“Stormy Kromer” or “Sponsor”) and its parent companies, affiliates, franchisees, sales representatives, distributors, agents, and vendors involved with this Promotion, and the immediate family and household members of all such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. 
  1. TIMING: The Promotion begins on December 7th  at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on December 18th  at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”). Twelve daily prize drawings will be made on or about 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET) December 8th – December 19th.
  1. HOW TO ENTER: There are three ways to enter the Promotion, either through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.To enter via Twitter, during the Promotion Period tweet a link to at least one (1) item shown and available for purchase on www.stormykromer.com (“Stormy Kromer Website”) (the “Wish”) from your personal Twitter account and include the hashtags #StormyWish in your Tweet. The total price of all items included in each Wish may not exceed $299.99. Your Tweet may include more than one link; however, all links in your Tweet will be deemed to constitute one (1) Wish for purposes of this Promotion. Your entry must include the hashtag #StormyWish and the link(s) to the Wish to be eligible. Upon posting your Tweet, you will automatically be entered with one (1) entry into the Promotion. You may enter as often as you would like during the Promotion Period. You must be a member of Twitter and your account must be set to the “public” setting in order to participate. Go to www.twitter.com to get a free Twitter account if you do not already have one.To enter via Instagram, during the Promotion Period post a photo of at least one (1) item shown and available for purchase on the StormyKromer Website on your personal Instagram account and include the hashtag #StormyWish in your post. The total price of all items included in each Wish may not exceed $299.99. Your response must include the hashtag #StormyWish and a photo of the Wish that meets the requirements set forth in these Official Rules to be eligible. Upon posting to Instagram, you will automatically be entered with one (1) entry into the Promotion. You may enter as often as you would like during the Promotion Period. You must be a member of Instagram and your account must be set to the “public” setting in order to participate. Go to www.instagram.com to get a free Instagram account if you do not already have one.To enter via Facebook, during the Promotion Period post a link to at least one (1) item shown and available for purchase on the StormyKromer Website on your personal Facebook account and include the hashtag #StormyWish in your post. The total price of all items included in each Wish may not exceed $299.99. Your response must include the hashtag #StormyWish and a link of the Wish that meets the requirements set forth in these Official Rules to be eligible. Upon posting to Facebook, you will automatically be entered with one (1) entry into the Promotion. You may enter as often as you would like during the Promotion Period. You must be a member of Facebook and your account must be set to the “public” setting in order to participate. Go to www.facebook.com to get a free Facebook account if you do not already have one.Please note: By entering this Promotion, you signify and agree that your entry and any other materials submitted in connection with this Promotion may be posted on Sponsor’s website and/or other social media sites or applications associated with the Promotion in a manner that is consistent with these Official Rules. You must provide all required information to be eligible to enter and win. All potential winners are subject to verification before any prize will be awarded.By participating in this Promotion, entrant acknowledges and agrees that he or she will clearly and conspicuously disclose that he or she is participating in this Promotion in any social sharing interaction that references the Promotion or is used to earn an entry in connection with this Promotion. At a minimum, the hashtag “#StormyWish” should be included in all social media communications sent pursuant to the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who does not adequately disclose his or her participation in this Promotion.Entries, comments and content submitted or uploaded to any social media sites or other public sites in connection with this Promotion (collectively, “Content Submissions”) may not contain, depict or show any content that: (i) is sexually explicit or suggestive, offensive, lewd, profane, obscene, or contains nudity or racist innuendo; (ii) promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message or any spam or commercial solicitations; (iii) defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about Sponsor or other companies; (iv) contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) or copyrighted materials (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published via websites, television, movies or other media) owned by others, without permission; (v) contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, last names (first names are permitted), e-mail addresses or street addresses for any person other than entrant, or otherwise infringes on the privacy of any person other than an entrant; (vi) communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive image and good will of Sponsor’s brand; and/or (vii) violates any law. Any Content Submissions that contain, depict or show such content; that exceed any required file size or length limits imposed by the Sponsor or any third party social media site; and/or that violate these Content Submission requirements and/or the terms of these Official Rules will be disqualified. The Sponsor has no duty to screen Content Submissions, but the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify and remove any Content Submission that it finds to be inappropriate or not suitable for publication, that does not comply with these Official Rules, or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the Promotion.If the Content Submission contains an identifiable person other than the entrant who submitted the Content Submission, by submitting the Content Submission, the entrant represents and warrants that he/she has obtained the consent of such person to the use of the Content Submission as outlined herein and such person may be required to provide written consent to the Promotion Entities’ use of the Content Submission.By submitting a Content Submission, entrant explicitly acknowledges and agrees that for a period of ten (10) years, renewable at the Sponsor’s option, the Sponsor and its legal representatives, successors and assigns shall have the irrevocable, worldwide right to license, sub-license, edit, alter, post, reproduce, publicly display and publish, in any media, including online, any or all material which you upload to any websites (including, without limitation, social media sites) associated with the Promotion, with or without first and/or last name credit to the entrant without any additional consideration or approvals from or to entrant, and entrant explicitly waives all moral rights in such materials.

    Content Submissions that attempt to restrict this right or waiver will not be considered. Each entrant warrants and represents that his/her Content Submission is original, complies with any applicable community guidelines, terms of use, and any other binding terms on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, does not contain any material that would defame or otherwise violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including patents, copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, complies with these Official Rules, and will not violate any federal, state, provincial, territorial, or local laws or ordinances.

    Entries that do not include any required hashtag and messages not received by Sponsor will not be eligible and will be disqualified. Bulk, automated and/or third party entries are prohibited and will be disqualified. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address, Twitter account, Instagram account, or Facebook account. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the pertinent Twitter/Instagram/Facebook account will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to the Sponsor or forfeit the prize. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, false, lost, late or misdirected, deceptive or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the Promotion at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All potential winners are subject to verification before any prize will be awarded. Normal Internet access, phone, and usage charges imposed by your online or phone service may apply.

  1. SELECTION OF WINNERS: During the course of the Promotion Period, the Sponsor will select the name of a maximum of twelve (12) potential winners, one per day of the Promotion Period, in a random drawing from among all entries received the previous day by 11:59 pm Eastern. The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received at the time of each respective drawing. Within twenty-four (24) hours after each potential winner has been selected, the potential winner will be notified by email and/or by a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, depending on which platform was used by the potential winner to submit his/her winning entry. Except where legally prohibited, each potential winner must contact Stormy Kromer within seven (7) days of being notified. If a potential winner cannot be contacted in person via email or via Instagram/Twitter/Facebook (as applicable) within seven (7) days, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which any remaining prizes will remain un-awarded.
  1. PRIZES: Twelve (12) winners will each receive the Wish he/she posted or tweeted about in his/her winning entry. Maximum total ARV of each prize: $299.99. Maximum total ARV of all prizes to be awarded: $3299.89. Limit one (1) prize per person and per household. In the event that the Wish associated with a prize winner’s winning entry contains more than one (1) item, or in the event there is any ambiguity as to which item the prize winner referred to in his/her Wish, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to require the prize winner to select one of the items referenced, displayed, or contained in his/her entry that he or she wishes to receive as his/her prize. Winners will be encouraged, but not required, to post a photo of their prize after receiving their prize to their social media accounts (“Prize Photo”). If a winner posts a Prize Photo, the winner agrees to comply with the Content Submission requirements set forth above, and agrees to the Sponsor’s use and modification of the Prize Photo for promotional purposes as set forth by Section 8 of these Official Rules. Prize Restrictions: Any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prizes not specifically stated herein are the sole responsibility of the individual prize winner. Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer. If the value of the Wish named in a winner’s entry is less than $299.99, the winner will not be entitled to receive the difference in cash or credit.
  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Promotion, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entries; lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, garbled transmissions or miscommunications, telephone transmission problems; computer or software malfunctions or damage to a user’s computer equipment (software or hardware); technical failures; or other errors or malfunctions of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, or otherwise. Proof of sending or submission of entry will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROMOTION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process, any website associated with the Promotion, and/or the legitimate operation of the Promotion; to violate the Official Rules; or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of running as planned, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect entries and (a) modify the Promotion or suspend the Promotion to address the impairment and then resume the Promotion in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.
  1. RELEASE & LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree that Sponsor, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, website providers, web masters, and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY, OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROMOTION OR IN ANY PROMOTION-RELATED ACTIVITY, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INTERNET SITE (WWW.STORMYKROMER.COM) OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM.WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS PROMOTION, INCLUDING WWW.STORMYKROMER.COM, AND ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY. CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; PUBLICITY RELEASE: Except where prohibited by law, winners grant to sponsor (which grant will be confirmed in writing on request of sponsor), and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, retailers, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers, and those acting pursuant to its authority, the irrevocable worldwide right and permission to print, publish, broadcast, and use, in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, each winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, and biographical information for advertising, trade, and promotional purposes (including the announcement of his or her name on television or radio broadcast or social media platform) without additional consideration, compensation, permission, or notification. By submitting an entry, entrant agrees that all content submissions that entrant may submit to sponsor or otherwise post in connection with this promotion are deemed to be non-confidential and non-proprietary and sponsor shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such content submissions. Sponsor shall be free to edit, exploit, modify, publish, reproduce, use, disclose, disseminate and distribute the content submission to others without limitation in any and all media now known or not currently known, throughout the world for any purpose without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third-party. Entrant hereby grants to sponsor and its legal representatives, successors and assigns, for a period of ten (10) years, renewable at the sponsor’s option, an irrevocable, and world-wide license to use the content submission in any form or format and to modify the same, and acknowledges and agrees that if sponsor does use the content submission, entrant shall not be entitled to any credit, consideration, notice or payments of any kind. Entrant waives any moral rights he or she may have to the content submission, and agrees that if sponsor elects to use content submission for any purpose, all rights under copyright or other intellectual property rights which may result from that relating to entrant’s content submission or from use of the same by sponsor shall be the sole property of sponsor. Entrant further agrees that if sponsor elects to use entrant’s content, submission, entrant will execute any documents requested by sponsor regarding this assignment. IF ANY USE BY SPONSOR OF THE CONTENT SUBMISSION CAUSES IT TO BE LIABLE TO ANY THIRD-PARTY, ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, REPRESENTATIVE AND ALL RELATED PARTIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, COSTS, JUDGMENTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES) WHICH IT INCURS AS A RESULT OF ITS USE OF THE CONTENT SUBMISSION.
  1. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in the state of Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of Michigan.
  2. PRIVACY: Sponsor and Sponsor’s agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives or service providers may use entrants’ and/or referrals’ personal information submitted with entry for purposes of prize fulfillment and/or for future marketing by Sponsor, such as to notify them of a product or promotion that Sponsor thinks may be of interest.
  3. OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST: For a copy of the Official Rules, visit http://blog.stormykromer.com/blog/2015/12/04/stormy-wish-giveaway-2015. For a list of winners available after December 31, 2015, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for receipt by February 28, 2016 to: Stormy Kromer Holiday Wish List Promotion Winners, 1238 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI 49938. Vermont residents may exclude return postage when requesting the Official Rules.

Employee Profiles: Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen, Stormy KromerThe first thing I did was attach the earband, which is like going straight to the top.
– Melissa Allen, Sewing Machine Operator

When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them I work on the Kromer line—with a big smile on my face, of course. Naturally, I’m happy to be here. I get to work with great and hard-working people, and we make something that lasts a lifetime. How could you be anything but proud of that?

After three years here, I get to do a lot of different jobs, but my day is mostly spent stitching in the liners and the labels, and I still get to help attach the earbands. For me, every day on the job is the best day on the job because I know people can wear our gear with a smile.

It’s true I only own one Kromer cap—it’s stylish, and it keeps my head really warm—but every single member of my
family has a cap to go with mine, so I think we’re covered. Well… I suppose we could use a few more. And I’ve been eyeing up the purses, too.

2015 Stormy Kromer Gift Guides

This year, our team put together a series of gift guides to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Our first recommendation – for any Stormy Kromer fan – is one of our limited-edition gift sets.

Kromer Caps & Mittens

With our cap and mitten combinations, you’ll save $20 versus buying the items separately. Choose from the Original Cap & Tough Mitts for the men, and the Petal Pusher Cap & Ida’s Mittens for the ladies.

Kromer Caps & Scarves

Nothing says warm like a cozy scarf, and we’ve create these limited edition flannel scarves to coordinate with some of our best-selling caps. The men’s caps are paired  with a simple plaid scarf, while the ladies’ feature the popular infinity style.

We’ve got many more ideas to help you finish up your holiday shopping! Click the links below for more Made in the USA gifts!

The OriginalsThe Originals – These classic items are the staples that make up the Stormy Kromer product line.

Nifty ThriftyNifty Thrifty – Great gift ideas and stocking stuffers under $30.

FashionistaFashionista – Hats, outerwear and purses for the fashion-minded gal in your life.

Apres SkiApres Ski – Great gear for hanging out after skiing, snowmobiling or hiking.

Best SellersBest Sellers – Choose from the best-selling products in a number of categories.

Cabin BlanketOne Size Fits All – Don’t know your loved one’s size? No problem.

Out on the TownOut on the Town – Not just for work anymore, Kromer has gear for the dapper gent.

Baby Its Cold OutsideBaby It’s Cold Outside – Our toughest gear for the coldest conditions.

2015 Gift Guides: One Size Fits All

Guessing the cap size of your favorite uncle can be a little tricky, without sneaking up on him with a tape measure. We’ve made gift giving easy this year with this collection of great gifts where no sizing is required.

Flannel Scarf – $29.99
Infinity Scarf – $29.99

Flannel Scarves

Made special for this holiday season, these cozy scarves are made with the same brushed cotton flannel in our classic flannels shirts. With straight and infinity options, these scarves pair perfectly with our iconic caps. Straight scarf in Red/Black (shown) and Gray/Black; Infinity in Pink Frost (shown) and Juniper.

The Tagalong Bag – $149.99

The Tagalong Bag

No matter where you’re off to in the morning, this terrific tote carries your laptop in safe, snug, 17″ x 3″ x 12″ comfort. The Tagalong is available in premium wool or waxed cotton (shown) and comes with a divided, padded interior with extra pockets.

The Companion Purse – $119.99

Companion Purse

Our new Companion Purse is outfitted with antique brass hardware, wax and wool combinations and attractive leather accents, making it a must-have accessory for any time of year. In classic Red/Black Plaid (shown), Frost and Olive.

The Night-Timer – $189.99

Night Timer Bag

Technically it’s an overnight bag – but at 24″ x 12″ x 10″, it’s roomy enough to pack a few days’ worth of clothes and fits as an airplane carry-on.  In Partridge (shown), Red/Black, Adirondack and Silver Stone.

Kromer Koozies – $7.99

Kromer Koozies

Our wool bottle/can koozies fit every hand. No guesswork here. In many of our most popular plaids, plus our 11 Benchwarmer colors.

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificate

Still not sure what to buy? Have no fear, our Stormy Kromer gift certificates are good for any of our rugged American made products. Available in email or print versions, $50+.

2015 Gift Guides: Out On The Town

The way we see it, even George “Stormy” Kromer had to get dressed up once in awhile! We think he would have looked pretty dapper in these sophisticated twists on the legacy he started.

The Cabby in Harris Tweed – $69.99

Harris Tweed Cabby

Our comfortable take on the traditional English driving cap, the Cabby, just got more authentic thanks to this one-of-a-kind Harris Tweed wool.

The Uptown Vest in Harris Tweed – $149.99

Harris Tweed Uptown Vest

This classically cut, four-button vest is perfect for practically any occasion, from the morning business meeting to a night out at the sushi bar. And with the addition of authentic Harris Tweed, this warm-and-cozy vest just got even more stylish.

The Peninsula Cap – $69.99

Peninsula Cap

Created in collaboration with Wolverine, The Peninsula Cap features iconic red/black plaid wool, genuine full-grain leather from the renowned Horween Leather Company, and hand-craftsmanship that can be seen in every stitch. Manufactured in the USA, the Peninsula Cap is inspired by two innovative pioneers from the great state of Michigan: Stormy Kromer and Wolverine.

The Wear Weather Jacket – $199.99

Wear Weather Jacket

This jacket is both functional and stylish; the paraffin-treated cotton repels water while its fitted cut and side-entry pockets transition easily from day to night. Shown in Olive – also in Dark Tan.

The Original with Hardware – $49.99

Original with Hardware

This great cap is hand-stitched with the exact same wool as the Original, but with a little hardware to give it a modern look – and just one more reason to add it to your collection. In Black (shown), Charcoal, Frost and Red/Black Plaid.

 

2015 Gift Guides: Baby It’s Cold Outside

When Old Man Winter brings his worst, Stormy Kromer has gear to keep you covered. Check out these great gift ideas for those brave souls for whom winter is their favorite season.

The Rancher Cap – $49.99

Rancher Cap

The Rancher is a seriously warm cap for seriously cold conditions – over four times warmer than the Original. We make it with our premium wool/nylon blend, then line it with 200 gram Thinsulate® to ramp up the heat. To that we add two extra inches of fleece-filled comfort on the earband, creating the mother of all head protection systems. In Red/Black Plaid (shown), Blaze, Black, Charcoal and Olive.

The Mackinaw Coat – $279.99-$299.99

Mackinaw Coat

Our ultra-durable, 26 oz., virgin-wool coat protects you from the elements while wrapping you in the warmth of over 100 years of hand-stitched heritage. In Olive (shown), Charcoal and Red/Black Plaid.

Tough Mitts – $59.99
Ida’s Mittens – $49.99

Men's and Women's Mitts

Our product development tried to prototype a new mitten with even more added warmth. Guess what they found out? There was much difference between the high-tech materials and nature’s finest – wool and goatskin. Time and time again, serious winter outdoors people tell us these are the warmest mittens they’ve ever owned. In two colors for the men; five for the ladies.

The Ironton Vest – $179.99

Ironton Vest

Okay, so it’s not as warm as the Mackinaw Coat – but – the Ironton is definitely our warmest vest. Made with a tough waxed cotton exterior, lined with soft polyester and filled with high loft fill, this quilted vest is great for those cold weather working days. Dark Tan shown; also available in Black.