In 1883, Wolverine founder G.A. Krause set out to build a company based on his dream of making fine footwear with long-lasting comfort and quality craftsmanship, revolutionizing the industry with attention to detail and new materials.
In 1903, George “Stormy” Kromer built a warm and functional cap to withstand the harsh weather as he worked as a brakeman for the railway, which soon become an iconic style of the time.
Now, two Peninsulas unite to bring you a collaboration from two Michigan companies that embodies the legendary vision of their founders. Hand Craftsmanship. Quality Materials. Classic Style. For the builders and dreamers of today, Wolverine and Stormy Kromer introduce the Peninsula Collaboration.
And today, you can enter to win your own pair of Peninsula Boots and a Peninsula Cap! Featuring iconic red/black plaid wool and genuine full-grain leather from the renowned Horween Leather Company, the American craftsmanship can be seen in every stitch.
Enter below by following Wolverine and Stormy Kromer on social media. We’ll choose 5 lucky winners who will each receive a pair of boots and a cap. Enter by midnight central time, November 13, 2015.
Don’t want to wait for the giveaway? Purchase The Peninsula Cap here. Look for The Peninsula Boots to be available for purchase in November at www.wolverine.com. We’ll let you know when they are available!
Our product development team is hard at work on Fall/Winter 2016 new designs – and that means new plaids! Over the years we’ve asked for your suggestions on naming, and this year is no different. So take a look at our three new plaids, offer us your best names and we’ll pick our favorites.
Plaid #1 combines a rich chocolate background with accents of mustard, cream and sky blue. The scale is on the larger side, and we can tell you that it will be used mainly for men’s products.
Plaid #2 comes on a light gray background, with teal, raspberry and charcoal lines. This smaller-sized plaid (similar to Wintergreen in scale) will be used for our ladies line.
Our last plaid has a heathered, medium brown background with olive, chocolate and blue creating a plaid along the same scale as Red Pine, which you can see here in the Flat Top Cap. We’ve got all kinds of plans for this plaid in a variety of products for both men and women.
Now it’s your turn to let us know what you think! Which do you look forward to the most, and what should we name them?
‘Tis the season for giving! Stormy Kromer has the perfect item for everyone on your list this year.
For the Classic Guy: The Original Stormy Kromer Cap It’s called the Original for a reason – this classic cap was created by Stormy and Ida over 100 years ago, and it’s still keeping heads warm with its iconic style.
For the Stylish Gal: The Button-Up Our best-selling new product for good reason. The Button-Up takes our Ida Kromer design, moves the earband off center and replaces the tie with an oversized button. Still functional, but fabulous too.
For the Commuter: The Tagalong No matter where you’re headed every morning, The Tagalong carries your laptop or tablet safely and in style. In rugged waxed cotton or premium wool.
For the Outdoorsperson: Tough Mitts and Ida’s Mittens Featuring our rugged wool/nylon blend and all-natural deerskin, the Tough Mitts and Ida’s Mittens are the ultimate handwarmers for winter’s worst.
For the Booklover: The Cabin Blanket Who wouldn’t want to curl up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and a great book? You could easily spend all day wrapped up in The Cabin Blanket’s fleece and flannel and the next must-read trilogy.
Can you feel it? That subtle change in the air? There is something different in the wind – something that goes beyond the calendar change from October to November and the shift back to standard time from daylight-saving time.
Yes indeed. We’re just that much closer to winter. Which begs the question: Have you got the right products to keep you covered for all your late fall and winter activities?
November is prime football season. From the NFL to college and even high school games, now is the time for the games that really count. And the games that can get really chilly. Did you know we now offer mittens and koozies to match our Benchwarmer caps? In 11 popular team color combinations, our Benchwarmer Collection is the perfect combination of warmth and team spirit.
Thanksgiving is also the start of the holiday travel season. Use the Night-Timer for your overnight excursions and try the generously-sized Carryall for a diaper bag, beach bag or carry on. Traveling with laptops or tablets? Our all-new Tagalong protects your electronics in style.
With the chill in the air, it’s time for our favorite fiber – nature’s original performance fabric – to come out of the closets. Wool. And while our Original Cap has been made out of wool for over 100 years, we’ve also got a range of wool coats and jackets to cover you through fall and winter. For this time of year, we recommend our Chore Coat for women and our Kromer Jack for men. Unlined and made out of slightly lighter-weight wool, they are perfect for late fall and winter.
What are your favorite SK products for this time of year?
Stormy Kromer and plaid just seem to go together. Like peas and carrots. Chocolate and peanut butter. Ida and George.
And it happens to be the time of year when we ask you to help us name new plaids we’re working on for 2015. But before we get to that, we thought we’d revisit a few fabrics you helped us name a year ago.
And now, what you’ve truly been waiting for – a plaid without a name! This will be a part of our Fall 2015 collection, and hopefully, will carry a label that one of you suggests. We can’t wait to hear your ideas below.
We didn’t, until a few days ago when one of our employees stumbled on their website. We decided to have a little fun with it, so some of our employees got together wearing Benchwarmer Caps in their college colors.
Are you sporting your college colors today? Is there a Benchwarmer Cap for your school?
One of the most popular posts since launching our blog was “Developing Stormy Kromer Plaids”, posted last September. We had 69 comments to that post with so many great suggestions on naming our plaids. In fact, we named one of our new Ida Shirt fabrics using one of your suggestions (sorry, it’s not available quite yet on our website, but stay tuned!).
Chocolay (which also happens to be a township in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), was a perfect moniker for the the rich browns, beiges and blues in this new shirt.
We’ve got two new plaids that have just gone into the sampling process. We can’t tell you what products they will be used in, but once again, we would love your suggestions on names for these new designs. Perhaps your idea will be showing up on products in fall 2014!
It’s soon to be Father’s Day…and if you’re scratching your head as to what to get the deserving man in your life, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
We’ve just added some all new colors to our popular Deck Shirts – in a lighter weight than our flannels or twills, these shirts are as versatile as they are fashionable. Choose from the blue hue of Lagoon, or the warm and woodsy look of Sequoia. Either way, the man in your life will be a statement of outdoors style!
For the guy on the go, try one of our all-new wool and waxed cotton bags. The Sidekick is Stormy’s take on the popular messenger bag style, while the Night-Timer, our new rugged overnight bag, works just as well in a hotel as it does in a tent. Both come in four colorways, including our classic red and black plaid.
Of course, you can never go wrong with one of our classic caps, even if it is the middle of June. With your help, Dad will be prepared well in advance of this fall and winter. After all, aren’t we expecting a heck of a winter after last year’s mild days? Try one of our all new offerings – like the Original in Adirondack Plaid, or the Waxed Cotton in Black.
Would your Dad enjoy one of these new products? Is he already a Kromer fan? We’d love to hear your best “Dad” stories here in the comments.
It’s the time of year when fall/winter brands, like ourselves, hit the road and begin showing off what’s new for Fall 2012. We just got back from our first national trade show of the year, the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.
We met with over 80 retailers, current and new, over the course of the 4-day show. While many of our new products attracted their attention (can you spot any in the above photo?), we’d have to say that “made in America” was of key importance for show attendees.
To that end, we met the crew from Liberty Bottleworks – a bunch of great folks who are making the only American made recycled metal bottle in the marketplace. On top of that, they look pretty cool too. Check out their products next time you’re looking for a new water bottle.
The Outdoor Retailer Show also features a fashion show with different pieces from varied brands put together. A number of SK items were featured, including the Petal Pusher Cap – paired here with pieces from Gentle Souls, Fox River Socks and Neve Designs.
What’s next for SK? National trade shows in Chicago and Fort Worth, followed by a host of regional shows where we look forward to meeting with many of our customers.
Then, we start putting our thoughts towards Spring 2013.
What products would you like to see in Stormy Kromer’s first official spring collection?