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Stormy Stories, Volume 2

Welcome to our next Stormy Stories post. In this series we’ll celebrate the unique, rugged, down-to-earth and genuine people we’re proud to call our customers.

We found Randee the very first year we put out a call on Facebook for models, and she returned to work with us again this year. Randee reminds us a lot of the people here in Ironwood: a small-town, northern Minnesota girl who savors life and all the adventures it brings. She owns her own photography business, Made For You Photography, and when she’s not working she’s usually out shooting trap, hunting, snowmobiling or fishing with her family. Did we mention she also works part-time at a store that sells Kromer products?

randee1Here’s some more about Randee from a recent conversation we had about her connection to Stormy Kromer:

SK: How did you come to know about Stormy Kromer?

RD: As a proud fourth generation Kromer wearer, I’ve known about the caps my whole life. When I finally managed to get a cap of my own, it was the Ida Kromer Cap in Pink. I love that hat. And even though I’ve added on to my collection since then, I still wear it often.

SK: Well, since you brought it up, what’s in your Stormy Kromer collection today?

RD: Counting my most recent purchase just a week or so ago, I’ve got six caps, two pair of mittens, a coat and the new Parkland Vest. But my favorite item is the white and raspberry Petal Pusher. It gives me such easy, warm, adorable style. And while I’ve got a few friends who still think “Elmer Fudd” when I mention Kromer, I think I prove them wrong with this cap.

randee3SK: You’re definitely an outdoorsy kind of gal. What’s your most memorable outside moment?

RD: While I’ve had a lot of fabulous experiences, one of the most memorable would have to be when I shot my first deer. I’ll never forget it – I was four months pregnant with my son at the time! My husband was with me, and almost cried he was so excited for me. And of course, my Stormy Kromer was with me too.

SK: You’ve been on two different photo shoots with us now. Is there a moment during a shoot that stands out?

RD: Things got just a little crazy at the shoot this past March. The photographer, the amazing Mitch Kezar, got the idea to shoot a bunch of us from overhead while we were playing cards. To do this, he had to climb up a gazebo and then lay down on top of it, shooting down at us. He had it in his head he could get a great shot and he made it happen!

randeegroupSK: What’s your favorite Stormy Kromer story?

RD: It’s not so much a story but I love the bond you form with other Kromer wearers. When you see someone wearing a cap, you know you can walk right up to them, start a conversation, and most likely, make a new friend. This has happened to me time and time again.

SK: Our new tagline is Made Like You. What does that mean to you?

RD: It means that you are doing it right. Making things that are real, with high standards of quality and service, all the while giving American citizens jobs. Sadly, you don’t see all of those things in one place much anymore.

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Stormy Stories, Vol. 1

Welcome to the first installment in a new blog series:  Stormy Stories. In this series we’ll celebrate the unique, rugged, down-to-earth and genuine people we’re proud to call our customers.

Today it’s our pleasure to introduce Keith Collick. A native of Negaunee in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Keith may look the slightest bit familiar to you. Why? Because we’re proud to call him a Stormy Kromer model. You see, when we’re getting ready for a photo shoot, we start searching for real-life, honest-to-goodness people we can photograph. Two years ago, we found Keith through Facebook.

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Keith, who now lives just outside Minneapolis with his two kids, has modeled for us three times. He’s the Stormy type through and through — with interests ranging from cross country skiing and ice hockey to playing the guitar and banjo. Recently we sat down with him to ask a few questions about his connection to Stormy Kromer:

SK: What was your first introduction to Stormy Kromer?

KC: A few winters ago I bought an Original Stormy, and never looked back. I found Stormy Kromer after doing some internet searches about the U.P. I knew I wanted one as soon as I saw them. They just reminded me of everything back home and of growing up. I remember all the “old timers” wearing them (my great grandfather included) and knew I needed that piece of my history on my head.

SK: What made you respond to our request for models?
KC: I did it mostly because it was a chance to do something new. I normally make faces at cameras when they’re pointed in my direction. I was also excited by the prospect of doing something with a U.P. company like Stormy that’s been around for so long.

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SK: You’ve done three photo shoots for us now. What’s your most memorable moment?
KC: I guess I’d have to say the first photo shoot was the most memorable. Everything about it, from meeting the SK staff and other models to actually posing it front of a camera, on purpose.

SK: How many Stormy Kromer items do you own?
KC: I currently have two bags, one shirt, and three hats from Stormy.

SK: So, what’s your favorite?
KC: It’s probably a toss up between my Original Cap and my Sidekick Bag. My cap is on my head pretty much all day, every day during the winter and my Sidekick goes with me on a lot of walks through the woods with the kids.

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SK: How do you bring a little bit of the U.P. to Minneapolis?
KC: A few ways. Besides running around constantly in my Stormy Kromer gear, I also make pasties and cudighi pretty regularly. And have the occasional bit of Trenary Toast sent over.

SK: We recently launched a new tagline, “Made Like You.” What does that mean to you?
KC: To me it means, ready for life and what it throws at you.