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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: The Originals

The Original Kromer Cap has endured for over 100 years – and for good reason. It’s durable, functional and uniquely stylish. The rest of the items featured in this gift guide, while not 100 years old, form the foundation of our classic Midwestern product line.

The Original Stormy Kromer Cap – $39.99

The Original Stormy Kromer Cap

This six-panel, hand-stitched beauty is built for long-lasting comfort, and for more than 100 years, it’s been an icon of the great American outdoors. If that’s something you identify with – or at least enjoy pictures of – this cap will look great on you. Select colors and sizes on sale in our outlet. In Red/Black Plaid (shown) and 10 other colors.

The Ida Kromer Cap – $39.99

Ida Kromer Cap

This cap is designed for women who love the outdoors. Confident. Capable. And comfortable in any weather. Like the original, the Ida Kromer (shown in Pink) is made with a premium brushed 80/20 wool/nylon blend. Plus a soft 100% cotton lining for extra cushion. In a word: beautiful. Check out select colors and sizes in our outlet.

The Waxed Cotton Cap – $44.99

Waxed Cotton Cap

Our three-season water-repelling cap is a lightweight alternative to the Original – made with rugged and durable 10 oz. paraffin-treated 100% cotton. Perfect for soggy spring mornings and frosty bird hunts. Show in Dark Oak and available in 3 other colors.

Button Vest – $139.99-$149.99

Button Vest

This contemporary vest (shown in Charcoal) gives you full freedom of movement, the ultra-durability of premium 26 oz. virgin wool, five pockets, a fashionable four-button front, and one more way to get dressed up.

The Flannel Shirt – $99.99

Flannel Shirt

It’s appropriate for lumberjacks, skateboarders and your husband, who hopefully falls somewhere in between. A classic flannel shirt is good on every guy, and this is the softest, beefiest shirt you’re bound to find. Featuring our unique yoke pattern, button front pocket and 100% cotton, this wear-it-anywhere wonder will make your man more manly, no matter what. Shown in Isle Royal and available in 3 other colors, including classic Red/Black Plaid.

2015 Gift Guides: Best Sellers

Do your gift giving with confidence with this list of items – tried and true and consistent best-sellers.

Best Selling Men’s Cap
The Original Stormy Kromer Cap – $39.99

Original Stormy Kromer Cap

it’s the cap that started it all, and it’s still the best-selling after more than 100 years. Still virtually the same as the first cap Ida stitched for her husband George, this legendary cap is guaranteed for life and handmade in the Midwest.

Best Selling Women’s Cap
The Petal Pusher Cap – $44.99

The Petal Pusher Cap

We’re not sure what George “Stormy” Kromer would make of it, but The Petal Pusher has been turning heads ever since its introduction a few years ago. Women love how they can look great, stay warm and carry on a tradition, all at the same time. Be warned: wearing this cap could result in an abundance of compliments! A few select colors and sizes can be found in our outlet.

Best Selling Men’s & Women’s Apparel 
The SK Outfitter Vest – $119.99
The Ida Outfitter Vest – $109.99

Outfitter Vests

Our Outfitter style vests top the list for both men’s and women’s apparel. Made with the same 23-25 oz. wool as our caps, these modern yet comfortable vests come in a range of solids and plaids for both men and women.

Best Selling Non-Caps
Ida’s Mittens – $49.99
Tough Mitts – $59.99

Men's and Women's Mitts

The numbers were so close, we had to call this category a tie. Let’s just say that customers love our mittens. Both made from our premium 80/20 wool nylon, the men’s Tough Mitts feature a full goatskin palm, while Ida’s Mittens have a strip of goatskin across the palm. Lined with polyester sherpa, these mittens don’t need any fancy technology to keep you warm – the wool and animal skin are built for nature’s worst.

Best Selling Bag
The Stormy Kromer Carryall – $119.99

Carryall

No matter where you’re headed or what you’re bringing, this sturdy tote travels in style. And with a rugged wool/nylon blend, cotton twill lining, waxed cotton bottom and a plethora of pockets, it will hold just about anything you’re strong enough to carry. Happy customers report using the Carryall for a diaper bag, book bag, laptop case, beach bag and more!

2015 Gift Guides: Nifty Thrifty

Need a budget-friendly gift item to finish up your holiday shopping? Look no further – each of these items comes in under $30 and carries the Stormy Kromer name and quality you’ve come to know and expect.

Stormy Kromer Short Sleeve Tees – $29.99

Short Sleeve Tees

With three unique graphics, our short-sleeve tees are designed, sewn and printed in the USA.

SK Convertible – $24.99-$29.99

SK Convertible

Sometimes you don’t need a whole hat, and that’s where the SK Convertible comes in. Made with our 80/20 wool/nylon blend and lined with plush polyester fleece, the SK convertible is adjustable for convenient S/M and M/L sizing. Also available in sophisticated Harris Tweed.

Kromer Koozies – $7.99

Kromer Koozies

They may not keep you beer cold, but they sure will keep you hands warm. Made with our signature wool and complete with the Stormy Kromer story stitched on the front, you’ll be the envy of every tailgate with these beauties. Also available in our Benchwarmer colors.

Ceramic Mug – $12.99 & Water Bottle – $24.99

Mug Water Bottle

While we don’t make these in our sewing factory, they are still proudly Made in the USA. The ceramic mug is a generous 12 oz., and the aluminum water bottle is made by our friends at Liberty Bottleworks.

Posters – $9.99

SK Posters

In your office. In your garage. Wherever your man cave might be. Hang a poster and there will be no need for a decorator.

Introducing the Peninsula Collaboration

Wolverine X Stormy Kromer: The Peninsula Collaboration

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!

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Employee Profiles: Samantha Steur

Samantha Steur, Stormy KromerI was made in Canada, but I know what it means to be made in the U.S.A.
-Samantha Steur, Product Development Coordinator

We’ve got a certain knack for American craftsmanship, and when we say “made like you,” we’re talking about honesty and passion. We’re genuine, and the gear we make is genuine, too. I’m proud our products live up to their reputation, and I truly feel lucky to work here.

When someone asks what I do, I say I take “baby” products—ideas, sketches, products in the earliest stages—and hold their hands until they’re grown up enough to go to market. I make sure every item is what it should be. And when you see something you’ve drawn in your sketchbook on a real live person, it’s quite a thrill.

So what gear do I wear? Well, I’ll say this: when the new products for Fall 2016 come out, I won’t be wearing anything but Kromer!

Employee Profiles: Steve & Mary Jo Welch

Steve & Mary Jo Welch, Stormy KromerWe’ve been married for 17 years, so we already know what it’s like to work together.
-Steve & Mary Jo Welch

Steve had been at Stormy Kromer for about eight years—working on manufacturing software and helping out in the Computer Aided Design department—when he heard of a position opening up in embroidery. He immediately thought of his wife.

And just like when he proposed, Mary Jo said yes, right off the bat.

“He’s so happy at the Kromer factory, I thought it would be a good place for me, too,” she said. “I got the embroidery job and have since moved into the Quality Assurance Department, where I get to inspect everything and help make sure ‘made in America’ means the highest quality standards.”

It’s been two-and-a-half years of being co-workers, and when you ask them the hardest part of sharing an employer, they’ll tell you “There is none.”

Steve says he’s “Glad to be helping so many smart, hardworking people produce so many good-looking, well-made products,” and while he could be talking about any one of the 120 employees here at Kromer, we’re pretty sure he’s referring to Mary Jo.

Employee Profiles: Breanna Ahola

Breanna AholaIf you ever wonder who ties the tie on your Kromer, well, it’s nice to meet you.
-Breanna Ahola, Quality Inspector

I interviewed here a few years ago for a sewing position, but because I’m apparently a bit of a perfectionist, they said I was better suited for being an inspector. I guess they were right.

Simply put, I make sure every Kromer cap is perfect. Absolutely perfect. If there’s a flaw of any kind, it goes back, and I’ll inspect it again after it’s fixed. I’ve touched about 120,000 caps so far, and nothing less than the best gets past me.

I do get to do some sewing every now and then—stitching petals on the Petal Pusher, buttons on the Button-Up, et cetera. And I can make a perfect Kromer can koozie from start to finish—I’m the Koozie Queen—but the highlight of my job is hand-tying that tie. That is an honor.

In the Community: The Way We Worked

The Way We Worked Logo

Stormy Kromer is a proud sponsor of the upcoming exhibit, “The Way We Worked.” This traveling Smithsonian exhibit will be on display at the Downtown Art Place in Ironwood from April 4 through May 31, 2015. The exhibit explores the central role that work plays in our culture and traces the changes in workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

For more information on the Ironwood presentation of the exhibit, click here. While you’re in town for the exhibit, be sure to stop by for the Stormy Kromer Factory Tour, where you can see how we work today!