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Business is a Family Affair

Father’s Day is a great reminder that for Stormy Kromer, business is a family affair. You see, my sister and I have the privilege of working with our Dad – it’s kind of like every day is Father’s Day. For those that don’t know, Stormy Kromer is a part of Jacquart Fabric Products (JFP) – a sewing factory started back in 1958 by my grandfather, Robert Jacquart, Sr., right here in beautiful Ironwood, Michigan. Today, Bob Jacquart, Jr. is our CEO, and my sister KJ and I manage various aspects of the business.

Gina and KJ running a sidewalk sale at the original factory.

For KJ and I, business and family have always been deeply intertwined. We learned early on what it means to be an entrepreneur and my Dad took every opportunity to expose us to the business.

Whether it was spending an evening with him delivering a finished product to a customer (with the promise of ice cream if we shook the customer’s hand, looked them in the eye and asked, “How are you today?”), combining a summer vacation with a quick stop to a supplier’s office, or learning how to make change at the cash register on Saturday mornings, business was ever present for the Jacquart daughers.

Gina at the storefront
Gina at the doorway of the original JFP storefront.

It worked out pretty well for Dad, as he now has his two daughters working with him every day, and preparing to take over the business when he’s ready to retire. (Although, who I am kidding, he’s never going to really retire.)

We’re living proof that you can combine family and business - and when you do, you actually make both the family and the business even better.

Bob, KJ and Gina
Bob Jacquart with his daughters Kari “KJ” Jacquart and Gina Jacquart Thorsen.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. KJ and I are proud to call you both our CEO and our father.

A Cap for Any Season and Any Dad

Every dad needs a great go-to cap, and most dads need more than one. A hunting cap. A fishing cap. A Sunday cap. A work cap.

Stormy Kromer has all these options and more. Choose any of them for the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Caps for Dad

From top left:
The Original Stormy Kromer Cap – in 11 colors including blaze orange, there’s a cap for every day of the week and more.
The Original with Deerskin – in Partridge Plaid with a touch of deerskin, this cap gets noticed.
The Original with Hardware – in 4 colors and featuring a classy metal badge, this cap goes uptown as well as it goes downtown.
The Rancher Cap – with Thinsulate and over 3 times warmer than the Original, this is the ultimate sub-zero cap.
The Cabby –  new to the line last year this cap adds a touch of class to the Kromer cap offerings.
The Brimless Cap – an Original without the brim, the Brimless is perfect after skiing or snowmobiling, or even under a helmet.
The Waxed Cotton Cap – in water-repellent paraffin-treated cotton, this cap keeps you dry even if the conditions aren’t.
The Field Cap – the lightest cap in the SK line-up, the Field Cap features brushed cotton canvas and a longer brim. Also in Realtree.
The Curveball Cap – a classic baseball cap in brushed wool flannel.
The Flat Top Cap – a cadet-style silhouette for any laid back fall day. In solids or plaids.

Which cap is your Dad wishing for?

Stormy Kromer Father’s Day Giveaway

Get Your Father's Day Order Free Still haven’t found that perfect gift for Dad or Grandpa? Shop with Stormy Kromer this weekend (June 13 and 14) for a chance to get your order free. Simply order at www.stormykromer.com before midnight central time on Sunday, June 14 and Monday morning we’ll draw 5 lucky winners whose orders will be free.

Need some gift ideas? Check our most recent Gift Guide blog posts and place your order!

Stormy Kromer® Father’s Day 2015 Giveaway (“Promotion”) OVERVIEW:  Purchase your Father’s Day gifts from stormykromer.com and five winners will have their purchase amount refunded.

  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/REFUNDS: The Promotion begins on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”). Five (5) winning purchases will be selected in a random drawing on or about June 22, 2015 from all eligible purchases received during the Promotion Period to receive a refund of the purchase price of any single qualifying transaction, as evidenced by Sponsor’s cash register receipts which reflect a single purchase of any one product or multiple products that are purchased at the same time under the same, singular method of payment.  Taxes on the purchase price are the responsibility of the purchaser and will not be refunded by Sponsor.
  1. TO PARTICIPATE: Simply make any purchase through the Stormy Kromer website at www.stromykromer.com during the Promotion Period using a credit, debit or gift card accepted by the site, and the transaction will automatically be entered into a drawing for a refund.  All individual purchases made during the Promotion Period will automatically be entered, so an individual who makes multiple individual purchases during the Promotion Period will have multiple chances to win.  However, only the individual qualifying purchase amount selected as a winner shall be refunded.  The purchaser of the selected winner may not aggregate multiple purchases for the refund or substitute a different qualifying purchase amount for a refund.
  1. SELECTION OF WINNERS:  Shortly after the Promotion Period, the Sponsor will randomly select five (5) qualifying purchases to receive a refund of the purchase price that will be applied against the credit, debit or gift card used to make the purchase.  The odds of receiving a refund are based on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. All potential winners will be notified by phone, mail or email based on the contact information Sponsor collects.  Failure to respond to the initial verification within five (5) days of notification or return of notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts will result in disqualification. If any notification or refund is returned as undeliverable, the originally selected winner will forfeit the refund in its entirety and an alternate winner may be selected by random draw.  Award of refund and confirmation of winner is contingent upon potential winner’s qualification and compliance with these rules. If there is any dispute regarding the identity of the winner, the refund will be awarded to the individual owner of the account for the instrument used for purchase.  If the refund is forfeited or unable to be awarded to a potential winner for any reason, Sponsor will award an applicable refund to an alternate winner selected by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible purchase entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which any remaining refunds will remain un-awarded. If the winner accepts the refund, the products that were the subject of the winning purchase may not be returned for cash or an additional refund but may be exchanged for a proper size or alternate item of the same price.  One refund per person.
  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 entry information; 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 purchase will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term herein 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 these terms; 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 terms; or (b) award the refunds at random from among the eligible, non-suspect purchases received up to the time of the impairment. No more than the stated number of refunds will be awarded.

  1. RELEASE & LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree that Sponsor, and its 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 refund.  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 REFUND, 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.
  1. PUBLICITY RELEASE:  Except where prohibited, acceptance of a refund constitutes winner’s consent that their photo, name, likeness, voice and/or biographical data may be used by Sponsor in any medium worldwide for advertising and promotional purposes without limitation and without additional notice, compensation or consent.
  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 refund 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.
  1. WINNERS LIST: For a list of winners available after June 30, 2015, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for receipt by August 31, 2015 to: Stormy Kromer Father’s Day Promotion Winners, 1234 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI 49938.

Travel in Style with Stormy Kromer

Father’s Day is creeping ever closer, and we’re afraid some of you haven’t finished your shopping yet. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In today’s post, we’ve got some great items for the Dad on the go.

Traveling Style for DadWe start this gift guide with one of our branded Stormy Kromer tee shirts – a comfy, 100% cotton tee with a throwback railroad image celebrating George “Stormy” Kromer, who was indeed, a “genuine original.” We’ve paired it with our best-selling Woolover in Charcoal – a thick, wool-blend quarter zip that will keep Dad warm in those cold winter months.

No Kromer outfit would be complete without a cap, and this guide features the Original Cap with Hardware in Black. Combining the classic Kromer earband with a modern metal badge, this cap works whether you are on a backcountry road trip or a big-city business trip.

Last but not least, every traveler needs a great overnight bag, and the Stormy Kromer Night-Timer delivers. Shown here in red/black plaid and accented with rugged waxed cotton, this durable duffle fits in an overhead bin and is perfect for a few nights worth of essentials.

 

Keep Dad Dry With Waxed Cotton

While wool is most certainly the favorite fiber here at Stormy Kromer, waxed cotton has to come in a close second. We are proud to exclusively use Martexin® fabrics for our waxed products because their commitment to quality meets our own. They begin with cotton that has been mercerized and dyed with reactive dyes to ensure deep dye penetration and finish with their Martexin process (which they have been using since the 30s), giving the cotton a water-repellent finish.

Keep Day Dry with Waxed Cotton

 

Featured in this gift guide is the Wear Weather Jacket  - a tough, lighter-weight jacket that blends ruggedness with style. Pair it with our Waxed Cotton Cap to keep Dad dry from the top down. Pictured here is the cap in black – grab a great deal on this discontinued color!

Last but not least is the Tagalong Bag. Made with our 10 oz. waxed cotton and lined with soft cotton twill and foam padding, this messenger-style bag will protect Dad’s laptop or tablet from all the elements.

Which waxed cotton item would the Dad in your life enjoy most?

Plaid, Camo & Blaze for Father’s Day

The first week of June means so many things. Warmer temps. Sunny skies. Baseball. Graduation. It’s also not too soon to be thinking about Father’s Day!

The first in a series of gift guides focuses on the hunting Dad. We know there are a lot of them out there and while hunting season may still be many months away, these gifts will be appreciated by the true outdoorsman.

Hunting Dad

Our Mackinaw Coat in Red/Black plaid is the classic hunting jacket and a must for any traditional outdoorsman.

For the modern hunters we offer two wool caps in Blaze Orange – the iconic Original Cap and the ultra-warm Rancher Cap. And while we’re talking about staying warm, our Tough Mitts will keep those extremities toasty while waiting in your deer stand.

Finally,  the Field Cap in cotton twill Realtree AP is a non-wool option for warmer seasons that don’t require blaze headgear.

We’d love to hear your favorite hunting stories with you and your Dad. Share them here or on our Facebook page!

A father, a daughter, a Kromer: it’s a little bit more than a Father’s Day gift.

When other kids had to go to Disney World, a young Amanda Dinkel got to go to the U.P.

She grew up in Gladwin, Michigan, smack in the middle of the lower peninsula, with two older brothers and parents who loved the outdoors. Her father, Larry, who spent his days as an engineer, spent his life as a hunter and fisherman, and he often brought his kids out onto Superior or Huron for hours on end.

“We loved the outdoors, too, but he’d drag us on that boat, and we thought it was torture,” said Amanda, a middle-school reading teacher in Caro, Michigan, just an hour or so from her hometown. “We’d tell him ‘No, don’t take us. We’re gonna die!’”

Long days on a boat can be tough for any kid, but after her college graduation, Amanda set a goal for herself: to learn something her dad really loves and to have him teach her.

“I’m a girly-girl, but I wanted to connect with my dad. Fishing and hunting was a way to do that.”

It was on one of those trips—a venture to Larry’s favorite bear-hunting hideaway near the Keweenaw—when Amanda and her dad really found something to bond them.

“We stopped in Brevort for some smoked fish, and they had a whole selection of Kromer caps,” added Amanda. “I squealed! I’d been following Stormy Kromer on Facebook for a couple years, but this was the first I’d seen them. I was so excited. I got myself a Petal Pusher, hopped back in the car, and my dad said ‘Well, what did you get?’

“Naturally, being from Michigan, being an outdoorsman, he knew everything about Stormy Kromer—the caps, the gear, the history. There isn’t always a lot to talk about on that eight-hour stretch of road, but we now had Stormy Kromer in common. He just kept saying they were so cool.”

It wasn’t too long after that when Amanda ordered her father an Original in charcoal wool.

“My father is pretty simple in his wants and needs, so he isn’t always easy to shop for. But now there’s no question what to get him,” added Amanda. “I want to thank the people at Stormy Kromer for giving me an opportunity to bond with my dad. Kromer is our connection, and it’s authentic, through and through.”

Authentic. Just like Amanda and her dad.

Do you have a great Kromer Dad story to share??

Hat’s off to our Dads

Earlier this week, we asked our employees to share with us some bit of advice they got from their dads.  In turn, we thought we’d share these words of wisdom with you.  From the practical to the silly, they are a great reminder for us to say thanks to our dads this weekend for all they do for us.

Enjoy!

“The day before I got married my Dad pulled me aside and said, ‘Before you go I need to teach you a couple of things: 1) how to change a flat tire because every girl needs to know how to change a tire and 2) how to make a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce because the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! ‘”
-Kirsten, Customer Service

“My dad, the founder of Jacquart Fabric Products once told me, ‘Once you start working 12 hours a day, your luck will change.’”
-Bob, CEO

“My dad always told me while in the car and a deer crosses, ‘When there’s one, there’s two.’  I frequently find myself repeating him now when I see a deer, and of course once the second deer crosses, I feel that it’s “okay” to continue.  (Until that third one runs across one day!)”
-Katie, Customer Service

“Always have a firm handshake.”
-KJ, Key Accounts

“My dad was a man of very few words and I learned from him over the years by simply watching what he would do rather than what he would say.  He treated everyone with respect, therefore, he was respected.  He was indeed a legendary dad.”
-Joel, Sales Manager

We’d love to know what you’ve learned from your father in the comments below.  In the meantime, Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!