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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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Featured Retailer: Getz’s Department Store

Unless you’re reading this from someplace like Singapore,
you’re gonna want to get to Getz’s.

We like Getz’s. A lot. A little too much, maybe. But when you’ve got three stacked floors of department store goodness packed with people who remember how things used to be done, well, it feels to us like the kind of place Mr. Kromer himself would have owned. Except he was just a kid when it opened.

Getz’s Department Store in downtown Marquette, Michigan, hung out its shingle in 1879, and aside from selling a few brands of clothing and outdoor gear that didn’t exist back then, not much has changed. And that’s the way folks like it, according to Dennis Mingay, the man in charge of menswear.

“Remember when you were a kid,
and you’d walk into an old clothing store and
smell the richness of the wool and leather?
That’s what Getz’s is, and there aren’t many places like us left.”

The big box stores have taken over, but when you sort through the thousands and thousands—and thousands—of products on the shelves, from men’s suits and Silver Jeans for women, to outdoor wear, kids’ clothes, shoes, and—get this—7,000 square feet of Carhartt, you start to wonder how the national chains could ever compete with Getz’s.

“Here’s how we beat them,” said Mingay, who happily works six days a week and is as much a figure at Getz’s as Getz’s itself. “When people come in, we greet them, we take care of them. And when they ask for a pair of pants, we walk them over to the pants, we don’t just point.”

It’s this type of traditional service and commitment to customers that drew the attention of Stormy Kromer Mercantile owner, Bob Jacquart. Shortly after buying the SK patent, he walked into the UP’s favorite department store and straight up to Dennis Mingay.

“He said ‘I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I just bought Stormy Kromer, and I’d like Getz’s to be a distributor.’ It took a little work, but just look at us now.”

Last year, Getz’s faithful fans (if that’s you, thank you!) purchased over 2,300 Kromer caps and articles of clothing. But it’s not the numbers that matter, it’s the nostalgia. Getz’s and Stormy Kromer are cut from the same cloth, if you will. They’re down-home brands built in rural America, and because they remember it’s the shopper who makes them successful, they’ve cultivated a global following.

So even if you are from Singapore, you might want to make a point of stopping by. Or at least visiting www.getzs.com.