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Stylish Summer Hats (for both sexes)

kangol_ss.jpgWhile always attracted to hat stores, I think everyone else looks great when they have one on. So, when I first happened into Kangol (the only one you’ll find in New York City), it was great to try such a large variety of funky, hip hats  — from stylish berets with bamboo sweatbands to hemp and straw woven ball caps. My perfect fantasy, but also a great gift for just about anyone — male or female.

And, if you care about being Eco-Friendly (somehow that seems particularly right in summer), Kangol has a collection we were particularly taken with — natural fibers of Bamboo, Sweetcorn, Linen and Cotton. Check out those hats here.

Kangol may sound like a new brand, but it has an interesting history. Founded in 1938, it’s a Depression-era survivor. The hats started when a World War I vet and Polish refugee decided to bring the French beret to England. Establishing a factory in Cleator, England, Kangol soon grew into a “must-have post war fashion.” Kangol later provided berets for the British army during WWII and the English Olympic Team in 1948. They later had endorsements with Arnold Palmer, the Beatles, and also worked with the American Girl Scouts.

kangol_ss2.jpgIt was New York City that played the integral role in the development of today’s Kangol. Hip hop artists such as as LL Cool Jay, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys began to wear Kangol hats in the 80’s and pumped the brand into the mainstream.

We think the range and style of these hats are terrific. Try them on and see for yourself!

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New York, NY 10023
(212) 724-1172

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Cultural perceptions — learning from “The Blue Sweater” …

We’re off to Indonesia shortly.  Thinking about traveling to a country that I’m just learning about reminded me of a book I read recently — “The Blue Sweater.”  Written by Jacqueline Novogratz, it provides truly usable people intelligence on dealing with cultures far different and less developed — economically, anyway — than our own. So looking back at my underlines (yes, I’m a book-page-marker-upper), I picked out a few of the many insightful gems right there for the taking.

Jacqueline’s book is her own story – her path to becoming founder of the Acumen Fund and a remarkable primer on how to do good/invest wisely in developing countries.* On that subject, there is an abundance of advice … but you should read the book in its entirely for that, as well as to find out why it’s named “The Blue Sweater.”

Here are some quotes I paused to think about; maybe they’ll “speak to you” as well:


Jacqueline’s perceptions:

“How you see where you are always depends on where you’ve been.”

“Nothing justifies the powerful excluding the powerless from basic opportunities.”

“Poverty is too complex to be answered with a one-size-fits-all approach.”

“You can’t impose democracy without first establishing some foundation of civic education and understanding of what it means to be an active citizen.”

“Monsters will always exist. There’s one inside each of us. But an angel lives there, too. There is no more important agenda than figuring out how to slay one and nurture the other.”

“Beauty, vanity, status and comfort: These are the levers that are pulled the world over as we made our decisions. The rich hold no monopoly on any of it.”

“So often we ask ourselves the wrong question.”

“Many of the answers to poverty lie in the space between the market and charity and what is needed most of all is oral leadership willing to build solutions from the perspectives of poor people themselves rather than imposing grand theories and plans upon them.”

“… It is all too easy to veer only toward the charitable, to have low – or no -expectations for low-income people. The does nothing but reaffirm prejudices on all sides.

“When you invest in a woman, you invest in a family.”

Jacqueline quotes her mentors and inspirational leaders she has met:

“Only by knowing ourselves can we truly understand others – and knowing from where you come is an important part of knowing who you are.”
“You should focus on being more interested than interesting.”
“The most important skill needed is listening.”
“If you move through the world only with your intellect, then you walk on only one leg … If you move through the world only with your compassion, then you walk on only one leg … But if you move through the world with both intellect and compassion, then you have wisdom.”
“They need to give you their stories for their own healing.”
“If you look disrespectable, we’ll stand out even more than we do now.”
“The future is here; it is just not widely distributed yet.”

Lots to consider,


PS: You can purchase the book via Amazon by clicking on the cover shown above.

*Jacqueline Novogratz should know, as the founder of the hugely successful Acumen Fund she was able to create a unique structure for helping solve the problems of global poverty (health, water, housing, energy) by taking an entrepreneurial approach. According to a recent The Economist article, “The patient capitalist,” “Acumen is an odd mix of charity and traditional investment fund. It takes donations from philanthropists in the usual fashion, but then invests them in a businesslike way, by lending to or taking stakes in firms… The recipients — private ventures aiming for profits — must serve the poor in a way that brings broader social benefits.”

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Upper East Side Lunch: Fresh Without the Fuss

When you’re on the upper east side and want a terrific lunch without the fuss, there’s Terramare Cafe just off Madison Aveterramare_ss.jpg on 65th. As you know I’m partial to Italian, and the owners are Gigio Palazzo and Alessandro Corsini (from Puglia and Tuscany, respectively). The food: Absolutely yummy — I happen to be partial to the salad platter ($12.50) where you can pick three of that day’s offerings. As for other dishes, there’s always a very special pasta, but, then, I can’t sum it up any better than New York Magazine did: “Among Terramare’s little somethings are exceptionally tasty, snack-size sandwiches ($9:00 -$13.00). The best ones (porcini and truffle cheese; artichokes and sweet pecorino; prosciutto and fresh mozzarella) are pressed between a split half of pizza bianca, the light Roman-style bread made by Sullivan Street Bakery’s Jim Lahey, patron saint of sandwiches in New York City.” They also pride themselves on what they call “the best Italian espresso ($2.75) in town.”

Try this place. You might just become a regular.

Terramare Caf
22 East 65th Street

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