Stormy Kromer and his wife, Ida, created the first Kromer Cap by hand because he would loose his cap repetitively at the windy locomotive where he worked. Ida stitched the baseball cap with a higher crown and pull down earband to keep it snug. His fellow engineers took notice of the cap, wanting copies for themselves. The Kromers opened their own shop to meet demands. The brand was saved in 2001 and expanded to include shirts, vest, coats, and even bags! And they are all still manufactured in the United States.