DelMonico Hatter Given "US Hat Retailer of the Year" Award

2007 Hat Retailer of the Year Award
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Owner Ernest DelMonico at Hat Industry Awards Ceremony
Ernest DelMonico, 3rd Generation Store Owner


Ernest DelMonico with Bolman Hats CEO
Ernest with the CEO of Bollman Hats


Master Hatter Ralph Fisco, with Tom Heffernan
Ralph Fisco and Tom Heffernan


Adrian Martinez and Johnisha Allen of DelMonico Hatter
Johnisha Allen and Adrian Martinez


Ernest and Janet DelMonico
Ernest and Janet DelMonico

Ernest DelMonico of DelMonico Hatter was recognized as the "Hat Retailer of the Year." DelMonico was honored at the Annual Dinner of The Headwear Association, held March 20th, 2008 at the landmark Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York City's Central Park.

The Headwear Association promotes hat wearing in general and the Headwear Industry itself, and fosters goodwill and fellowship amongst those engaged in the hat business.

In announcing the Hat Retailer of the Year Award, the Association said:

"DelMonico Hatter is a thoroughly modern business formed by a strong tradition, with a sophisticated e-commerce website as well as a 'bricks and mortar' store on Elm Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Through these two channels it offers a superb choice of men's hats and caps in every possible style and from a wide range of international and domestic manufacturers, backed by exceptional service."

Members of the DelMonico Hatter team made a trip from New Haven to New York City for the Awards Dinner.

Above Right: Ernest DelMonico accepting the Hat Retailer of the Year Award, addressing an audience of more than 150 dinner attendees.

Right: Don Rongione, President and CEO of Bollman Hat Company with Ernest DelMonico. Bollman has an extensive collection of headwear brands, including Kangol, Bailey, Betmar and Pantropic.

Below Right: DelMonico Hatter's Ralph Fisco and Tom Heffernan, wearing grey fedoras, flank Paddy Twomey, CEO of Jonathan Richards in Dublin, Ireland. At the Dinner, Ernest DelMonico recognized Ralph Fisco for his more than sixty-five years at DelMonico Hatter.

2nd from Bottom: Johnisha Allen and Adrian Martinez of DelMonico Hatter.

Bottom: Ernest DelMonico, with his wife Janet DelMonico.