• 2015 Recipient: Becky Moy
  • 2014 Recipient: Anna Hammam
  • 2013 Recipient: Timothy Brucato

Baik Sung-hak FIT SCHOLARSHIP

About the endowment:

Baik Sung-hak was born on April 18, 1940, in Heilongjiang province, China. A series of unfortunate events left Sung-hak fatherless at age five and a Korean war orphan at the age of ten. Despite the numerous adversities he has faced, his experiences shaped him and his ardent work ethic, revolutionary thinking, and charisma led him to start the Young An Hat Company.                                                                                                                                

Today, he is a role model, and his values and generosity continue to impact many lives. S.H. Baik supports many charities and organizations, including a number of orphanages worldwide. His company generously donated $100,000 toward a scholarship for aspiring designers in the millinery field at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The scholarship has been established as an Endowed Scholarship award fund with a pledge of $100,000. It will be awarded in perpetuity using the interest earned on the gift.

THA Retailer of the Year Award

2015 THA Retailer of the Year

Goorin Bros.

The legacy of the Goorin Brothers is one that follows a timeless approach to the art of hat making. In its fourth generation of leadership, Goorin Brothers continues the tradition of authentic family craftsmanship. The century old brand began on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1895.

Artist and craftsman Cassel Goorin started the company by creating custom-made hats sold off of his horse cart in the hard-stone streets of Pittsburgh. Cassel was a craftsman. He began each of his distinctive hats on custom wooden hat-blocks, each block having its own soul, its own personality. Every person who approached Cassel’s horse cart was treated as a guest. Adding the right feather, sewing the right lining, and often changing the block or pattern entirely, he set out to make each hat as individual as the customer purchasing it.

In 2006 Cassel Goorin’s great-grandson, Ben Goorin, took the lead of the company with an eye to the future and a strong foundation in his heritage. By bringing back Cassel’s secret recipes and adding modern twists, Goorin Bros. Hats once again stands out as a company representing authenticity and creativity.

Over the past few years, the Goorin Bros. team has been committed to reviving the neighborhood hat shop. There was a time when neighborhood hat shops existed in just about every community in America. The friendly and knowledgeable shopkeepers served its regular customers and created a gathering place, like the local tavern or barber shop. Goorin Bros. is focused on bringing this personal level of genuine interaction back. Goorin Bros. now operates more than thirty hat shops in the U.S. and Canada.

Congratulations to Goorin Bros., the THA 2015 Retailer of the Year.

THA Retailer of the Year Award – Past Recipients

2014 John McKernan, “Chapel Hats”
2013 Elliot and Susan Shushan, “Shushan’s”
2012 Jessen Fitzpatrick and Andria Rapagnola, “Salmagundi For Ladies & Gents”
2011 Bernie Utz, “Utz Hats”
2010 Martin Mann, “Hats Plus”
2009 Sam H. Meyer, “Meyer the Hatter”
2008 Ernest DelMonico, “DelMonico Hatter”
2007 Bob Goodman, “Just Hats II”
2006 Corrie Oranje, “Hat Guys”
2005 Sheila Hudson, Sheplers Inc.
2004 Alvin Lansky, “Mister Hats”
2003 Sonny Legum, “Stark & Legum”
2002 Arnold Rubin, “Arnold Hatters”
2001 Paul Wasserman, “Henry the Hatter”
2000 Fred Belinsky, “Village Hat Shop”
1999 Stanley Goldstein, “Bencraft”

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