The Art of Story Telling June 02 2015

Bostonians seems to have a knack for story telling. Being able to tell a good story is part of our culture--to be able to hold court and keep our listeners anticipating the next punch line.

When we began Boston Scally Co., we already knew there was something special about Bostonians, whether it was their tenacity, loyalty or the fact that making someone laugh was just as important as anything else.

Many of us grew up in a blue-collar setting under close quarters with family, friends or siblings. Story telling began at the dinner table listening to our old man discuss his days on Cushing Street as a young punk wondering the streets of Cambridge. His stories were always full of wit, candor and exaggeration—my father was very calculated in his delivery. It seemed as though he had an endless amount of stories and great memories with his buddies from the block.

That dinner table became our stage to tell stories.

“You live life to tell stories.”

These were words spoken by my oldest brother that I have often referenced in my head throughout life. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. The bond I share with my brothers and my close buddies are all because of the crazy memories we share from the past and the new ones we create for future reference. We can sit around a bar with a few beers and tell stories until the sun comes up.

Now story telling isn’t so easy—It is a craft you hone over time.

My buddies happen to be really good at it for fear of being the butt of the next joke. You need to have your facts straight and your delivery on point—if you fall short on the punch line you will be hit with a wave of relentless “ball busting” which will continue until everyone has got their shots in. I guess its our show of affection—it is better to be flattered than offended. Our long lasting friendships are built from creating new stories and sharing old ones.

I feel many Bostonians can relate to this because many of us share a similar past and upbringing.

With Boston Scally Co., our goal is always to create a community of friends [not just customers] that can share great stories with each other. When we see someone in the street wearing one of our caps, we want to know their experience behind it. We ask our customers all the time and their responses are priceless—most often comical—they make us laugh and we love it.

So next time you toss a Boston Scally cap on your head—live your life to tell a story.

We want to hear about it over an email, through social media or even a beer at the bar…on us.

 

 


How to Size the Original "Scally Cap" for Kids September 27 2014

With the launch the original "scally cap" for kids, we have been getting an influx of inquiries on how to size for your little guys and girls--so we have provided a size chart and an explanation that should help.

Kids' head sizes can fluctuate from age to age as some kids grow faster than others...

With that said here are two simple steps to follow to ensure you get it right:

1.] Use the size chart below as a reference.

Scally Kids Size Chart

 

2.] Grab a tape measure if you can as back up. These sizes listed on the chart are based on "average" but sometimes you may have a 5-6 year old that can fit into an XL.

 

3.] If they are in between sizes, always go up so that they can grow into it. These caps will stretch and mold over time for a true & proper fit.

 

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We designed our scally caps for kids to be different than anything else out there. Our goal was to have a cap that is true to our brand--it is not often that the little guys and girls can get a legitimate fitted cap.

It was important for us to launch a scally cap just like our adult caps, so that the youth of Boston have a brand that they can count on for years to come!

 

 


Scally Caps for Kids-COMING SOON! July 26 2014

Bringing your kid up around Boston you can only hope to give them the same unique experience you had growing up. Though times might not be quite the same, you can give them a piece of that experience with a Boston Scally Co. Kids cap. Kids are meant to be mischievous, break some rules and push the limits - We all did and that's what built our character. This "scally cap" represents that next generation of Bostonians that will carry on the heart and soul of our great city.

These aren't for every kid though... If you don't want your kid playing in the mud, riding their bike out until dark or making their own "play dates"...this might not be the cap for them.

...And what the heck is a "play date" anyway?

WE JUST SHOWED UP.


Summer in Boston May 25 2014

They use the word "finest" pretty liberally here...

 

It’s about that time—NHL playoffs are coming to an end, you’ve got over a month until the MLB All-Star break and the weather is breaking just enough where it’s completely acceptable to crush thirty-seven Sam Summers before dusk.
That’s when you know summertime is just about here.


I often think about summer when I was a kid. We didn’t vacation to the islands, take flights to Disney—or even get to many games at Fenway [it ain’t cheap now and it wasn’t cheap then].


Go back 23 years or so…


Summer in my household was all about Little League baseball, riding bikes and fist fighting with my brothers on the front lawn.


I never really understood the concept of a “summer vacation,” but what I did understand…running through a sprinkler was just as good as having a fancy in-ground pool—or at least that’s what my old man led me and my brothers to believe.
We did always look forward to our annual trip down the Cape—holy shit was that an intense process!


Once every summer, the old man and my mother would stuff my two older brothers and I in the back of the 79’ Impala, fly down 93 South, hit the Sagamore Bridge and then pop off exit 9A to West Dennis Port where my father’s good buddy owned a tuna-can sized cottage that we’d make home for the week.


It smelled like stale air, pine needles and moth balls—it smelled like shit. I mean summer--it smelled like summer.

But it was all worth it…


Ah yes, the West Dennis [Public] Beach. This place was packed with 40,000 kids, 10,000 screaming parents…and one friggin’ ice cream man…ONE. We would fry in the sun and freeze in the water—just as long as we got a ‘Pink Panther’ Popsicle with the gumball eyes. Genius.


The point of all this—it was a typical summer for people around Boston.


The Cape wasn’t Aruba or some fancy resort, but it was half a tank of unleaded gas from Boston, inexpensive and it had Kreme N’ Kone. (Tell me you have had better onion rings anywhere else and I will call you a liar.)


That is what the Boston Scally Company is all about. We share a lot of the same traditions like sports, family…and even our summer “vacation.” It is really pretty simple when you think about.


You tough it out all winter and spring, just to catch that 12-inch striped bass off the jetties in June—only to throw it back in hopes you’ve got enough squid in the bucket to catch one you can actually bring home.

For many of us, it was the only beaches we ever had a chance to experience—beside Castle Island of course.

How do YOU remember your summers as a kid?

We want to know about it! Share this post and let us know in the COMMENTS below!!


New Spring Boston "Scally" Caps Have Officially Launched!! April 22 2014

NEW SCALLY CAPS ARE IN!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SHOP

We asked, you voted...then we delivered.

If there is anything that we won't do, it's denying our loyal fans the styles and colors that they want.

Our "Original" Boston Scally, since our initial launch this past fall, has been flying off the shelves and the demand for a new color of everyone's favorite scally cap was a must. Now available in light brown, the "Original" is ready for purchase.



We have also added "The Bruiser" an all black, cotton twill and form fitting scally cap. If you are going to have a scally cap collection--black is the standard.




CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT!


Limited Edtion: Irish Green Super Soft Tees Available January 25 2014

So Boston Scally has been getting an insane amount of requests for GREEN tshirts.

Look. We are not ones to deprive our loyal or new customers. So what did we do? Well, are launching the shit out of a LIMITED EDITION and LIMITED SUPPLY 'Irish Green' T-shirt.

These won't go out until February 23rd, but be sure to get your orders in now so that we can guarantee you will get one. Once the supply is gone, these bad boys are gone.

 


How to Chase Your Dreams, Take Big Actions, and Grab Life By the Balls November 22 2013

*The following is a guest post my buddy Chad Howse asked me to write for his site chadhowsefitness.com.

My buddy Chad contacted me and asked if I would write a blog post for the site as we have often shared ideas and supported each other over the past couples of years with our respective fitness websites.

I have written for many sites, publications and am always striving to absorb as much information about health, fitness, nutrition and overall well-being. My newest venture is starting a cap and apparel line called Boston Scally Company. It has been a dream that I have been passionate about pursuing for years.

Throughout this process I realized that there was a very specific way that guys like Chad, myself and readers like YOU take toward pursuing a dream or reaching a goal—and I have always been curious as to why we take this approach.

It stems from somewhere—it has to. Maybe you had a mentor growing up, certain family-values or grew up in a specific environment.

No matter where I go in life I always make sure that there something I bring with me me no matter what

My home.

Boston.

It was then that I realized—I wanted to not only pursue my dreams, but understand what inspired me to do so. It was pretty simple for me—I grew up in Boston. This was where andhow the make up of my culture, personality, attitude and perspective on life stemmed from.

I have always been extremely proud of this, because it inspired me.

So I will ask you to think about this question as you read the remainder of this post…

Where does your inspiration stem from?

Just a Bunch of Blue-Collar Wiseguys

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Boston is known for being a blue-collar city where hard work is a given, the bond of brotherhood is unbreakable and the pursuit, no matter what it’s toward, is always relentless.

There is a certain vibe in Boston that starts with its’ people, their sarcasm, their underlying rugged persona…and the one-of-a-kind culture they all embrace.

It inspired me.

In the 1920s leading into the 1930s—times were tough in America. Many communities consisted of second generation to those that immigrated from all over the world to find a better life for their families, provide for their children…to scrap for an opportunity at the ‘American Dream.’

You’d often see working class men leading up until this time and throughout, wearing ‘flat caps,’ or as we refer to them in Boston—‘scally caps.’ The design of this cap was most likely for functional purposes such as blocking out sun or providing more shade, but quickly redefined itself. As immigrants began settling in the United States, the ‘scally’ cap became a staple in American fashion—especially in Boston.

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Not Just a Boston Thing

But beyond my beloved city, there are people just like me in other amazing cities or towns that truly appreciate where they came from and how it molded them. They understand that sometimes pursuing a dream takes hard work, grit…and a little charm.

This is where it all stems from.

Maybe there’s been a time where you figuratively and literally needed to fight in order to achieve a dream.

Maybe there was a time when you failed, but then made the choice to pick yourself up by your fucking bootstraps and bloody a few lips to make sure that it never happened again.

Or maybe you picked someone else up out of the dirt to sacrifice your own dream to help them achieve theirs.

This is the mentality and the soul of what, I feel, makes good people great.

And that is what Boston Scally Company is all about.

We aim to give those, not only from Boston, the opportunity to own a quality cap or shirt that represents our blue-collar mentality and the culture behind it. If you understand the tough, humble and loveable nature of those “blue-collar wiseguys” then you will understand Boston Scally Company.

If you get inspired by the pursuit of a dream and breaking through the barriers along the way, just like many of our ancestors did—then you will understand Boston Scally Company. And, to me, there is no better way to share this with others than in the form of Boston’s most culture-defining piece of headwear—the ‘scally’ cap.


How to Size a Boston Scally Cap October 10 2013

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So I have been receiving quite a bit of feedback and questions on how to size your Boston Scally Cap and I am glad this question is being asked and I will tell you why...

 

Two reasons.

 

Proper Size [if there really is one]

Scally caps are typically made with a wool tweed blend.

What does this mean? That it will stretch and mold to your head pretty easily.  This is great because if your "in between sizes" your cap will basically adapt in a short period of time and give you the custom fit you look for in a quality piece of head wear.

Personally I like to buy my cap a little bit on the smaller end and work it for a day until it stretches just enough--that's my preference. Give the brim a good bend and it's ready to go.

What I also find that is very common is for people to buy them "true to size" or even a little big. This favors those that like extreme comfort or like to adjust their cap pretty frequently. It allows for a bit more freedom in how you rock your cap.

 

*With that said, if you are on the smaller size of a medium--go with a small. If you are on the larger end--go with the medium/large.

**If you just want to be an epic badass--go with The Brawler cap

 

Scally Cap Virgin

There are many people out there that have never owned a scally cap [or any cap like it] and don't know how to wear it.

Look--there is no formula for how to wear a scally cap, just like there isn't one for how to wear your favorite fitted baseball hat.

What I typically tell those who have never donned an official scally cap is to follow the size chart FAQ page of the site. When designing these caps, it was important that they fit as "true to size" as possible. That way it would be easy for you to transition your head size from a standard fitted hat to an official Boston Scally cap.

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In the end how your scally cap fits is truly your preference.

Regardless of how you wear your cap it'll look good...REAL GOOD. We went through tireless efforts to design and find the right style and profile to look good on every dome across the globe...

 

Now people can finally find a scally [newsie, flat cap, ivy cap...etc] that will look good on everyone.

 

 


Boston Scally Company: Just a Bunch of Blue Collar Wiseguys September 30 2013

Boston is known for being a blue-collar city where hard work is a given, the bond of brotherhood is unbreakable and the pursuit, no matter what it’s toward, is always relentless.

There is a certain vibe in Boston that starts with its’ people, their sarcasm, their underlying rugged persona…and the one-of-a-kind culture they all embrace.

That’s where Boston Scally Company was inspired.

My father grew up on the corner of Cushing St and Mt. Auburn in Cambridge, MA in the 1950’s during one-of-the-most nostalgic times in America—specifically Boston. Times were tough, but they were simple. The community he grew up in consisted of second generation to those that immigrated from all over Europe to find a better life for their families, provide for their children…to scrap for an opportunity at the ‘American Dream.’

You’d often see these working class men leading up until this time and throughout, wearing ‘flat caps,’ or as we refer to them in Boston—‘scally caps.’ The design of this cap was most likely for functional purposes such as shade, but quickly redefined itself. As European immigrants began settling in the United States, the "scally cap" became a staple in American fashion—especially in Boston.

I grew up wearing these caps because my father wore them and his father wore them. This was most likely the case for anyone within a ten-mile radius of Southie, East Boston and Quincy.

Wearing this cap wasn’t just a fashion statement anymore.

Donning a ‘scally cap’ signified that you were willing to hustle for a buck and, if need be, bloody a few lips in pursuit of a dream.

In years since, it has become evident that the unique and genuine personality of someone from Boston is the make up of something pretty unique and envied by many—I felt that this should shared in the form of Boston’s most culture-defining piece of headwear—the scally cap.

Boston Scally Company will to give those, not only from Boston, the opportunity to own a quality cap or shirt that represents not only style, but the culture behind it. Those who understand the tough, humble and loveable nature of Bostonians will understand Boston Scally Company. The best way I can describe this brand is: ’Hard nose. Soft fit.’

And for those that don’t understand, well, they can wear their matching sweaters with pleated pants.

So when you get your first piece of Boston Scally apparel, whether it’s a cap or shirt, I encourage you to get some blood, sweat, tears…or even spill some beer on it.

It’ll only add to its character.