Wallaroo Hat Company was founded by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore in April 1999 after they discovered the Aussie secret to sun protection with style: colorful UPF 50+ crushable fabric hats. They began wearing them around Boulder, a city known for its outdoor lifestyle and more than 300 sunny days each year.It wasn't long before friends and family wanted to know where they got their colorful sun-protection. The team discovered that nothing was available in the U.S. that compared to these UPF-rated fashion "finds" from Australia. Carter and Shore began importing small quantities, quickly realized their potential and launched Wallaroo Hat Company.Wallaroo Hat Company has continued to expand its selection by bringing back favorites and designing new styles and collections each year. With more than ten years under their belt, Shore and Carter now sell their hats to many resorts, boutiques, outdoor retailers, gardening stores, and catalogers.The complete collection includes 42 distinct styles in solid, brightly colored fabrics, as well as tropical prints and neutrals. Canvas, loose weave, microfiber, cotton twill, poly-braid, and polystraw make the Wallaroo Hat Collection washable, crushable and versatile for everyday work or play. Each Wallaroo hat has been designed with an internal or external drawstring to make it one-size fits most.Wallaroo Hat Company is based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has been awarded the "Best of Denver" from Westword magazine and was listed as a Top Women-Owned Business in the Daily Camera. Wallaroo Hat Company has been committed to making charitable contributions over the past ten years, including the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Airline Ambassadors International, Caroused of Happiness, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, and many more.
The PalmFree? SunGlove was developed from my love of tennis, my career as a Physician Assistant specializing in Dermatology, and the need for preventative healthcare.As a Dermatology PA I have diagnosed and treated thousands of pre-cancers and skin cancers caused from the ill effects of chronic sun exposure on the backside of the hands. Many patients, including outdoor athletes and workers, complain of the appearance their rapidly aged and photo-damaged skin from excessive sun exposure.Necessity is the mother of invention.- Author unknownAfter years of applying thick sunscreens to the back of my hands, which interfered with my tennis performance, and having purchased just about every ?palmless? glove on the market, I found they lacked comfort, a good fit or had Velcro that snagged the fabric or had cumbersome finger loops. I decided to try designing what I had been looking for and created my own style of ?palmless? gloves. The result is a lightweight, UPF 50 sun protective, comfortably fitted, easy-on/easy-off, affordable palmless glove.For those interested in protecting the most chronically sun-exposed skin on their body, I encourage you to give these a try.-Patricia Ferrer is a physician assistant specializing in dermatology for Dyson Dermatology, PLLC in Green Valley, Arizona. She is passionate about dermatology and preventative healthcare and involved with health related charities.