Skullcaps, lids, yarlmakes, or kippas, whatever you call the head covering we observant Jews wear, one thing is for certain: if custom, knitted ones (“sroogies”) are your thing there is no better place than Kippa Man to get yours made. Located conveniently in the Shuk in Jerusalem, they have tons of pre-made designs to choose from including sports teams, cartoon characters, and company logos like Nike, Coke, and Pepsi. But as I walked into the shop today I noticed something was missing.
The iPhone hit Israel in December of 2009, and we have been experiencing the slow yet enthusiastic adoption typical of Apple launches. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am an Apple nut, a customer evangelist if you will, who takes pride in his affiliation. What better way to display that pride than with a custom kippa made by the best?
The lady at Kippa Man (didn’t catch her name today) was pretty excited about this one. “Do you think other people will want it?” she asked in a light Israeli accent. I told her that people would go crazy over it, and she’d be able to say she was the first to do it in Israel because I had looked and not found it anywhere else. I also told her that I’d proudly wear it at Legal Tech in two weeks, a major technology conference in NYC for legal professionals. This made her more excited an she promised to have it ready by next week. What happened next was interesting.
She quoted a price which I thought was high for a custom kippa. “You wear big ones,” she said. “The are more expensive than the little ones.” She was right. I do like my kippas on the big side. They are more comfortable, stay on your head better, don’t require clips, and cover my disappearing hair. Knowing that Wonder Woman would kill me if I paid that much for a kippa the inner business man in me came out. “Tell you what,” I said, “I’m so excited about this kippa that I want to blog about it. I want to show it to everyone I know who loves Apple and have them come to you for one. With the iPhone blowing up in Israel there is sure to be interest. We brand this as a Kippa Man original and I think you’ve got a winner.” Through my entire speech I could feel her excitement, and it was true; I meant every word. It surprised me not to see more kippas with logos from passion brands like Apple, Windows, Nokia (Israelis LOVE their Nokias), and others.
In any case we came to an acceptable price range (she couldn’t give me exact b/c she won’t know until they make it), and I walked outside the store. I posted a check in at Kippa Man on Gowalla (location based service) citing my forthcoming kippa, snapped a shot of the store front (see above), and headed home to start work. Not sure how the kippa will come out, but if it looks anything like the other work I’ve seen Kippa Man do I’m sure it will be awesome. Look for me at Legal Tech.