Last Best West Cowboy Hats and Leather


Our hand-made hats ship in 6-8 weeks and our custom cowboy leather in 3-5 weeks.

To all on the front lines of the medical profession, police, emergency responders, truck drivers, couriers, restaurants and cafes thank-you! To all these people, and more, that keep us safe, supplied and protected we tip our hats and offer our support. Stay safe.

Mystery Cowboy HatWith most of the world sheltering in place over the next month we thought we would give our clients and friends a distraction to help the time go by. A contest to engage your imagination and powers of deduction, along with your love of movies.


Well, we have been suitably humbled…this contest was posted at 1:42 April 4 and in just 17 minutes(!) Ben Ellis posted the winning answer on our Facebook page.

Our mystery hat was the hat style worn by Clint Eastwood as Walt Coogan, in 1968s Coogan’s Bluff. Ben will be getting his own 800 dollar, pure beaver, “Coogan” in the coming weeks!

Thanks to everyone that played along and stay healthy!

Last Best West Cowboy Hats
The Last Best West Cowboy Hats and Leather
Our popular M1911 Modern Shoulder Holster
The Last Best West

We are designers and makers of hand made cowboy and western hats, leather holsters, sheaths, chaps, and other cowboy gear. If you are a returning client we say welcome back! And to all you fine folks who are visiting us for the first time – HOWDY! 


Many thanks to all our dedicated clients who have made this possible. And we look forward to offering great custom cowboy leather and the Internets largest selection of online custom hats for decades to come. All made in the USA.

Cowboy Hat colors

Our Cowboy Hat colors

Purchase one of our fine beaver-blend hand made cowboy hats or fine cowboy leather, and you will receive the same quality and workmanship that is worn by more than a dozen of the world’s premier rodeo cowboys riding today. National Security Advisors, Production Companies, Marshals, Sheriffs, Musicians, Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers, and lots of every day folk love our products, and we hope you will as well. Testimonials

We have over 170 different hat styles in our catalog; enough for even the finickiest cowboy to find a hat style they like! And if you love Old West History you’ll enjoy going through over a hundred pages full of  stories about the heroes and villains of the wild west. 

We have everything from classic western hats from the 19th century to new versions of your favorite hats from the movies. Take your time, have a wander around. . .there’s lots to see in The Last Best West™.

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Last Best West Cowboy Hats
We allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions. As well you get your name stenciled on the sweatband inside the hat.
Last Best West Leather
We make our Hand Made Holsters, belts and Indian Rifle Sheaths to fit your firearms. We offer custom fit on our holsters for almost any pistol, and make our gun and cartridge belts to your waist and cartridge size. Enter your info in the comments box during checkout.

Leather accessories quality hatbands

Classic Cowboy Leather

Hand Made Western Leather Holsters, Indian style rifle sheathschaps, and leather accessories that most every old west cowboy and wrangler would have needed to be a real working Buckaroo. Our old west single action holsters are true to the 19th century and perfect for SASS or cowboy action shooters.

All our holsters are lined

Our gun belt backs are suede so the belt stays where it is buckled. All our holsters have a hammer tie down or strap that goes across the action in the case of semi-automatic side arms. All our western holsters can be ordered in any draw style. Cross-draw or strong-hand draw. For the twist draw we recommend our classic Slim Jim holster :: Testimonials

M1911 Modern Shoulder Holster – A classic shoulder holster for a Semi Automatic

Adapted from a Texas pattern shoulder holster circa 1890. We have eliminated the chest strap and have secured the holster by using a strap and buckle that goes across your back, and over the opposite arm. As well we have angled the holster towards the centre of your chest, allowing for quick access. Comes with extra mag pouch. Holster shown is in a antique brown color.

Our leather cowboy holsters; belts and chaps are based on pictures from museums, archival photos and mail order catalogs from the late 1800s and early decades of the 20th century. And of course all the great Hollywood Westerns of the past 100 years.

Hat bands for cowboy hats

Replacement Hat Bands

Our creative and original hat band designs are just the thing to jazz up an old hat, or give a new hat a different look. The designs are different enough to appeal to most people, and a great gift for any cowboy that likes to stand out from the herd!


In the middle ages when men went off to war it was customary to take a feather from their loved one. Because men were mostly right-handed, a man would typically lead with their right side when fighting with a sword. The challenge was where to put the feather. At first war fighters would stick the feather in the band of their hat on the right. But soldiers quickly learned it could affect their sight, so the cavaliers adapted and the feather was moved to the left side of the crown, where the bow remains today.










Quotable Quotes

“The Old West is not a certain place in a certain time, it’s a state of mind. It’s whatever you want it to be.”

— Tom Mix



Questions and quote requests please e-mail  [email protected]

ORDERS CALL TOLL FREE: 1-866-207-1909

Hi Sonja, I received my (modified City Lights) hat yesterday. It is everything I hoped it would be, I absolutely LOVE it.  Thank you for fixing it exactly as I asked, it is truly a custom hat.  I have always wanted a custom hat and finally found it.  Thank you so much for your customer service and attention to detail. 

Kelly Korb Jan 31 2020

Good evening (in SA), I am in love, really. This hat {pure beaver Justified}is just in another class. It is insanely beautiful! I have to say, not even Stetson comes Testimonial Justified Cowboy Hatclose. Please pass on my gratitude and appreciation towards everyone involved, especially the craftsmen. I have no words…I will start saving for my next one immediately! I have attached photos of just a few hours after I opened it. I will speak to you soon. Enjoy your long weekend weekend. 

Charl du Toit in South Africa Nov 29 2019

Hello, I wanted to thank you for this amazing hat! (Tristan) Brilliant craftsmanship, a perfect fit. I really couldn’t be happier! A little Fuller’s Earth has been added for the show I’m doing, but I think the photo does it justice. Thank you again!  

Jeremy Carter Re-enactor {June 22, 2019}

Got my hat you guys rock I’m in love with it!!! Best quality hat I’ve ever had the privilege of wearing!

Michael Young, October 12, 2019

Hi Sonja, We are loving James’s custom lid (Modified Custer) and wanted to send you a glimpse of its new home. Next time James will be gigging in it! Thanks for everything. Rhyl and James in Australia. 01-13-13

James Thornbury is a world-class guitar player and musician. Here’s a video on YouTube of James re-united and performing with seminal lues-rock band, Canned Heat.

James Thorbury, Musician

We just received Josey Wales around 3:00pm. The box looked like it had been just put together. There was no dents scraped or tears in it. Josey was out of his barn so to speak but was in beautiful shape which is testament to the quality of the work that you do the hat blew us away blew us away.

Rose Case {June 21, 2019}

Hat (Bullock) received…and I could not be more pleased with it. Your company is, hands down, my favorite hat-making company. You can quote me.

D. Grassé Author and Historian {July 12, 2019}

dear Sonja, OMG. congratulations Last Best West has hit another grand slam home run! My Tom Harte hat fits like it was made for me! oh that’s right, it was….i toss away in disdain the hat stretcher and padding you included with the hat. it fits like a glove. well, i may not LOOK like Thomas Hayden Church when i put it on my noggin, but i sure feel like him and THAT’s what counts. it is another work of art. thank you.

i’m house hunting in Texas where the actor lives (ssshhh). i hope if i wear it around town, i may get to meet him. it is perfect. i can barely keep myself from running into my study just to try it on agin’ wow. thank you. 

yer pard, Jack Mergott (soon to be a bony fide Texican) August 8 2019

ARRIVED!!!  And they (Combination Shoulder Holster) are stunning.  Thank you so much for the amazing turnaround.  That was light speed!  It’s going to our weapons department and heading to set…We have had to have custom leather holsters made for other shows like “Westworld” and “Mind Hunter” and your work is outstanding.  Love to circle back the next request. Please thank everyone for us, really appreciate the effort to make this happen! 

Very best, Tara ISS Studios {April 22, 2019}

In person the cowboys were mostly medium-sized men… quick and wiry, and as a rule very good-natured; in fact, it did not pay to be anything else. In character, their like never was or will be again. – Teddy Blue Abbott; Cowboy 1882

The Last Best West by Longfellow


If a cowboy hat is a regular part of your attire, and you think that black jeans are dress pants, then you are going to want to read The Last Best West™ . This is the book that started our website 20 years ago. Written by Longfellow it tells a powerful story of revenge and redemption.

Set in 1896 amidst the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush, The Last Best West™ tells the story of a lifelong grudge between Wasey Bruce and Poke Roberts. Their hatred travels the breadth of the North American West and sets the men on different paths for the gold fields of the Klondike River. Fate brings the men  together again in Dawson City, where millionaires are a dime a dozen and horses are as rare as a pretty woman. See at

Authentic Wanted Posters and Old West Badges

 Our three lines of original poster art (Old West PostersAuthentic Wanted Posters, and Legends of the West) can be seen all over the world, from homesteads and club houses to fancy Dance Halls and Saloons. Our ever popular old west badges  are authentic in size and weight to the origins, and are a favorite of re-enactors and are often seen in western films and series.