Last Best West Cowboy Hats and Leather


Our hand-made hats ship in 12- 14 weeks and our custom cowboy leather in 3 – 5 weeks

“Being a cowboy ain’t so much what you do, it’s who you are.” 

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!

Since their introduction in the mid 19th century cowboy hats have never been out of style. There have been times when they are less popular, but you can walk any street in the world, and if you walk long enough you’ll see someone in a Cowboy hat. It is North America’s contribution to world fashion.

At the end of the 19th century when mail order catalogs were the Internet of the day, companies like Montgomery Ward and Sears and Roebuck offered ready made hats with names like Big Chief, Dakota, Calgary, Jolan, and Boss of the Plains.

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

Cowboy Hat colors

Our Cowboy Hat colors

We have over 170 different hat styles in our catalog; that should be 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.  You’ll find 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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Video review by one of our clients, Spartacus Jones, from December 2022.


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 stencilled 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.

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Legendary Cowboy Leather

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

Here you will find 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. :: Testimonials

Classic Buckskin Coats and Jackets

Yellowstone suede coatCheck out our line of classic buckskin and leather coats and jackets styled with a western flair. Many of the garments have whip stitching and fringe, adding a frontier look.

Five coats, buckskin frontier pants and a pig skin vest for the men, and three dynamic coats for the ladies. Great for dressing up in 2023 or in 1883 circa clothing! See all coats

Sent: January 23, 2023 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [The Last Best West]: SHIPPED Persohn Sonja Suede Jacket

Sonja, Jacket just arrived, and I have opened the box to review. Very impressive quality and craftsmanship…. looks fantastic. I can understand better now that it takes a great deal of time to produce the jacket, lot if detail. Best Regards Richard Persohn

Dodge City Ready to Ship Movie HatREADY TO SHIP HATS and COWBOY LEATHER

The hats vary in quality from 5X to 20X and 100X. Hats have been marked down 50 to 150 dollars. See our ready to ship hats here.


Many are the original hats and leather seen pictured on our product pages.

Our ranch approved cowboy leather holsters, belts, chaps and accessories are all built in America to last a life time. And will give you good service! The Leather discounts vary from 25 to 125 dollars, depending on the item. See our ready to ship leather here

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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. If your old hat has a grosgrain ribbon and bow, our hatbands are designed to just slide over-top. 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!







A Flicker of Film History

Since the Dawn of Cinema the Western has been the greatest ongoing saga in film history. The first true motion picture was a western (naturally!) made by Thomas Edison’s Company in 1903, called The Great Train Robbery.

McQueen as Tom Horn

Steve McQueen as old west bounty hunter, Pinkerton Agent, and ultimately, outlaw, Tom Horn

Former Marine and King of Cool, Steve McQueen was due to play Matthew Quigley in the early 1980s, but with his untimely death, the project sat idle for almost a decade. Then Tom Selleck was given the role; Quigley Down Under became box office gold and Selleck rode out a Movie Star.

Quigley Down Under Hat

We start with an over sized hat body to make this big hat. High crown and big brim it was popularized as the Selleck hat in, Quigley Down Under. This beauty comes with custom 1 1/2″ leather hat band. Shown with optional wind string.

A little hat history

Pinches and dents on hat crowns originated by working cowboys so they could more easily pick up their hats. The 3 pinch cavalry style is likely the most common as this creasing allows you to easily pick up or handle your hat.  This is our version of the Quigley, and there are dozens of variations of the 3 pinch cavalry crown including AUGUSTUS ~ WYATT ~ TOM HORN ~ YELLOWSTONE KELLY ~ 1898 ROUGHRIDER

We take our western heritage seriously and work hard at preserving the qualities that made it great. Our hats are made the old west way – one at a time. We start with the best fur-felt hat body available – made in the USA – and fashion as fine a custom western hat as you can find. :: We have ready to ship hats here

Wild Bill Hickok or John Wesley Hardin??

Join us over at REEL CLUES for some insightful analysis of great movies, actors, and historical figures. Here’s one comparing Wild Bill and deadly old west badman, John Wesley Hardin. Wild Bill was already larger than life when he crossed paths with a young Wes Hardin. . .what happened next might surprise you.

Send us your best cowboy and/or freedom and liberty quotes and if we feature it on our home page you get a 25 dollar coupon for our store. submit at [email protected]

The Stoic cowboy

Freedom is like a bird:
If you hold it too closely, it chokes,
And if you hold it too loosely, it escapes.

Macfarren FRENCHY  

Thanks for all your help over the past years … you should be called The first best west … Nick (Scotland)

Nick Macfarren June 14, 2020

To: The Last Best West
Subject: My New Dunson Hat


I am ESCSTATIC! This hat is so d*mn awesome. It’s big, beautiful, and bold. I showed it off to my followers on my podcast (I wear a different hat each day, 4 of which are cowboy hats) and they went bonkers.

It’s a shame I can only wear it once a week on the show. I plan on wearing it A LOT now that our weather is changing and I can go outside again. God Bless everyone @ The Last Best West. Steve Genotte

Steve Genotte April 14, 2021 1:37 PM


Hi, Sonja: Just wanted to let you know I LOVE the hat. Couldn’t be happier!
And the care sheet was a very nice touch, too. Thank you! 
Best regards, Bill Altimari

William Altimari June 17, 2020

Dirk Loy in his Quigley Down UnderTo: The Last Best West
Subject: Love the hat!

Receives my Quigley a week ago. Have to admit I was very nervous buying a hat site unseen. My expectations were more than met. The hat fits and looks great.

After a week it sits so natural on me. I have received many compliments. Thank you again. Grear job! Dirk Loy

Dirk Loy April 10, 2021 4:36 PM

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

James Thornbury of Canned Heat

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 blues-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}

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}