Common Hat Questions

Common Hat Questions


Q: What do you mean when you say you make custom hats and leather?
A:  Last Best West Cowboy Hats: We hand make our hats from the finest rough hat bodies on the market. We make your hat to fit your size, and are able to fit between hat sizes. As well we allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions. And finally 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.

Q: What’s the correct way to measure my head for a hat?
A:  The absolute best is visit your nearest mall and try sized hats on until you know your size and best fit  click here  for more detailed information.

Q: Can my hat size change?
A: Oddly enough it can. If you gain a lot or lose a lot of weight your hat size can change.

Q: I bought a good hat that fit me well a while back, and haven’t worn it in a while, and now it seems like it has shrunk. Is that possible. Can a hat shrink?
A: This is likely one of the most common issues hat owners have. The hat itself doesn’t shrink, but the sweat band inside the hat can. When you wear a cowboy hat chances are you will sweat in it, which will get the leather sweat band wet, sometimes even really wet. Then the hat is taken off and not worn again for a week or 2 or maybe months. During this time the leather sweat band dries out, thus causing the leather to shrink slightly, causing the fit to tighten up. Generally wearing your hat for a day will stretch it out again, but if you have our hat retainer/stretcher– this little tool will either keep the size and fit correct, as the sweatband/hat dries, or stretch it out for comfort when the fit tightens. read more on cowboy hat care


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Q: What is beaver fur-felt/what quality do you carry?
A: Beaver Fur felt is beaver and or rabbit fur mixed with felt to produce a material that lasts 5-10 times longer than wool felt. The reason is beavers have hair that is barbed at the end, like a fish hook. And because of this the beaver hair meshes in a very secure way as the rough hat bodies are formed.  This is the premium material from which to manufacture fine weather resistant hats.

Our end of the line fine hats, are made for working people and use beaver fur felt because it is the best for repelling rain and snow. Click here for more information.

Q: Can I get the same style hatband that the original movie hat had?
A: If it’s a satin ribbon and bow, or plain leather; then yes. Other than that the answer is probably no. This is likely the hardest thing in replicating a movie hat because the costume designers/actor/director/ or perhaps all three came up with a very unique type of hat band to make the hat stand out above the crowd. We make our version of the hat, and you can choose between a plain leather hat band or a grosgrain ribbon and bow. Or choose any hatband that you may see on any of the hats in our product catalog.

Q: Do you have to put holes in the hat to put on a windstring?
A: Yes. It is to allow the latigo lace thru. It’s the original and best way to put on a windstring. You can buy commercial stampede strings that have clips that slip under the sweat band. We don’t like them. No holes but they mess the fit of the hat, and they don’t hold tight in a real strong wind. We know we’ve tried them.

Q: Can you mail me a catalog  of all your hats?
A: WE have NO print catalog ALL OUR HATS are listed here on our online catalog.

Q: What colors do you carry?
A: Starting with the lightest, here’s our colors’.

BLACK CHERRY :: BLACK   Click for more information.

Q: Why does the same color appear different in your hat pictures?
A: The difference in {indoors; outdoors; bright day or cloudy day} lighting accounts for the variance in color. In addition every computer will display colors slightly different. Please understand that color variances caused by individual computer monitors is beyond our control.


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  • Samuel Jones Movie Hat

    Our version of the Samuel Jones Movie Hat - from The Missing The Samuel Jones Hat is the one worn by Tommy Lee Jones, as Samuel Jones, a  white man turned Apache, who returns to his estranged daughter in time to try and rescue his grand-daughter from slave traders. Like the character there is nothing fancy about this hat, a simple open crowned cowboy hat with a bit of a pencil roll.
    • BRIM: 4" 1/2" Pencil roll, with a gentle hand roll - Bound.
    • Color: Pecan
    • Hatband: Satin Ribbon with bow, with matching bound edge.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • There Will Be Blood Hat

    Our version of the Daniel Plainview hat - There Will be Blood Hat We show our Daniel Plainview Hat with a contrasting hat band and bound edge; Movie Hat is a Pecan color with a matching Satin Ribbon and Bow  and bound edge. If you wish a different color hat band and bound edge please enter it in the PRODUCTION NOTES section as you build your hat below. Similar crown styles Wasey, Byron McCelroy, Conagher 250_white_filials
    • Crown 5 inches
    • Brim: 3"
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: modified Sagebrush
    • Brim: pencil rolled with a slight hand roll
    • Color Shown: natural with a chocolate brown ribbon, bow, and bound edge.
    • Musician Favorite
  • Everett Hitch Movie Hat


    Everett Hitch Movie Hat

    Our version of the Everett Hitch Movie Hat - from Appaloosa {2008} This big hat could have been copied from our Hickok. Our Hitch hat has an extra wide brim with a kettle curl and hand rolled brim. If you wish a windstring, you can add it during the check out process.
    • Crown: 5" inches
    • Brim: 4 1/2"
    • Color Shown: Dyed Natural
    • Crown: Telescope
    • Brim: Pencil rolled; Hand worked -bound
    • Hatband: 1" Satin with bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
  • Virgil Cole Movie Hat

    Our take on the Virgil Cole Movie Hat - from Appaloosa {2008} Our Virgil Cole Hat is the cowboy hat worn by Ed Harris in 2008s excellent Western Film, Appaloosa. This is also the hat with only minor changes (a front pinch to the crown and a bit more roll to the brim) that Mr. Harris wears as The Man in Black, in HBOs new western hit, Westworld. It's almost like the character is patterned after a mean and vicious Virgil Cole. If you would like The Man in Black  version, add the request to the PRODUCTION NOTES. The style is a an adjusted version of a basic Boss of the Plains style cowboy hat. Add a homburg dent to the crown and give a nice dip to the front of the brim and there she be. Pretty close to a Fort Bragg version of the US Cavalry Hat from the 1870s.
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches Modified Homburg dent
    • Brim: 4"' inches Hand worked-bound
    • Color Shown: Black
    • Hatband: 1" Satin with bow

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