Longfellow at the premier of the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, in 2007

The Last Best Cowboy Hat

a cowboy hat expert

Custom Western Hats from The Last Best West™

The Last Best Cowboy Hat was conceived and designed by Longfellow after a life long love affair with cowboys, western movies and hats.

Our hat line started off in 2002 with 6 authentic old west designs researched from the Glenbow Museum, Smithsonian online, and Longfellow’s own library.

The Dakota, 1890s Cavalry, The Rocky Mountain Ranger, The Jolan, Augustus, and The Boss of the Town started us off, and our hat catalog has been expanding ever since.  :: Testimonials

For lovers of quality cowboy and western hats, you’ll get a top notch custom hat with unmatched service from a company that knows Cowboy Hats inside and out. So if you have any questions e-mail our cowboy hat expert and we will get an answer back to you.

From the history and tradition of the authentic big brimmed western hat to the modern day cowboy hats that adorn some of Rodeo’s most stellar performers, we will make you that western hat you’ve always prized. And once you have one of our fine cowboy or town hats on your head you will know why we call it, The Last Best Cowboy Hat.

Orders call toll free 1-866-207-1909

Questions and quote requests can be e-mailed to service @ thelastbestwest .com/


Hat Liner

Our Hat Liner design

True Old West Hats

Order your hat in 100% undyed, pure beaver fur-felt and be one of the first to hearken back to an era in hat making a hundred and forty years ago.

The first cowboy hats were made from pure beaver fur-felt, natural and undyed, and unless the cowboy lost it or had it stolen the hat lasted a lifetime. Watch the hat fade and lighten, become streaked from all weather wear, and become just as unique as the wearer.

For an all weather hat, nothing beats a traditional western hat made from beaver fur – it’s what old west cowboys wore.


Rodeo Queen

Rodeo Queen

Some Current and Former
Professional Cowboys
who wear Our Hats

Jesse Bail :: Joe Gunderson :: Jason Havens :: Joey Bell Jr.
Charley Crawford :: Jeff Willert :: Cody Taton :: Chuck Schmidt
Ardie Maier :: Bobby Welsh :: Kanin Asay :: Tom Reeves
Andy Martinez :: Kelly Timberman :: Scott Montague
Chad Ferley :: Jeff Willert :: J.J. Elshere :: Bobby Mote
Jeff Davis :: Cimmaron Gerke :: Cleve Schmidt
And Canadians :: Davey Shields Jr. :: Kyle Daines :: Todd Herzog

We have also made many hats for Rodeo Queens and Princesses. Have a look at our classic line of Ladies Hats – Sassy Ladies



Q: I’m looking for a ____ Hat. I checked your product catalog and didn’t see it. Can you make it?
A: In most cases, yes. I’m sure you can appreciate it’s just not possible to show all the different variations of crowns and brims. If it’s made from fur-felt and you can supply us a good picture – yes we can make it. Generally we already carry the same style of hat, we just shape it based on the photo or if it’s a movie hat we shape it from watching the movie and seeing the hat from all possible angles to get the look just so. We can do up to a 6″ (inch) high crown and a 5″ wide brim.

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 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. They go right above your ears, 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 go up under the sweat liner and jam into the crown. We hate them. They mess up 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 – trying to be environmentally responsible. ALL OUR HATS are listed here on our online catalog.

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.

Q: What is fur-felt/what quality do you carry?
A: Fur felt is beaver and or rabbit fur mixed with felt to produce a material that lasts 5-10 times longer than wool felt, and is the best material from which to manufacture fine hats. Click here for more information.

Q: What’s the correct way to measure my head?
A: The best is to have a helper, and click here and follow the simple steps.

Q: What colors do you carry?
A: Starting from the lightest: Bone; Silver Mist; Silver Belly; Sand; Dyed Natural; Sahara; Undyed Natural; Whiskey; Rust; Pecan; Deep Moss Green; Chocolate; Granite; Charcoal; Black Cherry, Black.

Q: Do you carry straw hats?
A: No. There’s a number of reasons we don’t. Straw hats were not worn by old west cowboys, they considered them peasant or farmer head ware. Yes; in the deep south Plantation Owners did but that was generally before the cowboy era. Straw cowboy hats became popular starting in the 1920s with the advent of modern rodeo’s. Rodeo Cowboy’s didn’t want to trash their good fur felt hats so they started wearing straw cowboy hats, during the events, because they were cheap. Nothings changed – they still are. We make hats that last. And the last reason is we don’t find straw hats much cooler than a good beaver hat, and those popular Guatemalan leaf hats are such a tight weave they are really hot, and also heavy.

19th Century Milliner Sign

19th Century Milliner Sign

Some of our Fine dress hats!

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