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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/

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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.

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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

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OUR 10 MOST COMMON HAT QUESTIONS

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.

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Some of our Fine dress hats!

  • Cimarron Custom Movie Hat

    $335.00$750.00
    Cimarron Custom Movie Hat - Our version of the Yancey Cravat hat from the 1931 best picture winner. This is a very versatile hat style. The crown is a modified tycoon with a big kettle curl and roll to the brim. Musicians seem to favor our Cimarron Custom Movie Hat, and it looks great with a good suit of clothes. Performers hat, Dress Hat, or wear it on the range and impress the critters. What more do you need in a hat!
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches Modified Tycoon
    • Brim: 3 1/2" Kettle Curl, hand rolled
    • Color Shown: bone
    • Hatband: 1" Grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Pinkerton Custom Town Hat

    $335.00$750.00
     Pinkerton Custom Town Hat hand made by the last best west During the Victorian Era {1837-1901} this short top hat was one of the more common hat styles worn throughout the English speaking world. We have made the Pinkerton Custom Town Hat with everything from a 3 1/4" crown (musician) to a full 6 inch top hat. If you have specific crown and brim measurements, just enter them in the PRODUCTION NOTES below, as you build your hat order. This style also looks dynamite on women, and as a STEAM PUNK hat!
    • Crown: 4" inches Texas Straight
    • Brim: 2 3/4" Hand Shaped Bound
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" satin with bow.
    • Color: Black
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • The General Town Hat

    $335.00$750.00

    The General Town Hat - Short Crown, small brim this design goes back to the mid to late 1800s – and was a favorite hat style during the American Civil War. Striking looking hat, it looks extremely good on women.

    • CROWN HEIGHT: 3 1/2"
    • BRIM: 2 1/2
    • Hatband:1 1/2" chocolate brown satin ribbon and bow with matching bound edge.
    • Crown:Texas Straight
    • Brim:Hand Shaped Bound
    • Color shown: Sahara in 20X beaver fur felt
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Boss of the Town Hat

    $335.00$710.00
    The original Cowboy Hat from 1865  Our Boss of the Town Hat with an open or rounded crown is similar to the one worn by Wyatt Earp in 1993s excellent western film, Tombstone. The Texas flat crown version is more of a gaucho, or South American look. We will shape it either of these ways, enter your choice below as you select your hat details and options. 250_white_filials
    • CROWN: 4" inches
    • BRIM: 4" inches
    • Available in all colors
    • Hatband: 1" inch grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: Open OR Texas Flat
    • Brim: Flat with bound edge, or pencil rolled
    • Colors Shown: Black, Pecan
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • There Will Be Blood Hat

    $355.00$760.00
    Our version of the Daniel Plainview hat  We show our There Will Be Blood Hat with a contrasting hat band and bound edge; Movie Hat is a Pecan color with a matching SRB and bound edge. If you wish a different color hat band and bound edge, from your hat color, 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: pencill rolled with a slight hand roll
    • Color Shown: Undyed natural with a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon, bow, and bound edge.
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • The classic Homburg dress hat from the 19th Century Our take on the Mister Howard Homburg Dress Hat is an authentic Milliner design from the 19th century and was worn all over the world. Hat is worn by Brad Pitt as Jesse James in the western character study, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    • CROWN: 4 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 3 inches
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" inch satin ribbon with bow.
    • Crown: Center Crease
    • Brim: Kettle Curl Bound
    • Available in ALL Colors
    • Color shown: Black
    • Hat ships in 6-8 weeks
  • Have Gun Will Travel Dress Hat - Our version of Paladin’s Carleton Hotel Town Hat. From the TV series (1957-1963) hand made by the last best west In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Have Gun Will Travel, was one of the most watched TV shows of the early decades of television. Richard Boone portrayed the character Paladin convincingly to millions of viewers and the hats were great.
    • CROWN: 4 3/8" inches Texas Flat
    • BRIM: 3 1/4″ inches Hand rolled with a kettle curl
    • COLOR SHOWN: BONE
    • HATBAND: Matching 1 1/2″ inch grosgrain ribbon
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • 6 Shooter Western Dress Hat

    $355.00$760.00
    6 Shooter Western Dress Hat made to order by the last best west Wear this hat and they won’t know if you are coming or going! We named the hat because of the three pinch front and the three pinch back so 3 + 3 = 6 SHOOTER! Shown here in a Deep Moss Green color. This color is a near match for Olive Drab.
    • Crown: 5 1/2" inches two sided modified cavalry
    • Brim: 3 1/2" Kettle Curl hand shaped with bound edge
    • Hatband: 1" inch satin ribbon with bow
    • Color: Deep Moss Green
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Monty Old West Dress Hat

    $355.00$760.00
    Monty Old West Dress Hat a classic town hat hand made by the last best west This crown creasing is a variation of the classic 3 pinch cavalry style from the late 1800s, and now a days called the Gus. A classic looking town hat - you'll feel comfortable wearing it in just about any situation and for any occasion. A smart look for cowgirls as well. In fact this hat is very close to the one Diane Lane wears in The Virginian (2000)
    • CROWN HEIGHT:  5" inches Modified Gus crease
    • BRIM: 2 3/4" Kettle Curl Open
    • Hatband: 1 1/2" Satin with Bow Color
    • Color: Sand
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Cattle Baron Cowboy Hat

    $360.00$760.00
     Cattle Baron Cowboy Hat - a classic old west cowboy hat hand made by the last best west Even this cattleman crease has an old west look to it. Crown creases originated by working cowboys so they could easily pick up their hats. This classic crown creasing and variations of it are now seen more than any other cowboy hat style.
    • CROWN: 5" inches Old West Cattleman
    • BRIM: 3 1/2" Pencil rolled; hand shaped and Bound
    • Hatband: 1 " Satin with Bow
    • Color Shown: Chocolate with optional light trail dust
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Classic Bowler Hat

    $335.00$750.00
    Masterson Bowler a classic bowler style  Our Classic Bowler Hat as seen being worn by legendary old west marshal, Bat Masterson. Our Classic Bowler Hat ships with a matching hatband and bound edge to the hat color ordered. If you would like a different color hatband and brim edge (as seen by the black hat with the bone color bow hatband and bound edge brim) just add the color request to the Production notes below as you build your hat. You can pick any color ribbon that we have hat colors. Pease refer to color tab below.
    • Crown: 5 3/4 inches
    • Brim 2 1/4"
    • Hatband: 1 inch satin with bow.
    • Crown: Open – Bowler Round
    • Brim: Pencil Roll Bound
    • Color Shown: Silver Belly and Black
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Butch Cassidy Handmade Bowler - Our Butch Cassidy Bowler is an example of likely the most common headware in the mid to late 1800s in North America. A hat style like our Butch Cassidy Handmade Bowler was worn by all classes of people from butchers in New York to politicians in Washington along with the western Outlaw, Butch Cassidy in Wyoming and later, Bolivia.
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches OPEN: Round Uncreased
    • Brim: 2 1/4" inches Kettle Curl Bound
    • Hatband: 1 1/2 inch satin with bow
    • Color shown: Black
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Jolan Custom Handmade Dress Hat - More of a Town Hat Design, the Jolan has a small brim and was a popular look with people of substance in the West of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Essentially the same design as the Champie and the smaller brim makes it a great look for women.
    • Hatband: 1 1/2 inch satin with bow.
    • Crown: Creased
    • Brim: Kettle Curl Bound
    • Color: Black
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Jesse James Purgatory Cowboy Hat - Our take on the Brooks or Jesse James hat worn by JD Souther (of Eagles fame) from Purgatory {1999} Our Jesse James Purgatory Cowboy Hat is a pretty straight forward hat style, just a Texas Flat Crown, which is a variation of our classic Boss of the Town style hat, with a slight pencil roll, and almost flat brim.
    • Color Shown: Silver Mist. Movie hat is charcoal.
    • Crown: 4 1/2" inches Texas Flat
    • Brim: 4" Pencil Roll with gentle hand roll and bound edge
    • Hatband: 1" grosgrain ribbon and bow
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Ben Wade Movie Hat

    $370.00$790.00
    Our version of the Ben Wade Movie Hat - From the 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Ben Wade's pistol has a cross in the butt, and is referred to as, "The right hand of God." Well, here's the hat band. Nickel and enamel cross conchos on black leather. OR go with the brass cut-out star concho with brass tacks hatband, or choose green embossed leather for a little different look. Add your hat band choice to the production notes below as you build your hat.
    Women! The short crown and small brim make this a great look for the fairer sex.
    Ben Wade Hat
    • CROWN: 4 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 3 1/4"
    • Color Shown: Black and Chocolate.
    • Crown: Telescope.
    • Brim: Kettle curled and-Bound.
    • Hatband: 3 Choices for Hatband.
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Byron McElroy Hat

    $355.00$765.00
    Our take on the Byron McElroy Bounty Hunter Hat - from the 3:10 to Yuma (2007). Our Byron McElroy hat is a  smaller brimmed variation of our Wasey and a cousin of our There Will Be Blood hat, this was the hat worn by Peter Fonda as Byron McCelroy in the 2007 action filled remake of the western classic - 3: 10 to Yuma.
    • Crown: 5" inches
    • Brim: 3 1/4 inches
    • Color Shown: Undyed Natural with optional light trail dust.
    • Crown: Modified Sagebrush.
    • Brim: Kettle Curl with a hand roll-Bound.
    • Hatband: 1" inch satin ribbon with bow.
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks

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