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About The Last Best West™

Here’s an old west adventure novel for people of the West- The Last Best West 

We debuted in May of 2000 as a modest website to promote the old west adventure novel, The Last Best West™. Get it at Amazon.com  

Within a few years we added an online retail element and have been growing our great catalog of cowboy hats, leather and other great cowboy gear.

We are a family run and managed business, and unlike most hat and leather sellers on the Internet, we make and sell our own hats and leather, not resell someone elses, or import them from overseas. We make museum quality hats and custom leather and our hard wearing cowboy gear is renowned for its workmanship and on trail performance.  ~ Testimonials

Longfellow is the author of The Last Best West™ and the chief web designer and content writer for our website. An old west historian, hatter, leather worker, retailer, and reformed dandy, it is Longfellow’s skill and talent as a designer that first developed and set the standards for our custom hats and leather products, and continues to drive development of new products.

One of the most rewarding things about operating this website is hearing from visitors and customers about how entertaining and informative they find our old west content and how pleased they are with our custom products. Some people have even suggested The Last Best West is the trend setter and at the forefront of a renaissance in cowboy hats and values. To all these people we humbly say thankee-thankee.

It’s not our way to talk ourselves up, but our B-Movie hat page has been credited with starting a revival of interest and sales of these old movie gems from the 1930s and 40s. Make sure you get the DVDs with restored versions and after watching one or two you will be hooked! And to all the people that keep the Old West alive in performance groups, living history, and SASS participation we wish you all the best for helping us Keep the Faith.


Monday to Friday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern

Contact us should you have ANY trouble ordering online.  Please call 1-866-207-1909 and we will be happy to take your phone order. We don’t have a receptionist so please leave a detailed  and we will get back to you, usually within a couple of hours. Some days faster.

Key Staff of  The Last Best West

Customer Service

Operations Supervisor

Travis co-ordinates all the production aspects of our hat and leather orders, and makes sure all the little details get taken care of. In addition he will be the designer you work with if you have a special project.

Customer Service Manager

If you have ordered a custom hat or leather piece chances are you have e-mailed with Sonja. She is our Queen of Customer Service and oversees all of the emails that come in (and makes sure they all get answered!).

If you have a question e-mail us at [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE! If you are expecting an e-mail from us, and do not receive one within 24 hours, check your SPAM or JUNK mail folders, as sometimes your mail service will intercept legitimate e-mails.

Social Media

Our resident social butterfly Robyn does most of our Facebook posts and keeps track of what’s going on in the world of social media. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook, please do. You will be notified about new contests or savings that are available only through our FACEBOOK page.

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Our Craftsmen 

Monty Master Hatter

Monty is our Master Hatter and runs our hat department.

With more than 15 years experience fashioning fine cowboy and western hats you will learn what 1000s of our clients have already, that Monty is as fine a Milliner as there is working today.  And when he’s not making hats he’s busy tending to his own ranch or his in-laws, or working some rodeo in the summer. No Bull!


Randy Leather Master

Randy’s leather career started 30 years ago when he started to apprentice for Jerry Croft, the master craftsman that made Tom Selleck’s leather in Quigley Down Under, and dozens of other westerns. After learning his trade he operated his own saddlery store for close to 20 years. Randy’s attention to detail produces stunning looking leather!

From hand made hats and holsters to hat bands and chaps, we design and make some of the best old west gear you will find :: Testimonials  If you need help or have a question please e-mail us at [email protected]/

We know a lot about the old west, cowboys, their tools, firearms and western film history, but we don’t know everything.

If you have questions about our privacy policies click here for our privacy/disclaimer page.

Made to order. Made to last. Made in America.

  • Jake Spoon Lonesome Dove Hat

    Jake Spoon Lonesome Dove Hat - our take on the Robert Urich hat style from the mini-series (1989) This is a big dang hat – befitting the self-centered character deftly played by Robert Urich. Everything is about Jake and this thoughtless, arrogant, gambler makes a bad choice and ends up riding with the wrong crew. We start with an over-sized hat body to make the Jake Spoon.
    • Crown: 6" inches 4 dent military
    • Brim: 4 3/4 inches Kettle curled/hand rolled with bound edge
    • Hatband: Matching 1" Satin Ribbon/Bow
    • Color: Sahara
    • hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Our take on the Young Jake Custom Handmade Hat from Comanche Moon.{2008}.

    We start with an over sized hat body to make the Young Jake hat style with its tall modified 4 dent military crown and a extra wide brim for great sun and weather protection. Walk around in your own shade with this big brimmed hat!
    • Crown 6 inches
    • Brim 4 3/4"
    • Crown: Modified Sagebrush
    • Hatband: 1" Satin Ribbon/Bow
    • Color shown: Bone
    • Brim: Kettle curl/handroll – Bound
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat


    a historical reproduction of Wild Bill Hickok's hat 

    Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat. We start with an over sized hat body to make this classic western hat, with a short crown and wide pencil rolled brim. Brims worked different - but essentially the same hat worn by Wild Bill on HBOs Deadwood.
    • Crown: 4 1/2 inches Texas flat
    • Brim 4" Pencil rolled and Bound
    • Color: Black
    • Hatband: 1" inch Satin with Bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Yellowstone Kelly

    an authentic old west hat with over sized brim  Yellowstone Kelly Custom Hat - We introduced this hat design in 2008 based on what we think Yellowstone Kelly is wearing in the historical photo from the 1890s. The brim we have pretty dang close and we have used a crown treatment that would have been in keeping with the style exhibited by this cultured warrior. 250_white_filials
    • CROWN: 5 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 4 1/2 inches
    • Crown Shape: Modified Cavalry Pinch
    • Color: Whiskey
    • Brim: Hand rolled with 1" kettle curl Bound Edge
    • Hatband: 1" inch Chocolate brown satin with 1898 bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks

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