Custom Cowboy Hats
MADE TO ORDER. MADE TO LAST. MADE IN AMERICA.
Our hand-made hats ship in 12-14 weeks and our custom cowboy leather in 3-5 weeks.
The Last Best Custom Cowboy Hats
READY TO SHIP HATS
After 20 years of making some of the finest custom hats available it’s time to thin the herd! We’re clearing out many of our showroom and prototype hats, that we have accumulated over the years.
Some have been lightly worn, in TV series and movies, like Wynonna Earp, and Hell On Wheels. Most are brand new, or like new and have been marked down up to a 150 dollars.
The hats vary in quality from 5X to 20X and 100X. All sizes and colors are as stated and there are no changes, modifications or substitutions.
To all you fine folks who are visiting us for the first time – HOWDY! Production Companies, Marshals, Sheriffs, Musicians, Writers, Cartoonists, Artists, Athletes, Soldiers, and lots of every day folk love our hats, and we hope you will as well. Testimonials
We have all kinds of hats from classic western styles from the 19th century to reproductions of your favorite hats from the cowboy movies of bygone years. Click for our hat and product catalog
The cowboy hat has become inseparable with a certain way of life and moral conduct recognized around the world as North America’s contribution to World Culture.
You should find our website easy to get all the information you need when ordering, simply by clicking on the tabs 1/2 way down each product page. There you will find our hat colors, leather colors, options and instructions for hat sizing, measuring yourself for a gun belt, and other useful information about our products.
What does custom mean?
We allow clients to switch hatbands between hat styles, and request different crown and brim dimensions. As well you get your name stenciled on the sweatband inside the hat. Your name embossed on the sweatband tells the World you have a custom hat!
This was one of the most common bow styles of the 19th century. If you prefer this bow style for any of our hats, just request it in the NOTES section of your order.
Back in the 19th century and the first 4 decades of the 20th century, when hats were a very common part of every day dress, women’s hats had the bow on the right hand side. If you want the bow on the right – request it in the NOTES section of your order.
Answers to our most common hat questions
Crown and Brim Measurements
The hats you see online are our standard hats, which have specific crown heights and brim widths to maximize the look of that particular style or hat design. If you wish to change the crown or brim enter any changes in the Production Notes section as you build your hat.
Hats are all hand made so hat and brim measurements are all approximate. The largest hat we can make has a ~ six (6″) inch crown and a ~ five (5″) brim.
Any hat with a brim width of more than 4 inches we must start with an over sized hat body, which adds a little to the cost. Most of our cowboy hats have a crown height between 5 and 6 inches and a brim width of 3 1/2 to 4 inches.
Hat styles with a wider brim include The Wasey, Quigley, Everett Hitch, Desperado, Blue Duck, Hoss, Blondie, Little J, The Dunson, Last of the Dogmen, Wild Bill, all our B-Movie hats, and many of our Custom Rodeo Hats
A cowboy hat will protect your head from the weather, eyes from the sun, and will help prevent sun stroke.
Cowboy Hat Colors
We constantly get asked if we can make an EXACT replica of a particular hat. The answer is no. Realistically no one can. Our quality hats are made, formed, shaped by hand, not a machine. When anything is made by hand there are bound to be slight variations. Not even the original master hatter could make one EXACTLY the same. We make our version of that hat.
WHEN YOU GET YOUR HAT
Your hat comes with a couple of felt stays that slide up under the sweat band should the hat be slightly loose. They act as a shim. And should the hat be a touch snug the hat stretcher that comes with it will solve that. And if worse comes to worse, we will get the hat back and re-block it to the right size. We make sure that all clients get a hat that fits. more on hat size
Questions? quote? e-mail [email protected]
It has been our honor and pleasure to make our fine working hats for Peace Officers, State Troopers, Sheriffs, Marshals, Officers, Soldiers and Security Contractors.
So rest assured our Last Best Cowboy Hats will stand up to any and all rain, snow, and scorching sun you may have to put it through. We make working hats for working people, and our hats are dye fast and will not fail you when the going gets tough, and the weather turns from bad to worse.
And if you are looking for something to dazzle the masses, our hats are end of the line fine for that as well. For our clients we have duplicated everything from a Jimi Hendrix hat to an old west classic worn by Luke Short or Tom Horn. testimonials
Our last best cowboy hats can be seen in museums, commercials, ad campaigns, TV and film. Read more on our in the news page
CUSTOM COWBOY HATS MADE FROM BEAVER FUR-FELT HAT BODIES
- Beaver Fur Felt is dense and virtually waterproof. It consists of beaver and rabbit/hare fur blended with felt to produce a material that lasts 5-10 times longer than wool-felt. What makes it so exceptional is the beaver hair has a barb on the end like a fish hook, and as a consequence the beaver fur in the hat body meshes together, making it strong and rigid.
- A fine Beaver and Beaver blend fur-felt hat can be re-blocked and shaped numerous times, with just a steam iron and some patience. Beaver fur-felt is one of the finest materials from which to manufacture the best custom cowboy hats.
- As a general rule of thumb if a hat maker only describes their hat bodies as fur-felt, chances are it’s rabbit or hare. Hat makers who use beaver fur-felt are proud of it and will state so. We sell 3 quality beaver blends of fine western hats – 5X, 20X and 100X. 5X is a blend of about 5% beaver with rabbit and felt. Our 20X is 50% beaver and our 100X is pure 100% beaver fur-felt.
- Like all hat makers we buy rough hat bodies from a factory, and then work our magic. The rough hat bodies we use to make our cowboy and dress hats are the best available and made in the USA.
- GENERAL PRICING includes shipping in North America– 5X – 395.00 5% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 20X – 525.00 50% BEAVER HAT BODY
– 100X – 815.00 100% BEAVER HAT BODY
– Prices for individual hat styles will vary
- For an all weather hat it’s hard to beat a pure beaver cowboy hat. Beaver fur-felt is the gold standard for hat makers. Light, stiff and fabulous looking it’ll shed whatever comes its way. And consider this: Beavers live in the water, rabbits in the dirt. So for an all weather hat what would you rather have it made from?
A Note about Color
Colors for our custom cowboy hats
Color variances caused by individual computer monitors is beyond our control.
Light colors will reflect heat the best – while dark colors will retain heat the most – with black being the worst for staying hot (black absorbs sunlight). However black is the most formal color so bowlers and top hats were generally black or dark gray. For the first 15-20 years cowboy hats were marketed – your choice of color was black and about 3 shades of brown.
Please keep in mind we do our best to take pictures with good color representations of our hats and leather. But there will be differences between the same color and that reflects the difference in light when the picture was taken: Indoors, Outdoors, Sunny Day or Cloudy.
Starting with the lightest and going to the darkest, here’s our colors.
Click on the color to see a hat example.
BONE :: SILVER MIST :: SILVER BELLY :: SAND :: SAHARA :: NATURAL
CAMOUFLAGE :: PECAN :: BUCKSKIN :: WHISKEY CHOCOLATE :: MOSS GREEN :: NAVY :: GRANITE :: CHARCOAL :: BLACK CHERRY :: BLACK
BONE dirty white, the color of a bleached bone
SILVER MIST very pale gray
SILVER BELLY another pastel color this is a grayee-brown
SAND a very pale yellow. Beach sand color
GRANITE a light to medium light gray
CHARCOAL a dark gray
BLACK CHERRY has an apple red undertone. Only noticeable in bright light
BLACK the most popular hat color
SAHARA mid brown a shade lighter than natural
NATURAL rich mid brown the color of a beaver pelt
PECAN A browny-green. KHAKI
BUCKSKIN a bright yellowy brown
WHISKEY dark amber like a shot of whiskey
MOSS GREEN a dark rich green
CHOCOLATE a dark brown
NAVY BLUE dark blue
BONE :: SILVER BELLY :: SAND :: SAHARA
NATURAL :: CAMOUFLAGE :: PECAN :: WHISKEY
MOSS GREEN :: CHOCOLATE :: BUCKSKIN
BONE : SILVER MIST : SILVER BELLY : SAND
WHISKEY : MOSS GREEN
CHOCOLATE : BLACK CHERRY : NAVY
SILVER MIST : GRANITE : CHARCOAL : BLACK
COLORS NOT SHOWN IN THE GROUP PICTURE
CHARCOAL :: BLACK CHERRY :: BUCKSKIN :: NAVY BLUE
LIGHT COLORS :: DARK COLORS :: GREYS AND BLACK
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Overseas buyers please read this
All our hatbands that ship with our hats are stitched in place, and are easily removed with a couple of snips. And the beauty of our line of replacement hand-made hatbands is they simply slide over the existing satin ribbon and bow, to give a new and different look to your hat. One hat 2 looks!
Many custom cowboy hat customers have been requesting that we dirty up their new hats to make them look trail worn. Pictured is a dusty Tristan – our Tristan hat with a couple of years worth of soiling to give it that Buckaroo lived in look.
We’ve got three different degrees of trail dust. Light (add $55.00) – medium (add $75.00), and heavy (add $95.00).
Trail dust is applied by hand so no 2 dusting’s are the same! And light colors will always show the trail dust better than dark!
Light would be what you see on our BOSS SPEARMAN, medium would be like the dusting on the TRISTAN, and heavy trail dust looks similar to our JOSEY WALES.
This is a similar process that costume designers apply to hats in the movies and TV. Looks authentic and your friends will swear you just got off a trail drive, or a hitch in the Horse Cavalry! You can add trail dust during the check out process.