For around 147 years cowboys have understood the quality of a Stetson cowboy hat. You can find all sorts of companies that make cowboy hats but in my opinion you won’t find a better made cowboy hat than a Stetson.
Legend has it that the very first Stetson western hat was purchased by a cowboy for $5.00. He took it right off of John B. Stetson’s head, tried it on and bought it on the spot. That was the beginning of a long standing connection with the cowboy and a hat making company. I’ll tell you more of the story further down in this article.
But first let’s look at the different styles available in Stetson cowboy hats. As an old advertising slogan says, “You’ll look your best in a Stetson.”
This hat features a tear drop pinch front, a leather hat band with metal conchos, leath… [More]
Straw Cowboy Hats
Straw cowboy hats are for the summer and not really meant to be worn in the colder months. It is sort of like wearing white after Labor Day, ya can do it but it just ain’t cool. Straw hats really shouldn’t get wet so don’t go wearin’ ‘em in the rain.
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A Little History Of The Stetson Hat Company
John B Stetson was the son of a hat maker. In 1865 he traveled from New Jersey out west due to some health issues. While on a hunting trip, he made a hat more as a joke than anything. He wanted to prove to his companions that a hat could be made from fur without going through the tanning process. As it turns out, Stetson rather liked his creation and wore it on the rest of the trip. He liked the way it protected him from the elements.
The hat was very large as hats go. It had a wide brim and a high crown. The higher crown created a pocket of air that further cooled and protected the head. It was also great for carrying water in.
That cowboy I mentioned in the first paragraph saw it on Stetson’s head and liked it so much he bought it right then and there. The cowboy rode off wearing what would become the very first cowboy hat made by John B. Stetson.
The hat, after Stetson returned to Philadelphia and started his own hat business, became known as the “Boss of the Plains”. Picture is shown here. You can read the entire story in this book: Boss of the Plains
Early Wearers Of Stetson Western Hats
- Buffalo Bill
- Calamity Jane
- Will Rogers
- Annie Oakley
Some say George Armstrong Custer wore a Stetson into the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Black Stetson Hats
I’d say these black cowboy hats by Stetson are good for Sunday Goin’ Ta Meetin’ or Saturday Night dancin’. Ya know when a guy needs to be dressed up just a little. Black wouldn’t work out on the ranch…too much dust. But a guy needs a good dress hat, don’t ya know. See a sample of the Apache By Stetson
Ten Gallon Cowboy Hat
Ten gallons is not the capacity of liquid that can be held in a 10 gallon Cowboy hat. The Spanish word for braid is galon (looks like gallon) and the 10 referred to the number of braids used in the hat band.
John Stetson Understood Marketing
Not only did John Stetson understand how to make a quality hat, he understood marketing too. He is reported to have sent a sample of his “Boss of the Plains” hat to merchants in the Southwest region of the US with a letter requesting that an order of no less than 12 hats be placed. The hats caught on quickly.
By 1886 Stetson was the largest hat company in the world. By 1906 it was producing around 2 million hats per year.
Even the movie cowboys adopted the Stetson cowboy hats to wear in their movies.
Shades Of Brown Cowboy Hats By Stetson
These brown hats work for every day workin’, ropin’, and ridin’. Just smack on the leg of your jeans when the dust gets on ‘em. I love the Stetson “Roxbury” Shapeable Leather Western Hat in brown!