Is there any hat that exudes as much macho charm as a cowboy hat? Inextricably associated with real cowboys — men who rustle cattle while on horseback — cowboy hats for men have a rugged edge, a definitively masculine aura, making them the most identifiable element of Western apparel today. Yet what sets men’s cowboy hats apart from one another is each man’s own personal style: the tilt of the hat, the bend of the brim, the crease in the crown. All of this puts a man’s own imprimatur on his hat.
Original CowboyThe first cowboy hat was the creation of John B. Stetson. Having worked as both a prospector and a cowboy, Stetson had gained a clear understanding of the need for a specialized hat, one well able to withstand the elements. The result was the “Boss of the Plains,” Stetson’s design made of fine fur from beaver, rabbit and other small animals. The precursor to contemporary cowboy hats, the hat not only became the prototype for cowboy hats manufactured by Stetson but also became synonymous with his name.