European hare (Rabbit) fur is wet felted making a super strong and water resistant hat. The fur on this is compact and strong. We call the European hare hat a lifetime hat, lasting most wearers lifetime!
Pure Beaver fur is wet felted, iron, sanded, and steam shaped creating a hat that we call our "Generational" hat, as this hat will last most wearers a lifetime. This hat holds its shape and is incredibly soft and extremely durable at the same time.
This hat comes in European hare or Pure Beaver. It is very light weight. This weight of hat is typically used to make more fedora/city styles a well as outdoor (think Indiana Jones) styles of hat. When thinking of wearing on a summer day, this is my go to (or straw). This is still a great hat for wearing in snow and rain! We carry this hat in several color options - the maximum brim length is 3 1/4 and the brim is better in a scoped or flat. It can have a small cowboy curl if desired.
This hat is much stiffer and heavier. A perfect hat to wear and use while working. Just think - it's what the cowboys wear!! The brim can be up to 4 inches or at times even more, you can cowboy curl, flatten (bolero type) or scope. If you are looking for a heavy strong, stiff hat, this is exactly what you are looking for. We primarily make these in European hare - we can do a special request of pure beaver.
Place a measuring tape around your head about 1/8″ above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly. Basically you need to measure your head exactly where the hat will sit.
All we need to get started is color and material chosen, then we can customize crown shapes, brim sizes, brim shapes, and trim - see a few more examples below. This step happens once the purchase has been made!
Our number 1 shape - Notice the tear drop shape on the top of the hat. The fedora shape is used with dress hats and outdoor hats. It is a classic shape and can be a tight pinch or a fatter pinch on the front - but the top always appears as a teardrop.
Our runner up shape! The Gus crown is named after Gus from the Lonesome Dove. A very classic Cowboy shape, lower up front with a single crease down the middle and rounded in the back.
This crown shape can be hard to pull off for all - no pinch, this is a completely rounded top - classic of the bolero or Spanish style hat.
Open crown means there is only an open shape. This shape usually requires a special request as it can be tricky to get this crown low enough to not look strange on someone's head.
This brim is completely even and flat - you can lay it on a table and it will be completely flat.
Cowboy Curl - brim edges are curled up
Front and Back are tipped giving it a scope look