January 21, 2011

Stetson Cowboy Hats: The Origin

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Stetson Cowboy Hats or Stetsons are specifically brand of hat manufactured by the John B. Stetson Company in Missouri. Because of its origin and popularity in the world, the word "Stetsons" is often used as a generic term for a cowboy hat with a high crown and a wide brim.

John B. Stetson, who was born in New Jersey in 1830, created a rugged hat for himself from thick animal skin while panning for gold in Colorado. He was trained by his father, a master hatter. There are quite different stories how Stetson Hats were born.

The legend said he invented an unusually large hat from felt while on a hunting trip with companions to show how he could make a cloth out of fur without tanning. He wore the hat for the remainder of the expedition. As their journey continued, a cowboy was said to have seen John wearing the hat and immediately after he tried the hat for himself, he paid John with a 5 dollar gold piece for it.

Others say that the business started in 1865 with $100. John rented a small room, bought the tools he needed  and a $10 dollar worth of fur. A year later, the "Hat of the West" was born and the name Stetson was on its way to becoming the mark of the world's most famous hats.

Whichever we choose to believe, John B. Stetson became very famous. The company had manufactured and distributed billions of hats all around the world. Wherever and whenever hats are discussed, Stetson will definitely be mentioned.

During the 19th and first half of the 20th century, hats became a very necessary thing for every man's wardrobe. Stetson also produced women's hats. They began to diversify in the 1980s, releasing the first Stetson cologne in 1981 and Lady Stetson in 1986. Their other products also carried the Stetson mark. Stetson University and Stetson University College of Law in Florida were also named after him for his contributions.

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