The Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas, recently published a great article and video about 81-year-old Dick Atwood and his business, Atwood Hat Co. We at Drysdales have carried Atwood western hats for a number of years.
This video takes you behind the scenes of the company:
This part of the article stands out about the company’s commitment to quality:
As he maneuvered around various pieces of equipment used in the shaping of a hat, Brooks Atwood talked about why his family’s company was different than others when it came to quality.
“I think we have enough hat companies that are just trying to make all the money on every hat and not provide a real quality product. We let other people do it the way they want to do it, and we do it the way we want to do it,” he said. “We give our customers a good product.”
In the video, Brooks Atwood also explained that Atwood hats contain higher-quality materials than indicated in the grade:
“This is a wool-fur blend, not a terribly expensive hat. It goes up from 5X to 7X to 10 to 20 to 100X, which is pure beaver. The X’s do not have a standard meaning; they vary from manufacture to manufacturer. With ours, I try to put twice the X’s in the hat than it says in the sweatband. My 10X is a 20% beaver (blend). My 20X is a 50% beaver, because we’ve got enough hat companies that’s trying to make all the money on every hat and not provide a real quality product.”
Here are a few of the Atwood hats that we offer, including this 7X black felt cowboy hat:
As for western straw hats, Atwood also makes the Stephenville vented straw hat:
Atwood also offers this stately Aspermont straw hat:
If you’re looking for other high-quality Atwood cowboy hats, Drysdales offers them.