With the arrival of fall, hat-wearers usually go from lightweight and airy straw cowboy hats to the warmer and rain-repelling felt western hats.
Gary Cookson, hats buyer for Drysdales, showed new fall arrivals for 2011 — including hats for those who don’t want to look like a cowboy.
Cookson says the Stetson and Resistol brands continue to be sales pacemakers. Drysdales sells hats in a wide range of quality, from the good ($50 to $90) to better ($100 to $200) to best ($300 and up).
He said this Stetson black Jackpot hat, made of 100 percent fur felt, remains a “basic, great-quality hat” for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money for one. It features the classic-looking cattleman crease crown, and a metal buckle set on the hat band. Like many of the western hats Drysdales sells, the Jackpot is made in America.
This black Stetson, listed in our catalog as ApacheBK, is made of buffalo fur felt. This resists water even better than regular felt. For those reasons, buffalo fur felt hats by Stetson remain popular with ranchers and cowboys who work in the elements, Cookson said.
Here’s another Stetson buffalo fur felt hat, called Seminole, except this one comes in a tan color and a modified gus crown. Cookson says the gus crown is simply a look that some wearers prefer.
The Resistol 20X Black Gold felt hat, Cookson said, has been Resistol’s No. 1-selling hat for 20 years, and is among the top sellers at Drysdales. The felt boasts an almost velvety feel — an indicator of its high quality. This type of hat also comes in silverbelly and chamois tan colors.
Resistol’s Crosscut felt hats come with a brick crease crown, including this 5XSCross model on the left. Again, Cookson said, the brick crease shape is a personal preference of wearers.
Charlie1Horse has produced a number of cutting-edge hats this fall, including this 3XFamous model that features hair-on cowhide accents, metal hardware, and tooled leather. Charlie1Horse is known for is horseshoe-shaped “C” brand on the front of the crown.
Cookson says Drysdales stores stocks a variety of good-quality felt western hats that cost less than $100, including Justin, MHT, Serratelli, Bailey, and Milano. Here, Cookson holds two Justin felt hats that go for just $49.99.
Cookson also showed a new Larry Mahan (aka Milano) felt hat that comes in a distinctive blue denim color. This hat will be among the ones featured in Drysdales’ holiday 2011 catalog.
Finally, Cookson showed large number of dress fedora hats available at Drysdales retail stores. “This for those who don’t want a cowboy hat, but something for the outdoors,” he said. “People are excited to see the selection of the styles we have.”
Many of the fedoras are made by Stetson, including the two shown above.