In 1865, with $100, John B. Stetson rented a small room, bought the
tools he needed, bought $10 worth of fur and the John B. Stetson Hat
Company was born. A year later the "Hat of the West" or the now famous
"Boss of the Plains" hat was born and the name Stetson was on its way to
becoming the mark of quality, durability, innovation and beauty.
John B. Stetson experienced trying times in his life but after it all he
relied on the one thing he did exceptionally well, making hats. He was
trained by his father, a master hatter, and applied his skills and
knowledge to a trade that, at the time was not held in high regard.
A hatter was seen as unreliable, lazy, or aloof, only looking to make his money and go have fun. John B. Stetson changed all that and built one of America's most well-known and successful businesses. The longevity and history of the John B. Stetson Company is based on
quality! John B. Stetson led the hat industry his entire career by
designing new hat styles for fashion and function. When it came to
quality it was his creed and for the past 130 years it has so stamped
the product that the name and the word are synonymous.
Today the Stetson hat factory in Garland, Texas is one of the
largest in the country and produces a line of hats in hundreds of
different styles and colors. In spite of this size, however, classic
styling and premium quality remain as the driving forces behind each and
every hat. As a result, Stetson hats are the most well known hats in the
world. Wherever and whenever hats are discussed Stetson will be
Stetson is the standard in hats, the essence of the spirit of the West
and an icon of everyday American lifestyle. Because of its authentic
American heritage, Stetson remains as a part of history and, for the
same reason will continue into the future.
Stetson, it's not just a hat, it's the hat.