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Stetson

More than Just a Hat

By Rick Henry Christopher Published 8 months ago Updated 8 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - September 2023
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John Batterson Stetson was born in Orange, New Jersey. In his younger years he worked with his father, Stephen Stetson, a hatter. John was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was given a short time to live . With this prognosis he left the hat making business and decided to follow his dreams and explore the Western United States. He ended up in Colorado to visit Pike’s Peak at which time he designed the Boss of the Plains hat. This hat remained extremely popular for the next twenty years.

In 1865 he moved to Philadelphia and began manufacturing hats. From their his brand Stetson has become synonymous with the Cowboy Hat.

Boss of the Plains - Stetson's first design

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The following are a few Stetson styles which I find exceptionally pleasing:

Shasta: This rugged hat was named after Mount Shasta which is in the Shasta – Trinity National Forest in Northern, California. This beaver fur felt hat is soft and resilient and features a classic cattleman crown.

The Shasta Stetson Hat

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Open Road Royal Deluxe: Introduced in 1937, the Open Road was originally sold with an open crown, which could then be creased to the customer’s liking. Since 1948, it has been finished with a traditional, hand-pressed cattleman crease, and has been worn by modern pioneers and trailblazers ever since, from artists and outlaws to Presidents (including, most notably, LBJ, who was rarely photographed on his Texas ranch without his Open Road). (Stetson.com)

Open Road Royal Deluxe

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The Skyline: The Skyline is Stetson’s most popular hat. Because of its popularity the name Skyline has been trademarked by Stetson.

The Skyline

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But that’s not all… Stetson also produces other hat styles. My favorite is their line of fedoras. The Pure Stratoliner is one of Stetson’s most attractive hats… and one of their most expensive.

The Stratoliner has an interesting history. In the early 1940s TWA launched the first premium passenger jets. Known as the Stratoliner, these planes revolutionized travel. Stetson launched the Stratoliner as a travel-friendly gentlemen’s hat with a classic style, wider brim than the popular urban fedora, and a shorter crown that made it a practical choice for jetsetters. Ready for the range, road, or urban jungle, this is a hat for the man or woman on the move. (stetson.com)

The Pure Stratoliner

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Stetson is not only hats. They also have boots, clothes, colognes, jewelry, gloves, etc. I am drawn to the boots. Back in the 1980s I was a big fan of cowboy boots and owned several pairs. One of my favorites from their current lineup is the Flaxville Honey Alligator Vamp Blue 13” Shaft. This bi-colored handmade boot is as stylish as it’s comfortable. This boot is built to last.

Flaxville Honey Alligator

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Before we go, I want to talk a little about Stetson hats. Stetson is one of the most expensive cowboy hats on the market. Each hat is handmade individually in a detailed two-day process. They turn fur (beaver or chinchilla) into felt at their factories and are one of the only few companies in the United States that make hat bodies from scratch. (horseyhooves.com)

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For the last 160 years, Stetson has consistently grown its reputation and maintained a top-tier position in the industry by delivering high-quality products. I will always be a fan of the Stetson brand.

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The hat I am wearing in this photo is what inspired me to write this piece. It is not a Stetson. It's a Resistol which is almost as popular as Stetson.

Rick wearing his Resistol - August 28, 2023

With Love, RHC

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Rick Henry Christopher

Writing is a distraction to fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and soothing the bruises of the day.

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  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶5 months ago

    Highly informative, enjoyable read… surprisingly, for one who avoids shopping at every possible turn. One thing though… how does the Stetson feel about that final sentence?? How dare Resistol get a look in!!!! 😵‍💫😳🤣

  • Pauline Fountain7 months ago

    A thoroughly enjoyable read! Thank you! In Australia the closest to this is the Acubra - unfortunately now only for sale online. I have fond memories of choosing mine within a store. Website: https://akubra.com.au Pauline 🌸

  • Dana Stewart7 months ago

    Great article, great subject! You knocked it outta the park. Also, I love the new profile picture, with you in your hat.

  • Teresa Renton7 months ago

    Gosh, clearly I’ve never given hats the respect they deserve. Thanks for the education! Congrats for TS 👍

  • Akapo oluwaseyi7 months ago

    I just posted a new article can you please help me review it so I can do better https://vocal.media/stories/the-republican-primary-race-of-2024

  • The Dani Writer7 months ago

    Congratulations on an original top story Rick!

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    Very informative and interesting piece on Stetson! I've owned and worn a lot of hats over the years, many of which were Cattleman style. I even had one made out of denim, back in the 70's. I've owned one Stetson, and wore it until it was falling apart.

  • J. Delaney-Howe7 months ago

    Very interesting! Lots of information. Nice piece!

  • Alex H Mittelman 7 months ago

    Well written and very interesting!

  • Thisath Senethu7 months ago

    Nice work and beautiful

  • Kristen Balyeat7 months ago

    Such a great article, Rick! My stepdad has been wanting one, so I’ll forward this on to him! Love the one you picked!! Congrats on top story! 💫

  • Great article! I’ve never owned a Stetson but if I did I’m thinking I’d go with the Skyline

  • Doc Sherwood7 months ago

    A really informative and interesting slice of fashion history, Rick, many thanks! The Stetson hat makes it into John Steinbeck and other great American authors, even though there are certainly some on my side of the pond who don't even realise it's a family name or trademark. Speaking of the literary connection, Charlotte Perkins Gilman of The Yellow Wallpaper fame married into a family called Stetson - would you happen to know offhand if her husband was any relation to the millinery magnate himself?

  • Rachel Deeming7 months ago

    So, yours is a Resistol. Which is a very nice hat in my opinion as you already know. I lived in Calgary, home of the Stampede so I've seen a few hats of the Stetson variety in my time but I had no idea there was such variety. And those boots? They are something else. Loved this article and congrats on TS.

  • Kendall Defoe 7 months ago

    I live in Montréal. I know winter is coming. I know that I rarely see these worn on our fair streets. And yet, after reading this, I want one - The Shasta Stetson Hat in black would work for me. I thank you for this...and I may need the boots, too!

  • Omg Rick it's been WAY too long since I've read your work, but I am so glad you got top story, this piece is fantastic! Not a huge hat fan, but this was so interesting! Thanks for writing and looking forward to catching up. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story💯💙🎉🎉

  • Mariann Carroll7 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story , Rick 😎

  • JBaz7 months ago

    Like this article Rick well done and congratulations

  • Tiffany Gordon 7 months ago

    Congrats on your TOP STORY!

  • Great Stetson article! The right hat can bring a look of distinction. Kudos!

  • XcellentWrite7 months ago

    Great contend indeed

  • Jazzy 7 months ago

    This was so great to learn! Your hat is simply amazing on you!!!!!! ❤️

  • Tiffany Gordon 7 months ago

    Aww... great job! You look handsome cousin! This article was very informative! I loved the fashions as well! My favorite was the open road Royal deluxe! I love your hat too! The c-boy boots are dope as well! This was a fun article! Well done!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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