Hats for Hatters
Stetson Hat Company
The John B. Stetson Company
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.
From the Stetson Co. website, circa 2015.
Stetson University was founded by Henry DeLand in 1883 as DeLand Academy and was chartered in 1887 as DeLand University. However, by 1889 the DeLand University Board of Trustees changed the name to Stetson in appreciation of John B. Stetson for both his financial support and the business experience and acumen he brought to the university’s administration. Since that time Stetson has embraced its history and in one form or another hats have figured into our culture.
Now, through a partnership with the Stetson Hat Company, the university is offering prospective students and their families an opportunity to pre-order and purchase a limited selection of Stetson Hats at special pricing.
Our available selections are listed under Fedora, Straw and Western. For those students and families attending Hatter Saturday, April 14, 2018, representatives of Stetson Hats will be on site that day to deliver pre-orders and offer a limited selection of hats for on-site purchase. The deadline for Hatter Saturday pre-orders is Friday, Mar. 30.
For seniors interested in ordering a Stetson Hat for Commencement, the deadline for pre-orders is April 9 so hats can be delivered during Senior Week, April 23 - 27.
Fedoras are great hats for dress and casual wear. The two offered here are both revivals of classic styles. The Stetson Stratoliner Fedora is a hat with a historic past and the vintage looking Stetson Saxon, a center-dent fedora with a 2" brim, offered to your in three colors.
Stetson Straw Fedoras and Western style are cooler alternatives to the classic look of a felt hat. We offer two Fedora styles in Shantung Straw, one in Panama and one Western in tightly woven Shantung for a crisp feel and touch. They all come with a soft sweatband to ensure a snug, but comfortable fit.
Stetson Western hats are vintage classics built on the history and tradition of the original, “Boss of the Plains” that launched the John B. Stetson Hat Company and made it part of our history. The two offered here are the Skyline, part of the New Frontier Collection and available in three colors, and the traditional Open Road.