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. The Stetson duPont-Ball Library has a special collection of more than three dozen Stetson hats. The majority of them date back to the 1930s, but the oldest is a black derby dating back to 1903.  The collection includes Stetson hats and their signature hat boxes, many of which came from the Stetson family and from Stetson alumna through the years.

Through a partnership with the Stetson Hat Company, the university is offering an opportunity for members of the Stetson community, students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends, to pre-order and purchase a limited selection of Stetson Hats. The hats are available a few times throughout the year.

Commencement

Hats can be ordered by seniors to celebrate their upcoming graduation. The hats come with a special leather die imprint on the hat sweatband. 

You can order through our online form, however, you will need to take your own measurements. See the Hat Sizing link for more information on how to take your hat size measurements, but please be aware that hat orders are non-refundable since these hats are made for Stetson University at special pricing. Orders must be received by January 31, 2019, if you want to pick up your hat during our 50 Days to Graduation event. Orders placed after January 31, 2019, cannot be guaranteed for Commencement. No additional orders for delivery at 50 Days to Graduation will be accepted after that date.

Our available selections are listed under Commemorative Hats.

The hats will be shipped directly to Stetson University and you will be able to pick them up at our 50 Days to Graduation event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, outside the Rinker Welcome Center.

Hatter Saturday

In the Spring of 2019, incoming students (freshmen and transfers) can order hats on Hatter Saturday to mark your acceptance and enrollment to Stetson University. All Hatter Saturday hats come with a special Stetson University hat pin. 

Hatter Saturday, Saturday, April 13, 2019 - You get your hat measurements taken and place your order at the Stetson Hat table near the Rinker Welcome Center. Your hat will ship to Stetson for pick up during Move-In Day 2019.

You can order through our online form, however, you will need to take your own measurements. See the Hat Sizing link for more information on how to take your hat size measurements, but please be aware that hat orders are non-refundable since these hats are made for Stetson University at special pricing. Orders must be received by end of the day on April 13, 2019. No additional orders will be accepted for Move-In Day delivery after that date.

Our available selections will be listed under Hatter Saturday Hats starting in January of 2019.

The hats will be shipped directly to Stetson University and you will be able to pick them up at the Stetson Hat table on Move-In Day just outside the registration area near the Rinker Welcome Center.

For current information about the Stetson Co., visit the Stetson Company website. To see their current hat selection visit Hats.

For questions or more information, please email stetsonhats@stetson.edu or call (386) 822-8929.