Cowboy hats, that icon of the American West, were invented by John B. Stetson. He developed the process of forming and shaping felt from animal fur, building his cowboy hat business into the biggest hat manufacturing facility in the world. Since then, cowboy hats have moved into the 21st century, with the public able to buy hats of all shapes, sizes and materials online.

Used as dress hats, work hats or for costumes, cowboy hats are easy to care for due to the toughness of the felt from which they are made. They can take a beating from dirt, water and even the sun, while still helping the wearer stay comfortable and look good. It’s no wonder that people still buy cowboy hats in huge numbers.