This handmade hat is my take on the evolution of the Boss of the Plains hat from 1865. Like everything else in life, the Boss of the Plains hat evolved to suit the needs of its owner better. The brim curved up on the side is to allow the owner to swing a rope and not hit their hat, making it easier for a gentleman to tip his hat to the ladies. The lid has become as much a part of fashion as it has a function.
The name, Renagade, was inspired by a story I read about Deadwood, South Dakota. When Calamity Jane, Hickok, Charlie Utter, and Dick Seymour rode into Deadwood, it was like a parade down the length of Main street. They were all well-known figures in the West, reputations they earned through their self-invention. Calamity Jane through her ability to rescue people from trouble or cause them trouble and her propensity for dressing in men's clothing. Hickok was a gunfighter that was always ready to shoot to kill. Charlie Utter was a dandy with long curly hair that fancied himself as frontiersman and scout. Dick Seymour, also known as Bloody Dick, a nickname he coined himself to strike fear in potential rivals. Every account I have read of this event speaks of their attire, the fringed and beaded leathers, their hats, and the guns clad in leather scabbards. This group is the gang I would have been riding with back in the day!
20X, Belly Hair, Mink, and Chinchilla are pure fur.
- Crown: 5 1/2" hand-shaped
- Color: Black is shown but you can pick your color
- Brim: 3" hand-shaped, un-bound
- Every hat is handmade to order: no mass production, less waste, more love
- Black leather custom sweatband made in the USA
- Hatband: 7/8" grosgrain made in the USA
- Hats ship in 8-10 weeks
- The hat pictured is the basic. While I can make you one just like this style to fit your head, the feather embellishments will vary with each hat as I put them together one feather at a time so that each one will be unique to your hat. If you would like a different knot, ribbon, or color on the hatband, please call me, and we will place this order together. This is a great hat style for men and women.
Colors: The colors available are shown in images. Along with being a handmade product, the X quality of the hat will affect the color and can cause one hat to be slightly different than the next. Please see individual qualities for color availability.
I use the finest fur/fur blends, which are more durable and more serviceable. The better the fur, the more abuse it will take, and the easier it is to do something with it year after year. Fine fur blends produce a softer refined feel and create a higher quality hat.
Note: These hats will be made as ordered (they are not ready-made), so there is still going to be a lead time of 8-10 weeks for delivery as we will be working them in with all our custom orders.
Prices will change according to the items you add on or change from the basic price.
All my hats are made by hand with love and care in our Sturgis South Dakota location. All hats (shapes, designs, colors, embellishments) only show suggestions. The options and possibilities are endless. The only limitations are your budget and time frame.
If you have decided that you like this hat but want it with a different design or as a custom, one of a kind, I can do that! Just send me an email or give me a call with your thoughts, and I will put them into action.
If you are not able to stop by my Sturgis South Dakota location, I can still get one made for you. I need a couple of pieces of information:
Wrap the tape measure (or string) around the largest part of your head until the two ends meet at the center of your forehead just above your eyebrows. Firmly hold the tape or string mid-forehead with your finger, not too tightly or too loose. The goal is to determine precisely where your hat will sit for the most comfortable fit.
If you're using a ruler and string, proceed to step two.
Take the string from your head, being careful to hold onto the endpoint, so you have an accurate account of your head size. Measure the string with the ruler.
Even though the hat sizes provided are standard across the USA, various factors can affect the fit, such as the hat maker, the material of the hat, and even how much hair you have.
Handcrafted, wearable art made in the USA!
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