Tour Time: Catalena Hatters

A trip to Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsHello again Houston… errr actually Bryan Texas. See we Steven drove us all over while we were town & another cool place we stopped was Catalena Hatters. I had never been in an actual hat store or seen a cowboy hat made before, it was pretty cool.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsAnything that is custom is cool. While we were there we went through the hat making steps & Tina had her lovely head fitted & had an awesome hat made – glamour shots of that hat later. But back to the tour; starting in the front of the store are you hats in every brim size, head size & style. You see, a straw hat does not have to be boring! You pick out the hat you want & from there all of the fun stuff happens.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & Heels

 

Walk with me now to the back of the store & let’s go into the shop where the hats are made.
A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsAfter Tina picked out her straw hat we came in the back to pick out the ribbons for the hat brim & the hat band. As you can see, other orders go here & wait for the appropriate trimmings.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsThis is where a cowboy hat goes through the many steps of becoming shaped into a gorgeous hat!

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsThis hat was about to get trimmed.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & Heels A lot of the machines that help make & shape the hats are old – why? Because hats have been being made this way for years with the same expertise & precision.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsA variety of hat sizes.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsHat steamers.

Now please note, I’m not going through the whole process in order with you, I’m just highlighting some of the equipment & steps so you can get an idea of what goes into making a hat.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsAfter your hat is made one of the last steps is shaping it with these steamers. You have probably seen that done before at of saddle shops & westerns stores.

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsJust so you can get an idea of how many different hats Catalena Hatters carries….

 

A tour of Catalena Hatters with Horses & HeelsAnd for those of you who love fancy hats check out the Diamante Collection.

That is all for now, stay tuned for part two later with the photos of Tina’s finished hat.

And if you are loving the Texas posts make sure you read Davis Boots, Ranch Snap Shots, & the Pinto Ranch tour.

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3 comments on “Tour Time: Catalena Hatters
  1. Hoss Lors says:

    I have to admit – that is cool! I am out in the kitchen this mornin re-doing my straw hat with a tea kettle of steam and you put this up – granted I am not sure I could pull off the whole bling thing but cool!

  2. laurel says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing

  3. Katie says:

    Great story and pics. Thanks for sharing! Man, I bet that jeweled hat would be heavy!

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