Over the Brim

Better stock up on cowboy hats and westerns now, before prices sky-rocket, warns Christian Science Monitor correspondent, Jillian Lloyd.

Although the hikes haven’t been passed on to consumers – yet – “the cost of one of the world’s most recognizable trappings, the cowboy hat, [is rising] as China imports more fur.”

In China, they’re putting rabbit fur on everything right now,” says Stan Redding, vice president of sales and marketing for Stetson Hat Co., in Garland, Texas. “Prior to this, we were the biggest consumer of that byproduct. The demand is what’s driven up the price.

Plus, global warming is making the best-grade furs harder to come by–it’s cold winters that “produce the downy fur that makes the highest-quality felt.”

Hartford York - Men's Milano Pure Beaver Dress Western Hat - The Casablanca Pure BeaverThree-time world champion roper Trevor Brazile who prefers only 100 percent beaver fur (because it makes a hat lighter and thinner, yet holds its shape) says $1,000 is a fair price to pay for a quality lid.

With warmer winters and increased demand, that fair price might be quite a bit pricier next year.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York


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