StetsonBoss of the Plains (1865), John B. Stetson
Founded by John B. Stetson in 1865, the John B. Stetson Company is the inventor of the iconic ‘Boss of the Plains’ cowboy hat. John B. Stetson decided to mass-produce a lightweight all-weather hat he had designed for himself during a Western expedition. The Boss of the Plains, with its high crown and wide flat brim, became the prototype for all other cowboy hat designs. In 1970 Stetson went bankrupt and ceased manufacturing. Stetson hats are now being manufactured by Hatco, Inc.
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