In Photos: Texas’ 150-Year-Old Stetson Hat Factory and its 19th-Century Equipment
Happy birthday, Stetson! The hat company that’s covered more American heads than any other—everyone from Annie Oakley to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones—turns 150 this year. In its century and a half, Stetson has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, and JFK, the first president to shun headgear (his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, however, was a Stetson fan). With both hats and heritage back in fashion, the brand is riding high. One way to celebrate is to visit its factory in Garland, Texas, where original 19th century equipment is used in the 36 steps it still takes to make a Stetson hat. Here’s a photo tour that offers a look at the process.