Bowie hat company makes custom cowboy hat for President-Elect Trump

Bowie hat company makes custom cowboy hat for President-Elect Trump
(Source:KAUZ)
(Source:KAUZ)

BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) - A local cowboy hat company is experiencing a first, designing a hat fit for a President-Elect.

Right off Highway 81 in Bowie is more than 100 years of cowboy hat making history.

The American Hat Company produces thousands annually, but none of them measure up to the one they made for President- Elect Donald Trump.

The 1000X quality hat, made from beaver belly and mink retails between $2,800 and $3,000.

The production got started when Trump met Sid Miller, the Texas Agricultural Commissioner.

Trump mentioned what a fine hat Miller had at a news conference in Florida.

His son, Eric Trump, who is friends with Treasure Maddox, the daughter of Keith and Susan Maddox, the hat company's owners, knew just who to get in touch with.

"So after the election night festivities, Eric started the process of getting this hat made for his dad," said Sherry Huff, CFO of the American Hat Company.

The inside is stamped "Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America January 20, 2017.

Laura Conner, a stamper at the American Hat Company, had the honors.

"I actually hand built the stamp that went inside of the hat on the leather.  We build it backwards, and then it stamps on the hat," said Conner.

She said it was an honor to have a part in the making of this hat, but she adds she was nervous.

"So nerve wracking. You have to get it perfect. I mean it's for our next president, so it's a big deal," said Conner.

The hat goes through 18 steps, and it take about two days to make.

"We have a man working for us named Andreas Trevino. He's been with American Hat Company for 46 years, and he did all the hand finishing on the hat," said Huff.

Cody Bates, a production manager, made sure this hat met the standards.

"It's very unique, it's an honor to us. I could not ask for a better person to make a hat for," said Bates.

This is not just a big deal for the company.

"We are putting Bowie on the map. We also provide a great place to work for 50 plus employees and provide them with a skill to make these," said Huff.

Huff said there is still no word on when President-Elect Donald Trump will receive his custom-made cowboy hat, but adds the American Hat Company will be in touch with him to set everything up.

The company is now making hats for Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence.

They have also made cowboy hats for Lyle Lovett, the Zach Brown Band, singer Pharrell Williams, and the American crime drama Longmire.

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