Oklahoma City, the ‘Horse Capitol of the World’, is home to one of only a handful of custom hatters left in the entire United States. Located in the heart of the Stockyards District, Shorty’s ‘Caboy’ Hattery has created custom hats for Rodeo Champions to Country and Western Music’s biggest entertainers. The reason—quality and consistency.
A trip to Oklahoma City is just not complete without a stop in the Stockyards. Visitor’s are invited to tour the hattery and watch the process of creating a custom hat. Quite an amazing process as a ‘hat blank’ is transformed into a handmade, custom-fitted cowboy hat. The store, located at 1206 S. Agnew, is open daily and visitors are welcome anytime of the day.
Custom-made hats are a dying art, which is evident when you see the equipment used to create a hat. The blocking machine was made in 1912 and the crown iron in 1917—if a part breaks, a replacement piece must be custom machined and fitted as the equipment is no longer manufactured. Beyond the equipment, are the hands of skilled artisans with decades of experience, who craft the unique custom hats.
Shorty’s hats are a trusted part of the cowboy’s wardrobe. Each hat is fitted and shaped individually according the customer’s facial features and shape of their head—critical features when determining the height of the crown, width of the brim and type of crease. Customers choose the color and quality of the hat from 10X to 100X (meaning 10% to100% beaver fur) and then wait for the craftsmen at Shorty’s to create their custom hat. The next time you see Reba McIntire, Charlie Daniels, Tonya Tucker or Michael Martin Murphy, check out their hat—it probably came from Shorty’s in the Stockyard’s District.
Shorty’s and the Stockyards District is located one mile south of I-40 at Agnew. Visitor’s can take advantage of the Metro Transit Orange Line Trolley. The trolley operates on an hourly schedule, traveling between the Meridian Avenue hotels and Bricktown, with stops in the Stockyards.
more information on Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, call 405-232-4287
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