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About Mike's Custom Hatters

The story of Mike's Custom Hatters begins when Michael Helms was just 12 years old.  Unable to find a suitable western hat, Mike and his father Childress Helms made a visit to the Resistol hat factory.  During that visit, Mike's passion for fine hat design was first kindled.

In 1977, Mike's family began business as C & C Western Wear and the following year Mike began his work steaming and shaping factory hats.  By 1990, Mike had trained under hatter legends Manny Grammage and Foy Cross, had his own factory and had become a local celebrity in Longview, Texas for his designs.

With authentic equipment and molds that date from the early 1900's, Mike's uncompromising approach to hat design is what has built our reputation as the maker of "the finest custom hats in the world".  Mike's original 280 step design process gives each hat a look, feel and durability that is unsurpassed for quality and beauty.

We invite you to experience the pleasure of owning and wearing your own authentic custom western hat.  If you're in the area, make sure to come see us.  We'd love to meet you!