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Kirkpatrick Hatters has been sanctioned by the state to make 2,000 Montana Centennial cowboy hats.
“Cowboy hats are a real important part of our history,” she said.
The limited edition centennial hats will come in two styles — one with a “Montana crease” and the other with a “rancher crease” — and two colors — black and silver belly.
“We tried to span the 100 years of the centennial with the two hats,” Kirkpatrick said, pointing out the Montana crease, with a pucker at the front, “is the most perfectly designed hat for rain.”
“Silver belly,” a color used only by hat makers might be described as a silvery gray, but a gray like that of the sky before a snow storm.
Kirkpatrick said she already is taking orders for the centennial hats. But those who want a custom fit will have to visit her shop. She’ll measure your head, study your face and recommend which style and color best suits you.
Suppose your head measures 23 1/8 inches around. That’s a little bigger than a 7 1/4 off the rack, but slightly smaller than a 7 3/8.
That’s where Kirkpatrick’s special touch comes in.
“That’s what makes the custom fit,” she said. “Like you’ve had it on every day and it’s comfortable.”