Not Their First Rodeo — Custom Hat Bar in Scottsdale

The cowboy aesthetic is en fuego — retailers are heeding this popular trend and showing up for consumers with looks from head to toe. In-store and on-line you can easily find a dash of country, to rodeo pride with designers jumping on the timely bandwagon mixing materials like denim, fringe, leather, feathers — and although skeptical at first, I admit, when done well, cowboy chic really reins it in.

Ready-to-wear is a fun place to start if you’re looking to dress the vibe; however, nothing says all-in Western wild like a cowboy hat. There’s a new sheriff, rather, custom hat bar in town that’s aces when it comes to customizing the trendy accessory. Rancher Hat Bar opened in Scottsdale less than a year ago and is roping in a favorable following.

What began in a vintage camper trailer in 2023 quickly grew into a customized hat business when Rancher Hat Bar opened its first store in Folsom, California. Its newest store on 5th Avenue in downtown Scottsdale is its second location and where the local party’s at. Guests book appointments to create a customized hat, experience a lil’ fun and leave with a one-of-a-kind product.

Rancher Hat Bar reps walk guests through the process, beginning with picking from more than 50 hat styles and colors. Next up is personalizing a look with the use of ribbons, scarves, bandanas, charms, pins, branding and final touches.

All are welcome to the rodeo as most hats are unisex and sized at 57cm, with drawstrings added to tighten as needed. Hats range from $70-$215 including trucker hats as an option while accessories cost $5-$45 depending on the item.

Refreshments are served while guests shop and create. Private events are a hit — bachelor parties in particular — and virtual appointments are an option with the finished product shipped to the customer. To book an appointment, learn about corporate events or take a gander at the in-store experience, visit rancherhatbar.com.

About Zenobia Mertel

Zenobia Mertel is Frontdoors Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor and covers a mix of Arts and Culture topics for the media company. She also works as an on-air host and columnist for Inspired Media 360, focusing on people, places, life and style.
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