Alpine’s Jim Spradley works only with beaver fur because of its fine texture and superior water repellency. There is a six-to-eight-month wait for one of his custom-made creations, like this Silver Select. $2,200;

Inarguably the most well-known American hatmaker, Stetson produces much of its headwear at a factory in Garland, including this straw version of the Open Road, a hat made famous by Lyndon Johnson. $55; 
Peter Bros. Hats, in Fort Worth, has been in business for more than a hundred years. Available in pure beaver or a blend with wild hare and domestic rabbit, the Gus features an Old West style, its slightly curled brim offset with a modern two-cord ribbon. $275–$800;