April Selman & Charlie Rutledge

April Selman

True West Hats

We are Hat Makers who are dedicated to revitalize and re-energize an age-old tradition. We are located in the heart of Paonia with a retail front and full production on-site so you can actually see all of our hats being made! We specialize in Custom Made and Designed, just for you!

Hat making allows us to create wearable art that will last for 100 years. We use only the best materials of beaver felt, European hare, wool, and/or Ecuadorian Toquilla Palm. Felt hats are hand blocked, sanded, ironed, and hand-shaped with steam and then sewn. SolTree Hats, a brand by True West Hats are our hand-woven palm/straw hats. These hats are hand-dyed, hand-shaped and adorned/sewn by us.