Hello and Welcome to Durango Custom Hats and Saddles!
I am Melissa Lewis-Barnes, hat-maker,
owner, and designer of Durango Custom Hats and Saddles. I specialize in hand making extraordinary custom made cowboy hats. My passion is creating hats influenced from my Native American and Cowboy heritage. Every hat is individual made in your exact headshape, size, style and color preference.
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Watch me on the RFD channel as I create a hat from start to finish for the "The Rick Lamb Show".
Melissa Lewis- Barnes
Navajo owner - Hatmaker - Designer
My expertise is in designing, tailor fitting, and building a hat that is handcrafted to fit your lifestyle. I start with the finest beaver fur felt material made. I carefully shrink the felt onto antique wooden blocks to form the crown and brim. Creating a velvet smooth finish requires hours of ironing and sanding. Sewing sweat bands, satin liners, and ribbon edges, requires me to have a seamstress finesse. Finally, I will hand crease your new hat to suit your individual taste and style. I also offer my own beaded hatband creations and stampede strings. I love to experiment and combine handsome beaded hatband's, braided leather edges and hand painted designs to create a beautiful piece of wearable art. I look forward to working with you and producing a hat that you will treasure!
Melissa Lewis-Barnes 970-903-0585 (Mon-Fri, 9-4)
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