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‘Justified’ to End It’s 6 Season Run Next Year

‘Justified’, the FX series starring and produced by Timothy Olyphant will conclude its run after next years 6th season.

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The series has followed Deputy U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, a sort of modern day throwback to old west lawmen, relocated back to his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky. While the series gained a huge following since it’s debut in 2010, show star and co-producer Tim Olyphant said the decision to end the show came about because he and the producers thought that the story arc throughout the series could be completely satisfied in 6 seasons, and didn’t want the show to become stale.

Iconic to Givens and rarely seen without it is his Stetson hat, seen here:

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‘Justified’ star Raylan Givens wearing a Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

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Raylan Givens with season 3 character Ellstin Limehouse, wearing a take on a Scala Grade 3 Panama

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Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

Olyphant, no stranger to playing shows and characters with a western feel, previously acted on HBO’s Deadwood (credit edgar), as Sherriff and store owner Seth Bullock, seen here in a homburg-style hat: deadwood_the_complete_series_31

Cowboy Hats: Myths and Superstition

Historically, cowboy hats have been used for many things. Cowboy hats descended from similar wide brimmed, tall-crown hats of different varieties since as early as the 13th century. But the Cowboy hat popular in the American west is a true icon and has a lot of interesting lore that surrounds it. Did you know that it’s bad luck to lay your hat on your bed? The sport of rodeo has attributed to many of the myths, so here are some of the superstitions and myths that came to surround this great American icon.


 

 

 

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Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

1.) Laying Your Hat on Your Bed Will Bring Bad luck.

It’s hard to say where this one originated, but it’s safe to say that it has permeated Western and cowboy culture thoroughly. According to the superstition, placing your hat on your bed brings general bad luck to the owner of the hat. It’s said that rodeo cowboys will avoid doing this at all costs, because they believe they will lose their next rodeo if they receive the myths bad luck.

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2.) Never Change the Name of Your Horse

Once a horse’s name is set, it should never be changed. This is the saying on many ranches across the US. If the horses name is changed at any point, bad luck will come across that horse.

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Stetson Seneca Buffalo Fur Felt Western Hat

3.) Laying Your Hat Upside-Down

Having a proper hat box is essential for storing your cowboy hat. As the superstition goes, your hat should be stored with the opening facing up, so as to “catch luck” inside of it. Alternatively, laying your hat with the opening down allows all the luck to fall out. This myth has roots in rodeo culture as well, as you need all the luck you can take before competing. Stetson and Resistol provide sturdy, branded boxes that store your hat in this manner!

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Stetson Griffin 100X Premier Western Hat

4.) Wear Two Different Colored Socks in the Ring

You’ have to have a certain amount of luck every time you jump on a rodeo bull, no matter how skilled you are. This one is about pure luck. It is said that if you wear two different colored socks, you’re better off than wearing a matching pair.

 

Brand Spotlight: Resistol Hats

For sheer brand recognition strictly among enthusiasts of cowboy hats and all things western, there is perhaps none more recognizable then the Resistol Hats company. Beginning in the early 1920’s, Resistol Hats was founded by an investment in to a hat-maker named Harry Rolnick, with one mission: creating quality hats that could resist-all weather. resistol-header Resistol Hats were originally manufactured in Dallas, TX. Hats initially were strictly sold in Oklahoma and Texas, until demand exceeded the capacity of their originally facility, and they moved to Garland, TX, home to another hat manufacturer by the name of the Stetson Hat Company.

From start to finish, the homegrown hat making process for Resistol Hats

Resistol’s move to Garland provided the company the opportunity to keep in Texas all 200+ processes that go in to the making of a Resistol hat. They are currently one of the only hat companies in the United States to outsource virtually none of the work that goes in to its products, ensuring an extremely high bar of quality control. RWRNHD-724220_9 (1)

Resistol Ranch Hand 4X Wool Felt Western Hat

To this day, Resistol hats are still made by hand in the USA in their Garland, TX facility. The fur and wool are blended in house, hat bodies are crafted, trim pieces are carefully sewn on, leather bits are cut and fitted, and each hat goes through several rounds of quality assurance before being OK’d to be sent out for delivery.

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Beyond making quality hats, Resistol is involved in all aspects of western and cowboy life, sponsoring bull riders for Professional Bull Riding. It’s no wonder that celebrities from Ronald Reagan to John Wayne chose Resistol as their hat of choice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ronald Reagan seen in a similarly styled Resistol NRA Shooter B Wool Felt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Wayne seen in a similarly styled Resistol John Wayne Peacemaker

 

 

 

 

Check out our collection of Resistol hats here.

Artist Spotlight: Sin City 2 Director Robert Rodriguez

Making his directorial debut in 1992 with El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez has continued to make a name for himself in the world of film. His new film, Sin City 2, released this past Friday to slightly disappointing box office numbers. Nevertheless, as the sequel to the original box office smash, it could become a sleeper hit in its own right.

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Rodriguez’s first big breakthrough hit came with 1995’s Desperado, solidifying Rodgriguez’s talent for action films. But Rodriguez has also become known for being a certified Stetson-man. Never seen without his trademark Stetson western hat on and off the red carpet, this San Antonio native represents Texas in style.

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 “When I decided to become a filmmaker, nobody was surprised, for I had spent years with my father’s super8 – I used to take it when he wasn’t looking – glued to my favourite hat, a classic ten gallon Stetson hat.” This characteristic head covering has become the director’s distinctive sign: “It’s like Gyro Gearloose’s thinking cap, which he puts on when he needs new ideas: I don’t exist without it.” – Vogue Italia, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Rodriguez’s penchant for western styles of hat has infiltrated his films as well, such as the hat Johnny Depp’s character wore in Once Upon a Time in Mexico:

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Here are a few more of the Stetson styles Rodriguez sports:

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                                                                similar style: Stetson Falcon Buffalo Felt 

 

 

similar style: Stetson Sawtooth Buffalo Felt

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similar style: Stetson Pawnee Gun Club 5X

 

 

 

similar style: Stetson Diamond Jim Gun Club 5x