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Paris Hatters Is As Much A Texas Tradition As The Hats They Sell!

PARIS HATTERS IS AS MUCH A TEXAS TRADITION AS THE HATS THEY SELL!

Largest Inventory in the Country

Family owned and operated since 1917, Paris Hatters is world famous for their expertise in providing quality custom-fitted and custom-shaped hats. The tremendous variety, along with their cleaning and blocking services, keeps Paris Hatters high on the list of any hat connoisseur.
The décor at Paris Hatters hasn’t changed much through all the years. The cash register, used in the 1930’s, requires hand cranking to open and is used faithfully each day. The old wooden hat blocks are antiques, and the steaming equipment chugs huge clouds of steam over the backshop and the old buffalo and bison heads hanging on the walls. But, if you look closer, there is good reason why Paris Hatters was chosen by the Travel Channel to be featured in a segment about San Antonio.
Presidents, ranchers, celebrities, and tourists alike all leave happy with the custom shaped and fitted hat of their choice. From $20 to $7,000, the choices simultaneously baffle and delight customers. The client picks the quality, color and style, and the fit will be made perfect before they walk out of the door. Hats are fitted to match the customer’s height, shoulder width, weight and overall stature. The result is that the client looks like they’ve been wearing the hat for years. A specialty of Paris Hatters is the hand sculptured shape that they give to the hat, making it unique for each client’s taste. It is truly an art to crease and style a felt hat and bring out the personality of each one. Paris Hatters also offers a cleaning and blocking (shaping) restoration service for old felt hats, and does sweatband and ribbon replacement. They bring thousands of old hats to life each year, and mail hats throughout the world. Paris Hatters has had the unique honor of sending a hat to every country on Earth (except Cuba!)
Behind the endless rows of cowboy hats, fedoras, derbys and caps, are photographs that tell the real story of Paris Hatters' success.
Behind the endless rows of cowboy hats, fedoras, derbys and caps, are photographs that tell the real story of Paris Hatters' success. Clippings from Southern Living, Texas Highways, the New York Times, and other publications grace the walls. They are a favorite spot of Frommers, the international travel book. In one photo, Dwight Yoakam is getting fitted for his trademark “bullrider” shaped hat. In another Pope John Paul II is opening a wooden box with his new hand-fitted Stetson hat from Paris Hatters. There are also shots of various celebrities wearing Paris-styled hats such as singer Sammy Davis Jr., and actor Tommy Lee Jones, who wore one particular style for the tele-series "Lonesome Dove." Matt Damon’s hat for "All The Pretty Horses" was also a special assignment from Paris Hatters. Other celebs favor non-western hats, such as fedoras purchased by Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Clapton, Kid Rock and Phil Jackson, to name a few.
Located right around the corner from the Alamo, Paris Hatters is at Broadway and Houston streets, and is the oldest surviving retail business in downtown San Antonio, selling more than 9,000 hats per year. “Abe the Hatter,” as he is known, and his wife Myrna, are third-generation owners of Paris Hatters. They believe in being hands-on at the store, personally operating it seven days a week. Says Abe, “I think people like to deal with the owners. If they’re willing to pay for a good hat, they want the best service. What tops our list of compliments is when someone says they want the Paris Hatters name inside the hat, just like their granddaddy’s had.” Besides, Abe doesn’t want to miss out on meeting anyone famous. Many years ago, a young man walked into the store and dropped his name, but Abe didn’t recognize him. After being fitted and as he walked out of the store, he said, “Garth Brooks, remember that name.”
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Famous Clients

  • Christian Louboutin
  • Frank Fritz, co-host of American Pickers
  • Glenn Beck
  • Joan Sebastian
  • Cesar Milan
  • Johnny and June Cash
  • Pope John Paul II
  • B. B. King
  • Bob Dylan
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Matt Damon
  • ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons
  • Paul McCartney
  • Princess Astrid of Belgium
  • Rachel Zoe, fashion designer & stylist
  • Paula Deen, chef

  • Eric Clapton
  • Kid Rock
  • Merle Haggard
  • Michael McDonald, singer
  • Jimmy Smits
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • President Lyndon Johnson
  • President George Bush
  • President Dwight Eisenhower
  • President Harry Truman
  • President Vicente Fox of Mexico
  • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
  • Travis Browne, MMA fighter

  • Brian Unger, of Travel Channel
  • Edsel Ford
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Don King, boxing promoter
  • Johnny Cochran
  • Jerry Spence
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • John Sally
  • Phil Jackson
  • Jack Ingram
  • Junior Brown

  • Chris Isaak
  • James Taylor
  • Bob Hope
  • Dean Martin
  • Greg Norman
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bill Marriott
  • Vicente Fernandez, Mexican singer
  • Don Francisco, Mexican host for Univision

Abe With Merle Haggard
Abe With Merle Haggard
Pope John Paul II Tries On His New Hat From Paris Hatters
Pope John Paul II Tries On His New Hat From
​Paris Hatters
Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top With Abe At Paris Hatters
Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top With Abe At Paris Hatters
Phil Jackson With Abe
Phil Jackson With Abe
Dwight Yoakam With Abe
Dwight Yoakam With Abe
Owners Abe and Myrna With Kid Rock
Owners Abe and Myrna With Kid Rock
John Salley With Abe
John Salley With Abe
B.B. King
B.B. King
Chris Isaak With Abe
Chris Isaak With Abe
Dr. Wayne Yakes, Fsir, Fcirse (Left) Director
Dr. Wayne Yakes, Fsir, Fcirse (Left) Director, Vascular Malformation Center Pictured With Abe The Hatter
Abe At The Stetson Factory
Abe At The Stetson Factory
Abe With Four Tops Lead Singer
Abe With Four Tops Lead Singer, Spike Deleon (Left), And Band Members
Abe With Cesar Milan
Abe With Cesar Milan The Dog Whisperer
Abe With Music Group
Abe With Music Group Vintage Trouble Will Open For Rolling Stone
Christian Louboutin With Abe
Abe with Mike Wolf from American Pickers 
Bexar County Sheriff With Abe
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar with Abe
Abe With Mike Wolf
Christian Louboutin with Abe
While Filming For Travel Channel
Jack Ingram with Abe
Paula Deen With Alex
Paula Deen With Alex
Jack Ingram With Abe
While filming for Travel Channel at Paris Hatters
Portland Trailblazer Team Members
Michael Mcdonald With Abe and Myrna
Jhonny Cash's Thank You
Johnny Cash's Thank You note To Abe
Michael Mcdonald With Abe and Myrna
Portland Trailblazer Team Members With Abe 
The Hatter
Shaquille O'neal With Abe
Shaquille O'neal With Abe

Abe with George Cortez, President of famed restaurant family including Mi Tierra.
Abe the Hatter with George Cortez of the famous Mi Tierra restaurant


Celebrities wearing Paris Hatters
Celebrities wearing Paris Hatters
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PORTLAND TRAILBLAZER TEAM MEMBERS WITH ABE THE HATTER
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL WITH ABE

Paris Hatters has been featured in the following news vehicles:

  • New York Times
  • Travel Channel
  • Visitsanantonio.com by San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, also as a part of their TV spots and at the San Antonio airport
  • San Antonio Express-News, Hearst Corp.
  • Fiesta tourist magazine, Hearst Corp.
  • Frommer's travel guide
  • Continental Airlines magazine
  • Air Tran magazine
  • Univision Spanish TV network, Despierta America international morning show
  • Don Imus morning show
  • Texas Highways magazine
  • Southern Living magazine
  • Cooking Light magazine
  • Cowboys and Indians national magazine
  • British Broadcasting Corporation BBC TV
  • Downtown San Antonio Alliance, downtownsananonio.org
  • Good morning Houston TV daily show
  • Wheretraveler.com
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Y100 radio, San Antonio
  • The Current entertainment magazine, San Antonio
Tremendous Variety – Many More Styles In Store
Attention: Prices May Differ In Store