William Adler’s fascination with the Old West began when he was a young man – the history of the American frontier captivated and reflected his own industrious spirit. Cowboys often wore sturdy, handcrafted hats to protect against weather while working long days on the ranch, but the head-wear eventually became a symbol of dedication, passion and hard work to their life’s work. The William Hat Collection is Will’s homage to painstaking, quality craftsmanship created with time honored traditions in expert design and construction.The William Hat is an indispensable accessory to a daytime or nighttime look. These designs celebrate the timeless approach to the art of hat making, and our company takes great pride in working with artisans who share the same passion for the artistic and hands on approach honored at Will Leather Goods. This is the hat you pass down from generation to generation for its timeless design and quality. Cajun musician Amadé Ardoin wore the stylish hat long before it became famous and renamed after President Johnson often called the "LBJ Hat." He was singular in life: one of the greatest accordion players ever to come out of south Louisiana. A Creole prodigy who traveled the countryside playing his bluesy two-steps and waltzes, he changed Cajun music and laid down the roots for zydeco.