Alabama Original: Nathan Mason Hats

Nathan Mason Hats is the only custom hat-maker in North Alabama, saving North Alabamians a trip to Atlanta or Nashville to get a custom-made hat.

Posted: Oct 22, 2021 9:19 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 5:54 PM

A new trend is 'hat'-ching in Huntsville, and it's making people look pretty stylish.

The man behind it all is Reggie Corbitt. And if you're Reggie Corbitt, work is all about family and fun.

Nathan Mason Hats owner Reggie Corbitt making one of his custom-made creations.

"(I come from) a generation of hat-rockers," Corbitt said.

Hat-making sure is a unique job. But it's perfect for Corbitt.

"I couldn't find hats that fit my size," he said. "No idea is too wild."

It all starts with a measurement — cutting out the guesswork. Corbitt says at other places, his customers don't know if the hat they buy will fit them. That's not a problem at Nathan Mason.

"Our hats are hats you can pass down for generations," he said.

Corbitt measures each head that walks through the shop's doors. From there, it's onto design.

Pick your crown, brim style and color. There's 28 colors to choose from, with more on the way.

"This is going to be the biggest hat wall this side of the Mississippi," Corbitt said.

Add on accessories, and you've got yourself a custom hat.

From the start of the measuring process to getting the completed product can take about three to four weeks.

The price may make you go "Whoa," said Corbitt, but he thinks it's worth it. Hats start at $325. They are mostly made of rabbit and beaver furs.

Corbitt said in just a few weeks of being open, Huntsville has already caught on to the trend.

"Getting the traction going, the word gets out," Corbitt said. "People are coming to us and saying this is something that Huntsville has been needing and that we don't have a hat shop right now."

And that makes Nathan Mason Hats a true Alabama Original.

"People are having to travel to Nashville, Birmingham and other places, Atlanta, to get hats," Corbitt said. "So to have one here in Huntsville, it has been well-received."

Nathan Mason Hats is in the Parkway Place Mall.

Customers can also order a custom hat online after a virtual consulting session in which Corbitt will walk them through measuring their head step-by-step.

To see all of WAAY 31's past "Alabama Originals," click HERE. If you have an idea for an "Alabama Original," email Luke at lhajdasz@waaytv.com.

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