The question on everyone’s mind is… “Did we make Rip Wheeler’s hat?”
The answer… Yes we did! Greeley Hat Works is one of the hatmakers for the cast of Yellowstone, with the exception of Beth Dutton’s hat, for Seasons 1-5. Each hat Trent Johnson’s had the privilege to make for the cast was extremely unique to them and their character for Yellowstone.
Why We Love Rip Wheeler
I’m sure you’re wondering, what makes this guy a fan-favorite? Why do we obsess over Rip Wheeler? The character Rip Wheeler, played by Cole Hauser (known for Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting), is a Ranch hand on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. He’s a character known for being darkly menacing and extremely pensive, yet incredibly loyal to both John Dutton and his family… not to mention his love for Beth Dutton! Rip Wheeler protects the family Ranch from problems such as betrayals, and power-hungry tactics ready to unravel at any moment. Rip acts as the Ranch’s quiet but deadly force. With that in mind, Rip Wheeler represents a timeless, classic, real life hero we all would love fighting for us and for our families.
The Symbolism Behind Dark vs Light Hats
In American Western films between the 1920’s and 40’s, white hats and black hats were used to symbolize good versus evil. White hats represented heroes who were pure of heart and morally righteous. While black hats represented villains who were malicious, unethical and deceitful. Rip Wheeler wears a darker hat alluding to impure and unethical intentions. Rest assured, Rip Wheeler is a hero in this storyline which is what makes his character so compelling.
Working With Yellowstone & Cole Hauser
“Hollywood sent boxes of hats, boots, buckles, clothes and spurs to the Costume Department for Yellowstone.”
“I set up in a room & had the honor to work with Ruth Carter. She sent me and some assistants on a buying spree for handmade items and what Taylor Sheridan needed to make this “new adventure” authentic.”
“I can’t say enough nice things about the team Taylor Sheridan put together for this historic series, especially now that I’ve worked with them.“
“It was really exciting to be on location working with the entire cast of Yellowstone. I have to say that working with Cole Hauser was the most memorable because he was extremely interested in how we make our hats. He even asked me to update him while we were going through the process!”
– Trent Johnson
Our Hats are Made Ranch Ready®
The “Cowboy Hat” is a taller crown, wide-brimmed hat that represents the North American Cowboy. Originating from Hispanic culture, today the Cowboy Hat is associated with Ranch Workers out in the West. For some, the shape of the brim can be altered for fashion preference. For others, it is shaped strictly to prevent rain from pouring down their shirt collars. Just like the Rip Wheeler’s hat on Yellowstone, our hats are made with 100% European Hare and Beaver instead of wool or felt. Ranch Ready® Hats are lighter weight, more resistant to weather, and durable for over 10 years of wear. Take a look at our Ranch Ready® available at the Greeley Hat Works shop.