Meet the Family



From selling handmade leather belts and wallets out the back of his Chevy Station Wagon to becoming one of the top businesses for handmade leather hats, it’s safe to say Gary Watrous (our founder) doesn’t mess around. He’s been perfecting his expertise for nearly 50 years and with the help of his son Garth, his daughter-in-law Hannah, his wife Merry-Lee, and several other family members who have been integrated into the business, he has been able to take American Hat Makers to new heights. 


Today, Garth has assumed command and is shaping a new direction for the hat company as we know it. In 2017, Garth was elected president of the Headwear Association and has used this position to impact the worldwide hat industry. Also known as Monterey Bay Hats, Head’N Home, American Hat Company, and American Hats, the American Hat Makers continue to bring the most durable, high-quality, handmade hats to the market. And when we say there’s a hat for any occasion, we mean it. 


Whether you’re attending a 1920’s themed birthday party or gardening outback, we offer superior quality and craftsmanship across 7 different product lines. Voodoo Hatter, Steampunk Hatter, Solair Hats, American Outback Hats, Double G Hats, Ashbury Hats, and Freedom Hats all offer unique styles and designs for you to choose from. A few of our most popular hats are the Barcelona Sun Hat from our Freedom collection, the Summit Hat from our American Outback collection, and the El Dorado Top Hat from Voodoo Hatter. Not sure if a hat is right for you? No problem. We back all our orders with a lifetime guarantee so you can shop with ease. Contact us and order your new hat today!