In 1990, Lavonna “Shorty” Koger, started the legacy that is Shorty’s Caboy Hattery. Located in historic Stockyard City Shorty has been shaping, restoring and building custom hats. As a little girl competing in rodeos in the late 60’s and early 70’s Shorty said “she has always had a love for cowboy hats.”
In 1968 Shorty opened a western store where she taught herself how to shape hats. The shift from a western store to a hattery came from the encouragement of her brother after he sent their Fathers hat off to be restored and it unfortunately it came back ruined. That’s when Shorty started her search to learn more about the hat business. “Luckily, I found a man in Oklahoma City (OKC) that had a business like I was looking for and his name was also Shorty so it was meant to be.” She explained as she tells her story. Though the man already had a buyer for the business, the sale fell through and within minutes Shorty was the new owner.
Shorty states “I have been blessed to have been in business 30years this year. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a happy customer wearing one of my hats.” Shorty’s passion for hats and her business keeps her on the road as she attends approximately 90% of the shows they do, with each show feeling like a reunion and the joy of meeting new people. With that I asked Shorty who the most interesting person she has ever made a hat for was? Her response. “Everyone I make hat for is interesting and special to me.”
When Shorty learned the NLBRA National Finals was moving to Guthrie she knew she had to be involved. She describes the NLBRA as a “big family” with all the kids, parents and grandparents, having “Shorty’s Short Go” for her is a “great way to end the show.” Shorty gives all the glory to God, she loves the NLBRA and all the kids. And Shorty it is a safe to say the kids and the NLBRA love you right back. Thank you for your continued support.
To learn more about Shorty’s Caboy Hattery or to see their products visit them at shortyshattery.com or follow them on social media.