by Robert Waight in April of 1996, the little western fashion "tienda"
in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg has pushed itself to the
cutting edge of the fashion-forward industry of custom hats,
boots, and other creative "cosas."
The "little train that could" was merely a young man's "dream"
in the fall of 1995 when Robert struggled with the concept of an
idea to create a retail environment full of a unique product
like no other in the world. Most would call that "bold talk" for
a young individual with no proven "ownership" track record in
the western retail industry. But Mr. Waight's apprenticeship,
while in college, with an Austin-based western store, along with
his travels through Europe and a self-imposed "will to succeed"
would allow him to transcend his ideas into a type of market the
"modern consumer" has never seen before.
Directed towards no particular gender, Headquarters
Hats prides itself not only on the ability to provide an
intoxicating product but its genuine concern to fulfill each
customer's desires that walks in the door or visits us online. A
self-described artist, Mr. Waight, creates a "look" with each
type of hat that lends itself to the customer's strengths at
hand. Facial features (jaw structure), frame, and shoulder
broadness are but a few of the physical traits that Robert
juggles. He "positions" his customer with that unique individual
look that will have them wearing "their" hat with confidence
(like they know they look good in it), NOT with a
"self-conscious" feeling about having something on their head.
A Headquarters' customer will experience a
"burning" curiosity for "newly" designed styles by Robert of
such name brand products as Lucchese boots, Stetson and Resistol
hats, Jon Hart luggage, and the Stella Luna Concho beltline. The
two have lent their imagination to create high-end, but yet
affordable, wares that will distinguish their clientele from