Shudde Bros. Store and Hat Factory

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[Shudde Bros]

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[Shudde Bros]

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[Shudde Bros]

Shudde Bros. is one of Houston’s oldest businesses. The Shudde family moved to Houston in 1901 from Carmine (pronounced “Karmeen”), Texas. Al Shudde founded the store as a teenager, in 1907, as the “Shudde Southern Hat Company”. Al’s brothers Ben, Walter, John, and Herbert were ultimately also involved in the business. The company was passed on to Al’s son, Weldon, and to Weldon’s son, Neal, who runs the business today. Customers of Shudde Bros have included John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tom Mix, Ernest Tubb, and Dr. “Red” Duke.

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[1936 – U.T. Center for American History]

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[Shudde Bros]

While Shudde Bros. once had a large shop on Main Street (in can be seen on the far left of the above postcard), they are now located on Trinity Street, in the historic part of the Sixth Ward known as the “Old Sixth Ward”. In 1914, the brothers built a factory building next door to the original Shudde homestead on Trinity. Since then, the factory has been in continuous operation at that location. The homestead is now part of the store and factory.

More information:
Shudde Bros. website
Kaplan, D., “Businesses keep success in hand by keeping them in the family,” Houston Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2002.

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Update: From the sign they have posted on their store, it looks like Shudde Bros. may be leaving town.

10 responses to “Shudde Bros. Store and Hat Factory

  1. joseph Bartley

    curious about a hat some one gave me,it is a stetson no. 25 size 7 1/2 any imformation? I am at barjoe326@comcast.net, thank you.

  2. Call 281-375-2149 and ask for Neal Shudde.

  3. Shudde Hatters is relocating to new location. The Shudde quality lives!

  4. Shudde Hatters is relocating to new location. The Shudde quality lives! Call 281-375-2149 for details.

  5. I NEED A HAT LINING REPLACEMENT WHERE CAN I TAKE THE HAT?

  6. Houstorian Tracey

    Joseph – You might ask Sudde Bros. if they can help – they’re at (281) 375-2149 (as noted above).

  7. Schudde Brothers is still in operation… now as a non-profit. The store and factory are now part of the “Brookwood” Community Store and Cafe, just West of Houston in Brookshire, TX. Neil Shudde is usually right behind the counter and ready to help and answer questions. This guy knows hats and is very friendly.

    Brookwood is a community for adults with disabilities, located close to the store. All of the Schudde Hat profits go to support the community. It really is awesome.

    • CORRECTION—-

      Shudde Brothers is still in operation… now as a non-profit. The store and factory are now part of the “Brookwood” Community Store and Cafe, just West of Houston in Brookshire, TX. Neal Shudde is usually right behind the counter and ready to help and answer questions. This guy knows hats and is very friendly.

      Brookwood is a community for adults with disabilities, located close to the store. All of the Shudde Hat profits go to support the community. It really is awesome.

  8. I have an ermine and beaver pelt hat in the original leather case with a certificate attached to the purple satin lining that certifies it as #6 in a series of 10 hats. The ermine tails are attached. The hat is in good condition, never been worn or shaped. Can you tell me when this hat was made and approx. value?
    Thanks
    Monty Schuth

  9. adam montgomery

    I have Stetson open road style. Says Stetson beaver 100 on sweat. Leather came your store any idea when it was made. And value of hat. If need a pic. Let me know

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