At their start, Sammy Catalena sought hatter equipment and from a magazine advertisement found a hatter in Florida interested in selling. The owner of the hatter made it clear to the Catalenas that he would only sell his equipment to someone who would use it for custom work only and not sell out to a larger company. After returning to Texas, Sammy made all the necessary arrangements and once set up in Bryan, Sammy and Carolyn were able to start living their dream of owning and operating a custom hat business.
Today, the sons of Carolyn and Sammy Catalena, Scott and Travis work in the hat shop, crafting hats for customers based in Texas and as far as nearly every continent in the world.
Watch the video below to hear the story of Catalena Hatters from the Catalena family themselves.