There’s an old saying that goes “if you want it done right, do it yourself!” Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to Merlin’s Hide Out. After all, the business got started when Merlin decided he’d rather make his own beaver gators, rather than simply purchasing them from someone else. Since 1999, Merlin’s attention to detail has driven the creation of amazing handmade natural buffalo coats, hides, and other fur garments.

Every buffalo coat created at Merlin’s Hide Out is a handmade heirloom. The hides used to make the coat are hand selected in order to match texture, color, and feel. Many pieces are hand sewn together and each button is cut and stained by hand. This attention to detail not only makes for an incredible piece that can be worn for many generations, but it also caught the eye of an interesting business partner – Hollywood!

Every buffalo coat created at Merlin’s Hide Out is a handmade heirloom.

The Hangman’s Buffalo Coat

In December 2015, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight premiered. The film, a western set in the backcountry of Wyoming, featured elaborate characters and costumes.  Kurt Russell’s character, “The Hangman,” wore a costume that some fans may recognize – a buffalo coat created by Merlin’s Hide Out. Kurt’s buffalo coat was meticulously created to match seven other buffalo coats made for the Hollywood film.

Kurt Russell wearing "The Big Boy" coat made by Merlin's Hide Out in The Hateful Eight.
Kurt Russell wearing “The Big Boy” coat made by Merlin’s Hide Out in The Hateful Eight.

The “Hangman” coat became universally loved on set. In fact, Kurt and the crew even nicknamed the coat! “The Big Boy” was put on display at The Autry in Los Angeles, along with other costumes once filming wrapped. Check out this feature over at Cowboys and Indians to read more in detail about Merlin’s Hide Out’s role in the Hollywood Blockbuster.

The Hateful Eight promotional movie poster showing Kurt Russell wearing a buffalo fur coat made by Merlin's Hide Out.
Kurt Russell wearing a buffalo fur coat in a scene from The Hateful Eight.

Not Just For Hollywood

While the coats made for The Hateful Eight were very special, every buffalo fur coat from Merlin’s Hideout is crafted with the highest level of detail – not just the one’s made for Hollywood! Coat hides are meticulously selected in order to match for color, texture, and fur quality. Once those hides are matched, we cut them to size and specifications captured across 12 different measurements. Plus, every coat is backed by our 100% satisfaction guaranteed promise. Check our Buffalo Fur Coats, or reach out to us to learn more.

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