The Panama Hat is Back!

I received a present from a friend: she brought me a Panama hat from Panama only for me to learn that the Panama hat is really from Equador.  I was a bit surprized by the gift – was I the kind of girl who could wear a Panama hat? It seems so iconic and with so much history it felt too much for me. I know it’s a hat and sometimes we’re hesitant to wear things we like – maybe it’s a sexy dress cut lower then you would usually wear but you’d really  like to be the girl who wears the dress and is just a bit sexier. Well this is how I feel about the Panama hat.

Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Winston Churchill, and Harry Truman have all worn the Panama hat. It’s not just famous men, both Madonna and Naomi Campbell have been spotted wearing the Panama hat.

So what makes it so popular? When you try on a Panama hat and you touch the strong soft weave you feel sexy and special. I know that you can feel different and more confident when you wear a hat – I have one friend who doesn’t feel dressed or complete without a hat. I don’t know why hats seem to have magical powers but they just do – but not all hats. Some hats make you feel stupid so you have to find the right one!

The hat actually became popular during the building of the Panama Canal and they were worn by the workers for protection from the sun.

The weaving of the Paja Toquilla or Panama Hat has been known since the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Ecuadorians weave Paja Toquilla straw  – the fibres from Carludouica Palmata more commonly known as  palm leaves.

Not all Panama hats are created equal. Hat prices are determined by the fineness of weave, the quality of weave, the quality and colour of straw and the dimensions of hat. So if you’re purchasing a Panama hat take your time – there are several styles and colours.

 

Monte Cristi Panama Hat image is from Lock & Co Hatters  – they have a great selection and are in London at:

James Lock & Co. Ltd.,
6 St. James’s Street,
London,
SW1A 1EF

 

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2 comments on “The Panama Hat is Back!

  1. Film Upstart
    March 27, 2009 at 22:22

    I want one – the nice ones you’ve posted abput. I do think it would look good although I’ve always hesitated but now I might be brave….

  2. Julio Moscoso
    April 22, 2009 at 20:20

    We are a panama hat company from Ecuador. We have traditional and trendy new models.
    If anyone is interested do not hesitate in contacting me.

    Regards

    Julio

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