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Panama Hat Advice

Why do Panama hats shrink?

Why do Panama hats shrink?
It is common for people to walk into our stores wearing a Panama hat that is too small for them. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it looks funny and blows off in the wind. Unlike shoes, your Panama will shrink, and never stretch without substantial effort. Continue reading

Why does a Panama hat cost more?

Why does a Panama hat cost more?
Because they are made completely by hand. Everything else in our world is made by machines and factories, but the best best summer hats can only be made by a real person. Despite the onslaught of industrialisation, they still outperform everything a machine can make. It is our heritage, and a great art form. Continue reading

Where are Panama hats made?

Where are Panama hats made?

They are only made in Ecuador, specifically around Montechristi on the coast, and around Cuenca in the mountains. 

Inferior versions, often using the same straw, are woven in Columbia, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico. They may appear similar, but they are by definition not a Panama hat. In our modern age, any white hat is called a Panama, whether they are made of plastic, paper or felt.

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Can you fold or roll a Panama hat?

Can you fold or roll a Panama hat?

The answer is yes, but it will crack. 

When you roll and fold a Panama there is always some breakage of the palm fibres it is made from. If your hat is warm, moist and supple then it will be minimal, but in the long run your hat will crack and be disfigured.

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How to steam a Panama

How to steam a Panama
Every once in a while your Panama will need a tune-up. Or perhaps there has been a hat tragedy, and it needs some serious care to make it right. If you take your time and be gentle, you can heal your hat and learn a new skill. Continue reading

What is a real Panama hat?

What is a real Panama hat?
Anyone can call a hat a Panama - and they do. Whether it is plastic, paper, raffia or wool - but these are not Panama hats, just cheap copies being sold on the net. Learn how to tell the difference and make an informed decision - it's easy. Continue reading

How to Pack a Panama hat

How to Pack a Panama hat
When it comes to travelling, hats are an essential item. If you take an ugly hat that is easy to pack, you end up with all your photos being of your ugly hat. The goal is to bring a beautiful hat and make sure it arrives in perfect condition.  Continue reading