Blog about hats

  • Panama Hats


    The straw hat - a classic summer staple in any man or woman's wardrobe. A practical piece of headwear made to stay cool and shaded from the sun while providing an easy sophistication to any look. There are countless of straw hats under the sun, but there is no other type of straw hat that exudes elegance, confidence, and exquisite craftsmanship than the Panama hat.


    Only hats woven in Ecuador can be called a Panama hat. Traditionally, the straw used to make a Panama hat comes from the leaves of the Toquilla palm. The palm's soft, flexible and durable fibers are perfect for weaving and of course, wearing on one's head. The quality of a Panama hat is measured by the weave count of the straw. The most common weave is called the  Brisa weave (photographed below) and the quality of a hat is measured by grades. A grade 3 Brisa weave Panama hat takes only a couple of days to make unlike the finer weave, grade 12 Brisa weave hat that can take several weeks to complete. Continue reading

  • The Hat Shop

    A video from our very own merchants at Yaletown Hat Shop in Vancouver. An animated look into how it might feel like walking into one of our shops for the first time.

    Watch as a little bit of hat magic unfolds before your eyes...

    The talented creators of this video are Goorin's very own Daryl-Lynn Ramsay and Elijah Yutuc. "With [Elijah's] skills in photography, we instantly knew we should do a stop motion piece! We were very inspired by our hat shop and knew we wanted to integrate it," Ramsay explains about the idea that took a year to come alive. She adds, "It actually only took a few weeks to get the shooting done and since then I've been compositing, editing and getting the sound done on my spare time." Truly a passion project, "The Hat Shop" is a great example of the talent we have right under our brims.


    Find a Goorin Bros. Hat Shop near you and witness the magic in person.

  • The Roaring 20s

    The Roaring Twenties was a decade marked with excess and extravagance in all aspects. Wealth was abundant, liquor flowed, music boomed and fashion flourished. In lieu of the much anticipated The Great Gatsby film by Baz Luhrman, we've featured a few of our classic hats inspired by the literary classic. View our Great Gatsby Hats collection here.


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  • Derby Season

    As much as the Kentucky Derby is a spectator sport and a chance to revel in the throws of racing excitement, people keep an eye out for more than just the winning horse and jockey. It is a chance to see and be seen in the latest hat extravagance and fashion. There is no other time to be bold in headwear than during this time of year. Let's take a gander back in time to see how ladies and gents dressed for the derby in the years past.

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