The straw hat is a classic staple in any wardrobe. Whether you're prone to a little adventure or more of the beach type, a the impeccable detail that goes into a straw hat can surely make its way into your summer style. Straw hats are a practical piece, intended to keep one cool and provide shade from the sun, all while adding chic sophistication to your look.
No other type of straw hat exudes the elegance, confidence, and exquisite craftsmanship that a Panama hat does. Panama hats are crafted in Ecuador, where artisans use a process that has been handed down through generations since the 1600s. The name "Panama" comes from the hats being exported to Europe via the Panama Canal. It can take anywhere from 2-15 days to hand weave each hat from Toquilla straw, adding to their premium quality. The Toquilla palm's soft, flexible and durable fibers are perfect for weaving and of course, wearing on one's head.
- Grade 3 Panama hat
- Took 5-7 days to weave
- Incorporates a special head weaving technique to intertwine the black and natural straw for a color blocked brim
- As with all Goorin Panama hats, this beauty is blocked in the States and coated with teflon for durability
Boaters set you apart from the crowd of fedoras. This straw hat brings forth a blend of iconic and classic style couple with functionality.
- A paper straw
- Dyed and blocked in Massachusetts
- Boaters originated as a ladies' style back in the early 1800s
- Where you've seen them: Venetian gondoliers (Italy and Vegas alike!)
Introduced as "Shantung" in the early 1900s, this particular type of straw has been around for hundreds of years, originally called "Washi." Now always referred to as Shantung, this is a tubular paper yarn with a wax (glazed coating) that came onto the scene when Panama hats started becoming a bit scarce. The yarn is produced in Japan, makes its way over to China to weave and is then blocked here in Massachusetts.
- Renamed "Shantung" for marketing purposes
- Wax coating offers a protective layer to the paper yarn and helps the hat hold up in dry heat, without cracking
- Dipped in Teflon for durability
- A Shantung can hold up to 30% of moisture (but this doesn't mean you should go diving in your hat!)