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The Panama Hat Craze

The Strand Magazine, published in 1902, reporting on the newest fad of the time – the Panama hat: One hundred pounds for a straw hat! Enough with which to take a three months’ holiday, enough to keep your son a year at college, enough to buy a small farm. And yet so astute a financier [...]

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Hats Off to Ecuador

A short piece on panama hats from an issue of The Rotarian in 1956: The next time you put on that crisp, cool “Panama” hat, remember to thank the Ecuadorians – they made it! This year their South American country will produce 4 million hats, 90 percent of which will be exported to the United [...]

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Vintage Stetson Ads

From the late 1940′s. Common hat models were the Stetsonian, the Diplomat, the Vogue, and the Casual.

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Shopping for Summer Hats – Part 4

The results of my search – a Stetson branded panama hat with a plain ribbon and 2″ narrow snap brim.

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Shopping for Summer Hats – Part 3

Not quite willing to buy one online yet, I instead stopped by Seattle’s only hat store – Byrnie Utz Hats. It’s been open since 1934 and the interior decor probably hasn’t changed much since. Brands carried: Borsalino, Stetson, Dobbs, Christys, Scala, and many many more. After about spending an hour in the store trying on [...]

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Shopping for Summer Hats – Part 1

Some inspiration from Free & Easy to get things started.

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Made in Ecuador

While shopping around online for a panama hat for summer, I came across this trailer for a documentary on how they’re made. The process of weaving them looks grueling, and it puts some perspective on why some panama hats can cost hundreds of dollars and more.

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