breathable, light in color and weight, and I've heard that women find men in Panama hats
extremely sexy. That's not hard to believe when you see examples like that absolutely superb Grade 8 Panama safari
from Christys' with covered crown tip, grograin ribbon trim and 2 1/2 inch brim or The Fenix
, a Panama fedora
that's part of the Santana by Carlos Santana collection. Offered in your choice of plaids in Black or Brown, and trimmed with a solid ribbon band with pin and hand-painted feather, this hat is finished with a fabric sweatband and satin lined crown tip.
New from Stetson this year is a Panama hat
called The Original Forty Seven
. This is a real deal, unlined fedora made from Grade 8 Panama straw with a trim ribbon band, a 2 3/4 inch brim, and a 4 inch crown. Made in Texas, it's finished with a grosgrain sweatband for cool and comfortable summer wear.
There's a Christys' London favorite making a back-by-demand appearance this season. It's an elegant dress Panama hat
called The Snap Brim Fedora
and has a just-stingy two inch brim with a trim of black grosgrain ribbon and bow. The hat is made in the USA and is perfect for the warm days and nights ahead. Another popular lid is a Santana Panama hat
called The Sacred Fire
. This stingy brim fedora with faux leather trim and hand-branded heart design impressed one customer so much that he calls it "brilliant" and "exceptional" saying it's more than he expected.
Not every Panama hat
is a fedora, of course: there are Panama
pork pie hats and even a skimmer hat
from Biltmore, Kangol and Scala for instance, a homburg
from Dobbs and safaris
from Scala as well as Christys' (a favorite of mine being The Broad Brim
, a men's safari Panama hat
with a broad, three-inch brim). There are outbacks
in Panama straw
as well (we're talking The Saratoga
here). Another Scala Panama hat
style is evidenced by The Gambler
with its great, broad brim
(for sun protection) and Weatherall
coating (in case of sun shower).
This variety of style within each hat
genre is, by the way, the source of our MensHats.com
tagline: A Hat For Every Head
. The brilliant slogan also comes from the fact that I'm kinda like the Shakespeare of hat copy - but lots better looking, naturally, in my Montecristi, a fine Panama pork pie hat