Having chosen men's straw hats to be your first spring/summer hat point of perusal this season (after deciding to save for later our very fine collections of Cotton/Linen Caps and Panama Hats), you are to be congratulated! Cool on hot days, straw hats for men range from dress hats to casual fedoras and walking hats. This year, in addition to Stetson's 150th Anniversary line of hats including
The Benchmark and The Aviator, there are a number of new hats from Bailey for you to consider. The best selling Winnick is one example, a snap brim hat with a teardrop crown offered in two excellent brisa weave finishes, and another is The Chaplin, a Panama straw bowler hat with bound edge brim, offered (until it's sold out for good) in your choice of Media Bleach or Sienna.
Scala's got some new straw hats this year too. In Natural or Putty, there's The Safari, a Panama hat with unique leather trim and covered crown tip sticker. The Aussie Outback is another Panama hat from Scala, this one vented for comfort. It too features a leather trim and covered crown tip sticker. Tommy Bahama offers The Balibuntal, a straw hat with a pleated trim, TB marlin pin and comfortable elasticized sweatband. If it's a Panama straw hat you're looking for from Tommy Bahama, you're in luck: The Fine Panama Fedora is a great summer dress hat, with a two tone grosgrain trim and marlin pin, and it too is fitted with an elasticized sweatband for comfort.
Much more laid back for those hot days on the beach is Tommy Bahama's Laid Back Fedora, a toyo hat with a jute/faux leather trim and bound edge. Narrow brim walking hats from TB include one in a crocheted raffia, as well as vented buri braid fedora with a jute trim with paper braid overlay, and a paper braid hat with ribbon trim and Tommy Bahama palm tree pin.
Back by demand this year you 'll see stingy brim fedoras, like The Mercer, a Florentine Milan straw hat with an upturned brim and bound edge, to western classics such as The Open Road by Stetson and porkpies, including that Scala hat, The Skimmer, with covered crown tip, grosgrain trim and Teflon coated brim, as well as a customer all-time favorite, The Healer, a boldly woven shantung straw pork pie hat from the Carlos Santana collection that may just be the coolest hat ever.
Vented men's hats are always good choices for warm weather wear, and we've got a great hat from Goorin called The Emile, a paper braid fedora in Grey with constrast grosgrain ribbon trim and badge. No list of straw hats is complete without one from Christys' Panama line of hats. Called The Foldaway Fedora, the brim on this hat is generous at three inches, and it features a leather tie, grosgrain trim and pin. Stetson brings back The Original Forty Seven to the Panama fedora table, and this is an unlined Grade 8 Panama straw hat with a trim ribbon band, 2 3/4 inch brim, a 4 inch crown and it's finished with a grosgrain sweatband.
Once you've seen the variety of casual straw gamblers, fedoras and dress hats offered by these top brand name hat makers, you'll never think quite the same about straw hats again. Just recall The Stratoliner for a moment, if you will. This American-made milan braid remake of a famous Stetson hat from decades past has become a popular best seller with its 2 1/4 inch brim, narrow grosgrain trim with airplane pin and bound edge. It's pretty amazing what they can do with a weed these days.