The man In the hat
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Never made in Panama! But stylish straw hats have been referred to as Panama Hats since the early nineteenth century, when Panama was a major hub for crossing the Americas. Re-styled in Paris, these hats took New York by storm in the 1900s and are still going strong. The most prestigious Panama Hats are made by hand in Montecristi, Ecuador, have the texture of fine linen and are immensely expensive.

Wearing a great Panama hat will make you feel like the most stylish person in the room, on the beach or downtown. It will adapt itself to your personality and cope with all kinds of abuse. Keep it gently humidified and it will last a lifetime.

Montecristi Panama Hat - hand woven
Ken Watanabe in Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005