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Panama hat is THE hat for the summer for every amateur hat wearer !
Its ivory or whitened colour is a real pleasure to see,
and its natural texture is a delight - not only for the look of it, but
also to touch, sometimes so close to the material that you forget it is
made exclusively of straw and entirely hand made by the Indians of the
Equador (South America).
is very light and provides a comfort and a freshness which is beyond compare.
Its mild smell of sulphur and straw reflects its origins and the rituals
behind the making of it.
Mouret House has been a specialist in the sale of Panama hats for several
M. Mouret himself goes to Equador on a regular basis to get to know this
particular culture and work with the local craftsmen of the Montecristi
region (Manabi) and then selects the most beautiful panama styles in the
world for you !
is the most prestigious make in Europe, the reason behind it being that
it has the most beautiful, elegant and refined shapes. Only the most beautiful
materials are used to make the Borsalino style - hare skin for the felt
hats and Monticristi straw (Equador) for the Panama hats. The style which
is designed in white straw is exceptionally light. Its shape is one of
the most beautiful Borsalino styles and requires no further explanation.
It is also trimmed with a grain of black silk. Please note, this panama
hat cannot be folded. To get a bit of the history behind it, Lionel Jospin
chose this style when he came to visit to our boutique in Summer !
Sizes 55 to 61 : from 279 € inc. tax
fine woven effect (requires about 3 months to be woven by hand) of this
panama is very striking. Its colonial shape, including a fold marked out
edge means that it can be folded and rolled up. It is sold
in a balsa wood box, is extremely light (aprox. 60g) and is particularly
popular with experts. Also trimmed with a grain of brown. Its natural
colouring has been lightly whitened by a sulphur flame according to tradition.
(Sizes 57-59-61). from 300€ to 700 € aprox. price, as each panama is unique. (varying
according to the fluctuation of the dollar in the exchange rate)
Panama Cuenca :
Panama style is generally the one you would start off with. As it is made
of slightly courser material and has a very simple shape, it has all the
qualities of a genuine panama hat, since it is after all, a panama style!
Also completely hand woven (which requires 4-5 days work), it attracts
the neophytes by its very low price : (45 € (S-M-L-XL). It is of
a very supple texture and although it is able to be folded in Equador
(very humid country), it is not advised to fold in up in a more dry country.
Trimmed with by black elastic.
Montecristi extra fino :
Mouret house, specialists in panama hats, would advise you to contact
Monsieur. Mouret (+ 33 4 90 85 39 38) for all purchases and enquiries
regarding the more elegant extra fine and Ultra Fino panama styles (prices from 750 to
1200 €). He will be able to advise you on prices if you have a budget
to stick to, and will also help you choose the best shape to suit you.
- TRUE OR FALSE
IS A SHAPE OF HAT?
is actually a material : a fibre derived from young shoots of palm trees
(carludivia palmita) from Equador, from which we get the name "la
paja toquilla". There
are several versions available: Borsalino, planter, colonial, western,
etc... and also in all the feminine forms : wide brimmed styles, bell
shaped... but still in the form of a cap or visor.
It is especially well known in the form of men's hats.
STYLE ORIGINATES FROM THE COUNTRY PANAMA
The panama, contrary to what its name would suggest, comes exclusively
from Equador. The origin of its name is "sombrero fino de paja toquilla".
It was the workers who were ploughing the Panama channel in 1881 who discovered
the remarkable qualities of these hats and then made the style popular
in the United States and in Europe.
Thus it was christened, although somewhat wrongly, "Panama hat",
which does not please the people from Equador at all, who continue to
call it sombrero de paja toquilla, but given that the other name stuck,
they consent to calling it "panama" for the sake of exportation.
PANAMA HAT CAN BE FOLDED
TRUE AND FALSE
The more fine a panama hat is, the better it can be folded and rolled
up. A panama hat made of coarse straw will quickly get broken if it is
folded, but it doesn't mean that it is any less of a genuine article.
On the other hand, certain panama styles are specifically designed to
retain their shape for years; they must never be folded at all and will
even break if proper care is not taken. The panama hat which can be folded
must be very fine (generally costing more than 150€), and preferably
a colonial style (the fold is already marked out) Even a panama which
can be folded should not be left folded or rolled up for more than a week.
PANAMA HAT IS EXPENSIVE
There is a range of prices for a panama hat, but prices will vary according
to the fineness of the straw. The more course the material is, the more
quickly it can be woven (aprox. 4 days), and the less expensive it is.
The ones which are made from a coarser material are sold from 49€, but
it is true to say that the finest panama hats(the ones which come from
Montecristi) can cost up to 890€ or more in boutiques in Europe or in
the USA. But bearing in mind that it requires about 10 months to weave
one single panama hat, it is apparent that it isn't really as expensive
as all that!
PANAMA HATS ARE WOVEN BY HAND
weaving is done entirely by hand. The workers also use their nails to
extract the fibres from the leaves of dried palm trees.
A hat is woven by one person, seated (in Cuenca) or standing up, leaning
over his work (in Montecristi). When the base is ready, the hat is then
handed over to someone else who will finish off the edges, still by hand,
and finish it with a woven stitch called 'remate' point.
PANAMA HATS ARE THE MONTECRISTI ONES
TRUE AND FALSE
If it true, in a general sense, that are the Montecristi styles which
are the finest, lightest and which have the tightest and most regular
woven stitches, then the term "montecristi" would refer to not
only the place of origin, but also the way it is woven. The stitch is
not the same as the one used in a cuenca or a brisa style.
We therefore have Montecristi styles which are more coarse than the cuenca
fino styles, but this is not very often the case.
STYLES ARE IMPERMEABLE !
The Montecristi fino styles in which the weaving is very tight can be
impermeable if they are not treated. But be aware that panama hats which
have been treated can lose their shape in the rain!
PANAMA HAT IS NOT FRAGILE.
TRUE AND FALSE
In fact, the panama which has a very raw finishing is very supple, and
even flexible, so it cannot be broken. However, if it is bent too often
and without proper care and attention, it can become very fragile. On
the other hand, the more defined the finishing of a panama is, the more
breakable it becomes, and especially if it is handles roughly when putting
it on and taking it off. Certain precautions must therefore be taken in
order to ensure that your panama will last:
1/ Do not grip it too tightly (or at least no not exerce any pressure
on it) whilst wearing it, and you should pick it up preferably by the
(We have set up a system which allows for your panama to be strengthened
at its weak point, and you can request this service before every purchase)
dry periods, consider spraying it from time to time with a facial mister.
VERY DIFFICULT TO TELL A REAL PANAMA FROM A FAKE ONE
A real panama is hand woven, and so at the top of the body of the
hat, you can see the start of the weave in the form of a rosette/rose
(the fake panamas do not have this), and on the other hand, the majority
of fake panamas are made of cellulose and do not feel like straw.
HAT IS A LUXURY ITEM
TRUE AND FALSE
Real panama styles start off at 49€, but it is true that a particularly
fine hat will start at the price of 145€. If it is considered a luxury
article, this has more to do with its prestige than its price. Worn by
well known people world-wide in show business (Mastroianni, Gabin, Noiret,Paul Newman...),
or in the world of politics(Roosevelt, Krouchtchev, Gustav V King of Sweden,
Churchill,...), it therefore acquired its sense of nobility. On the other
hand, all the big names connected to "luxury" have made their
mark on certain panama styles (Lanvin, Hermes,...) and have cultivated
this luxurious environment from the image of the panama hat. But if the
panama hat is held in such high regard, it is first and foremost due to
the fact that it is a hand crafted article which is completely hand made,
according to an ancient ritual, and a tradition which has remained unchanged
since its origin in 1630. The panama is a hat which tells a story. Each
hat has its history: the sweat and hard work, the skill and "know-how"
of the worker, the sun and the earth of Equador, the culture of a country,
the pride and the simple way of life of the craftsmen
panama is a hat with a soul !