Beautiful "Panama Hat" from Sweden via Japan!

Discussion in 'Hats' started by BellyTank, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Here's a really cute "Panama".
    Vintage, Swedish brand, Glorex- made in Japan.
    Don't know exactly what type of fibre it is but definitely natural fibre.
    Very stiff and sculptured.

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  2. Mr. 'H'

    Mr. 'H' Call Me a Cab

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    Lovely side view there... no taper... I wonder when it dates from?

    Is it in a small size?
     
  3. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Hi, H.

    It is a size 7.
    It is vintage- looks late '40s in style, to me but hmmm...
    I love the sculptured-ness of it- has those vertical accents at front, rear and sides.
    Cool.



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  4. Speedster

    Speedster Practically Family

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    Yes, that is indeed a beautiful hat BT.
     
  5. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    Your word for it is just the thing: Sculpted. A grand hat.


    Also, nice coffee cup. Those Scands... beauty.com.
     
  6. Flieger

    Flieger Practically Family

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    Beautiful hat! I think my heart stopped there for a second. Never heard of "Glorex" though... Swedish, you say?

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  7. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Very nice.. with a bit of a diamond crease!
    Lets see it looks like on!!!:D
     
  8. cookie

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    That Optimo to de Max

    Is that one sexy hat?? Thanks BT ...Do I see a potential new FL design for Panamas before me Panama Bob?
     
  9. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    Everything about that hat is great. I especially like the ribbon-stylish!
     
  10. Johnnysan

    Johnnysan One Too Many

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    Undoubtedly the best-looking Panama I've ever seen! Very nice! :eusa_clap
     
  11. indycop

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    Wow!! that is very nice looking!!:eusa_clap
     
  12. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Beautiful hat. Experts: What kind of weave is that? Doesn't look like the standard panama style
     
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    The Unusual Weave

    Would folks round here describe that braided weave as "cross hatched" or does that mean it has to be on an angle?
     
  14. J.T.Marcus

    J.T.Marcus Call Me a Cab

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    I almost didn't take a look at this thread. But, am I ever glad I did! That is, without a doubt, the most beautiful Panama I have ever seen or dreamed about! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  15. carter

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    That's a striking hat, I must admit.

    I have a question that may have been asked before.

    Since the hat commonly referred to as a 'Panama" is made in Ecuador, when is a ""Panama"" not a "Panama"?

    If it isn't a "Panama", what is it ?
     
  16. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    A genuine Panama should be made in Ecuador. Correct.
    This hat was made in Japan.
    Hence "Panama Hat". It's not a real Panama.
    But it is to everybody else.

    Panama Hat is also a generic term for a Straw Hat, of course.


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  17. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Glad you folks like it- been gathering dust for years...


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  18. Colby Jack

    Colby Jack Call Me a Cab

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    J.T. You've nailed it and I'm in full agreement. That hat is stunning!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap I want one....
     
  19. HungaryTom

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    Great block

    BellyTank -

    That is a very nice straw hat - great shape and ribbon work- it would certainly look very nice in toquilla weave as well.

    Imagine if you had to pay all the flight tickets between the straw provenance-Japan-Sweden and Danmark-until it got to you:eusa_doh:

    "Panama" - see why that appellation control is really needed.
    Imagine what
    Levi's would do if any blue denim trouser could be called 501...
    French did if I some foreign sparkling wine would be called Champaign...
    now people call any straw hat with black ribbon a 'Panama' - and people call the Montecristi 'The real panama'. This is what I hear all the time outside the Lounge

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    just found that:

    http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstr...77A93C3AB178FD85F418385F9&scp=5&sq=Panama+hat

    "JAPANESE GO AFTER PANAMA HAT TRADE; They Import Toquilla Palm Fiber and Worry Colombia and Ecuador.

    Special Correspondence, THE NEW YORK TIMES.

    April 21, 1935, Sunday

    Section: REVIEW OF THE WEEK EDITORIALS, Page E7, 380 words

    PANAMA, R.P. -- The threat of Japan to invade the Panama hat industry has alarmed jobbers and retail dealers here, the exporters in Colombia and Ecuador and the native Indians of the latter two countries, who weave the famous hats that are not made in the country from which they take their name". [ END
    OF FIRST PARAGRAPH ]

    So you can get the full story against payment there....
     
  20. Kaosharper1

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    Why its a "Panama"

    Evidently Teddy Roosevelt wore one at the opening of the Panama Canal. When the pictures went home it became fashionable to wear one, and they were called "Panama" because of the pictures.
     

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