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Panama Hat Thread

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Burma Shave, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. Burma Shave

    Burma Shave One of the Regulars

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    Interested in panama hats?

    Check out this book: The Panama Hat Trail, by Tom Miller, published in 1988 by Vintage Departures, a division of Vintage Books.

    Of course, some of the information included is outdated, since it's close to 2 decades old. However, the essentials -- how the hats are made, for example -- remain true.

    Rather than try to summarize the book, I'll simply copy the back-cover text: "Tom Miller sets out on more than a journey -- he engages in a rare and extraordinary detective story. Panama hats, those fashionable head toppers with a style and mythology all their own, are America's most popular haberdashery. But where do they come from? When the answer in Ecuador, not Panama, the intrigue begins. Tracing these hats from the harvesting of jungle straw to their sale in California stores, Miller's quest brings him face to face with drug traffickers, zealous missionaries, Amazon prostitutes, and more than a few banana republics. All in all, an exceptionally entertaining adventure played out in a part of the world we rarely see."

    It's good stuff. Only about one-third to one-half of the book is about the hats, including history, production and marketing. But the rest of the book is pretty interesting travelogue, so many people here on the Lounge will likely enjoy it.
     
  2. Kaleponi Craig

    Kaleponi Craig A-List Customer

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    Read it awhile back. A good book about how Panamas are made...KC
     
  3. stylin

    stylin Familiar Face

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    Nah.. Prefer fur felt to Panama look....perhaps if i settle down in S. America.
     
  4. Hemingway Jones

    Hemingway Jones I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    You just need the right one. Check out the gangster in "Key Largo" or Victor Lazlo in "Casablanca," or Warren Beatty's "Clyde." That, my friend, is a fine Panama. ;)
     
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  5. Panamabob

    Panamabob Call Me a Cab

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    The book almost exclusively focuses on the Cuenca hats and only hits on the surface of the Montecristis.
     
  6. Kaleponi Craig

    Kaleponi Craig A-List Customer

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    Stylin, both are great hats. A fine Montecristi Panama is one of the greatest works of art in existence. The first time I held one in my hands, looked at the unbelievably fine weave and put it on my head, I knew I was in love...KC
     
  7. astaire

    astaire One of the Regulars

    couldn't agree more with KC

    Actually, the reason i got into fedorae is because of panamas (panamae?) Whilst travelling in Athens, i stumbled to a hat shop that sells unfinished montechristis. when i finally touched one, tears almost fell from my eyes. I bought one in the optimo style (the one with the ridge running down the middle of the crown), and still haven't gotten around to send it to Mr. Fawcett to put on the sweat band and bow. I'll post some pices when i do.
     
  8. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I got my first fur felt fedora back in December, just in time for the coldest winter here in the San Fernando Valley that I can remember. In a few months, we'll be back to 100¬? + temperatures, and I may be on the lookout for a Panama.
     
  9. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    Ok fellas, lets show what ya got. All straws are welcome and appreciated.

    These first two are my vintage straws, a Lee panama and a Adam milan.

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    I finished this body last year and it has served me well.

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  10. Zig2k143

    Zig2k143 Practically Family

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    My frist white straw:

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  11. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    I can not say anything but good about Panama Bobs Straws. I am fortunate to have a few and here they are.

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  12. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    Nice lid zig
     
  13. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    This is a modern Stetson and is working out fine as yard hat.

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  14. Zig2k143

    Zig2k143 Practically Family

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    Thanks I was uncertain about a white hat for myself but I think it looks good.
     
  15. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I have since put a different ribbon on this hat, a Borsalino.
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    dean
     
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  16. Aaron Hats

    Aaron Hats Vendor

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    Not a Panama but a nice soft shantung:

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  17. Bud-n-Texas

    Bud-n-Texas Practically Family

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    Nice lid Aaron. I have been wearing Shantung westerns for decades. I picked up a Guatemalan palm 2 years ago, it is very durable, but quite a bit heavier than other straws that I have had.


    I like the Boso Dean, looks coooooool
     
  18. Zig2k143

    Zig2k143 Practically Family

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    Ok what is the difference between a straw hat and a Shantung hat?
     
  19. Aaron Hats

    Aaron Hats Vendor

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    There are different types of material used in making "straw" hats. Shantung is generally used for western hats but sometimes you find it used on fedoras.

    Aaron
     
  20. Zig2k143

    Zig2k143 Practically Family

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    Is it a good material?
     

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