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Panama Hat Thread

zetwal

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By the way, you have probably seen the site already ... maybe you even mentioned it earlier. I don't recall.

But if you have not seen it, you will want to visit Brent Black's website. It's beautiful and very informative with regard to Panama hats generally ... ;)

http://www.brentblack.com
 

buler

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There are references to optimo style hats as early as 1902 in google news. It seems that it was linked to the image on Optimo Cigar advertising.... maybe this has already been discussed before.

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dwebber18

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Hi everyone, want to introduce myself and make my first post. I'm looking at a PanamaBob Caballero style hat, and would love to see some more pictures of them; without bothering Bob for them. I have searched through the threads and have seen some but none from the side showing how the brim curves. Anyone have some they would like to share? I think I'd like a fedora styles hat with a turn up brim in the rear and think the Caballero might fit the bill, but I can't quite tell. Thanks everyone; David!
 

zetwal

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Nothing to do with the current conversation. But I'm guessing that the straw lovers who follow this thread will enjoy this 1924 ad ... ;)

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WineGuy

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ksargent said:
Greetings all,

If one is planning to spend $150 or so on a Panama Bob hat, is that money better spent on one of the mid-range to nicer Cuencas or a lower-end Montecristi? I am thinking along the lines of an Extra-Fino Llano Cuenca vs. either a Medio Fino or a Fino Montecristi (hand blocked in Ecuador). To complicate matters, I am very warm-natured and perspire heavily (I live in Pensacola on the Gulf Coast), so some ventilation is probably a plus in my case.


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Ken

Hi Ken, what ever style you choose, give it to Art or any of the other masters for blocking, it will be money well spent. Art sends you a conformer device to take an actual mold of your head shape which let's him block the hat to exactly your fit...I don't know if the other milliners do that.

The hat below is a Montecristi from PB, 600wpi, 2 3/4"brim, teardrop crown and blocked by Art.

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ksargent

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That is a beautiful hat!

Ken

WineGuy said:
Hi Ken, what ever style you choose, give it to Art or any of the other masters for blocking, it will be money well spent. Art sends you a conformer device to take an actual mold of your head shape which let's him block the hat to exactly your fit...I don't know if the other milliners do that.

The hat below is a Montecristi from PB, 600wpi, 2 3/4"brim, teardrop crown and blocked by Art.

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ksargent

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I very much appreciate the answers! So much so, that I will impose with another noobie question. I have heard about Panamas being foldable, but had no idea exactly how they were folded until I came across a picture in the forum - basically lengthwise with the brim forming a kind of clamshell. I could not imagine folding my Stetson Centerdent in such a fashion - I still cringe to hear the straw crackle when I snap the brim. Is my hat simply not of foldable stock? Or are these things more flexible than they appear?

Thanks
Ken
 

dwebber18

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Being a noob myself this may not be 100% completely correct and it seems to differ with who you talk with. While living in St. Augustine, FL I went to the Panama Hat Shop in downtown frequently and they always strongly recommended not folding a panama. I would imagine the only hats you could fold would be the better made softer hats that don't ahve stiffener in them, but you would inevitable mess up the brim or the blocking and it would probably have to be prematurely fixed. Here is the link to the shop's FAQ page.
http://www.perfectpanamas.com/faq.php
 

Mr E Train

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Even if it's a rollable/packable/foldable Panama, you're still decreasing its lifespan by folding it, which is why they don't recommend it. It's that old adage, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

I'll leave the final word to Panamabob, but I would say that everything in that FAQ is 100% accurate.
 

Arkie773/4

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I love the green ribbon. It's my favorite color and goes with the the color of the straw well. A nice lid indeed.
mayserwegener said:
I pickup this Cuenca at W & W this past weekend. I like the ribbon / bow and the straw has a nice tone and feel.

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Lefty

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“Wacko Maria has produced an exclusive snake-skin embellished Panama hat for Tokyo retailer Blackflag. The hat comes in black straw with a dyed snake band in red or pink. Available starting Saturday, June 26, 2010″

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ksargent

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Don't mean to go off topic here, but I have tried to PM a member from this discussion and have not been allowed to. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

Ken
 

Dinerman

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I don't think this is really a panama- frankly I don't know quite what to make of it, other than that its very old and interesting.

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Madagascar?
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