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Signes Optimo Panama Hat

Optimo Panama Hat

Handwoven in Ecuador & finished in Spain

On the day we visited Signes, the factory was blocking and finishing Panama hats in the optimo style. Given the fact that we were videotaping the process, I of course included this hat in our purchase order.

I assume that the optimo style, with its lateral crease down the center of an unblocked crown is the original Panama hat style. When one rolls a fine Panama hat for storage or travel, the crease is naturally created. Form follows function.

As the Panama hat industry evolved, the material was blocked into any and every style imaginable, for example fedoras, westerns, gamblers, safaris, women's hats, etc. Optimo blocks were created and the more detailed and tailored version of the original style was added to the style list. Note that in early photographs, many notable men are wearing the Optimo Panama.

Watch the videos and appreciate the complicated labor intensive process that goes into the making of this hat.

Approx. 4" optimo crown
Approx. 2 3/8" snap brim

Made of: 100% Panama straw

Leather sweatband
Grosgrain ribbon hatband
Unlined for maximum breathability

Size: 57cm - Bleach
$185.00
Status:In Stock
Features
  • Size: 57cm
  • General Hat Size: Medium
Model: 129402//BLEACH
Style: 129402 Color: Bleach
Id: 68668

Handwoven in Ecuador & finished in Spain

On the day we visited Signes, the factory was blocking and finishing Panama hats in the optimo style. Given the fact that we were videotaping the process, I of course included this hat in our purchase order.

I assume that the optimo style, with its lateral crease down the center of an unblocked crown is the original Panama hat style. When one rolls a fine Panama hat for storage or travel, the crease is naturally created. Form follows function.

As the Panama hat industry evolved, the material was blocked into any and every style imaginable, for example fedoras, westerns, gamblers, safaris, women's hats, etc. Optimo blocks were created and the more detailed and tailored version of the original style was added to the style list. Note that in early photographs, many notable men are wearing the Optimo Panama.

Watch the videos and appreciate the complicated labor intensive process that goes into the making of this hat.

Approx. 4" optimo crown
Approx. 2 3/8" snap brim

Made of: 100% Panama straw

Leather sweatband
Grosgrain ribbon hatband
Unlined for maximum breathability

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