Let’s keep this brief; we know you’re ready to choose your hat. Despite its name, the Panama hat is not from Panama, but Ecuador! The true origin can be weaved back to a town called Montecristi in the 17th century, where they were most commonly called Jipijapa, toquilla, or Montecristi (the latter two still being used today). It wasn’t until the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s when many Americans went through Panama to get to California, that the hat became popular. Ecuadorians, aware of the trading opportunities in Central America, moved to Panama and travelers looking for a hat to shield themselves from the sun, found these stylish and lightweight straw hats. Fast-forward a few years later to 1855 World’s Fair in Paris, where the Panama hat was featured for the first time on a global scale, President Theodore Roosevelt’s trip to see the construction of the Panama Canal and the rest is history. Over the years, the styles of the Panama hat have changed a bit, but the true weaving and blocking remain the same. Wondering which Panama style is for you? We’ve got you covered. There’s a personality and persona for everyone – you can expect perfection.