Panama hats are extremely popular as a mainstay fashion accessory item, but the history and tradition of this hat is equally important. A panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. They are built by Ecuadorian villagers but is named the Panama instead of their Ecuadorian origin because in the mid 1800's Panama was a much busier place in the world and became the marketplace to buy these light colored, lightweight hats that offer much needed protection from the sun in Central and South America and in the west and southwest portions of the United States. The art of weaving the traditional Ecuadorian toquilla hat was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list on December 6th, 2012.
Today, panama hats are not just worn for sun protection but as a fashion accessory and is often worn with summer fashions and fabrics by people all over the world. The entertainment industry keeps these hats popular and is worn by both men and women. You can spot Johnny Depp, Sean Connery, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift, among many other celebrities wearing these trendy hats that look good, have a historical tradition and protects you from the desert sun or wherever your travels may take you.
For the panama stylist and enthusiast who is looking for the more high end hat with extra fine weave, we purchase our panamas directly from the hat makers in Ecuador. We hope you enjoy looking at our selection below that is available at Heritage Hats in Phoenix Arizona. We offer a larger selection in the store and we look forward to helping you select he right panama hat for your individual fashion style and purpose.
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13602 N Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85022
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