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Genuine Montecristi Panama Hat - in Natural

Genuine Montecristi Panama Hat - in Natural

Regular price £200.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £200.00 GBP
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Handmade with premium quality Toquilla palm in Montecristi, these classic hats are the must have accessory!
Meticulously woven, these hats can take over 2 months to make! They are approximately grade 18-20, a super fino hat!
Included within the order is a dust bag, along with fine tuning strips and a glossy pamphlet. 
About Our Panamas
Here at Equal Earth we are passionate about our Panama Hats! Traded and packed by ourselves, we will not be beaten on quality! Our hats are all fairly traded and ethically sourced directly from our friends in Ecuador.
Each hat is meticulously hand woven from Toquilla palm which is indigenous to the coastal regions of South America. They all have a sewn in comfort, as well as average brim size of 6cm (however this can vary from hat to hat, so should you wish for a smaller or larger brim width, please feel free to message us as we may be able to help with your request). 
Included with every order are cork strips which can be used to help 'fine tune' the hat. This is great when buying a hat for a friend or relative as a gift, it can be difficult to obtain their exact hat size, so these cork strips can help adjust the hat 1-2cm. Simply pop the cork strips underneath the comfort band to help achieve a tighter fit. 
Each hat comes with a glossy pamphlet with instructions on how to roll them, as well as information on how to care for them a little bit about their history. 
You can find them in our store! 
Measuring Your Head
Obtaining the right size hat can make all the difference when it comes down to the style and appearance of your panama. You don’t want it so big that so it drops down over the tops of your ears or blows off in the wind - nor too small so it perches on the top of your head. 
To ensure you measure the circumference of your head correctly, the tape measure needs to be placed around the middle of your forehead, just above your ears and sit midway at the back of your head. Do not pull the tape too tightly unless you want your hat to be as tight.
We recommend to measure yourself 2-3 times just to be as accurate as possible.
If you do not have a flexible tape measure, a piece of string will do (although this method is not as accurate). Once you have measured your circumference and marked the string, lie it flat and measure it. 
IMPORTANT - please note that sizing is NOT accurately determined by the measurement of the inner band of an existing hat, as the type and stretch of the inner band fabric in each hat can affect accuracy. We recommend the best method of measuring for your new hat is to measure your own head.
Please see the photo in our product images for help with measuring your head.
We have new stock arriving all the time, so if the size you require is out of stock you are welcome to pre-order from us! Please message us for details!
The History of The Panama
Although these hats have always been woven in Ecuador, they were first called a 'Panama Hat' when the Panama Canal was being constructed in the 19th century in Panama, South America. 
The light weight yet strong hats were perfect for protecting the workers from burning in the tropical sun. The hats are woven from the Toquilla palm, indigenous to the coastal regions of Ecuador. Their history can be traced as far back as the Incas who were the first to weave hats from this fibrous plant, first observed in the 16th century.

Shipping & Returns

UK Domestic Delivery

Standard - £6 or FREE for orders over £80*

  • Delivery within the UK.
  • Order by 2pm for Monday-Friday for delivery in 1-2 working days.
  • Royal Mail - 1st Class
  • Please allow additional delivery time for orders delivered to regional areas.
  • During busy Sale Periods we aim to keep our delivery estimates up to date however you may experience a delay in receiving your order

Next Day Delivery - £10 or FREE for orders over £140*

  • Delivery within the UK.
  • Order by 2pm Monday-Friday for delivery in next working day.
  • Royal Mail Next Day Guaranteed by 1pm
  • Please allow additional delivery time for orders delivered to regional areas.
  • During busy Sale Periods we aim to keep our delivery estimates up to date however you may experience a delay in receiving your order

Overseas Customers

Shipping charges are calculated based on location as well as the products size and weight. Your item will be shipped using a secure tracked or signed service. Shipping rates are approximated below:

  • Europe - £14
  • United States - £22
  • Asia and the Middle East - £18
  • Australia and Oceania - £20

Please be aware you may need to pay Customs duties or import taxes.

Please familiarize yourself with your countries regulations as payment of these duties may be necessary to release your order. We are unable to quote this amount as every country is different.

Equal Earth is not responsible for any import charges, duties, or taxes for international sales. 


Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase. Read more: here


* PLEASE NOTE: If part of an order eligible for free shipping (whether Standard of Next Day Delivery) is returned for refund and the order value falls below the qualifying amount, postage charges will be applied/deducted from the refund. 


Care Instructions

Due to their diversity, Panama hats have proven a popular fashion accessory for the avid traveller. What could be more convenient than a lightweight sun hat you can roll up and put in your luggage? 
However there are some things you should consider before you roll your Panama.
The first thing to take into consideration is that rolling a Panama is likely to affect the overall appearance of the hat. If you like your hat looking immaculate as it did the day you bought it, it's best that you do not roll your hatFrequent handling over a period of time will affect the overall appearance of the item. 
It is possible roll a Panama and keep it in shape, but you will need to take some extra steps to keep it looking in tip top condition.
If you roll your Panama, you may encounter some changes to the overall appearance. Some of these changes can be reversed with some extra care, depending on the frequency and the length of time the hat is rolled.
Never store your Panama hat rolled for longer than 24 hours.
If you roll your hat for travel purposes, we recommend getting the hat out as soon as you get to your destination, or as soon as convenient as to avoid having to take extra steps to shape the hat. 
You can find information on how to reshape your hat brim in the brochure included with your order. 
You should wear your hat for at least a week before attempting to roll. Wearing the hat allows it to adapt to your head shape as well as become more flexible.
Some other things to consider.
  • The softness of a hat will affect its ability to roll and 'bounce back’. The softer the hat, the more pliable it is and the better it will roll.
  • White Panamas are softer than naturals and naturals are softer than brown. 
  • Your Panama will arrive brand new and never rolled. 
  • You should wear your Panama for at least a week before attempting to roll it. 
  • Placing some card inside the hat when storing (unrolled) can help keep a hats shape. 
  • The hats are made to be worn in the sun. But if left in the hot and dry climates for an excessive time the straw may become brittle and break when rolling. Panamas originate from sunny but humid climates, and the humidity helps keep the straw flexible. 
How to roll a Panama:
1. Turn down the brim all the way around the hat.
2. Hold the hat with the crown running from left to right.
3. Carefully push the crown up by placing your hand inside the hat.
4. Push one side of the hat into the other.
5. Gently roll the hat from front to back to form a loose cone shape. 
You can also watch a short video on how to roll your hat at the link below:
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Created with passion

Panama hats are skilfully hand-woven over a period of time that can take days or months depending on the grade of the weave.

If you're looking for a hat of exquisite quality then why not check out our Montecristi range.

These hats have a grade of 18-20 and can take up to two months to make.

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    Next Day Delivery - £10 or FREE for orders over £100

  • Hassle-Free Exchanges

    Buying a hat for a relative or loved one and unsure about size? Our hassle free exchange system means they can exchange with us direct without your help. Read more here