Looking for a fashionable hat for the hot and sunny weather? Want to become a trend-setter? Local artisans have been hand-making Panama Hats for over 100 years and now you can get a high quality Panama Hat imported from Ecuador.
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Our hats are hand-made by local artisans in Montecristi and Cuenca, Ecuador. These places are the epicenters for Panama Hats in Ecuador. The quality and durability of our hats is guaranteed. Ecuadorian artisans have been weaving Panama Hats for years!
Find your perfect Panama Hat
Choose from a variety of models from our catalog. Dark, brown, light brown, bigger, smaller - you'll be sure to find something that you'll love.
Panama Hats are the thing to wear this season!
Tired of not looking good when going to the beach, pool or just out for a walk? Panama Hats will catch the attention of the crowds and you'll soon be a trend-setter in your social circle! After all, you'll be wearing a hand-made product made by artisans thousands of miles away who have been doing it for years, pretty cool, right? Not to mention that Panama Hats are declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Frequently Asked Questions
[fa icon="plus-square"] Why are they called Panama Hats if they are made in Ecuador?
Workers building the Panama Canal during the first years of the 20th century used "panama hats" daily because of their comfort and good features for hot weather. The story has it that when President Roosevelt went there for its inauguration in 1914, he wore one of this Ecuadorian hats and the entire world thought their origin was Panama.
[fa icon="plus-square"] What are Montecristi and Cuenca? Are they types of hats?
Montecristi and Cuenca are the two cities/towns in Ecuador where panama hats are manufactured. Hats made in Montecristi tend to be of finer quality. Some types of panama hats are named after these two places.
[fa icon="plus-square"] Why are they the best for hot weather?
They are great for hot weather because of their lightweight and big brim. They can cover your entire head. They are also made of a very breathable straw that allows for good ventilation. For more details take a look at our blog post.
[fa icon="plus-square"] What is UNESCO and the Intangible Cultural Heritage List?
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. According to their website, items in the Intagible Cultural Heritage List are traditions and living expressions that represent a culture. Since 2012, the "Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hat" is part of this UNESCO list.
Latitude Zero Panama Hats is a company with roots and connections with artisans in Montecristi and Cuenca, Ecuador committed to bringing you the best quality hand-made Panama Hats. Founded in 2016, our company is positioning itself as a leading Panama Hats retailer in New England.