Monday, July 30, 2012
A suitable replacement for my daily straw hat has been found.
It's a genuine "Panama" hat from Ecuador via the USA (woven and formed in Ecuador, trimmed and banded in the USofA), marketed by Pantropic of Northern California, and trimmed in Massachusetts.
The 3" brim is the perfect width. The just slightly open weave allows ventilation. The fedora pinched crown meets my fashion sense (not too tall), and the 3/4 inch black silk hatband looks less formal than the standard 1-1/4 inch variety fitted to Panamas.
Now to overcome my fear of wearing it out (by wearing it out).