Panamas arrived in Italy directly from The States, or rather, the hat whose name became world famous thanks to a historical event that distinguished the century.
It was 1906 when American President Theodore Roosevelt showed up at the inauguration of the Panama Canal wearing a refined Homburg made of fine straw. Pictures and postcards circled the globe, and that hat, which was born and made in Ecuador, was then baptized “Panama”.
Hand woven with dried nana palm leaves, from the Ludovica palmate palm tree that grows in Central America, it is a very elegant hat that found its cat walks in spas where fashion dictated that the elite had to take vacations and periods of thermal treatment.
The Montecristi Fino became famous and unique due to its lightweight and softness which allowed it to be placed into any pocket.