From our Archive:
All the way from the province of Azuay in Ecuador, the Panama hat brings with it both a sense of adventure, luxury and craftsmanship. Using only the finest grade torquilla palm – the artisans, whose skill has been passed down through the generations, begin each hat by plaiting the split torquilla fronds – working the fibre back and forth in a circular motion, creating pattern from tip to brim. You’ll notice the inside of every hat is stamped – the mark of authentic Panama; certified by the workshops in Ecuador.
We owe the globalisation of the Panama to the North American engineers and workers who adopted the traditional Ecuadorian style while working on the Panama Canal. Bringing the hats home – the notion of travel and adventure becoming an intrinsic part of its identity – the style became an instant classic. Film continues to enhance the glamour of the Panama; the characters who wear this silhouette always seem to be more exciting, audacious and worldly (a triple threat for everything sartorial).
Spring/Summer 2014 sees a new slant on the traditional woven techniques employed by the Panama craftsmen; our Azuay Fine Weave Collection boasts geometric patterns enlivened by discordant colour combinations, open weaves and the finest of lace stitches (which can take up to 5 days to weave by hand). SAMBAVA and TOLIARA of our Helen Kaminski collection (and the JERVIS, HOWE and BELMONT of Kaminski XY) have the added certification of being UPF50+ (authenticated by Qualspec Australia). Being part of our accents collection, the only thing left to decide is how they will accent your spring look.