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Montecristi Hats

Are Montecristi hats, the finest straw hats for men in the entire world? Many say yes, and when you see a Panama hat like the The Vented Montecristi from Ecuador by way of Borsalino in Italy, you'll say si too! This truly unique fedora is offered in a limited edition, and is an exceptionally lightweight hat with a two inch brim and four inch crown. Read the five-star reviews by customers who have purchased this hat, and see what they say. Another example of handwoven excellence is the Panama hat from [more]

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Brent Black Montecristi Panama Hat - The Aficionado - image

AFFICIONADO
  $995.00

Borsalino Montecristi Fedora - The Vented Montecristi - image

Vented Montecristi
  $1295.00

Brent Black Montecristi Fedora - The Classic - image

MONTECRISTI CLASSIC
  $995.00


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Brent Black called The Montecristi Aficionado. Of this hat, one satisfied customer says that it has a "great design and look" and continues with saying that "Brent and Trent hit a homer with this one."

Other customers who have bought Biltmore Montecristi hats have good things to say too, one calling the pork pie a "great lid" and saying: "I spend time in southeast Asia and have to wear hats. Panama hats are great but you need one of high quality because of all the heat and humidity. This one rocks!" The customer who ordered Biltmore's pinch front Montecristi Panama hat with its just-stingy brim and four inch crown says the fedora is a "beautiful entry level Montecristi" and that it "looks sharp."

The origins of these hats speak to their quality: Master weavers from a little village in Ecuador spent months weaving the fine fibers into a linen-like material and once that is done, the fedora is shaped and hand-blocked. These are experts in the field working by hand on each hat, one at a time. An article reprint from the New Yorker Magazine, circa 1930, read: "There are only thirteen weavers in the world able to turn out hats light enough and fine enough in texture to be worth $1,000 dollars. All thirteen are Inca Indians, living in one town, Montecristi, in the mountains of Ecuador. It takes each man three months to a year to make one of these hats."

Sure, a lot has changed over the years, but some things are still the same. The number of such craftsman is still declining, while the village of Montecristi continues to be very much the heartland of exceptional woven hats. It's also true that there really are Montecristi Panama hats so finely woven, so rare, that both their beauty (and prices) can take your breath away.

These Montecristi hats (more popularly known as Panama hats, because Panama was once the great trading center where most of them were bought and sold) are admittedly time-consuming to weave, shape, hand block and finish. But when you actually get to place a finished product like The Montecristi Classic, a fedora with a striking teardrop island in the crown, or The Montecristi Pork Pie called by one satisfied customer "beautiful" and "a pleasure to handle as it is so smooth" on your head, you'll agree it is well worth the effort and price.
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