I consider the Panama to be the ultimate hat for summer—classic, stylish, and because it’s lightweight and breathable, perfect for hot weather. Panama hat is a bit of a misnomer because it originated in Ecuador. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the hats were shipped to the Isthmus of Panama to be transported further afield to other continents. It was this departure point that gave the hat its name abroad, reinforced by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was photographed wearing it on a visit to the construction of the Panama Canal.
Our Southampton Collection includes the Sensi Panama Hat, handmade in Ecuador from woven toquilla straw. A grosgrain band adds a stylish touch. It’s a beautiful hat for a summer wedding but is versatile enough to wear at more casual occasions. Other hats in the AERIN Southampton collection include the Lola Wrapped Up Fedora
and the Raffia Natural Floppy Hat.