70s Vintage Classic Panama Hat M/L Men's Women's Straw Fedora Unisex VFG
This Panama hat is a summer classic, light weight, breezy, and shaped similarly to a fedora. I purchased this hat myself in Mexico in 1975 as a young backpacker - even then, I was drawn to the highest quality I could afford! The crown has a pinched front and rounded back, aka teardrop or water drop crown. Brim is a bit wider along the sides than in the front and back. Grading systems for Panama hats generally use WPI (weave per inch) as a measure of quality - the higher the number, the finer the straw and the more hours spent by the weaver. Some grading systems multiply the vertical by the horizontal to arrive at a final grade. The WPI for this hat is 13-15, which seems to qualify as a fino or super fino in the more subjective grading systems that apply a named result.
SIZE: No size label.
|Inner band circumference||22"||56 cm|
2" front and back
2.4" along sides
5 cm front and back
6 cm along sides
|Outer brim circumference||35.75"||91 cm|
|Height of crown sitting on flat surface||4.5"||11.5 cm|
MATERIALS/COLORS: Finely woven creamy white straw. The outer band is narrow black grosgrain ribbon. The inner band is most likely faux leather.
TAGS: Aldao, Colon R. de Panama
CONDITION: The inner sweatband is somewhat brittle, with a few partial thickness cracks - see closeup. The straw seems to be in good shape - no holes or cracks noted.