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Panama men's hat for summer, the Balboa model is made of 100% toquilla straw in an excellent brisa quality.
Its classic Fedora cup together with the 7 cm brim make this model a perfect accessory for all occasions on sunny days. Made by hand and in Spain, it also stands out for the elaborate black grosgrain ribbon that decorates its glass and contrasts with the natural color of the toquilla straw. It has a silicone reinforcement in the cup area to protect it from pinching with the fingers, thus ensuring great durability and a very comfortable inner pad. The making of a true Panama hat is the result of a long and delicate process. Only the virtuosity of Ecuadorian artisans is capable of achieving one of the highest quality products in the world. Variations in the color and dimensions of the straw are due to its totally natural origin and are one more example of the authenticity of the item.
Our hats are unique, true works of art carved by hands that have been able to collect through generations, the wisdom of an ancient tradition. It is in our factory where we shape the crown and the brim of the hat, to later dress it both inside and out. For the manufacture of a handmade hat, the last is essential to give the hat its shape, which at first is a circular plane and before being inserted into the mold, it is transformed into a conical piece to facilitate its handling.This shape is given pressure and heat with machines that are reminiscent of hydraulic presses that have the last for the hat incorporated in their lower part. This procedure is essential heat, the desired shape for that model of hat is obtained in a fixed way. With the shape of the cup created, the wing is formed according to the design. In this phase, ironing with a large amount of steam is very important, an element that will be very present throughout the general process. This step is carried out by hand by a factory worker with each of the hats that are made. When shaping the wing, it too is trimmed to the specified length. Finally, the hat would go through the sewing workshop to be finished with all kinds of accessories such as ribbons, bows, sweatbands, leather straps, etc.
1.-HYDRATE YOUR PANAMA HAT: When you notice that your hat becomes dry and stiff, apply steam from an iron at a distance. In this way, your hat will gain flexibility and you will notice it less brittle. 2.- STAINS: Since straw is a fiber very similar to paper, using an eraser (of the classic Milan type), most of the stains will disappear. However, there are others that need a little more skill. In these cases, try to remove it using a soft sponge moistened with water and coconut soap. If this does not work, it is best to take it to an expert milliner for a diagnosis of the possible repair. 3.- WHEN PUTTING ON AND REMOVING YOUR HAT… do not press the cup with your fingers. If you pinch your fingers in the crown area every time you take off and put on your panama, it may sooner or later break and frost, since it is the most delicate area of the hat. Therefore, the ideal is to put it on and take it off either by holding it by the brim or by manipulating it delicately, subtly and softly by the cup. 4.- ALWAYS CLEAN TAPE AND SHEATH: To remedy this, use a cotton cloth moistened with water and coconut soap , gently rub the fabric where those unwanted sweat stains have formed. Once this is done, use the steam from the iron to make it perfect again. 5.- THE HEAT AND THE PANAMA: If you expose it to high temperatures (such as inside a car), the heat will dry out a fabric such as toquilla straw. Solution? Avoid leaving or storing your hat in places that reach excessive temperatures.6.- WATER AND THE PANAMA:Panama hats are hats that are used for times when the sun can cause discomfort. Therefore, they are not waterproof. If it ends up getting wet for any reason, you have to give it a clean cloth and then dry it naturally in a ventilated place. To avoid warping, never use direct heat sources such as dryers, radiators, or heaters. Also, don't leave your wet panama under the sun's rays, or it will roast!. 7.-HOW TO STORE THEM TO KEEP A PANAMA HAT INTACT: use a hat box with the appropriate size to store and protect it. With it you will prevent the hat from receiving blows and from being deformed or broken by the pressure of other objects. A perfect classic for spring and summer. The unique Fedora cup together with its natural color and a sober black ribbon is ideal for days in which the looks do not seek to attract much attention but to be perfect. Linen or cotton shirts in combination with relaxed bottoms form the best tandem.