The GOTA features a 5 - 6 cm brim (2 - 2.25").
It gets its name from the shape of the top of the crown - 'gota' means 'drop' in Spanish.
Our genuine Panama hats are light-coloured, lightweight and breathable. The Panama’s elegant shape and naturally cooling properties make it the perfect choice for hot, sunny weather. Its timeless appeal is perfect for any wardrobe. No other hat could possibly look equally good with everything, from a dress suit to a bathing suit!
Choose the band style from the following:
- Black with 2 stripes (2-stripe)
- Black with 3 stripes (3-stripe)
- Black with white stitching (Stitch)
- Black with brown center (Brown)
- Tan with black, white & red stripes (Tan)
Please keep in mind that these hats are available in limited quantities and that not every band style is available in every size and colour.
Also, please be aware that the natural colour varies slightly in tone, some are slightly lighter and some slightly darker.
Panama Hat - Gota
Our hats are sized S, M, L, XL.
The corresponding measurements are the crown size (measure around your head at the middle of your foehead, just above the ears):
S: 55 - 56cm or 21 1/2 – 21 7/8"
M: 57 – 58cm or 22 1/4 – 22 5/8"
L: 59 – 60 cm or 23 – 23 1/2"
XL: 61 – 62 cm or 23 7/8 – 24 1/4"
The key tip is to prevent the straw from drying out over time. You can lightly steam it occasionally, using a steamer or steam from a kettle, or by taking it into the bathroom while showering. Alternately you can lightly mist it with a spray bottle.
It is a mistake to pick up the hat by the pinch or the crown. Your fingertips will weaken the fibres over time and they will start to split and fray. Always pick your hat up by the inside of the crown. Set it down upsaidedown, resting on the crown to avoid bending the brim.
If the hat gets something on it: Spot clean using a damp cloth with mild soapy water or a wet wipe using gentle strokes following the grain of the fibres. Be sure not to rub the stain further into the weave. Pat dry and allow the hat to dry naturally. Do not use chemical cleaners as this may stain and cause discolouration.
Reshaping: over time, a Panama hat may need to be refreshed or reshaped. Dampen both inside & outside of the hat using the steam of an iron, holding it about 5 cm from the iron. Gently stuff the crown with plain white tissue paper to the desired shape. Leave in a well-ventilated place to dry with the crown and brim supported. If you need to straighten the brim of your hat, you can iron it on a very low heat with a cloth between the iron and the hat to prevent the delicate fibers of the hat from burning.
Material: Toquilla Palm straw
Authentic Panama Hats are made only from the cogollo or heart of the Toquilla Palm (Carludovica palmata), indigenous to the coastal regions of Ecuador.
Made in Cuenca, Ecuador
A Little History
Despite their name, Panama hats have never been made in Panama. They originated in Ecuador where they are made to this day.
Ecuador's low tourism and international trade levels during the 1850s prompted enterprising hat makers to take their crafts to the busy trade center of Panama. There, they were able to sell more hats than they ever could in Ecuador. Travelers would tell people admiring their hats that they bought them in Panama. So, the hats quickly became known as “Panama hats.”
After the 1855 World's Fair in Paris, Panama hats were featured for the first time on a global scale. The name "Panama hat" was further reinforced by President Theodore Roosevelt when he posed for a series of photos at the Panama Canal construction site in 1906, dressed crisply in light-colored suits and sporting Ecuadorian-made straw Panama hats.
After that wide-spread publication, the Panama hat became the most sought-after headwear in the world.