Discover our exclusive collection of Kentucky Derby hats. Shop Now

Panama Hat Guide

Nothing says summer as much as one of our quintessential Panama hats. A timeless summer sartorial staple, our range of stylish Panama hats for men and women is carefully selected to ensure they are the best in the world. Despite its name, the Panama hat originated in Ecuador, where it is known as sombrero paja toquilla

VENTNOR CUENCA ULTRA-FINO PANAMA
 

Each Lock & Co. Panama is unique and handwoven from toquilla palm by artisans in Ecuadorian villages using generations-old techniques. The weavers work at night and in the early hours of the morning when the temperature is cooler, the humidity is at its highest, and the fibres are most flexible, starting at the apex of the crown. 

The finished plaited, smooth, and supple material has the softness of silk, and the hats will be graded on the colour consistency, thickness, and the number of weaves per square inch. Our highest-grade Panama hats can take up to nine months to create.

Lock & Co. Panama hats are blocked by hand using traditional methods, trimmed with fine grosgrain ribbon, and finished with a beautifully soft leather inner sweatband. For longevity and shape retention, we add silicon inside the pinch. Perfect for warm climates, our Panamas are lightweight and breathable and they feature Lock & Co.'s signature characteristics: quality, durability and craftsmanship. 

There are two classic weaves for crafting Panama hats: 

The Cuenca weave, which has a herringbone pattern, and the Brisa weave, which has a less intricate pattern of small diamonds/squares. 

The Cuenca weave is a few milligrams heavier than the Brisa weave. Weavers achieve a finer weave by using a thinner strand, and the quality relies more on the consistency and skill of the weaver. These fine woven hats take much longer to produce, which is reflected in the cost.

In our men's collection:

The bestselling and enduring Fairbanks, the timeless Classic and the ultra-fine Ventnor, which can take up to six months to make, are a Cuenca weave, while the sand-coloured San Diego and Santa Barbara, with their teardrop-shaped crowns, are a Brisa weave. 

The ultra-fine Cuenca weave of the Superfino Montecristi, with its intricate finish and incredibly soft silken feel, is the ideal choice for ultimate luxury. The Superfino is also available in a rollable version for easy travel. Lock & Co. also offer a bespoke Panama hat, which can be tailored to your specific requirements and can take up to nine months to craft.

FOR WOMEN: 

Our collection of women's Panama hats delivers a feminine finesse and is the perfect complement to your summer outfits. Whether it's the stylish Berwick, the timeless Peacehaven or the elegant Lewes with the Cuenca weave, the dashing Cassis with the Brisa weave, the wide brim Andrea, or the rollable St Ives, we have a Panama for every occasion. 

 
 
 
 

If you need advice on making a perfect choice, come into our shop to try on the hats or make a virtual appointment with one of our stylists or hatters.

Panama hats require special care to keep them looking perfect year after year.  

 Never pinch the crown of a Panama; be very gentle with it.  

 Panama hats are best stored in a hat box away from direct sunlight.  

 Regular steaming is highly recommended. 


Our team of hatters can answer any questions about caring for your Panama hat.


VIEW MEN'S PANAMAS 
VIEW WOMEN'S PANAMAS
 

SIMILAR ARTICLES

Have a scroll and discover some of our other articles, from press coverage to style guides and informational pieces.

View All

  • How to Choose a Hat for Your Face Shape

    Discover the secret to looking effortlessly stylish - Use this simple guide from Lock & Co. designed to help you find the ideal hat that suits you best.

  • Wedding Hat Etiquette

    Rules surrounding wedding guest millinery are not what they once were however here at Lock & Co. Hatters we firmly believe that choosing the right piece is both a decision of style and etiquette.

  • Packable & Rollable Hats Guide

    We have the solution to all your travel chapeau woes! From Panamas and sun hats to bucket hats and trilbies, these hats have been designed specifically for traveling and won’t lose their shape when packed into a suitcase, so there’s no need to leave your favourite hat behind…

  • Brain Tumour Research "Wear a Hat Day" School Project 2024

    A selection of the fabulous creations by the pupils of Blakesley Primary School are on display in the shop windows at Lock & Co., 6 St. James’s Street, London, from Monday 25 March until Tuesday 2 April. 

  • The Conformateur: Crafting a Perfect Hard Hat Fitting for Bowler Hats and Top Hats

    The perfect hard hat fitting involves a meticulous process, where the conformateur plays a pivotal role in achieving the ideal fit.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Winter Baseball Caps

    Lock & Co. offers a range of stylish baseball caps that are specifically designed to keep you warm and add a touch of luxury to your look.

  • PRESS COVERAGE: THE RAKE

    Our Sloane Dark Brown fedora looks great in this shoot for the December 2023 issue of The Rake Magazine.

  • Lock & Co.'s Top Autumn/Winter Hat Styles for Men

    Autumn is the perfect time to step up your fashion game, and men’s hats are one of the most versatile and stylish accessories for your autumn/winter attire.

  • LOCK & CO. AND THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK

    Lock & Co. Hatters are proud to be working with the Royal School of Needlework, and together our goal is to preserve and promote British Craftmanship.