QEST Panama

Lock & Co. is proud to partner with QEST to champion talented UK craftspeople, with proceeds from the sale of each hat going to the charity. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports and champions excellence in British craftsmanship by funding the training and education of talented and aspiring makers. Founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association in 1990, the charity helps to sustain and evolve vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.

The QEST Panama is a timeless piece suitably styled for both men and women. The hat is hand-woven from the finest toquilla palm fibres by artisans in Ecuador, using skills passed down for generations and then blocked by hand in England using traditional methods. This classic Panama is a rich golden colour, elegantly finished with a navy/cream crossover band. For longevity and shape-retention, we add silicon inside the pinch, and the hats feature a beautifully soft cotton sweatband, making this hat the perfect complement for your summer attire. The QEST Panama bears all the hallmarks of Lock & Co. - quality, longevity, and craftsmanship.

QEST Panama


  • Brim Length: 6.5 cm
  • Crown Height: 10.5 cm

Always handle your Panama hat by the brim to avoid distorting the crown.

Avoid wearing a Panama in the rain. Dry with a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge if it gets wet.

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

How to clean your Panama

If your Panama hat becomes dirty, use steam from a household kettle and brush gently with a pure bristle brush to help remove dust and dirt. Do not brush or rub too hard, which may damage the weave. For minor marks, use a clean pencil rubber.

Avoid wearing a Panama or straw hat in the rain. If it gets wet, dry using a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge. Panama and straw hats are best stored in a hat box, away from direct sunlight.

Men's Hat Styling

Every Lock & Co. hat purchased is carefully and expertly hand-prepared in our London shop by one of our Hatters, before being whisked out of our famous green front door.

To find your perfect hat size, we suggest booking a virtual appointment for a consultation with one of our hatters here.


At Lock & Co., we sell the finest hats and caps. To achieve this, we pay particular attention to specific hat characteristics - style, fit, durability, and materials. We share these characteristics with you for each hat to help you decide on the perfect choice.

Find Your Size and Style

At Lock & Co. we offer a wide selection of styles of hats. What defines a hat style is its form: overall shape, height/shape of the crown, width of the brim, and material type. These define a style e.g., Fedora, Trilby, Panama, Cloche, Tweed cap etc.
Toquilla Palm Straw
Lock & Co. hats are made of the finest quality material. These can range from exclusive Escorial wool, Scottish Tweed, and cashmere to Toquilla straw for our Panama hat.
Standard Brim
Different styles of hats have different shapes to them, including classic, fuller, narrow, and standard fits, or with an oversized or a wide brim or sporting a particular shape - bell, birdcage, etc.
Lightweight Breathable
Every part of a hat has its purpose. Discover the features or aesthetic of each hat and how it will specifically enhance your hat-wearing experience.