Hold this hat to the light and you will see the many points where light and air can flow evenly through. However this is not a "semi-calado" where the weave is actually woven into the hat with vent holes and a pattern. Rather, this whole hat is what is called locally in Ecuador as a "brisa weave" (windy weave) because air can breathe through due to the openness of the straw patter.
This is in contrast with Montecristi hats which are very tightly woven and have almost air tight weaves. Very lightweight, weighing a total weight of about 100 grams, it is quickly produced and economical. It generally comes standard with a fabric sweat band.Single woven Cuenca "Brisa" simplest grade of genuine panama hat but is not a Montecristi hat good airy weave with a light weight fabric sweat band.
This Havana Panama hat has the classic C crown style, known also as a Fedora C crown or teardrop crown, and blocked in standard oval.
The standard crown height of this Havana model is 3.9" - 4.1" measuring from the brim to the top point of the crown in the front of the hat. The back of the crown is a little lower then the front giving this hat a leveler appearance from a side profile, the back measures between 3.7" - 3.9" and 4.3" - 4.4" on the side of the hat.
Snap brim on the front causing the brim to tip downward slightly and upward in the back just a little.
Stingy Brim: The smallest brim we can make and still be called a brim! Almost no shade protection here, just style! Some people just look great in short brims! This is a very unique brim for its small size.
There is a small charge (as reflected in the price already) since to make This stingy (short) brim because it requires us to actually unweave a larger brim since the hat bodies are turned in from the weavers as a standard size of about 2.75". So we then need to find a hat body that is not yet closed and can be unwoven, then we unweave about half to one inch. We then weave the straw backwards into the brim itself to close the outer edge of the brim, thus requiring two more expert weavers to do more work on your brim before we can even begin to block it (shape it).
Each and every Panama hat we sell is handmade right here in Ecuador, so no two hats are exactly alike.
DID YOU KNOW? You can custom design a hat exactly to your specifications! Click Here
1. Print our measuring tape to ensure an accurate measurement.
2. Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your head being sure the tape falls above your ears and the ridge of your eyebrows.
3. Using your measurements, you can view our current stock of all Panama hats for your size.
Send us your question about this Cuenca Grade 1 Havana hat, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
You can also give us a call, toll-free at 1 800-876-6956