Similar a Montecristi weave and many times called a "Montecristi hat" and sold as such in the open market, but it actually isn't. It is made in Cuenca Ecuador so it is a genuine "Panama hat" but not a "Montecristi Panama hat" since it was not made in the city of Montecristi.
This Cuenca version of the "Montecristi hat" goes through the normal treatments of a Cuenca hat. The weave pattern is looser and if you hold it to the sun you will see it is a more open weave, not as air tight as a Montecristi hat. To the untrained eye it does look a lot like a Montecristi hat and in many ways even the coloration can be very similar. That doesn't make it a bad hat, it just makes it a Cuenca hat. They have their upside in price!Cuenca Grade 4 - Similar to a Montecristi Fino Grade type of weave
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.
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