Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The Tailors of Panama Hats

Anyone in the mood for some sun, raise your hand. It can get cold here in London, you know, and sometimes all you need is a little escape to somewhere deliciously sunny and tropical for all of your sorrows to get washed away. I say, we all at least pretend to go to the sun. It's the next best thing. So, in my efforts to browse the web for a cheap sunny vacation spot, I also happen to think of a couple places that might make this imaginary sunny vacation ultra special: the one and only Panama Hat.

I have developed  a secret obsession for this little straw thing.

For my male zesties, I have handpicked a few special places to head over to in order to look like the handsome man above. Yeah that's right. Now that's my kind of guy. The Panama-sporting, vacation going, supersmart grin-wearing, James Bond-playing kind of a guy. I'm looking to find me one of those. See if you can attempt this look by checking out these three fantastic Mayfair hatters:

Swaine Adeney Brigg on St James Street

 Bates Gentlemen’s Hatter on Jermyn Street

Lock and Co also on St James Street

These three hat shops are the first stop on your Holiday journey. It's inevitable, the Panama Hat must be acquired. Because the next step is: fly away!

Lady zesties, for us, there's always the smart Topshop option. Check out this adorable Panama, available now at your neighborhood Topshop for £20, and spread your wings to Bermuda, Bahamas, Key Largo and St Barths. Believe me, you'll fit right in.


  1. I have wanted one since seeing SJP in SATC film with one last year, I managed to pick one up in the M&S sale for £5 last year but it is a bit too soft and floppy!

  2. I love it when I see guys sporting Panama hats at the Kentucky Derby - sharp!

  3. What a great selection of places to purchase a hat, I'm taking the Grandad next time he's in town, he has a penchant for Panamas. Thanks!
    WEM xx