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Carinelli Sorbatti panama Hat Montecristi

Sorbatti Panama hat, must have of the hot season


The famous Panama Hat, appreciated by the notorious writer Ernest Hemingway, is a must have accessory of the hot season. Lightweight, wide-brimmed and light in colors, with a ribbon around the base, the Panama hat is a symbol of summer and exotic heat.

Despite bearing the name of the city of Panama, this accessory – proclaimed by UNESCO intangible heritage of humanity – actually comes from the Ecuadorian tradition. Its processing requires several phases. The toquilla straw threads, of different thickness, are hand-woven to create three types of Panama Hats: Montecristi, Cuenca, Brisa. The hand weaving, performed just in the city of Montecristi, takes from 4 to 6 months because the plot is very dense. Moreover, this hat is made only in the early morning hours, when the air is fresh, to prevent the breaking of the fibers; for this reason it can be rolled up, long-lived and light.

Chosen by politicians (Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Winston Churchill) and writers, the “sombrero de paja toquilla” is chosen each year by celebrities, singers and VIPs, especially from the entertainment world: Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Mick Jagger and many others. What makes it special and popular is the possibility of being able to flatten and roll it several times, above all,  without ever breaking it or making it loose its shape.

The Sorbatti brand, faithful to the tradition of the Panama Hat, selects the best raw materials from Ecuador but shapes them and works them according to the Italian taste. High professionalism, operational flexibility and dynamism are the key points on which Sorbatti bases its philosophy, in a perfect union between tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, passion and competence. From the original character of manufacturing (in 1922), which remains fundamental, the hat factory has turned into a modern and dynamic industry of hats and caps, rooted in the entrepreneurial tradition of the Marche region.