Choosing among all our hat types, styles and details can be daunting. If this is your first hat by Montecristi, consider calling us directly to get started.

The Panama Hat

Shown: Wide Brimmed Optimo

Fine Fur Felt

Shown: Reno with Full Pencil Curl

Panama or Fur Felt

Your first decision will probably be Panama or fur felt? Montecristi Custom Hat Works is known best for our genuine Panama hats, but we offer an extensive selection of fur felt hats as well.

Our Collection

The Panama hat was invented to protect wearers from the sun, but today’s fine Panamas can be worn in any season. And both dress and western styles are available in Panamas made from paja toquilla fibers as well as hats made of fur felt. It’s a matter of the wearer’s personal taste.

Consider the Occasion

Wear occasion is another consideration. Is a dressier look more appropriate? Then shop our many variations on the classic fedora (plus a few other hat styles). Do you see yourself in a western? Our fur-felt western hats are designed to look sharp indoors and out — and constructed to protect you from the elements. Our panama hats with ventilated crown weaves are popular warm-weather choices.

Material Quality

There’s also the question of the quality of your hat’s material. We grade our Panamas in quality from Fino Select to Super Fino. Our fur felts come in two weights, and range from 30X to 1000X. The better the material, the more expensive the hat, of course — but what’s the wisest choice?


(505) 983-9598

Call Montecristi, and let our experts help guide your choice.

We’ll also send you a free measuring kit, as well as swatches of our fur felt materials, if you desire.

A visit to our shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, would be best.
Here, you can explore your options, experience first-hand the quality
and workmanship of our hats and hat bands, and receive a perfect, custom fit.