Classic Optimo Panama Hat

This style originated from the original Panama hats sold to miners in route to the California gold fields who stopped in Panama on the way. Back then the hats were sold rolled up in cane tubes or balsa wood boxes. When unrolled for wear, the center line in the top of the crown was evident as a result of the rolling. Later hatters adapted this unintended result into a specific block crease.

Low Crown Optimo Panama Hat

The original Optimo style featured a rather tall crown and a wide brim. This is another example of Montecristi adapting classic styles to today’s fashion tastes. Low crown, modest brim width.