Find Paradise in Our Panama Hats - Men’s Collection

Nothing tops off a vacation like the perfect hat. But a good vacation hat needs to keep the harsh sun off your face while keeping you photo-ready. And nothing does this quite like a Panama straw hat.


These hats were designed to stand up to the blazing Equatorial sun with SPF protection, while still being lightweight enough to wear all day, with breezy ventilation to keep you feeling fresh. Our authentic Panama hat does all that, and adds a flawless touch to any outfit. 


Similar to our men's cowboy hats, Panama hats for men have a pinched crown, offering some jaunty flair. Many people ask, “Panama hat vs Fedora? Which is better? What's the difference?” Well to start, a genuine Panama hat is made in Ecuador. They also have a flat, wide brim, similar to our Australian outback hats. But if you said a fedora panama hat, you would be fairly accurate at the end of the day. The clean, stylish shape along with the functionality of the panama hat provides endless possibilities. 


While enjoying your next vacation, you’ll find that the men’s wide brim Panama hats are the ideal companion for every activity. A wide brim Panama hat will shield you from critters during jungle explorations, keep the sweat off your brow during volleyball matches, and provide some SPF while lounging by the pool. What’s more, a natural-toned panama hat or white panama hat pairs just as smoothly with a swimsuit as it does with a suit and tie. While the tropical palm construction makes it perfect for travel, it’s refined craftsmanship retains enough sophistication to make it a stunning topper for more formal events. 


After your trip is done, your Panama hat will pair beautifully with summer appropriate, lightweight linen suits. The classy touch of a Panama hat is sure to stand out and is popular among many. This style has even graced the heads of icons like President Theodore Roosevelt, and world-renowned actors such as Ian McKellen and Brad Pitt. 


When you think of men's straw hats, you may think of rough and tumble, a working man’s hat or a stiff cowboy hat. When you think of sun hats for men, you may think of something sporty, such as a mesh work hat or a golf hat. Men’s sun hats or straw hats often get tossed aside as something utilitarian, not strikingly stylish. Fortunately, a Montecristi Panama hat is as much a work of art as they are a functional dream. 

Shop Our True Panama Straw Hats Fit for the Modern Man

At American Hat Makers, we proudly craft most of our hats right here in the US. Our Panama hats, however, are a special exception. Despite the name, true Panama hats are made in Ecuador. Even more important to note, is that they can only be woven from Toquillo straw, which is made from the Toquilla Palm. We’ve chosen to honor the heritage of this native Ecuadorian plant and iconic straw hat style by sourcing our collection from top craftsmen and women in Ecuador. 


Your Panama straw hat mens variety and womens will be a famously durable and lightweight straw construction of our Panama hats. This is truly what sets them apart. Our hand-selected Toquillo straw goes through an intensive process. First, the leaves are harvested from the Toquilla Palm. The fibers are separated from the rough outer skin, and then boiled to remove chlorophyll. They’re then dried and bleached over wood fires, and sometimes dyed to achieve more vibrant colors. 


After that, expert artisans weave the straw by hand to create a hat with all the characteristics of these naturally durable, native plants. Many of these experts have been refining their craft for generations. Their years of experience allow them to offer options in every color, size, and shape. Whether they’re making a bright blue Panama hat or making men's hats for big heads, these craftsmen handle each one with the same ease and care.


A true Panama hat can be hard to come by, but at American Hat Makers, you can trust each piece is an authentic display of expert workmanship and unique style. These hats, made from true Toquillo straw by expert weavers, will last years, even generations. They exude taste, sophistication, and effortless charm no matter where or when you add them to your outfit.