Since 1630, Ecuadorian hats, known as Panamas, have covered many renowned heads including Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ines de la Fressange, Katy Perry and others.
In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt, wore this Ecuadorian hat while visiting the construction site of the Panama Canal. His picture was displayed all around the world making his headgear famous and referred to as the “Panama Hat”.
Ecuadorian craftsmen use the finest selected natural straws from Toquilla Palm (Carludovica Palmata) to elaborate each hat. This process can take between one week to six months, depending on the delicacy of the weave and the straw.
Today, Ecua-Andino Hats is represented by the greatest ambassadors in the best fashion stores around the globe.