Christys’ & Co Superfine (Grade 8) Folder Panama Hat, with Tube: save £47


With regattas, game fairs, country shows and holidays in the offing, now is the time to make sure your Panama hat is up to scratch. The proper Panama hat is the one that is so finely woven it folds without damage into a narrow tube. The quality is determined by the fineness and evenness of its weave, and the strength and colour of the straw—and this one is Christys’ & Co’s best Panama hat, the superfine folder (grade 8), the hoods hand woven in Ecuador and the hats then handmade by Christys’ in England. And the good news is that Christys’ now hand-make a pre-set version, which means that the Panama hat is styled beautifully with its ‘eyes’ already formed and its brim ready to snap into position, either up or down, for the customary elegance.

Christys decided to show their pre-eminent hat on the head of a model girl (pictured above)—a nod to the hat’s gender diversity, one assumes, despite this famous hat having been a celebrated man’s hat since the building of the Panama Canal. It does look rather good on her, we admit. The style is the ultimate for summer: it just looks the part. Beyond this are its benefits of extreme comfort, created by its ability to act as an air conditioner on the head, allowing cooling breezes to circulate as well as shading your head and eyes from the sun—which is of course why it remains the hat of choice across the generations.

To make sure our Members have the best, our Club hatmaker is Christys’ & Co, the world’s oldest milliner (since the 1770s). Christys’ Panama hats take longer to produce and prices reflect this. Through the Club, however, Members enjoy an advantageous price, both for the original and for the pre-set version of the superfine folder. Your price for this, the top-of-the-range Panama hat is better than even the standard Panama hat.

The hat comes in sizes 55-62cm (6 3/4in to 7 5/8in) and arrives with Christys’ traditional gold-embossed red hat tube.

Bleached with black band, cream binding and crest tab (or navy if you prefer).
RRP £136. CCUK £89. Free UK mainland delivery.

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