Ecuadorian Panama Hat
Blocked in U.S.A.

Brim - 2 3/4 inches
Crown - 4 1/4 inches tall

Item# ED-PA01-X
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

Our Ecuadorian Panama Hat, the Gatsby, is the same grade or better used by the major brands of Panama Hats in this country.

The main difference is the price. And, because we make them, we are the only one who can give you a choice of band color (some color samples are at the bottom of this page) -11 colors or even more if you call us.

We use the Llano Cuenca weave as it provides the best sun protection and is the stronger, more durable of the two basic panama weaves. I block and trim the hats myself. No middleman, no expensive shipping and packing charges to send them off to stores, hence the price- you'll find them less than half the price of other Panamas. The difference is a lighter weight--- no sweatband and no heavy hardening lacquer to make it easier to pack into boxes for retailers but more breakable when you wear it.

Wear our hat in the hot sun for a few hours, wear it to the Kentucky Derby, and you will see why. The hat wicks up the sweat, passes it of into the air and you stay cooler because there is no barrier stopping the sweat from passing through. Over the last 25 years, we have more loyal customers buying this hat again and again than any other straw hat we carry. I individually block all the Panama Hats on an old pre 1930 hydraulic machine and I know the best combination of heat, pressure, temperature and humidity to give them the best just right feel and shape retention possible. Just give one of ours a squeeze and feel the way it pops back into shape the way that helped give the Panama Hat its original reputation as the best straw hat in the world. Then try the same thing with a national brand panama at 2 times the price. We're better every time. The brims are dimensional-slightly narrower on the sides than on the front and back like Indiana Jones hat. Remember, Panama Hats, the real ones, including ours are always made of what they call in Ecuador- paja toquilla or jipi with the scientific name Carludovica palmata. Click on the photos for detail. Only the more popular 2 3/4 inch brim presently in stock which has a 4 1/4 inch tall crown.

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Berkeley Hat Company is the largest complete Hat Store in Northern California located at 2510 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704, 4 blocks South of UC Berkeley. Our Retail Store has been in the same location for over 34 years.
Please visit our Brick and Mortar Store! Hours are Mon-Thurs 10:30-6:00, Fri-Sat 10:30-6:30 Sun 12-5:30.

Expedited Shipping Available - To Receive Your Hats In Time For Your Event. EXPRESS-PRIORITY MAIL is Available To Expedite Delivery. See USPS website for further details about delivery dates to your Zip Code. Most Orders Ship Next Day.

SHIPPING AND HANDLING COST ON ORDERS ON THIS SITE FOR ANY QUANTITY IS $6.88 FOR THE FIRST ITEM AND $1.88 EACH FOR EVERY ITEM THEREAFTER (With the exception of online orders for Hats for the Kentucky Derby which must be ordered individually). Priority Mail Shipping time in TRANSIT is usually THREE DAYS OR LESS and includes Saturday delivery. Express Mail Requires a Signature on delivery and is $36.00 plus $5.50 for each additional item (With the exception of online orders for Hats for the Kentucky Derby which must be ordered individually). Canadian Priority Mail is $32.00 plus $3.88 for each additional item (With the exception of online orders for Hats for the Kentucky Derby which must be ordered individually). All other international shipments are $56 for each item. Customer is responsible for any duty charged for international shipping.

All Women's Derby Hats are FINAL SALE and NOT Returnable

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We ship six days a week-everyday including Saturday but not Sunday. Most orders shipped within two to five days, but usually the same or next day. Regular orders are sent U.S Postal Service Priority Mail. Small items may be sent First Class Mail. Larger orders may be shipped UPS and could take longer than 3 days. If you're worried about availability or shipping time, call us at 510 962-4428 during business hours.

Items without an "Add To Cart" button on the order page are sold out. Please feel free to call us at 510 549-2955 or 510 962-4428. Returns and exchanges must be sent within 10 days of receipt of order. The same shipping charges pertain to exchanges as on original order.

Hat Orders will usually be shipped same or next day and should arrive within 2 to 3 days after date of shipping. Check for the Priority Mail delivery date to your zip code from ours(94704). Call us to verify. Remember, the Post Office delivers on Saturday.

USPS Express Mail is guaranteed to arrive by the Post Office in 1 day in most areas and 2 days in the rest and Requires a Signature upon delivery. Check for your delivery date from our zip code(94704). Phone Orders and inquiries welcome 10:30-5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. Our Phone Number is 510 962-4428.

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Address-Phone: Berkeley Hat Company, 2510 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704 -- Tel. (510) 962-4428
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Store Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-6:00, Friday-Saturday 10:30-6:30, Sunday 12:00-5:30 Pacific Time

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