J Crew Panama hat with black band worn on model

Panama Hat Edit: Our Top 7 Picks

A Panama hat is a wardrobe staple that you'll always fall back on. Here are our top 7 picks.

You can’t go wrong with at least one Panama hat in your wardrobe. It is one of those staple pieces that are understated and chic. And if made well, it will last you for years to come.

Another great staple is a genuine cowgirl hat. This post has you covered with seven places to find a top-quality one. 

Read on if you’re ready to discover 7 top brands making incredibly authentic Panama hats.   

Rag & Bone

The New York urban brand Rag & Bone stocks a panama hat that has reached cult-status thanks to a number of celebs wearing it, including Kristin Cavallari and Jenna Dewan.

This hat is woven from straw from the toquilla palm tree found in Ecuador, so it’s as authentic as you can get.

A subtle black twisted ribbon trim is featured on the hat and the flat brim is 2.7”.


If you’re a fan of Meghan Markle then listen up because this Panama hat has been her go-to since 2017. She has been spotted wearing it at Wimbledon, at Prince Harry’s polo matches more than once, and strolling out of LAX airport.

Available in two sizes, Madewell paired up with Eric Lynes of century-old Canadian haberdashery Biltmore to create this perfectly crisp and breezy straw hat. Brim is 2.5” with a cute side bow.


This Panama hat is an absolute favorite with J. Crew shoppers. There’s a reason they’ve been making it for so many years. The quality is excellent and it is a nice warm off-white rather than a true-white.

A truly authentic piece, J. Crew made sure that this hat was woven by hand in Ecuador from fronds of the toquilla palm. Available in three sizes, this one fits true to size.

Sensi Studio

Sensi Studio, an Ecuadorian brand, specializes in handmade accessories and is especially well known for its genuine luxury Panama hats.

Handcrafted by artisans, this classic Sensi Studio hat is made with natural Toquilla straw and features a classic bow band.

What’s especially wonderful about Sensi Studio is their commitment to nurturing and supporting the artisan community in the Andes region of Ecuador in a socially responsible way. 

Gladys Tamez

The incredible Gladys Tamez millinery employs artisanal techniques in making all its hats by hand in Los Angeles.

The bestselling Esthella hat, featured here, comes in two colors, cream and the deeper café tone. With a shady 4″ brim, you simply can’t go wrong with this quality investment piece.

House of LaFayette

Handmade in New York City, House of LaFayette luxury hats are one-of-a-kind. 

The uniqueness of the brand’s hats is in its experimental use of color combinations, unexpected trims, and beautifully textured weaves. 

You won’t be disappointed by the modern yet timeless design of House of LaFayette Panama hats.


Artesano is another brand employing the expertise of genuine Ecuadorian artisans to make sustainable and truly authentic Panama hats, woven from Toquilla straw.

The Rumi X features a wide 4″ brim and comes in an incredible range of 15 color combinations. And don’t you love the cool-modern cross-stitching?

With a hidden adjustable band you have all the freedom to make this one fit to perfection.


White Straw
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Biltmore And Madewell
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Natural toquilla straw
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Toquilla Straw
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Esthella Straw
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Jimmy Straw
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Rumi XL – Wide Brim
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Panama Hat Edit: Our Top 7 Picks

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