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Panama Hat, Blocked in Berkeley California

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Back In Stock!!!

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. We import our Panama Hat bodies directly from Ecuador. And, because we make them, we are the only one who can give you a choice of band color.

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. We block and trim the hats ourselves. 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 off into the air and you stay cooler because there is no barrier stopping the sweat from passing through the natural fibers.


Over the last 40 years, we have more loyal customers buying this hat again and again than any other straw hat we carry. We individually block all the Panama Hats on an old pre 1930 hydraulic machine and we 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 the 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.


2 3/4 inch brim presently in stock which has a 4 1/4 inch tall crown.


 Made in USA

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Shipping and Handling Policy

SHIPPING and HANDLING COST ON ALL ORDERS sent USPS Standard Priority/First Class Mail is $7.88 for First Item + $1.88 Each Item Thereafter (With the exception of online orders for Hats for the Kentucky Derby which must be ordered individually). Canada Priority Mail is $32 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.

Expedited Shipping Available

For Expedited Shipping, We Recommend Selecting USPS Express Mail.

We can also ship Express Mail (Signature Required) through U.S.P.S. costing $37 plus $5.50 for each additional item for most items (With the exception of online orders for Hats for the Kentucky Derby which must be ordered individually). Order before 11:45 A.M. for quickest express service.

Priority Mail Shipping time in transit is usually less than 3 days and includes Saturday delivery. Most orders shipped Priority Mail the same day or next day with larger orders sent UPS and Small Items Sent First Class Mail. We ship every day except Sunday.

Express Shipping is the USPS fastest domestic service. See USPS website for further details about your Zip Code.(Signature May Be Required)

PLEASE NOTE that the photograph shown in your cart will be the Main Photo for the item. This Photo will not change with color selection. Be sure to read the option you have chosen which is to the right of the photo in your cart.

Exchange Policy

All Hats for the Kentucky Derby are FINAL SALE and NOT Returnable (This applies to both "In Store" and Online purchases).

EXCHANGES If non final sale items do not fit or are the wrong style, they may be exchanged within 10 days of receipt of order if the tags have not been removed and the item has not been worn. You are responsible for shipping charges in each direction on all returns and exchanges. USA exchanged items must be accompanied by $7.88 plus $1.88 per item over one item or your authorization to charge your card for that amount.

Delivery Time

The Post Office strives to deliver Priority and First Class mail in two days sometimes three days. Express Mail U.S.P.S. (Signature Required) is 1 day with the possibility of a second day delay if you are not in a major city. For any questions regarding item availability call us at 510 962-4428. The same shipping charges pertain to exchanges as on original order. Thank you for shopping Berkeley Hat Company, the Hat Store on Yahoo! When you visit the San Francisco Bay Area, come visit our landmark brick and mortar hat store. We look forward to seeing you!

Hat Orders will usually be shipped same or next day by USPS Standard Priority/First Class Shipping and should arrive within 2 to 3 days after date of shipping. We recommend you check delivery for your own Zip Code at

USPS Express Mail for expedited shipping is guaranteed to arrive by the Post Office in 1 day in most areas and 2 days in the rest and may Require a Signature upon delivery. Check delivery date from our zip code(94704) to yours at

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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