Thanks to my good friends Richard and Diana Horowitz, I found a treasure in my own backyard! Montecristi hand made hats by fifth generation master weaver Yovanni Mero Pachay “These hats are not only the real deal,” says Richie Horowitz, “they are a fabulous deal! I’ve bought many Montecristi hats over the years, and these prices are more than half of what I paid in St. Bart’s and London.”
A long-time favorite for chic world travelers, Montecristi hats’ fine weaving allows it to be rolled and packed in its signature box. A selection will be available at Lars and Nadine Bolander’s Studio 1696, and later this season on Worth Avenue. In the meantime, Frances deSantos, Yovanni’s personal friend and Florida representative, has a wide variety of these authentic “Panama Hats” ranging in prices from $95 to thousands of dollars.
You can also visit the website www.toquifinahatsandmore.com
or call her at 561 290 5994
Trivia information: Why are they called Panama Hats?
Legend has it that President Theodore Roosevelt brought the hats to popularity in North America when photos were taken of him wearing one while visiting Panama. But that’s not the only story. As the hats were shipped through the Isthmus canal in Panama before they hit the shores around the world, someone mistakenly thought the hats came from the country famous for its canal. Who knew one person’s misunderstanding would lead to the rest of the world following suit?