How to Care for Your Panama Hat

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I know Songkran (aka Thai New Year) and Easter are just around the corner, and many of you will be hitting the road for some well-earned R&R and travel. With this in mind, I wanted to share some professional tips on how to care for your hat and travel with it. So, without further ado, here is my expert advice.

Buying a Panama hat is a wise investment in a stylish and practice accessory. To keep your hat in long-lasting, tip-top condition, you need to abide by a few basic rules.

Caring for your Panama hat:

  • To maintain your hat’s original shape, it’s vital that you always handle it delicately by the brim or cup the crown with an open palm.Most importantly, do not pinch the crown as it’s the most sensitive place on the hat, particularly for the Fedora Classic, Fedora Premium, Jacky and Jimmy models.
  • Do not get your hat wet (see the section below for further details).
  • Store your hat in a dry and ventilated place (i.e., MonPanama hat box).
  • Never use soap and water to remove stains. Wipe down your hat with a soft, lint-free, tightly woven (to avoid snags) cloth or a moist facial wipe.
  • You can iron (low setting) your hat if you place a clean cloth between the brim and iron surface; never apply heat directly onto the toquilla fibre.
  • If your hat does get wet or misshapen for some unfortunate reason, you can fix it in a couple of different ways.
    1. Hold the hat in a jet of steam over boiling water and mould the hat back into shape.
    2. Use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to reform it back into shape. As mentioned above, you can also use an iron on the brim.

Panama hats make great travel companions. They are most definitely travel-friendly if you make sure to take care of them in the following ways.

Travelling with your MonPanama hat:

  • The best way to travel with your hat is on your head! There’s quite simply no better way to be out ‘n’ about with an authentic Panama hat than on your noggin.
  • Travel in style with your MonPanama hat box! This will ensure the ultimate protection, especially on long journeys involving different modes of transport.
  • Travel anywhere with your hat and your MonPanama travel bag; simply slide your hat between the leather straps when you need to take it off. This unisex bag is made of linen fabric, genuine cow leather and the lining comprises a zip pocket and double snap buttons on the edges.
  • Pack your hat carefully in your suitcase. If you don’t have a hat box or travel hat bag, the next best thing is to make sure that it’s padded out (i.e., with socks) and protected with enough support when stored upside down in your luggage.

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