Original Panama Hat by The Hip Hat

Wear a Panama Hat by The Hip Hat an be a part of slow fashion

Wear a Panama Hat by The Hip Hat to be directly involved in the slow fashion movement

In times when so many of us are invested in protecting our environment, not only for ourselves but for future generations, it is wild to read the data on clothing disposability. A staggering 90% of pieces of clothing are disposed of before they need to be. 

What does sustainable fashion mean exactly? Sustainable clothing production means that the clothes and/or fashion accessories are produced in a way that affects the environment as little as possible. In sustainable fashion production, organic and natural materials are used, working conditions are fair, and pollution emissions are kept as low as possible.

Sustainability begins with the material, or better said, raw material with which a garment is made. Original Panama Hats are hand-made exclusively with toquilla straw. Toquilla straw is a renewable natural resource made from young toquilla palm fronds that are harvested without harming the main tree.

The plant scientifically known as "Carludovica Palmata" measures approximately 5 to 6 feet from the ground up. The stems cultivated to be used in the art of weaving hats are known as "buds" and they need to be harvested around 3 years after seedling. Only expert harvesters know the right time to harvest the necessary buds for the hat weaving process. If the plant is too young, it will not provide enough material to produce the toquilla straw for the process; but if the plant is too old, its quality will not permit the straw to be maneuverable in the required way for the hat weaving process

What else can shout "slow fashion" louder than hats that require such a peculiar and special relationship with nature, and such a delicate process only to obtain the raw material with which it is made?

Now add to this the unique and ancestral hand-weaving art that results in each single Panama Hat. 

Luckily, some brands, including us, The Hip Hat, are seriously committed to overturning "fast fashion" trends by producing trendless designs and premium, long-lasting quality pieces. 

The Hip Hat is a purpose-driven brand. We are serious and honest about sustainability, transparency, and fairness. We believe in producing and selling one unique, very special, handmade with natural raw materials product, the original Panama Hat. Without compromises - our customers receive genuine sustainable Panama Hats that are stylish and that will last a lifetime, all at a very competitive price.

The Hip Hat is a happy rider of the "slow fashion" movement wave, and if you wear a Panama Hat by The Hip Hat, so will you! We are about creating mindful, curated collections based on quality finishes. We encourage our customers to be more thoughtful and intentional about their fashion accessories - and choose pieces that will last a long time in their wardrobe: a Panama Hat by The Hip Hat. 

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