Aloha Shirts have always been the back bone of the total experience with anyone’s visit to the islands. We have provided, year after year, the next generation of Aloha Shirts
Newt at the Royal is featured promiently along side other world famous hat shops, in The Panama Book. Panama a Legandary Hat…
Monteicristi Plantation featuring the Pele’s Fire feather lei handcrafted by a local Hawaiian artisan.
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March 2012 – Proprietor Jim Tomasi is back from his trip to Ecuador where the real work starts in getting it right for the best Montecristi Panama Hats. Read more about Jim’s hat trip on Newt’s Facebook page
Five classic shirts are depicted in the stamp art available from the USPS on January 19, 2012. You can see the Aloha Shirts stamps set at this link.
DID YOU KNOW? – In the book “Panama, a Legendary Hat” Newt in Honolulu is listed among the most prestigious international hatters – Gelot or Motsch in Paris, Herbert Johnson or Lock & Company in London and Borsalino in Milan that provide a selection of the notable Sombreros Montecristi.
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At the shop, Newt at the Royal, located on the grounds of the elegant Royal Hawaiian Hotel, we met hatter extraordinaire Jim Tomasi. Tomasi knows all there is about the fine straw hats known as Panama’s that are really from Ecuador. Prices range from $300 to $7,500 depending upon the weave. I tried on a $575 rakish number that was heaven but unlike Warren Beatty and William Hurt, I left mine behind.
Sue Purdy is a freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and lifestyle topics. Read the full article by clicking here
If you need something classier than a baseball cap, head here…. “There’s an art to fitting a hat.” Tomasi says he’s selling an increasing number to 20-somethings who appreciate the style. “As a young man is walking out of the store with a hatbox under his arm, I like to say to them, there’s hope for your generation.”
Best of Honolulu March 2010. Read the full article here.
PEOPLE IN PARADISE: That was singer Seal (of “Kiss From a Rose” fame), his model wife Heidi Klum and their kids …stopped by Newt in the Village; Seal and oldest son Henry left as proud owners of Panama hats. Seal’s hat size, like his persona, is impressive at 7 and 7/8, said Jim Tomasi of Newt. While trying on hats, Seal and Klum serenaded each other with a sweet duet with lines that go, “Where did you get that hat, Henry? Isn’t it a jolly one! I would like a hat just like that, Henry.” …
SHOW BIZ 8/23/2009
Show Biz by columnist Wayne Harada is published in the Honolulu StarAdvertiser.