Join generations of distinguished owners of the world’s most respected hat — the handwoven straw Sombreros Montecristi from Ecuador. The crème de la crème of classic Panama hats have always been woven in Ecuador, in and around the ancient hill town of Montecristi. Today, there are few master artisans remaining who are capable of weaving a fine Sombreros Montecristi — such as ‘The Newt’ offered by Newt at the Royal. Each hat is a painstaking work of art. It can take several months to craft a fino-grade Panama, using only the finest Toquilla palm fronds split into thin strands — all by hand. When completed, the weave feels more like silk or linen than straw. With proper care, your new Panama hat will last a lifetime.