Originally Posted by Ianiceman
Proper Panamas are made in Ecuador not Panama, so start by checking the label to see where it's made. The best are called Montecritis and have a texture like linen such that they could easily be rolled up and pocketed without any harm. They are very expensive.
I would suggest getting two if you like them. Get a more formal fedora styled one that you can wear with a light blazer, linen jacket, even jacket less for your evening stroll for food and drinks. Then get a more rigid cheap pork pie one to wear with shorts on the beach that won't break your heart if you lose it in the wind or a seagull shites on it.
Damn $7500 is way out of my league. Didn't even know there was so expensive hats...
I found a Borsalino hat in town that I liked but will check the info on that. It was around $250. And that's actually more then I want to spend.
How does the formal fedora look if you can show that. So I know what to look for (is it the normal ones?)