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About Us: Cigar Aficionado

About Us: Cigar Aficionado

There has always been a strong connection between Panama hats and good cigars.

Cigar Aficionado was kind enough to publish a lengthy article about my early work with the hats and the hat weavers in the Montecristi area.

The article originally appeared in the Summer 1993 issue. The text is reprinted below.

I have also included my photos which accompanied the text, plus some extras.


The title is: On Top

Subtitle: A Montecristi is the best Panama hat but for how much longer?

Sub-subtitle: “Two of the dwindling number of elderly hat weavers who make the world’s finest Panama hats, Montecristis.”

“Photography by Brent Black.” (I have included more photos than appeared with the article.)



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