Montecristi hats are the crown jewels of Panama hats.


Short brim hats (at my cost), regular brim hats, wide brim hats, vintage hats, Island Style hats with geometric patterns in the weave, super finos, Master Weaver hats, bargain hats, even the very finest treasures of Simón Espinal.

Over the past 35+ years, I have bought tens of thousands of Montecristi hats. I could buy some for you. Or you could buy some I already have. I have more than 3000 Montecristi hats in inventory. Right now. This minute. More Montecristi hats than you could find in Montecristi. Order one, or order a hundred.

Maybe you want a Montecristi hat and plan to wear it as is. Or maybe you have a favorite local hat maker who will block it for you.

If you’re a hat maker looking for Montecristi hats to shape and finish, I’m a good place to start. Maybe I already have just what you want. Or I can custom order whatever you have in mind – size, grade, brim width, crown height. Custom wovens specifically for you. I can order lower grades for you than I order for myself. Whatever you need. Even Montecristi blocking lessons.

Each order is unto itself, separate, not mixed with anyone else’s order, not mixed with my own hats. No one cherry picks.

Why? Why am I offering unblocked Montecristi hats for the first time? Every year, I have bought more hats than I’ve sold. I do it to support the weavers, and to give myself more choices to block for client requests. Last year, when I counted inventory for my friends at the IRS, I realized I have collected and curated more Montecristi hats than I can possibly block in this lifetime.

So, the Hat Vault is open. Come on in and choose your treasures.

Short Brim Montecristi Panama Hats

Serious bargains here

Skinny-brim hats re-emerged several years ago, as a popular style choice. So, I offered two skinny-brim Montecristi fedoras for a few years, then decided it was just too much inventory to try to maintain, and I removed the styles from my website.

Good for fedoras, porkpies, and other Panama hat styles. I have several dozens remaining. Brims 1.5 to 2+ inches. Weave counts/grades from 18 to 36. Order 3 or more and get them at my cost. Seriously. Take the entire inventory and I’ll do even better.

Some are already blocked/shaped.

Email: [email protected] or call: 1-888-658-6500 / +1-541-201-3113

Regular Brim Montecristi Panama Hats

For fedoras, Optimos, and several other styles. The majority of the hats I sell have “regular” brims, 2.5 to 3+ inches. Weave counts/grades 18 to 63.

Let me know what you need. If I don’t have them, I can have them woven.

Email: [email protected] or call: 1-888-658-6500 / +1-541-201-3113

Wide Brim Montecristi Panama Hats

For Planter style, Aficionado, Monte Carlo, and several other wide brim styles. Brims 3 1/8 to 4 inches, and I have a few even wider. Weave counts/grades 18 to 42.

Let me know what you need. If I don’t have them, I can have them woven.

Email: [email protected] or call: 1-888-658-6500 / +1-541-201-3113

“Island Style” Montecristi PanamaHats

Also called “open weave” and “semi-calado” hats. Very popular. Regular brims and wide brims.Let me know what you need. If I don’t have them, I can have them woven.

Email: [email protected] or call: 1-888-658-6500 / +1-541-201-3113

Vintage Montecristi Panama Hats

Here are some real treasures. When I first started buying Montecristi hats, the weaving was better. Yes, there are still great weavers today. But more weavers were weaving with higher quality weave then than now. I saved hundreds of them for youand your special clients.

Sizes from tiny to huge. Grades 18 to 63. Let’s talk. I have more than a thousand vintage Montecristi hats. Seems like you should have at least a few. Some are already blocked/shaped.

Email: [email protected] or call: 1-888-658-6500 / +1-541-201-3113

Custom Order Montecristi Panama Hats

Whatever you want. I can have them woven for you. You can specify grade, size of weaver form, height of weaver form, brim width. I can have them woven specifically for you. Your order is your order. It will be kept totally separate from other client orders and from my own orders. I don’t cherry pick the best hats to keep for myself.

Above is a sample order page. Size is the size of the wood form the weaver will use to weave the hat. I usually figure that hats will increase in size by 1 or 2 cm. Or not. Nothing about the hats is predictable in any normal sort of business way. That’s why I keep custom orders totally separate.

Hats can be woven on forms with heights of 10.3, 10.8, 11.3 cm. Taller or shorterforms can be made.

Brim widths could be 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5 cm. Grades I work with are 18-19, 20-21, 22-23, 24-25, 26-27, and up into the 60s. I can order lower grades for you.

It takes time for hats to be woven. The higher the grade, the longer it takes to weave the hat. In addition to the time to weave the hat, every hat will receive full artisan preparation in every traditional stage. No stages will be skipped or left out.

Montecristi sellers sometimes skip artisan stages to lower their cost and increase their profit. I insist that every Montecristi hat I buy must be a totally traditional Montecristi hat, made as they were made a hundred years ago.

I can email an order form for you to fill in the details (see sample above). Or you can tell me what you want, I can complete the form, and send it to you for approval. Then I will send it to Montecristi to get prices.

It takes a few days to get the prices. I will add all the prices to your order form and send it to you for approval.

When you approve the order, a 40% deposit will be due. When all your hats are ready, remaining 60% balance is due. Hats will be shipped to me to verify what we receive. I will invoice you for shipping from Montecristi to me (DHL), shipping from me to you (USPS or UPS), plus customs duties.

I’ve been buying Montecristi hats for more than 35 years. I am The Montecristi Expert. No need for you to have to go to Montecristi. No need for you to have to learn which artisans are the best, or which sellers are less honest than others. I’ve already made all the mistakes and learned all the lessons.

I’m your shortcut to Montecristi hats. I can even teach you to shape and finish Montecristi hats like I do.

The Panama Hat Company of the Pacific dba Brent Black Panama Hats 1314 Center Dr., Suite B-448 Medford, OR 97501 There is no retail store at this address. (more) Toll Free: (888) 658-6500 Phone: (541) 201-3113

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