Brent Black Panama Hats

The Panama Hat Company of the Pacific

Congratulations! You have found the Panama Hats Home Page and the world’s finest Panama hats. On this site, you can shop for a fine Panama hat, see how Panama hats are made, find out how to measure your head size, discover why one Panama hat costs more than another, and much more. For more than 20 years my specialty, and passion, has been the legendary Montecristi Panama hat. From jungle plant to finished style, each hat requires at least a hundred hours of skilled hand work to create. The very finest can take almost a thousand hours. I hope you will enjoy the site.

B. Brent Black

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How to Get a Perfect Custom Fit

We have a system. It works.

Montecristi Gift Hats

You will be worshipped.

New Safari Edition Hats

As seen in the Robb Report.

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Stack of Three Fashion Images showing people wearing Panama hatsPortrait of Brent Black, Master Hatter

Saving the Art of Montecristi Panama Hats

Business Practices & Ethics

We exist to prevent the extinction of a fine art.

Weaver in Doorway

The business was created in 1988 with the specific goal to prevent the impending extinction of the art of fine hat weaving in Montecristi. How do we save the art of fine hat weaving? Simple. Buy as many hats as possible, raise market prices so weavers earn enough to make weaving a desirable way to make a living.

The Montecristi Foundation

To save the art, first we must save the artists.

We have been working, sometimes successfully, for more than 20 years to improve quality of life for the weavers. When we have the funding, we provide free medical care, prescription medications, blood tests, eye exams, even food. Now, we are building a water purification and storage system.

El Gringo Loco

The weavers never met a buyer like me.

Brent Black examines a hat.

I don’t try to beat them or cheat them, like they’re used to from the local buyers. I treat the weavers like my teammates, not my adversaries. They make what I sell. I want them to keep weaving. I pay higher prices, give them free supplies, even free groceries. An entertaining example:

There’s More to Life Than Hats

A small boy with eyeglasses

This little boy caught my eye.

I noticed his eyes don’t agree with each other. I worried he couldn’t learn to read, that kids would tease him. We got him to an optometrist and into a series of corrective lenses. Here’s how it happened.

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Customer in Ultrawide Garden Hat

Others have come before you. All have survived. Many had the same questions and concerns you have now. Here is a sampling of the many happy endings.

Brent Black in National Geographic

Brent Black's Photo in National Geographic Magazine

Even National Geographic noticed my work to save the art of weaving Montecristi Panama hats is important. See the article.

Brent Black on CBS News

Title graphic for Keoghan's Heroes

I’m one of Keoghan’s Heroes on CBS. And he’s one of mine. Watch the video.

Brent Black’s Hats are the “Best of the Best”

Robb Report Best of the Best Award

Brent Black Montecristi Panama hats are the only hats named to Robb Report’s exclusive Best of the Best list.

Strip of Celebrities Wearing Panama Hats

Panama Hats of Presidents, Kings, and Other Rascals

Peter O'Toole

Here’s the “Who’s Who” of famous people and celebrities who wear Montecristi Panama hats, including movie stars, rock stars, sports stars, and others who own Brent Black Panama hats.

Panama Hats in the Movies

Sigourney Weaver from The Year of Living Dangerously, Anthony Hopkins from Hannibal, and Klaus Kinski from Fitzcarraldo.  All are wearing Panama hats.

Sigourney Weaver, Anthony Hopkins, Klaus Kinski, and others.

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The Brent Black Blog

Have you read every word on this site and still can’t get enough about Panama hats?

Now you can read even more hat lore and tales, customer stories, foundation updates, and the latest hat news on the soon-to-be-famous Brent Black Blog.

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