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Manufacturing since 1979 and then established in United Kingdom, working fair trade directly with the most skilled artisans

Our Panama Hat company is a lifestyle top brand with Italian soul and Ecuadorian heart. La Marqueza Hats® combines craftsmanship with design and it is recognised by the outstanding experience in designing, producing and exporting Genuine Panama hats.

All of our customers and brand supporters help the artisan communities in Ecuador, providing work and a continuation of this millenary weaving craft. Our aim is to prevent this art disappear through the strengthen and appreciation for finest quality products that are entirely handmade, sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly.

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MADE IN ECUADOR, ETHICALLY SOURCED

Based in United Kingdom, our Creative Director Maria Jose is from Ecuador and uses her experience and passion for the ancestral Panama hat industry, especially Montecristi Hats (considered the best straw hats in the world), hat treasures handpicked by herself, obtained in responsible and considered way, to provide the exclusive curated range of quality Panama hats to the most demanding customers who care about the sustainable worldwide luxury.

In 2018 the brand launched a line of hand woven straw handbags, fall/winter hats and accessories, focusing on its customer requirements and fashion trends.

OUR MISSION IS TO PREVENT THE EXTINCTION OF THIS ART

 

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