The Story

Established in 2010 and working fair trade directly with the most skilled artisans from Ecuador

Our Panama Hat company is a lifestyle top brand with Italian soul and Ecuadorian heart, founded 10 years ago. La Marqueza Hats® combines craftsmanship with design and it is recognised by the outstanding experience in designing, producing and exporting Genuine Panama hats by working directly with skilled craftsmen in Ecuador. Our brand aims to strengthen the appreciation for finest quality products that are handmade, sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly.

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MADE IN ECUADOR, ETHICALLY SOURCED

Based in United Kingdom, the owner and Hat Designer Maria Jose is from Ecuador herself and uses her experience and passion for the ancestral Panama hat industry, especially Montecristi Hats (the best straw hats in the world, that are fully handwoven by up to 40 craftsmen), hat treasures handpicked by herself, obtained in responsible, considered and sustainable way in Ecuador, to provide the exclusive selected range of quality Panama hats to the most demanding customers in UK and worldwide.

In 2018 the brand launched a line of hand woven handbags and other accessories focusing on the most beautiful summer trends; which are all entirely proudly hand made in Ecuador as well.

MISSION, PASSION & ETHOS

 

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