Manufacturing in Ecuador since 1979 and then established in United Kingdom, working fair trade directly with the most skilled artisansOur Panama Hat company is a lifestyle top brand with Ecuadorian heart and British design. La Marqueza Hats® combines millenary craftsmanship with exquisite style and it is recognised by the outstanding experience in 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 heritage weaving craft. Our aim is to prevent this skill disappear, through the strengthen and appreciation for finest quality products that are entirely handmade, sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly. During the whole process, we exercise fair trade, making sure the weavers receive the fair pay that is necessary for this art survive.
The Toquilla straw that is employed to make all our handwoven Panamas and handbags is consciously sourced for the environment and social impact.
ETHICALLY SOURCED, SUSTAINABLY MADE IN ECUADOR
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 products 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, yet keeping its essence.