The finest hats in the world!
is a tiny BC importer that has brought a diverse selection of Ecuadorian products to Canada for over two decades. Early in their history they began to focus on Panama Hats, and these hats now make up virtually all of their imports!
In particular, Gabriola Imports specializes in Ecuadorian Artesania
or handmade products -- both classic styles and utterly unique new designs.
These fantastic hats have graced our store for several years, but they are new to our website: see the whole online selection HERE
(we have more styles in the store).
What is a "Panama Hat"?
The Authentic Panama Hat
is handwoven from the very strong fibre of a short palm tree that grows only in the cloud forests on the coast of Ecuador. The straw is strong and flexible and the finest hats will last for decades, offering excellent sun protection.
This palm straw is known as Toquilla and the hats should rightly be called Sombreros de paja toquilla (or hats of toquilla straw). However, worldwide they are known as Panama Hats, even though they have always been made in Ecuador.
These hats are so light, breathable and comfortable that you can wear them all day, and so incredibly stylish that you'll want to keep wearing them when you go out on the town at night!
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Felt hats too!
Gabriola Imports also offers some fine and fabulous felt hats. Made of 100% felted wool, they last forever and shape to your head for the perfect fit.
We currently have two classic fedora-style felt hats available online and several more in the store: