Money isn't a big deal, at least not for people with names like "Godfather of Mafia" Al Capone and "Lender of World" J.P. Morgan. The Panama, which cost $1,000 at time, more than a family car, was featured in a July 1930 issue in The New Yorker.
Now, if you want to wear this hat of same brand, price you have to pay starts at 700,000 yuan. Is it justifiably expensive?
Nicholas Payne-Baader, publicist for oldest hat company Lock&Co. Hatter, said: "A hat can change a person's face more than any other piece of clothing." A good panama gives two people a different vision. The effect has become a cult spokesperson such as Al Capone. During his lifetime, he frightened an entire generation by appearing in a straw hat and smoking a cigar. 40 years after his death, this look is due to Robert De Niro, who played it in film "The Untouchables", it has become popular again and has become a must-have item for men to show off their yuppies.
In addition to being pleasing to eye, panama hats identified by two large bumps are not a random web search. There are styles that can be found for 300 yuan. In 2012, organization was included in list of "World Intangible Cultural Heritage". This unrivaled craftsmanship makes this hat even more valuable.
The Montecristi hat can be called birth of a work of art. Each hat takes over 3 years to complete from order to completion. Simon Espinal, best panama knitter today, said in an interview that it takes almost 1000 hours to make a hat, and each panama must be made by at least 6 hatters. Weaving 4,000 neat herringbone stitches for every square inch of hat body requires use of embellishments. Only a magnifying glass can count fine lines, and dealer Brent Black also said, “I hope hat can be sent to a museum. No one should wear it because it is pinnacle of an ancient and beautiful work of art. ."