"I have 14 hats with weave counts of 1600 to 2500/sq in. These hats are quite literally the stuff of legends. Woven so finely that they are more like linen than straw, as much art as apparel. Each is signed by the artist.
I am the exclusive representative of the very best of the very few who still practice the rare sorcery of turning straw into cloth.
These priceless treasures are not just a media rumor. They really exist. I have them. As with all priceless treasures, they have prices. $8,000 to $25,000." - Brent Black
Mr. Black also sells some remarkably fine "Panama" hats from $475. My head is blissfully shaded by one of his stunning roll-ups. All are tediously hand-woven in Ecuador.
This is Montecristi aficionado Scooter Dude's unpaid, wholehearted endorsement, "It folds for carry on my Vespa!"
Robert Redford wearing a Brent Black Roll-Up Panama Hat