Hats are an iconic accessory. I don’t believe there is a better way to make your outfit stand out. Especially with a sustainable straw hat in the spring and summertime. The natural texture adds so much character. And really compliments spring colors. Plus it doesn’t hurt to protect yourself from that extra sunshine you are starting to indulge in. If you are in the market for a new hat for spring or an upcoming vacation you will have to consider investing in one of
1. Jenni Kayne
Jenni Kayne is a brand that is conscious of
2. Equal Uprise
I haven’t bought a straw hat from Equal Uprise yet but I do really love the quality of the black felt hat that I bought from them this winter. But they have a few beautiful straw hat designs that I am dying to try out. Like their avocado hat. Which is made of toquilla straw, a material made out of a certain kind of palm tree leaves that are abundant in Ecuador.
Equal Uprise is very transparent about the care they offer their makers in Ecuador. They are provided with fair paying jobs and healthcare and they help fund their education for them and their family. Equal Uprise heavily focuses on responsible production methods and the sourcing of local, organic materials whenever possible. Their simple and modern hat designs are built to transcend time. I guarantee these hats will be your go-to spring hat for all those outdoor activities.
Brooks Boswell is a brick and mortar out of Portland that started blocking hats by hand in their studio. Their hats are slowly made to order. The shop is an outfitter for the spirited American. They believe in supplying both functional essentials and considered statements- unique enough to tell your story. They focus on carrying sustainable, unique, and hard to find brands. Including vintage.
4. Janessa Leon
Janessa Leon makes the most beautifully detailed straw hats I have ever seen. I hope to add one of their styles to my collection soon especially to go with all of my spring outfits. Each hat is handmade with the highest quality materials. The consistent foundation creates timeless hats that can be worn throughout the seasons. The straw is also made of toquilla from Ecuador and handmade in the USA. The handweaving for their straw hats requires precision and skill. The straw is water-resistant and protects you against UV rays. If you care for it properly it will last a lifetime. Each hat is naturally dyed and considered one of a kind.
5. West Perro
My West Perro is my favorite go-to everyday hat. It was well worth the investment. They make sturdy and durable hats that are perfect for adventures. What makes them extra special is the handmade clay medallion that is attached to the strap and acts as a necklace. Making a very unique two in one design. I absolutely love the desert vibes this hat creates.
Every hat is handmade to order using natural palm leaves from Guatemala. Westperro offers two different colors of straw and two different brim shapes. Plus they offer several different natural earth colors for the clay medallion. This shop also designs gorgeous clay wall hangings that are made of clay.
Westperro is also part of a great organization called Head West which creates
I just discovered Greenpacha hats on Garmentory. Greenpacha was started by two Argentinian sisters that have worked to reform the Ecuadorian tradition of straw hat weaving.
They too use the common toquilla palm. Each straw hat is handwoven- and the process represents an age-old expression of being close to nature while making a living for their families by weaving hats.