Mon­te­cristi Cus­tom Hat Works

322 Mcken­zie Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 983-9598, www.mon­te­cristi­

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Now cel­e­brat­ing its 42nd year, Mon­te­cristi Cus­tom Hat Works of Santa Fe of­fers au­then­tic Panama hats that set the stan­dard for qual­ity and her­itage, as well as gen­uine fur felt hats. Alone among even lux­ury hat­mak­ers, Mon­te­cristi works ex­clu­sively by hand, which en­sures that each hat they cre­ate is unique.

A Mon­te­cristi Panama hat be­gins its jour­ney in a small vil­lage in Ecuador. Ex­pert hat weavers har­vest the un­opened shoots from the paja to­quilla plant, then work them again and again to cre­ate fine straw fibers of uni­form width and color. These are wo­ven in an ex­tremely tight and even pat­tern to cre­ate the body of the hat—a process that can take months.

The fi­nal step is the pre­cise shap­ing of the hat to fit the cus­tomer’s exact specificat­ions. This is per­formed in the Santa Fe shop by crafts­men with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence. The re­sult is a mas­ter­piece of hat­mak­ing artistry that can last a life­time.

Mon­te­cristi Cus­tom Hat Works takes equal pride in their fur felt hats. They of­fer hats in blended fur felts, pure beaver, and the finest beaver and mink blends. All styles are avail­able in both straw and fur felt.

The shop in­vites cus­tomers to visit their lo­ca­tion near the Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum in Santa Fe, and learn more about some of the finest cus­tom-made hats avail­able.

Each Mon­te­cristi hat is cus­tom­ized to cus­tomer’s unique specificat­ions.

An ex­am­ple of a Mon­te­cristi hat. Mon­te­cristi hats start their jour­ney in Ecuador.

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