I think the Panama is going to be the big trend for Spring. Last summer we saw lots of stingy brimmed fedoras, and this winter was all about floppy brimmed "Annie Hall" hats which had a bit of a resurgence thanks to YSL. This hat combines the large loose structured brim with more of a menswear feel.
This hat was made in my Nashville studio. I get the straw from Ecuador, where all Panamas are traditionally woven. It's called a Panama because that's the style of hat workers wore when working on the Panama canal. I love the casual elegance of them. They're easy to throw on for the beach but can also be dressed up.