Choosing a Natural Straw Hat
For centuries, straw obtained from local plant life has been used to craft to allow our ancestors to work and live under the sun for extended periods by providing cool shade and UV protection. Numerous natural straws are still widely used today to craft beautiful and practical straw hats for women:
- Shantung straw, a rigid starched reed straw
- Milan straw, a water resistant woven hemp braid
- Paper straw, a very light and flexible straw
- Raffia straw, known for its flexibility and comfort.
Henri Henri Hat Shop offers a wide selection of women's straw hats in a variety of styles ranging from casual to chic. Browse the Henri Henri hat store online, and find the straw hat that will compliment your unique style!
Synthetic Straw Hats
Synthetic straw is used to circumvent some natural straw’s weaknesses, namely water resistance and crushability. Nowadays, hat makers throughout the world have embraced synthetic straw to craft durable and colorful straw hats for women.
The Henri Henri hat store provides a wide selection of 100% synthetic straw hats, such as the Mannes hat and the Eli hat from Bailey Hats of Hollywood. Made of polypropylene, a water resistant and crushable, shape-retaining fiber that has extended durability.
Synthetic straws can make the whole of a hat, but can also be part of a blend. Synthetic and natural straw blends aim to ally the best of both worlds: the lightness of natural straw, and the durability of synthetic straws. One such example is the Wilshire hat, a smart casual vented straw hat for men made of 50% paper straw and 50% polypropylene blend.
Genuine Panama Straw Hats
Handwoven in Ecuador for generations, these exquisite straw hats are known for their lightness, ventilation, and beautiful, luxurious aspect. Discover Henri Henri’s vast selection of gorgeous Panama straw hats for women!
Looking for a summer hat other than a straw hat? Check out our wide range of women's hats in our online store.
How Do I Care for My Straw Hat?
Straw hats, especially those made of natural straw, are generally more sensitive to tears and water damage than their felt and synthetic straw counterparts. This is why we strongly recommend you reduce water and rain exposure to a minimum to avoid loss of shape and tears, unless the straw is specifically treated for water resistance.
A synthetic straw hat may be completely impervious to water, although some still risk losing their shape if completely soaked. If your straw hat gets wet, gently remove as much water as possible by delicately using a towel. Let dry at room temperature, away from windows and heat sources.
The Henri Henri hat store offers a specialized hat cleaning and reblocking service. All straw hats must be visually inspected by one of our professional hatters in order to evaluate the condition of the straw hat. If your natural or synthetic straw hat for men is misshapen, bring it to the Henri Henri hat store for an assessment. We might just be able to bring it back to shape, and under certain conditions offer minor repairs and alterations!