A symbol of classic gentlemanly elegance since the 19th century, the Panama has topped the heads of such greats as Roosevelt, Churchill, Napoleon, and the Duke of Windsor. This volume delves into the hat’s remarkable history, production process, and variety of shapes, while celebrating the grace of living of its country of origin: Ecuador. Panama: Legendary Hats pays fitting tribute to the “aristocrat of the straw hats.”
Martine Buchet, author of Assouline’s La Colombe d’Or: Saint Paul de Vence, traveled to Ecuador to research and discover the origins of the Panama hat.
Over the last fifteen years, Laziz Hamani has produced work for the world’s most prestigious luxury names, and he is regularly sought by brands such as Cartier and Dior. Although his talent for lighting and studio techniques has been acknowledged, he still appreciates—and finds it necessary—to work outdoors in a more spontaneous style. This has brought him to publish over thirty books on lifestyle, artistic, and luxury themes, including more than twenty Assouline titles, as well as producing several exhibitions of
his personal work.
- About Assouline Publishing:
Since its beginnings in 1994, Assouline has been dedicated to creating books that are as informational as they are beautiful works of art. The respect for the product and the process of creation is evident in every facet – the traditional technique of hand-binding covers, the imagery that transports the reader to another place and time, the luxurious thickness of each page. The passion and the attention to detail are like that of an haute couture atelier.
Known worldwide for bringing luxury to the publishing industry, Assouline produces one-of-a-kind books on fashion, art, architecture, photography, design, and travel, weaving a story of L’Art de Vivre with every publication. The Ultimate Collection is the epitome of the Assouline brand as it offers an unparalleled standard of excellence in the 21st century. Each book from the collection pays homage to the time-honored craft of bookbinding and pictures are individually hand-tipped, a process which requires cutting, gluing, and placing each photo onto the page. This level of craftsmanship yields the highest quality books in the world, truly pieces of art in their own right.