We now offer bespoke hat bands, in a range of gorgeous colours, on all our Borges and Scott Panama Hats!

If you fancy something a little more colourful than our standard black or brown bands, or perhaps a particular shade to match a favourite outfit, look out for a new page coming to our website soon with further details and the full range of colour swatches to choose from.

Our bespoke bands are £8.95 (in addition to the cost of the hat) – when ordering your Panama hat, just email us (quoting your order number) to request a bespoke band in your chosen colour, and we will send your new hat out to you as soon as possible. Price includes our in house milliner fitting your choice of coloured band to your hat.

  An example of a bespoke band using a military ribbon sent in to us by a customer.


Is your hat well traveled? Lost a bit of its shape from all that rolling?

Well, if you feel your Panama Hat needs a bit of TLC we now offer basic repairs and re-shaping – from replacing tired bands to coaxing it back into that signature fedora shape. If you feel your hat would benefit from a little 'service', please email us at, attaching a photo of the hat, and we will get back to you as soon as we have assessed the damage.

Final Part in our series on how a Panama is made

The final section of our page explaining how a Panama hat is made is complete!  This section deals with how the shape is given to the hat - a process known as blocking.  It also touches on the finishing of the hat with an internal sweatband and the external ribbon.  You can read it by clicking here.

Here at Borges & Scott we generally stick to traditional colours of black or brown for the external ribbon.  

The black band is often said to have initially found favour as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.  Whilst there is certainly a large element of truth in that statement, black bands were already a popular option - for example pictures around the time of Eloy Alfaro, an Ecuadorean liberal who was involved with the Ecuadorean revolution and ultimately led the rebels to success in 1895, often show black bands being worn.  The brown band, is a more modern twist and really complements the natural shade of some of our hats.

We can also add bespoke ribbons as required by customers.  In the past we have done this for sports teams, colleges, military colors and special events.