American actress Kate Hudson caught her big break in 2000 when she landed the role of rock groupie Penny Lane in indie film hit Almost Famous, a role director Cameron Crowe had originally intended for Sarah Polley. When Polley dropped out to pursue another project the movie was almost scrapped, but Hudson begged for a chance to read for the role and Crowe was so impressed that she got the part. She won a Golden Globe for the role and received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Hudson has gone on to star in numerous box office hits, achieving her stardom with sheer talent, determination and her renowned charismatic energy (perhaps a trait she inherited from her glamorous mum, Goldie Hawn).

Hudson has managed a busy acting career alongside raising her two sons, Ryder (b.2004) and Bingham (b.2011). It seems her boys have inherited their mum’s snappy fashion sense - here Ryder and Kate are chillin’ on a spring day sporting mixed checks and, of course, matching Panama hats (the perfect complement to any outfit!). Very Cool!

If you admire their style you will love our Signature Ladies Fedora, and Childrens Borges & Scott Teardrop Fedora.



Now here's a woman with a Panama Hat for any occasion – she certainly seems to be a big fan of this classic accessory!

The American actress, model and business woman is perhaps best known for her starring roles in 'Honey' and the 'Fantastic Four' films. Aside from her successful acting career, Alba is also the co-founder of The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that sells non-toxic household products, and plays an active role supporting the work of a number of charities, particularly children's charities, oh, and she's a mum to her two young daughters.

A natural beauty, Alba never fails to look gorgeous, even when dressed down and wearing little makeup – Here she is looking every bit the girl about town, topping her simple monochrome outfit with a white fedora-style Panama Hat, and again chilling out at the beach shaded from the sun by the generous brim of her natural Panama Hat.


Style: simple elegance, flowing fabrics, the natural look

She says: “My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing. ”

To emulate Jessica's look, we recommend our Signature Ladies Fedora in classic white for smart days out, and our Signature Ladies Fedora in 'Natural' for days at the beach – both are foldable and rollable making them perfect for travelling to more exotic climbs!

Cultural Icons and their Panama Hats

The Panama Hat; Classic. Iconic. And surprisingly versatile! Not confined to one 'look' or aesthetic, wearers imbue their Panama Hat with their personality, attitude and individual expression of style.

We will be bringing you a series of notable Panama Hat fans, and how you can appropriate their panache and approach to life.

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway looking sharp in a classic Panama HatArguably America’s most celebrated writer, Hemingway was complex, passionate, uncompromising; the “huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’” epitome of spectacular brain power entwined with pugnacious brawn.

Style: Fisherman's jumper, strong facial hair, machismo

He says: “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” 

We say: Grab a Borges & Scott Classic Fedora, a dry martini and a 6-toed cat for your lap.


Greta Garbo

Garbo smoldering from underneath a slouch fedoraThe enigmatic Swedish star’s fashion style was imitated globally in the 1930s; androgynous tailoring, slinky couture gowns, and impeccable accessories. She often completed her look with a slouch Fedora hat, which became to be known as the Garbo Hat. 

Style: Effortless chic draped over a deep melancholy, creating an alluring aura of glamour, strength, femininity and mystery.

She says: “I like the sea: we understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I.” 

We say: Pull the Borges & Scott Heart Panama Hat down low and watch Camille. Alone.


Whichever of our Icons you most identify with, remember: wearing a Panama hat is a great way to get ahead when you’re aiming for standout style!

Visit us in Bristol to find the perfect Christmas gift for the man in your life...

A Panama Hat makes a timeless gift.  You can visit us at:

Borges & Scott

Unit 21 Lawrence Hill Ind Park

Croydon Street



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