“Handmade with the finest threads you can imagine, it takes almost a year to make each hat - being on the Island I think it would be very useful protection against the sun and would be a rather splendid item to have.”

One of the greatest musicians of our time, the British concert pianist Stephen Hough began his musical career at the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by a master’s degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Since launching his professional performing career in 1983 he has performed in all the great concert halls around the world (including 20 BBC proms concerto appearances), and has over 50 recordings to his name garnering numerous international awards, including several Grammy nominations, 8 Gramophone Magazine awards and the Gramophone ‘Gold Disc’ award.

But Mr Hough’s talents don’t just end when he exits stage left - he is regarded as a true polymath, also know as a distinguished writer, composer and painter. His intellectual abilities were recognised in 2001 when he became the first classical music performer ever to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent writers and scientists who have made significant contributions in their fields. In 2009 he was also named by The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines as one of 20 living polymaths.

Aside from Hough’s regular performance, recording and teaching commitments, as a writer, he regularly contributes articles for the Guardian, The Times, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and for seven years wrote a blog for the Telegraph which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion. Having joined the Roman Catholic Church aged 19, and considered joining the priesthood on several occasions his book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007.

In October 2016 Stephen Hough appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, speaking honestly and openly about his many passions, childhood and personal life, while his ‘castaway’ selections revealed an eclectic taste in music, and a love of the ultimate in sophisticated headwear - the Panama Hat, selecting the finest Montecristi Panama hat, supplied by Optimo Fine Hats in Chicago, as his one luxury item (a snip at $20,000!).

Style: The English Gentleman with a touch of New York sophistication

He Says: “Ironically, it’s important for musicians to step aside even from music, and from listening to music. I think it’s terribly important for musicians to have silence in their lives because we’re dealing constantly with something that breaks the silence.”

If you’re looking for a beautifully made Panama hat that will stand the test of time in terms of quality and style, we recommend our Signature Teardrop Fedora.


Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (CBE) was spotted in the late 1950s by Sir Lawrence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. It wasn't until 1968 though that he caught his first big break in film, being cast as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter, alongside Peter O'Toole and Catherine Hepburn.

Regarded as one of our greatest living actors, he is probably best known for his spine-chilling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Who can forget that hushed, controlled greeting “why, hello Clarice”?! Brrr, chills!

And he's back in the limelight again, now staring in HBO's hit sci-fi series Westworld.

A little known fact about Anthony Hopkins - Not resting on the laurels of his brilliant acting career, he is also a composer and has been writing music for most of his life. In 2011, Andre Rieu released an album including a waltz written by Hopkins at the age of 27, giving the album the same name 'And the Waltz Goes on.'

Hopkins in 2009

As Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal, 2001 (Stylish yet terrifying!)

Style: Unapologetic, smart-casual, loves a blazer (and a Panama Hat of course!)

He says: “My philosophy is it's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.”

Hannibal says: "As your mother tells you, and my mother certainly told me, it is important, she always used to say, always to try new things."

Whichever of our Panama Icons you most identify with (and we hope it's Hopkins, not his infamous character..!), remember: wearing a Panama hat is a great way to get ahead when you’re aiming for standout style.


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.

Cultural Icons and their Panama Hats (Part IIII)


One of the most popular movie stars of the 1940s - 60s, Peck is perhaps best known for his Oscar winning portrayal of single father and crusader for justice, Atticus Finch, in the 1962 movie adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mocking Bird. Atticus Finch has since been voted in at No. 7 in the 100 greatest fictional characters of all time.

Peck, like Atticus Finch, was a long-term activist against war, and racism, honoured in 1969 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. So, not just a brilliant actor, but a genuinely nice guy too! They were both also iconic hat wearers, Atticus preferring a light weight Fedora (keeping a cool head in the Alabama heat), and Peck, a classic Panama hat in the colonial style.

Style: The epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Tough, understated and unassuming.


He says: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?”


We say: Look cool as a cucumber this summer in our Borges & Scott Colonial Panama Hat.

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

Borges & Scott Fedora now available in generous sizes!

“For your information, Jeeves takes a size-fourteen hat, eats tons of fish and moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform…”

'Bertie Wooster' - Right Ho Jeeves
(PJ Wodehouse)

Jeeves & Wooster
The average English gentleman’s hat size is 7⅛ or 58 centimetres.  However, if you, like Jeeves, need to house a considerable amount of grey matter, Borges & Scott is here to help! To ensure that the larger-headed gentleman is outfitted to a dapper standard that both Jeeves and Wooster would approve of, we now stock our Borges & Scott Fedora in 63cm and 64cm sizes.


 At present Borges & Scott have no plans to stock size 14 hats. Apologies to Jeeves.

Our guide to selecting the right size Panama Hat


Cultural Icons and their Panama Hats (Part III)

Daniel Craig

With the release of Spectre, attention is drawn once again to Agent 007 and Daniel Craig’s muscular, taught portrayal of a Bond tortured by his tragic past, a pain which can only be extinguished through rampant womanising and cavalier deployment of his license to kill...

Daniel Craig knows a good hatHere we see Mr Craig in his Panama, neatly referencing the brown trilby worn by Sean Connery in Dr No in 1962, proving that style is timeless.

Style: A fan of the classic jeans, shirt, snuggly knitwear combo, his best accessory (other than his trilby panama, naturally) is his craggy jaw-line and brooding air of menace...

He says: “If you don’t get bruised playing Bond, you’re not doing it properly”.

We say: The blue trunks are a difficult look to master, so smoulder from beneath a Borges and Scott Trilby Panama and imagine the family car is an Aston Martin DB5.

Cultural Icons and their Panama Hats (Part II)

We continue our exploration of how 20th century cultural icons take a timeless classic, the Panama Hat, and evolve it into an individual expression of their personality, attitude and style.  

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp looking sharp in a Panama fedoraNever afraid to experiment with quirky projects and distinctive attire, Johnny Depp blends movie star magnetism, rock-n-roll loucheness, strident individuality and the assurance to pull it all together. Despite his obvious bohemian spirit Johnny cannot resist the classic lines of a Panama hat, which naturally looks as though it has been through a few good times with him...

Style: Idiosyncratic, memorable, unapologetic.

He says: “I think everybody's weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” 

We say
: Celebrate your stylish eccentricity with a Borges and Scott Classic Fedora in natural with brown band - hat rolling (and rocking) encouraged.

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

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!

Father's Day Gift Idea

We all know that finding a present for a man can often be much more difficult than for a lady.  This frequently seems to be particularly true when you're looking for something special for your father.  A man can only use so many socks, ties, comedy DVDs and novelty golf club cases.  

This year, why not try something different.  We offer a wide range of Panama hats that - there is sure to be one that will suit the style of your father.  Be it a trendy striped trilby or a classic colonial style folder, we have hats to suit all tastes.  

Not only are they something a little different, but our hats are useful, long lasting and will never go out of fashion.  They look equally stylish on the commute, at the beach or a summer wedding.

If you're not sure what size to go for, then try looking inside an existing hat.  If you can't do this, then a size 58 or 60 is about average for men and remember that we will happily exchange any unworn hat if you do happen to get the size a little wring.

So, if you're having a hard time working out what to get this Father's Day, why not try visiting our online shop now.  

March 21, 2015


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Colonial Style is back...

We agree with the Guardian - nostalgic and colonial style is back!  

Of course we do not condone much of the imperialistic behavior of the time, but we do love the classic simplicity of the fashion inspired by journeys into the hotter climes of India and beyond.  Blending practical functionality to cope with the heat with cleaner lines some truly classic looks were born during the period.  

Our Panama hats fit the look and style of this period and we have a great range that suit a variety of modern day adventures.  Be it a trip to the races with our heart shaped ladies hat; an afternoon at the cricket with our Dumont; or an overland adventure with our folder we have a Panama for any occasion!