Measure circumference of head where you would like the hat to rest. Your hat should sit comfortably on your head without feeling pressure. To know if your hat fits properly, place your index finger at the center of your forehead perpendicularly. Your finger should be able to fit between your forehead and the sweatband inside the hat. If you are able to fit more than one finger, the hat is too large. If you are not able to fit a finger between your forehead and the sweatband inside the hat, you need a larger size.
Below are recommended ways to store your hat:
ON A SHELF
When storing on a shelf, it’s important to flip the hat upside down and store it on its crown, not its brim. Storing your hat on your brim for a long period of time will put pressure on the brim causing it to change from its original shape.
HANG IT ON THE WALL
You can hang your hat on a nail on the wall, but we suggest covering the tip of the nail with a foam ball, so that the sharp tip of the nail does not damage your hat.
STORING IT IN A HAT BOX
This is our suggested recommendation for storage. Store the box in a cool dry place. Wool hats can be stored in plastic bags to protect them from dirt and dust. We strongly recommend that you do not put our Panama straw hats in a plastic bag, the lack of air dries the straw out and can cause it to break. Our hats are made from natural materials and can change color and shape if exposed to long periods of heat and moisture.
Do not store your hat in your car, the exposure to prolonged sunlight and heat will discolor and distort the shape
CLEANING YOUR HAT
If your hat needs a little tune-up, take a soft bristled brush or lint roller to clean off hair or dust. When using a soft bristled brush, brush in small circular motions.
You may wipe small spots with a slightly damp white cloth. Do not use a cloth with dye, as the dye may transfer to the hat. For a small stain on felt hats, we recommend using a felt sponge to clean the spot.
For more severe stains, we suggest taking your hat to a local hat repair shop to professionally clean it.
If your wool hat gets wet, allow it to dry naturally, do not blow dry it. Avoid getting our Panama hats wet, the natural fibers will expand and distort the shape.
Janessa Leone Panama hats are naturally dyed and the color will evolve. This is not a defect, but instead an intention of the design. We use a brisa braid that is woven on a bias, as the colors start to evolve, they will form a unique patterned patina that adds character to your Panama hats.