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Why every day is Earth Day at Artesano

Today, we’re celebrating Earth Day – an annual event started nearly 50 years ago to raise awareness of the threats affecting our natural environment, and the positive action that we can all take to protect our fragile planet.Here at Artesano, we’re passionate about contributing to the values of Earth Day by taking a sustainable approach to business - every day.When our customers buy from Artesano, they’re choosing products that are ethically and consciously crafted to the highest eco-friendly standards.Our hats and bags are woven with love using traditional, customary techniques that do not impact the natural environment. Made by genuine artisans, our manufacturing also contributes to sustainable community development in Ecuador, by creating jobs for local workers in a green,...

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Fashion week in La Ville Lumière

We loved being back in Paris at the start of this month to take part in the highly-anticipated Premiere Classe show, held in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. The atmosphere in Paris during Fashion Week is always electric – and this season proved no exception!The almost constant rain during the week didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, and it was a pleasure to once again showcase our collection of genuine Panama hats and bags to some of the most stylish buyers and customers in the world.We were also excited to be introducing our new collection of tote bags and hat-band detailing made with Piñatex™  – the eco-friendly leather alternative hand-crafted from pineapple leaves.  We’re always keen to explore working with fabrics and production techniques that tell...

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Secrets of the Panama hat

Panama hats have been loved by the style-savvy since their creation in the early 19th century, but very few people know their true story.Authentic Panama hats are always handmade, delicately woven using age-old techniques passed down from generation to generation within the artisanal families and communities of Ecuador.The Toquilla straw used to craft Panama hats is fashioned from the young leaves of the Carludovica palmate - a native plant found on Ecuador’s low-lying tropical plains.As with Artesano’s genuine Panama hats, these leaves are then carefully cut into ribbons and sustainably boiled and treated. Once gently dried, they are carefully woven and shaped by hand, as the straw is too delicate for processing by machine.The ‘Panama’ associationAfter decades of popularity in...

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London's spectrum of style

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson, poetHe may have been British (so perhaps a little bit biased!), but we couldn't agree more with the iconic Mr Johnson.London is a favourite destination of the Artesano team. We love how the city evolves on every visit - with new attractions, exhibitions and cultural experiences around every corner.It's always a pleasure wandering the historic streets of central London, appreciating its eclectic neighbourhoods - from the old-world charm of Mayfair, to the urban edge of Soho and the hipster haven of Shoreditch.London is a true city of the world and, despite the political changes currently...

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Aloha Honolulu

Hawaii is one of our favourite places to travel - and this year's trip to Honolulu only made us fall in love with this idyllic island paradise even more. Rugged and wild, yet at the same time luxurious, Honolulu has something for everyone. When you're not poolside, or lazing on one of the island's stunning beaches, there are endless nature reserves to explore, amazing restaurants to sample and many warm conversations to be had with friendly locals. The island's underlying surf culture and buzzing outdoor lifestyle create a relaxed attitude towards style amongst locals and tourists alike. With some great stockists across Hawaii, we're loving seeing more and more Artesano hats on the heads of those enjoying the island life....

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