Pachacuti presents over 100 designs of Panama hats at Chelsea Flower Show | UKFT Member Spotlight
Hat brand Pachacuti will present a selection of over 100 designs of Panama hats next week at Chelsea Flower Show (22nd – 27th May 2023). Scroll down to read their UKFT member spotlight.
UKFT Member Pachacuti is a British hat brand specialising in handmade Panama hats. It has combined Fair Trade, traditional artisanal skills and contemporary British design to create finely crafted, sustainable products since 1992.
The brand’s craft and philosophy are rooted in the cultural heritage of the Andes. This includes the name ‘Pachacuti’ that comes from the Quechua language, meaning ‘the turning around of time, the start of a new era, a world turned upside-down’. The Pachacuti team explained:
“The art of creating Panama hats weaves into the fabric of daily life for Andean Mountain communities. Women weave everywhere – on the bus, walking to the market, on their way to the fields. It is so intrinsic to Ecuadorian day-to-day life that in 2012 UNESCO declared the art of weaving a Panama hat was on its Intangible Cultural Heritage* list.”
Pachacuti’s Panama hats are hand woven using straw organically grown on a community-owned plantation located in a protected bio-reserve in a tropical cloud forest near the Ecuadorian coast. Mark Rogers, Pachacuti’s Managing Director, commented:
“Our handmade Panama hats and products showcase fine craftsmanship, using environmentally friendly materials. We take pride in creating beautiful, sustainable hats with timeless style, appreciated worldwide.”
Pachacuti will present a selection of over 100 designs of Panama hat next week at Chelsea Flower Show (22nd – 27th May 2023). Sometimes called the ‘haute couture’ of the international gardening scene, the show will offer Pachacuti a beautiful setting where to showcase its eco-friendly designs. Mark said:
“Pachacuti is setting the standard for sustainable summer fashion by presenting a stunning collection of over 100 designs of Panama hats, available in every size to fit every head. These hats have been exclusively crafted to make a style statement at the prestigious 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. With a commitment to eco-friendly materials and fair trade practices, Pachacuti’s collection represents responsible fashion at its best.”
Visit Pachacuti at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
22nd – 27th May 2023, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
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Why did Pachacuti join UKFT?
“We joined UKFT to be part of the vibrant British fashion and textile producer community. Our goal is to connect with fellow behind-the-scenes producers, fostering collaboration and exchanging valuable knowledge.
Joining UKFT grants us access to industry insights and networking opportunities, enabling us to elevate our brand’s profile and unlock our growth potential. By affiliating with UKFT, we actively contribute to shaping the future of the British fashion and textile sector while advocating for the interests of the industry.”