The straw hat making has a long and fascinating history going back to the Middle Age, when the wheat waist was used to make braids for headgears. These first models were going to spread out and mark the fashion history as we know it today.
In the first decades of the XVIII century Florence becomes a well-known and appreciated center for its original and handcrafted creations. The Florentine straw hat becomes the first real Made in Italy product, exported worldwide.
It is not by chance that words like “ Chapeaux de paille d’Italie” or “Leghorns” became synonymous of the authentic Florentine straw hat in our Western culture.
The Hat maker FRATELLI MAZZANTI is continuing the Florentine hat tradition using various vegetable fibers, straw, raffia and Philippines agave