Men's Hats

Photo: Mark Arbeit


Editors' Pick

If you need something classier than a baseball cap, get thee to Newt at the Royal. This little shop specializes in high-end Montecristi Panama hats, handwoven in Equador, that are perfect for keeping cool and dapper in Hawaii’s heat. These are hats to hold onto—prices run from $400 to $12,000—and Newt’s will ensure that each customer gets the exact right hat for his head, whether it’s a classic fedora, a wide-brimmed plantation style or a rollable Optimo. “It matters whether a man is 5-foot-3 or 6-foot-3, slender or a robust build, a round face or a narrow face,” says owner Jim Tomasi. “There’s an art to fitting a hat.” Tomasi says he’s selling an increasing number to 20-somethings who appreciate the style. “As a young man is walking out of the store with a hatbox under his arm, I like to say to them, there’s hope for your generation.” 2259 Kalakaua Ave., 922-0062,