Ethical fair trade Panama hats made by Pachacuti. Eighteen Rabbit, Hay on Wye, Wales. | Eighteen Rabbit Fair Trade

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The most ethical hat you'll ever wear

by Andrew Williams | April 30, 2013

We're really pleased to be stocking a range of amazing Panama hats from Pachacuti. When we first had the idea for Eighteen Rabbit, they were one of the influential suppliers we identified as being emblematic of our approach to fair trade - a strong ethic of social justice combined with a fashionable and stylish approach to design. It's fantastic to have the hats in the shop ready for the summer. 

Our relationship with Pachacuti goes back to our past life as Seventeen Events when we managed the Observer Ethical Awards. The fashion category was always closely fought but it was no surprise when Pachacuti won in 2011 - they had been on the shortlist since the awards began. I can remember several of our celebrity judges who fought tooth and nail for them to win, because the story was just so compelling. You can read all about it on their website, but put simply, founder Carry Somers has spent the past twenty years working to improve the working conditions of the people producing her hats. They were the first ever company to be awarded the World Fairtrade Organisation seal of approval and are a global benchmark for best practice in fair trade. 

We are proud to stock Pachacuti hats, not just because of the story behind them but because they look amazing. They are a design classic on a par with a Dyson vacuum or a Brompton bike. We hope you enjoy browsing our range.  


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