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March 19, 2019

The Making of SS19 | An Exclusive Interview with Janessa Leone

 

INSPIRATION FROM THE DESIGNER

"This collection encapsulates the freedom of a European summer filled with endless days spent outside reading on the coast or hiking to a remote cove, summer dinners and impromptu night swims. SS19 was intentionally designed using durable fabrics that travel with you and provide cross-functionality from sunrise to sunset. I hope you enjoy the collection."

xx,

 

 

 PANAMA STRAW HATS

The process of hand weaving Panama straw is a traditional art that requires precision and skill. Each straw hood is woven from natural toquilla straw grown in Ecuador. They are woven by a single weaver and take anywhere from 8-10 hours per hood to complete. Panama straw is weather resistant and provides natural UV protection. Due to the handwoven pattern and natural dye, each hat is one of a kind. Our Panama straw hats have a UV Protection Factor rating of 50+ meaning they provide the highest rated protection from the sun. Shop all of our women's Panama straw hats here

 JANESSA LEONE PANAMA STRAW WEAVE PANAMA HATS

 

PACKABLE STRAW

This is our most innovative material. It’s a packable straw that feels and looks like our Panama straw. We created this straw with an incredibly durable fiber at its core, and the dimensions of natural straw. When packed properly, you can store this hat in your suitcase up to one day and it will return to its original condition. Shop our packable straw hats here.

 PACKABLE HATS | JANESSA LEONE | MATERIAL SOURCE

 

SS19 SPECIALTY FIBERS

We use a variety of skillfully developed, luxury materials that are meticulously handwoven and difficult to source. Our specialty fabrics for this summer's collection range from rattan caning, traditionally used in furniture fabrication, to lightweight renewable fibers, all offering their own unique look. These specialty bodies are all hand blocked into hats at our factory in the United States. 

 JANESSA LEONE | RATTAN CANING | SS19 MATERIAL SOURCE

 

ULTRAVIOLET PROTECTION

Our straw materials were recently put to the test, and they passed. Our panama, wheat braid and packable straw hats all received a 50+ UV Protection rating which means they provide the highest level of UV sun protection possible. We continue to fulfill our mission in designing cross-functional pieces that go beyond form and provide a practical and timeless addition to your wardrobe. 

 summer spring panama straw uv protection sun hats

 

THE BRAND

Janessa Leoné is an elevated accessories label based in Los Angeles. The brand creates sophisticated pieces with a focus on timeless, minimal designs that are both unique and classic. Each collection is hand made using a consistent foundation of the highest quality material- yielding pieces that can be worn through many seasons. Established in 2013, Janessa Leoné offers hats, handbags, and scarves which have become a favorite among celebrities and influencers.

 

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