Sun-kissed glow? Hot. Blistering scalp? Not so much. Shield your noggin from that mass of incandescent gas with The Andean Collection’s new Lola hat, made by fair-trade artisans in rural Ecuador. Available in three sizes (feather optional), each fedora comes in a dazzling array of neutral (camel, chocolate, slate) and jewel-toned (fuschia, electric blue, lavender) hues. Enter now to win a topper to call your own—and watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video about the label’s inspiring mission.


1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winner there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT and tell us your must-have summer essential is. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on Wednesday, August 10. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight ET on Tuesday, August 9, so ENTER NOW for a chance to win!


The Andean Collection was founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America. The fair-trade accessories label offers artisans the opportunity to participate in the global market while providing others access to the elusive world of the rural Andes.

It have a non-profit arm, The Andean Project, to ensure that this change is productive and healthy and to address other poverty-related social issues, all funded through sales and private donations.

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Originally published on July 28, 2011.