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The name of the brand is an anagram of the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, which is the birthplace of Effie Vakaki, one of Ibo-Maracas founders.
Born in Venezuela and raised in Greece, and inspired by her exotic roots and the vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean, Effie set off to create a brand that combines classic with contemporary style. In 2014, Effie and her daughter Christina founded Ibo-Maraca and dedicated themselves to the creation of high quality hats.
The hats are handmade in Ecuador, home of Toquilla straw, which is the primary material used during the production process. Crafted meticulously and with a passion for detail, the hat weaving process can take up to 8 hours. Once woven, each piece is hand-painted by renowned Greek artists, who create unique illustrations. Our signature new hat shape is exclusively designed for Ibo-Maraca, one more unique feature of our brand.
This rare result is a combination of artists’ craftsmanship, along with Effie’s and Christina’s inspiration, which has derived from travelling around the world, collecting beautiful images and memories. This collaboration is what makes an Ibo-Maraca hat a unique piece of art. Elegance and attention to detail are the brand’s essence.