The Aunt Fran (Practical Magic)

The Aunt Fran (Practical Magic)

Baron Hats

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baron hatsInspired by the uniquely delightfulStraw Hat worn by the incomparableStockard Channingin "PRACTICAL MAGIC"

Made in the original rare Paglina StrawImported from Switzerland ! Each hat individually hand-woven and naturally dyed to order!

It's not easy to steal a movie away from the likes of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, but Stockard Channing did just that in the popular cult-classic "PRACTICAL MAGIC"! As the eccentric Aunt Fran, Channing was irresistible.

Critics and the public alike felt she was one of the highlights of a movie that was jam packed with quirky charming moments.

Based on Alice Hoffman's best-selling novel, "Practical Magic" follows the Owens sisters, Sally (Bullock) and Gillian (Kidman), as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love (and remove, once and for all, a very deadly curse against the men they love!)

baron hatsChanning's overwhelming talents alone would have been enough to "take over" this movie, but she was helped immeasurably by her scene-stealing large floppy straw hat, which seemed to have a mind, and personality all its own!

The hat and Channing seemed to fight each other at every turn, reminiscent of Peter Seller's rebelling hand in "Dr. Strangelove".

Usually to find these hats, one must look carefully in the attics of grand old Aunts, since the fabric is rarely made any more.

This is a hat to love and cherish. One warning, however: this magnificent hat has been known to have its own wonderful magic powers once you put it on your head, so we are not responsible for all the adventures it may take you on... not to mention all the intriguing people who will stop to talk to you when they see you wearing it!

This unique and delightful hat has become a favorite with our customers, who consistently request we recreate it for them. This is a tall order, for to make this hat, not only in shape, but to give it that "human" floppy quality, takes a very special woven straw which is hand-woven to order in Switzerland.

The special weave is made in Switzerland, where the original motion picture production hand-woven Paglina Straw was developed!

baron hatsThe original "Aunt Fran" was made of a rare "Paglina" straw technique which is hand-woven into braids on special looms in Switzerland. Until recently it was virtually impossible to find the Swiss craftsmen who had the skills to reproduce this amazing Paglina weave... a weave that seems to literally have a life of its own! But after an exhaustive search, Baron's Master Hatter, Mark Mejia, finally found such craftsmen deep in the Alps of Switzerland, and has the braids made for the "Aunt Fran" to his exacting specifications. The braids are then flown to our studio in Burbank, California, where one of our trained seamstress weaves them into a spiraled body utilizing a very specialized sewing machine.

The body is then blocked, sized and finished to your specifications by Master Hatter Mark. Rest assured, this is the true Paglina weave, and honestly there is nothing like it on Earth, so your "Aunt Fran" will have the ultimate indescribably luxuriously soft flamboyant free-flowing "alive" feel and that infamous tall crown and rambling brim of the original hat that Channing wore in the motion picture! The Swiss weavers carefully dye the straws with indigenous minerals and flowers to create the special Paglina "shimmer". Since the bodies are all custom hand dyed and woven... each one is a unique work of art. It is like no other hat you've ever worn.


Please note: Because this Paglina straw is not only hand-woven for us, but also specially hand dyed in natural colors, each hat will have slight variations in color. No two are exactly alike. If you are interested in a specific color (other than the natural dye), please e-mail us and we'll let you know if we can have it custom dyed in your desired color.

PLEASE NOTE:Because of the extra large size of "The Aunt Fran", there is an extra shipping charge added which you will see at checkout before ordering. Your custom hat will be shipped in a special box

Dear Mark,

This is such a great day…my Aunt Fran arrived!

It is gorgeous! I love the color! The weave even sparkles! My husband placed it on my head and I have not taken it off….yet! I believe he is partial to the hat and color too! My goodness. how can I ever say enough ‘thank you'd’! I will enjoy the dickens out of my Aunt Fran every day! I am truly in love with it. The color and the fit is perfect! Amazing artistry! The weave is extraordinary! Now as I sit our front porch, in my Aunt Fran hat of course, I will greet folks in a style and grace fitting of my new hat! I feel like such a kid enjoying the beauty of my hat! I am in awe of the striking weave! Hugs to everyone for their dedication to the creation of my Aunt Fran, something so treasured since it was made especially for me. I am thrilled! My warmest regards and the biggest hugs to you and all your special artists! Thank you again Mark, you made today a beautiful place to be!

With best regards and Big Hugs,
-- “Mama” J.C.
Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Our Classic Reproductions hats are custom hand-made-to-order, so please allow approximately EIGHT WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. If you must have the hat sooner, e-mail us for special Rush Delivery prices and your delivery date needs to:


PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ OUR RETURN/REFUND POLICY and all conditions of sale in our Service Policy at

By submitting this order you understand, agree and accept all conditions as set forth in our Service Agreement, including, but not limited to our custom hat refund policy. Unless otherwise noted, shipping dates as they appear on your invoice, are approximations. Conditions beyond our control including, but not limited to availability of special custom materials can effect completion dates.

Interested in having the hat in a different color than the original? E-Mail us with your color choice and we'll let you know if we can custom craft it in that color for you.

"Practical Magic", is TM and © (or copyright) by DiNovi Pictures, Fortis Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Warner Bros . Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is prohibited." The "Aunt Fran" hat is made in the style of classic hats as are standard in the costume industry. Baron Hats, Inc, is not affiliated in any way, nor do they by fact or inference imply to hold any rights or authorization, rights of association or sponsorship or endorsement of the use of any copyrights or trademarks as held by any individuals, or companies mentioned or pictured in association with this offer, including, but not limited to Stockard Channing, her representatives and assignees, DiNovi Pictures, Fortis Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Warner Bros.

Hat Specs
Brim Approximately 7”
ColorNatural Paglina "Shimmer"
CrownApproximately 5 1/2”
Material100% Specially Hand-Woven Swiss Paglina Straw from the original braid

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