Our History

Baron Hats: Our History

Baron Hats has long been renowned as Hollywood’s most preeminent Hat Maker.  The history of Baron Hats goes back virtually to the beginning of Hollywood itself.  It’s not hard to understand how Baron has received this legendary status, having created over 35,000 hats for Motion Pictures, Television, Indiana Jones Fedora HatBroadway, Commercials, Rock Videos, Vegas Extravaganzas, Disneyland Shows and events worldwide.

This is in addition to being the official personal hat maker for hundreds of fIndiana Jones Fedora Hatamous film and TV stars, celebrities, rock legends, and prominent CEOs.

Baron Hats was founded by the equally legendary Eddy Baron, who honed his craft while working at some of the biggest studios in Hollywood during the “Golden Age”.

Mr. Baron opened his own studio in Burbank, and it instantly became one of the most respected and sought after hat making studios in the world.

Some twenty-five years ago he took in an apprentice, Mark Mejia, who so impressed Eddy with his skill and passion for hat making, that when Eddy finally decided to retire, he sold the company to Mark, who has continued to keep the legend and the craftsmanship alive ever since.

Many of Baron’s hats have become as famous as theIndiana Jones Fedora Hat stars themselves. Perhaps most notable is the classic brown fedora worn by Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Baron has been the preferred hat maker for countless screen legends including John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Steve McQueen and Indiana Jones Fedora HatFrank Sinatra. They continue to attract the superstar crowd, and their recent clientele now includes such notables as Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Val Kilmer, Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny DeVito, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Robert Duvall, Shia LeBouef, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, and Will Smith.

West Texas White Cowboy Hat Bob Dylan NewsweekMajor music acts such as Madonna, Prince, Janet and Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Al Jarreau, ZZ Top, Slash, Black Eyed Peas, Night Ranger, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Van Halen, Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Snoop Doggy Dog, Britney Spears, Marilyn Manson, and Usher have worn Baron creations for their concert and award show appearances.

Baron Hats has also made many hats for the legendary Bob Dylan, including his instantly famous West Texas white cowboy hat for his “Outlaw Blues” tour. In fact, Mr. Dylan was featured on the cover of Newsweek and a recent Rolling Stone wearing a Baron Hat!

Baron’s custom hats have become as famous as the stars themselves.

Baron’s creations have “Starred” in such movies as “Indiana Jones”, “The Shootist”, “Back to The Future, “The Wild, Wild West”, “Crocodile Dundee”, “Dick Tracy”, “Seabiscuit”, “The Mask”, “Meet The Fockers”, “The Mummy”, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull”, “Night at the Museum 2”, “The Whole Ten Yards”, “Hidalgo”, “3:10 To Yuma”, “High School Musical 3” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

Baron Hats were featured in “Secretariat” starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich and “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Their work was also be on display in “The Killer Inside Me” Starring Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Simon Baker; “Jonah Hex” with Josh Brolin and John Malkovitch; “The Expendables” Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li; and “Five Killers” with Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl and Tom Selleck.

Baron Hats were prominent in the Coen Brothers recent multi-Oscar nominated remake of “True Grit”, produced by Steven Spielberg. Baron True Grit hatscreated hats for True Grit hatsall the lead actors including Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld. Baron is proud to have contributed to the film’s Oscar nomination for “Best Costume Design”. Of special note is that Baron had the honor of crafting all of John Wayne’s hats in the original, “True Grit” (1969).

Baron Hats are featured in the “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino‘s’ “Dijango Unchained”, starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio and “The Gangster Squad” starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn.

Baron Hats is particularly proud to have their creation for Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky VI” (Rocky Balboa) featured in the “Rocky” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute.

Original Rocky Hat

On Television, their hats go back making Baron Hatsvirtually to the beginnings of the “tube”. Baron Hats have defined such classics as “Have Gun Will Travel”, “Maverick”, “Gunsmoke”, “Bonanza”, “The Lone Ranger”, and “The Rifleman”.

They continue to create TV legendary head gear for such recent shows as “Deadwood”, “Justified”, “The Office”, “House”, “CSI”, “JAG”, “Charmed”, “Mad Men”, “Boston Legal”, “ICarly”, ”Lopez Tonight”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Parenthood”, “Without a Trace” and the upcoming Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello.

master hattersUnder the careful guidance of Owner and Master Hatter, Mark Mejia, Baron works its magic with a personally trained and handpicked team of meticulous craftspeople.

The hub of the team’s creative center is a custom designed workshop filled with specialized one-of-a-kind hat making machinery that Mark has carefully culled from numerous trips all around the globe.

Baron Hats is unique not only in its long and distinguished history in Hollywood, but also because it is one of the only studios in the country that is staffed with both “Hatters” (for men’s hats) and “Milliners” (for women’s hats).

These include some of the Hollywood Hat Makermost skilled and experienced hat makers in the world!

And they can make from one to many thousand hats, all retaining Baron’s supreme craftsmanship -- and always within the insane deadline demands of the Entertainment Industry!

Their landmark store and production studio in Burbank houses a massive collection of hat blocks and specialized hat making materials, plus one of the largest reference libraries and databases of information and production file images in the entire fashion industry.

For more information, Contact Owner/ Master Hatter, Mark Mejia, at the Baron Hats Studio: (818) 563-3025 or email him at Mark@baronhats.com.

Better yet, stop by their shop for a personal fitting, browse the amazing selection of hats and view their remarkable “Hollywood Hat Museum”.