Headwear Maker Mark Mejia Keeps Hollywood Denizens Under His Hat(s)

Mark Mejia Baron Hats Hollywood Hat
Daniel Doperalski

The Mad Hatter might be the most famous maker of headwear, but Tinseltown tips its cap to flesh-and-blood designer Mark Mejia, owner of Baron Hats in Burbank. Mejia, who has designed chapeaus for Hollywood A-listers since 1995, has seen his work appear in magazine photo-shoots and dozens of films, including “Curious George” and “True Grit.”

Getting Started: In the late ’80s, Mejia met  Eddy Baron, who famously owned a little black book with the hat sizes of the glitterati. Mejia became his apprentice and in 1995 bought Baron Hats. “I was a little overwhelmed because they were big shoes to fill,” Mejia says, adding that 70% of his business comes from the motion picture industry.

Star Power: Customers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny DeVito and his first, Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton wore one on a Vogue shoot. Production companies turn to him regularly, particularly for genre films. (Mejia also has a consumer line: His floppy wool hats retail for $45 for Los Angeles-based American Apparel.)

Feeling the Heat: Hats generally take a week or two to complete, depending on the topper. Mejia recently had to have one delivered on quick turnaround for the upcoming movie “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” “The pressure of the day-to-day movie stuff makes me crazy,” Mejia says, adding with a smile, “I do well under pressure.”

Global Inspiration: Mejia travels the globe for inspiration and materials. He has bought straw hats woven in Ecuador, and silver pieces in Mexico to use in his designs. He has a partner with a small office in France, where he buys antique ribbons. “I create stuff with so many different components from around the world,” Mejia says, “that I literally have the world in my fingertips.”

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