Baron Hats

Best Hat Maker, August 2009

Someday, when the baseball cap is consigned to the dustheap of Hollywood sartorial history, we can only hope that Baron Hats in Burbank will be milliner to as many Industry types away from the camera as in front of it. Having crafted headwear for movies ranging from The Searchers to The Sting to High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Baron’s sells its film-inspired models to the public. Want Popeye Doyle’s 100 percent fur felt porkpie from The French Connection, or the battered cowboy chapeau Clint sported in A Fistful of Dollars, or Shia LaBeouf’s biker cap from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? They don’t come cheap—you’re looking at a minimum of $300—but they’ll last a lifetime if well maintained. And talk about an icebreaker: “Why, yes, this is the hat Robert Duvall wore in Apocalypse Now.” If a Tinseltown topper is too showy for your head, Baron’s also stocks premium straw boaters and velour fedoras for women and men.