Magazine article Variety

Mark Mejia Keeps Hollywood Glitterati under His Hat(s)

Magazine article Variety

Mark Mejia Keeps Hollywood Glitterati under His Hat(s)

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The Mad Hatter might be the most famous maker of headwear, but Tinseltown tips its cap to fleshand-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 De Vito 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. …

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