The Biograph (Public Enemies)


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Classic Italian Boater inspired by the one created at Baron Hats Studios for Johnny Depp in “Public Enemies”

NOW AVAILABLE IN THREE CUSTOM BRIM SIZES: 2″, 2 1/4″ or the Classic 3″


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Because of the stunning and dramaticposter for Michael Mann’s feature, “Public Enemies”, most people think of Johnny Depp, in his starring role as John Dillinger, wearing his dramatic gray Fedora. Truth is, he actually wears that fedora in only a few scenes! Actually, his hat of “choice” is a classic Italian Boater, which has a much more “dramatic” iinvolvement in the film, since this is the Boater that Dillinger was wearing when he was gunned down in front of the Biograph Theater. In fact, supposedly, one of the last instructions given to his “assassins” by FBI Agent Melvin Purvis, was: “look man with the black-banded Boater”.

Baron Hats has always been proud of our association with Johnny Depp, and therefore we were honored to be asked to once again make this memorable and infamous Boater for him to wear in the motion picture. Upon completion of principal photography on “Public Enemies”, we were able to procure the actual hat we made for Depp and now display it, along with other Johnny Depp creations, in our Hollywood Hat Museum in our Burbank studio and store.

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We call this Baron exclusive classic Boater, inspired by the one we made for Depp, “The Biograph”. Unlike the Boaters that were made in Italy in the early 19th Century, in the rigid, thick “paglia cotta” technique, these are the more modern authentic “user friendly” versions that were popular in the 1930’s here in America. They are exact replicas of the more breathable and pliable straw-weave versions, that were worn by the most stylish of Chicago celebrity Mobsters and businessmen alike, as a sign of their wealth and personal panache.

Made of hand-woven pure Tropic Palm straw with the special overlapping “awing treliage” pattern, these genuine Italian Style Boaters are hand-shaped using the original blocks obtained by Master Hatter, Mark Mejia. They are then finished with the original “Dillinger” black grosgrain extra wide grosgrain hat band. The “Biograph” sits comfortably on your head, and like a favorite pair of jeans or boots, slowly forms perfectly to your head’s personal shaping, unlike the inflexible early 19th Century version.

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This classic Baron Boater is made with the traditional 4″ crown and can now be custom ordered in three popular brim sizes! Check below in the “Brim Size” field in the “order box”, and have your Boater crafted in either a 2″, 2 1/4″ or the Classic (and hard to find) 3″ brim!

Please note that since these are actual hand-woven straws, the sizing of the crown and brim (but not the hat size) may have slight variations, since after they are blocked to “breath”.

Each hat also includes an engraved leather sweatband. It also comes with our special Lifetime Guarantee, and a signed and numbered personalized Certificate of Authenticity and is shipped to you in a custom made Baron Hatbox, suitable for storage.

The “Biograph” can also be ordered with our FlexPay payment plan. That’s four easy monthly payments with no interest or service fees!

So for those who want to show off their own inner wealth and “personal panache”, there is no better hat than this classic! Wear it with pride, but we do recommend you “look both ways” before crossing the street in front of your local movie theater. Especially if your in the company of a “woman in red”!

Interested in the classic “Barbershop Quartet” red and black stripped classic version of this Italian Boater (also available in the three brim sizes)? Check out this much requested hard-to-find original at our Baron “Boater Italiano” order page.

Please Note: The bodies of these “Biograph” Boaters are hand-woven for us with harvested Tropic Palm, and purposely left in their natural colorings. Therefore each Boater will be slightly different in the shading of the natural “sand-bone” coloring than the one pictured.


Baron Hats is pleased to offer a FlexPay Payment Plan for this custom order at no additional cost or interest.

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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:


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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.

* Disclaimer: “Public Enemies” is Trademarked (TM) and © (or copyrighted) 2009 by Universal Pictures, Relativity Media (in association with), Forward Pass, Misher Films, Tribeca Productions (in association with), Appian Way (in association with). Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is prohibited. “The Biograph” hat is made in the style of classic Boater’s 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 Johnny Depp, Michael Mann, their representatives and assignees, or their Estates and their representatives and assignees, nor to Universal Pictures, Relativity Media (in association with), Forward Pass, Misher Films, Tribeca Productions (in association with), Appian Way (in association with), nor their representatives and assignees.

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