The Kolchak (The Night Stalker)


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Inspired by the hat worn by Darren McGavin as Kolchak in the Cult TV Series“The Night Stalker”



Carl Kolchak was a reporter for Chicago’s baron hatsIndependent News Service, and like a killer moth to the flames of hell, he seemed to be a magnet worse in the supernatural world that leered right around the corner (or under the covers)!

baron hatsKolchak turned his investigative skills to vampires, werewolves, zombies and all manner of legendary creatures, (can we ever forget Peremalfait, the swamp monster?!) but in the end, Kolchak always failed to convince his skeptical editor, Tony Vincenzo, that the stories weren’t products of Kolchak’s own fevered imagination which seemed to permanently be stuck in over-drive! Before X-Files, and all its clones, this 1970’s classic original from ABC and Universal Studios, definitely stands alone and is one of a kind, thanks mostly to its amazing star, the late, great Darren McGavin!

Baron Hats has had many custom requests other “star” of this sci-fi cult classic: Kolchak’s famous hat.

Like Kolchak himself, his ever present hat had a style all its own. But in order to create the hat exactly as the original, Master Hatter, Mark Mejia, had to find the unusual straw, known as “Crushable Raffia” so that he could block the modified “porkpie” to give it that unmistakable maverick heretical recusant look.

These specially woven straws interlace a tight punnet cross-hatch pattern in the brim and body with the instantly identifiable ventilated louvered crown. That was not an easy task, and Mark had to travel all the way to the Kaimur Hills in India, to find the right craftsmen who make the special weave to his liking.

But he has it now, and is ready to take your order, so that you too can round up strange doings that go “fang” in the night (headless Hell’s Angel-like bikers, anyone!?)

The “Kolchak” comes with our special Lifetime Guarantee, and a Signed and Numbered Certificate of Authenticity. And it is shipped to you in our custom Baron Hatbox, suitable for storage..




There are no words to express just how great I think this Night Stalker hat is! You nailed it perfectly-it fits great it looks great and I couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you very much for your craftsmanship and attention to detail!
Sincerely, J.C. Buffalo, NY


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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: “Kolchak: The Night Stalker””, is TM and © (or copyright) by Universal City Studios and American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is prohibited. This web site, its operators, including, but not limited to Baron Hats, Inc., and any content on this site relating to “The Kolchak” are not authorized by Universal City Studios and American Broadcasting Company (ABC) or any of its related entities. “The Kolchak” hat is made in the style of classic hats as are standard in the costume industry. Baron Hats, Inc. is not affiliated in any way, nor do they by fact or by 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 Universal City Studios and American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Darren McGavin, or their related entities.

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