Inspired by the hat worn by John Wayne in his classic John Ford Cavalry Movies
Baron Hats takes great pride in having been one of John Wayne’s favorite hat makers both for his classic movies, and for his personal use. For over 40 years, Wayne loyally came back time and again to the Baron Hats Studios in Burbank, California to have his hats made. As with everything in his life, he was very demanding, stubborn, and knew EXACTLY what he wanted, and didn’t settle for anything less than original and flawless hats in every respect! That is why we took such great pride in the fact that he came back to us! Whether they be “Sunday Going To Meetin’ Clean and Polished”, or “Rio Bravo Bullet-Holed and Aged” (with our exclusive process!), Wayne demanded perfection, the best materials, and an almost insane respect for detail! And Baron delivered! In fact, we still have most of his blocks, which Mr. Wayne himself had to approve before we used them.
Perhaps the most requested western custom hat we get is for a reproduction from one of Wayne’s classic portrayals, from his early days at Republic, through his breakthrough performance in “Stagecoach”, through his “Calvary Trilogy”, and “Rio” classics all the up to perhaps the most emotional charged: his “True Grit/Rooster Cogburn” and his last stand in “The Shootist”. Through the years we have had literally hundreds of requests to create a series of hats inspired by the spirit of Wayne. It is with this in mind that we pay tribute to Mr. Wayne in our “WESTERN LEGENDS COLLECTION”. The hats are not only collectable, but of course functional western hats based on the milestones in Wayne’s career, as vast and dramatic as the Man himself!
Owner and Master Hat Maker, Mark Mejia has decided to create a series of hats that exemplify these celebrated phases of his amazing life in films. Each hat will symbolize these classic chapters, taking a bit from the films of that era. That way, we can create something that is like no other “Wayne” hat created, but will also sparkle, shimmer and shine with the recognizable details of his beloved characters. Since Mark will only create something that is both timeless and legendary, it may take some time for him to decide which new hats he’ll add to this special collection. So come by often to see when a new “Western Legends Collection” hat arrives!
Most Wayne fans and historians believe that the middle 1950s brought Wayne his most complex and sophisticated western roles. With the guidance of the great director’s Farrow, Ford and Hawks, Wayne made the films that would forever etch his own legend and that of the American Western in the minds of the world cinema. “Rio Bravo”, “Rio Grande”, “Hondo”, “The Searchers”, “Horse Soldiers”, each gave Wayne a chance to show not only his craft, but also a maturing, and a soul that was as deep as the valleys he rode through. Master Hat maker, Mark Mejia used the inspiration of this period in Wayne’s career to create “The Saddle Master”. Exemplifying Wayne at his most straight-forward and traditional, Mark has fashioned a true classic!
Made of Sand-White dyed 100% Western Weight Fur Felt, and shaped with one of Wayne’s actual blocks (modified for our more “normal” size heads!), “The Saddle Master” represents an unambiguous Wayne, with the classically subtle “Indian Arrowpoint” crown and “Prairie Panhandle” flat-washed brim. It comes with special hand-tied yellow Calvary solider hatband fobs.
(NOTE: Mark has chosen the Calvary fob for a hat band “Saddle Master” however other hatbands are available — simply e-mail us if you’d like to discuss a different band on your custom hat!
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