Well, I've looked for another hat like this one and I haven't found it yet! I used the term "Loopty-Loop" because it looks as if someone has looped off white lacquered straw ribbon on this hat creating a very rounded effect. And, yes, the thought of a sea anemone or urchin does come to mind,too, when looking at this hat! But, enough already! Back to the description later....... First, a little about the designer, Mr. John, who, by the way, was born in 1902 in Munich, Germany and was named, John Pico Harbenger. Later, he legally changed his name to John Frederics because his family named sounded so much like hamburger! He came to the United States in 1919 and worked with his mother where he learned the trades of millinery, as well as dressmaking. In 1928, he formed a partnership with Frederick Hirst and their hats were made under the label, John-Frederics, but by 1948, their partnership was over and John started his own millinery business in NYC and began using the label, Mr. John. His designs were much in demand in Hollywood and on Broadway and he made hats for many famous clients, such as Vivien Leigh, Gloria Swanson, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford and the Duchess of Windsor, just to name a few. One famous story about the often somewhat mysterious Mr. John goes as follows: A lady came into his shop and demanded that a hat be made for her straight away! Mr. John proceeded to make the hat right on the lady's head and when he had completed the design, she had the nerve to complain about his price! Upon hearing her complaints, Mr. John immediately began to dismantle the hat and politely handed her a bill for $3.59 and said, "Now, you make it yourself!" Mr. John's business closed it's doors in 1970, but he continued to make hats for private clients until 1992. He died in his sleep in his apartment in NYC in June, 1993. This most striking vintage Mr. John, Jr. (in the 1960's he added the "Jr." to his more trendy designs) is just plain fun! It's light and airy in it's construction....when held to the light, one can see through it. There is an off white grosgrain ribbon headband on the inside of the hat and on the outer side the headband is constructed of a nice off white satin material that corresponds well with the rest of the hat. If you are looking for a unique 1960's hat, this is it! P.S. The next time that you watch the 1950's film, "Gentle Prefer Blondes"...take note of the hats that Marilyn Monroe wears. Guess who made them....none other than "Mr. John."
With the exception of very light soiling on the inner ribbon headband, this hat is in fabulous condition!
Mr. John Jr.
Inner Circumference: 21"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America(CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).