Women's Black Faux Fur Hat, Mr. John Classic, Made in Italy. Patent leather trim and bow. Circumference approx. 56cm or 22". Tag on inside says: Mr. John Classic, New York, Paris. Tag on the inside of the hat says: Imported Body, Made in Italy. This is a really nice hat still in great shape. Vintage item from the 1960s.
John Harberger, also known as John P. John (1906-1993), or Mr. John was one of the foremost milliners of the 20th century. He began by working for his mother, Mme. Laurel, in 1926. In 1929 he formed a partnership with milliner Frederic Hirst and the resulting company was called John-Frederics.
Mr. John was known as the hat dresser of Hollywood. His clients included Lauren Bacall, Eva Gabor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Hedy Lamarr. He designed Vivien Leigh's Civil War-era hats in "Gone With the Wind," Marlene Dietrich's hats in "Shanghai Express," Greta Garbo's headgear in "The Painted Veil" and Marilyn Monroe's chapeau in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
His hats were known more for their flattering form, rather than for elaborate decoration.