Oh Mr. John!

"A hat ... can lend practically any woman a temporary out-of-herself feeling. For the right hat creates a desired mood, and that isn't fiction or fancy, but fact, fact, fact."
-John P. John


Thank you for stopping by. I am the contented owner of a small vintage boutique on Etsy called HighHatCouture. I've carved out my own little space on the web very comfortably by selling vintage pieces I would only wear myself. Of course my favorite thing to sell ( and wear, and collect) are vintage hats. To be honest, I am a hat addict. I love finding hats with potential and restoring them back to life with a little stitch here, a little steaming there. 

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Today's blog post will focus on one of my ALL time favorite milliners, John. P. John, aka Mr. John. I have 2 of his fine pieces for sale in my shop. below are the photos and links to the listings where they can be purchased.

John Pico Harberger born in Munich, Germany, Mr. John studied medicine at University of Lucerne, and art at the Sorbonne. Mr. John immigrated to the United States in 1919. He learned the tricks of fashion from his mother,Madame Laurel, He opened up his own millinery in 1929. 

His specialty was creating flattering silhouettes. He was the master of shape.
He didn't stubbornly persist in creating a particular signature 'style'. He focused on the form or sculpt of the piece. He took his place beside fashion couture giants like Dior in the 1940s-50s. He wasn't interested in overly detailed ornate hats, he wanted to create a desired effect from simplistic silhouettes. He loved the turban, which has recently become popular again and is synonomous with the Hollywood stars of the 1960s lounging beside crystal clear pools drinking champagne. 

Mr. John was interested in copying artists and leaned toward the avant garde. Every house wife yearned for one of his hats, they would even ask local milliners to copy his styles. He was the milliner of many a Hollywood glamour girl. He even designed the hats for Gone with the Wind.  At his peak he employed 150 people and produced 16,000 hats a year under several different labels.

I found the interesting information below from http://fashionrevival.com/catalog/mr-john-hats/

Writing about John’s display of his work at the now-defunct I. Magnin’s Wilshire in 1965, then Los Angeles Times fashion editor Fay Hammond described him: “He looks like Napoleon incarnate, but when he maneuvers a silk scarf into a hat before your eyes, he commands the dexterity of a magician and the sensitivity of a fine artist.”

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