Hello there. We apologize for being late again, but Hattingdon was washing her hair. Hahaha.

Here she is at last, wearing a very early design, one of the earliest — her Bubbles hat.

Bubbles Hattingdon.

Bubbles was created sometime in 2008. Vivian no longer has the original design art, and was delighted to find it was uploaded to the media section of the blog some time ago.

“It was a very long time before I began to learn the best way to store and protect my work. Besides, it was just for fun, to make people laugh. It never occurred to me once in the early days I would end up making literally 100s of them, and still at it, all these many years later ,” she says.

Hattingdon is always pretty in pink.

Postcript: By the way, National Bubble Week is the second week of March according to Holiday Insights »

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Updated 7 March 2023

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day seeks to promote reading. This day is organized by the National Education Association. They created the observance in 1997 with the objective of motivating American children to read. According to the National Education Association, children who spend more time reading do better in school.

Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd, in memory of children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Dewey Hattingdon. ©Vivian J Grant.
Dewey Hattingdon.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904, and grew up to write some of the most outrageous and original stories of all time. The inventive rhymes, colorful illustrations, and imaginative characters that populate Dr. Seuss’s books have delighted readers for generations and spawned moviesmuseumstheme parks, and more.

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, the first of more than 40 stories Geisel published, was turned down 27 times before a publisher finally gave it the green light. 

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Geisel made an Academy Award-winning documentary film with his wife, Helen Palmer, called Design for Death in 1947. It is about World War II Japan, propaganda, and Pearl Harbor.

One of Geisel’s stories, Gerald McBoing Boing, was made into an animated short and also won an Oscar in 1950.

As a student at Dartmouth College, Geisel was caught drinking gin with a group of friends. Consuming alcohol was still illicit under Prohibition, and Geisel was subsequently banned from participating in extracurricular activities. But the future icon didn’t want to give up writing for the school’s humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern. And so, instead of backing down, Geisel changed course and began writing under a pen name: Seuss.

Clearly interested in political cartoons, Geisel took up a job creating Allied propaganda illustrations and videos during World War II. Not only did he draw them, but he also wrote all the content and even included some of his signature rhymes. 

• Read more at “Five Things You Didn’t Know about Dr. Seuss”, Boston Magazine, by Jessica Citronberg, March 1, 2018.

P.S. Sorry for the late posting. — Blog Hattingdon.

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Cee Cee

Hello there.

We love 60s fashion. What a groovy and imaginative time. It has definitely inspired what you are about to see — the charming and brand new — Cee Cee Collection.

“When I think 60s fashion,” states Hattingdon creator and designer, Vivian Grant, “I think supermodel Jean Shrimpton. I remember her wearing a fabulous hat (as only she could) with a very tall, oval shaped dome, and a small, round brim. It was sublime. This is what inspired me to create the Cee Cee Hat Collection. Naturally it comes in a wide variety of delicious colors. Hope you love them.”

Cee Cee in Purple.

Cee Cee Mod Hat in Red and Aqua. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Pure Red & Teal
Cee Cee Mod Hat in Yellow and Gray. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Yellow & Gray
Cee Cee Mod Hat in Orange and Mint. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Orange & Mint
Cee Cee Mod Hat in Lime and Orchid. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Lime & Orchid
Cee Cee Mod Hat in Beige and Blue. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Beige & Blue
Cee Cee Mod Hat in Hot Pink and Black. ©Vivian J Grant.
Cee Cee in Hot Pink & Black

We hope the Cee Cee Collection has brightened your day. Love, Hattingdon.


P.S. At last. Look what I found on Pinterest! Shrimpton in a tall, mod 60’s hat. It is mega cool. —Vivian.

Take a look at what we came across today (above).

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Update, 5th March 2023; Added Purple Hat.
Updatem 15th March 2023; Added last picture.


Vivian created this mod cap silhouette in early January 2022, just a little over a year ago. She named the design Bobbie. Predictably, she made them in an array of colors. Let’s take a look.

BOBBIE mod cap in red and turquoise.
Bobbie in Pure Red and Bright Turquoise

BOBBIE mod cap in lime and orange.
Bobbie in Lime Green and Vivid Orange

BOBBIE in luscious medium blue and flirty pink.
Bobbie in Bright Blue and Lipstick Pink

We absolutely adore these caps. Fabulous. By the way, Vivian has not used that shade of blue before (here’s the hex code #5f5fff in case you want to use it too).

In the meantime — is it just us, or do you feel a poster coming on? Hahahaha!

Thank you for spending time here with us. See you again soon.

With love, Hattingdon & Co.

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Beautiful in blue

Hattingdon looks especially lovely in blue. Vivian adores her in it. For this post we got Vivian (not Hattingdon) to pick out some hats made in blue that she especially loves.

As you can see, we have started BIG. This is such a darling, fun hat, inspired by a summer breeze. We are loving the golden jewelry too. Sweet!


The next hat may very well be Hattingdon’s most elegant classic hat of all. It is made in a wonderfully rich blue, featuring a crisp, white paisley inspired pattern. “I am jealous. I would love something in that pattern made for myself,” says Vivian. We know what she means.

Lauren Classic.

Hattingdon’s line of lampshade hats are truly wonderful and a huge fan favourite. The Cara hat in blue that Vivian picked out is especially lovely. Yummmmmm!

Cara Blue.
Cara Blue.

Coming up next is Vivian’s favourite classic hat design of 2022. She named the hat Quill.

We were doing an A to Z series of posts of popular hats. Toward the end we realized we did not have a classic hat with a name beginning with the letter “Q”. So Vivian created one. She really loves it too. That dark blue . . . . awesome!

Quill Hattingdon

The weather has been so off-the-wall crazy and unpredictable, you could wear the Breeze hat one day, and the hat coming up (Coco), the next next day.

Coco features a baby blue winter cap, trimmed with blue and white faux fur. Ain’t she sweet?

CoCo Hattingdon in blue.

Hattingdon fans are still going Splash crazy. We hope you have been joining in on the fun. Here it is, made in the loveliest of blues.

Splash Hattingdon in sky blue.
Splash Classic.

Next up, here is our Hattingdon wearing a fabulous two-tone blue fedora. Now that is class. We named the hat Kelly.

Kelly fedora in shades of blue.
Kelly Blue.

We wrap up this post with a very classic classic hat — one of the very first Hattingdon designs Vivian created. Named Aspen it is made in two icy tones of blue, adorned throughout in a diamond pattern made of lacy white snowflakes.

Aspen Classic.

Wow. What a nice collection. Hope you enjoyed it with us. See you again here soon.

Love, Hattingdon.

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Lights on with Electra

It has been a very, very long time since we have posted any of Hattingdon’s lampshade hats. Let’s rectify that right away.

How about lighting things up with the Electra hat design? Here she is in four fabulous colours.

Electra in Black.

Electra in shades of pink.
Electra in Shades of Pink.

Electra in Olive Green.

And how about a gorgeous yellow to really light the place up?

Electra in Brilliant Yellow.

We hope she has brightened your day, bringing you a “hatful of smiles”.

Bye for now.

Love, Hattingdon & Co.

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