Flashback Jacey

Another Flashback Friday. And here is the design we have chosen for you — all the way back to 2008. The absolutely gorgeous Jacey Hattingdon.

Jacey is one of the earliest hat designs Vivian created, and one of her all time favourites.

We hope it brings you a “hatful of smiles”. Best wishes, and thank you for stopping by.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant

Flashback Etienne

Hattingdon Horses designer and originator, Vivian J Grant, created Curtis (the first) while she was lobbying on behalf of horses in Washington DC, December 2007. It was Christmas break, but not all legislators had gone home.

Among those still around were a handful of politicians doing anything they could to impede progress on horse protection bills. Someone had to stay and keep an eye on things. Vivian drew the short straw. She decided to take advantage of the situation.

Vivian had long wanted to create something fun to put on tee-shirts and other merchandise to raise money to help horses. Suddenly inspired, Vivian opened up her photo editor and starting working with shapes. Curtis was the result, and an instant smash.

On the heels of Curtis’ huge success was Vivian’s next Hattingdon, one “for the girls” which was also hugely popular. She named the design Harper. Harper features a large pink Chanel inspired picture hat.

Many, many more Hattingdon hat wearing cartoon horses soon followed Curtis and Harper.


One of the hats Vivian created for Hattingdon in those beginning years was Etienne — the beginning of her avant-garde hat design period.

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” — Coco Chanel.

Here she is.

Etienne Hattingdon by ©Vivian J Grant. Hattingdon Horses.
Etienne Hattingdon.

The Etienne design was inspired by French fashion and the colours of the country’s flag. The name was inspired by Etienne Aigner.

Hattingdon creator Vivian wore “Aigner” shoes for many, many years — from the time she was a teenager.

The present “tricolore” (three-colour) flag of France had its origins at the time of the French Revolution, joining the colours of the King (white) and the City of Paris (blue and red).

The name Etienne is a French variant of the Greek name Stephen meaning ‘garland or crown’. It is primarily a male name.

Thank you for stopping by. Before you go, we have some extras for you below.

By Guest Writer, Sunny Tiegs

Related Reading

See Why are the French so chic?, by Joobin Bekhrad, BBC, 8th October 2019


Diana, Princess of Wales. By Tim Graham / Getty Images.
Diana, Princess of Wales. By Tim Graham / Getty Images.

French fashion is great, but as with any style, it also has a few garments and accessories that are so present in the French style that if you want to achieve the look, you’d better have some of them in your wardrobe.

What You Need
Black Blazer (2nd choice, Navy)
Jeans (the best pair and fit you can afford)
Waisted Cocktail Dress
Ballerina Flats / Flat Sandals
Black Leather Jacket

Not Just the French
Inspired by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, imagine layering a Hattingdon tee or sweatshirt with jeans, a dark jacket and ballet flats or classic black loafers. Très chic.

We love having you here. See you again soon.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

© Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Fresh as a Daisy

Update: Reinvented look! 09.26.22

Hey! It’s Flashback Friday and we are bringing you a Hatful of Smiles™ with another restored, vintage classic hat. This classic hat dates to our very earliest days.

Daisy Hattingdon.

Vivian modified the daisy pattern to give it a more open look. It is so fresh and pretty in that sky blue and sweet pea green.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J. Grant.

Flashback Yolanda

Welcome to another Flashback Friday.

Mrs Farrell discovered a bunch of Hattingdon® classic hats on an old portable flash drive she was going to throw away. Throw away? So glad she didn’t!

Yolanda vintage classic hat created by ©Vivian J Grant exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Yolanda vintage classic hat c. 2009.

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Flashback Friday with Etienne

Hello and Happy Friday. Hooray!

We thought we’d do a Flashback Friday. We haven’t done it in forever.

We hope you like it. .


Etienne Hattingdon by ©Vivian J Grant. Hattingdon Horses.
Etienne Hattingdon.

The very first Hattingdon® Mrs Farrell created was Curtis. The second was Harper. She really didn’t know where she was going to go from there, if anywhere. And certainly not that she would create 100s of designs over 10 years. She’s still going!

Following on the heels of Curtis and Harper, Mrs Farrell came up with the classic hat silhouette that she made all sorts of looks with. But in between all of those, she created fashion hats and other wonderful marvels. Etienne falls into one or all of those descriptions.

P.S. We have received your notes and messages about our absence on Twitter and Facebook. We have only been busy on Instagram and Hattingdon’s blog. We believe we can populate our Facebook page when we publish on Instagram. We are experimenting to see if looks okay when we do that. We used to publish to Twitter from here on her blog but the images no matter how we sized them chopped something off!

Oh . . . and this. You would also like more updates via email like we used to do. We are reorganizing things in an effort to meet these requests also. So hang in with us!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.