Hattingdon introduces new logo

Today we are excited to introduce to you Hattingdon’s new logo — inspired by and modeled on — her classic hat silhouette. Isn’t it fab?

Hattingdon creator Vivian Grant, who has created logos for all kinds of groups and businesses over the years, was so frustrated because she could not come up with anything she remotely liked.

“No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t ‘see it’,” she says, “so I gave up and let it go. Then suddenly, after all these years, there it was, in my mind’s eye. I rushed to the computer and created it in about 20 minutes!”

Take a look! We think she has done a really, really nice job. Simple and chic. It looks fabulous on product too, but more on that later. Here it is in an array of colours.



Want to see how she looks in it? Here she is modeling her new logo hat in gorgeous red.

Hattingdon wears her sparkling new logo hat in a gorgeous red.

So . . . . what do you think? We are hoping you are loving it as much as we are.

Thank you for stopping by, and see you again here soon.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

Updated: 12/16/22

© Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Aida

Hattingdon creator Vivian writes: I love Verdi’s Operas. One of my all-time favourites is ‘Aida’.

I created a scenario in my head that Hattingdon had been given a part in the chorus of ‘Aida’, and therefore would need a costume. Being a hatmaker (a cartoon one, of course) I imagined a headdress for her in two colour schemes.

Gold

Aida Gold

Turquoise

Aida Teal

How fun are they? I am leaning toward the teal, but also love the gold. What you think? Which one should she wear?

The Ankh

The ankh or key of life is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol used in Egyptian art and writing to represent the word for “life” and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself.

Snake

Although not in this design, we found this fascinating too.

In Egyptian mythology, the snake symbol represented royalty and divinity. It symbolized the pharaoh’s role as lawmaker and maintainer of order, protecting the Egyptian people from the forces of chaos. The snake was also a symbol of protection, both for pharaohs and for everyday people.

The Opera

Set in Ancient Egypt, Aida is a timeless story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of war. The story is a roller coaster of emotions told through Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful music.

Aida is an Ethiopian princess who is the captured slave to Amneris, daughter of Pharaoh. Both women are in love with the victorious Egyptian general Radames, but he loves only Aida.

The father of Aida, Amonasro, invades Egypt to rescue her, but is defeated and captured. Relentlessly jealous of the lovers, Amneris decides she will kill Aida and disgrace Radames. He is subsequently condemned as a traitor and buried alive in a dungeon tomb.

Aida joins her lover in his death chamber to die with him while Egyptian priests celebrate the country’s victory in the temple above them. A desperate, remorseful Amneris attempts to save Radames but her pleas for mercy are too late.

Thank you for spending time with us! Warm regards, Vivian.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

Cartoon Horses with ‘Hat-titude’


Updated 19 Jan 2023

Featured Image: Fashion and Beautify in Ancient Egypt

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Daisy Monday

Hello, and happy Monday. It is time for a classic hat, and this one . . . . is a new one. Vivian named the hat Daisy, and you are about to see why.

Daisy Hattingdon Blue.
Daisy Hattingdon Green.
Daisy Hattingdon Peach.
Daisy Hattingdon Black.

We were not too sure about the black, but it turned out lovely. The blue and green are so fresh and fun. But the peach! We are all in love with it here. How about you? Which one do you love most?

Hattingdon Horses

A Hat Full of Smiles

by ©Vivian J Grant

Red Shoe Day

In “Well Dressed. Well Said. Well Read.”, its author Heather writes the following about Red Shoe Day:

“Red Shoe Day is actually a day of remembrance where those who suffer and/or pass away from invisible illnesses are recognized.”

“The day was created in remembrance of Theda Myint, who died of Lyme disease, but it has since been expanded to include all illnesses that don’t exhibit obvious physical symptoms.”

“For me, that includes mental illness. As a lifelong sufferer of depression, I can attest only too well to the stigma and struggle of battling an invisible illness. So on this day I will proudly wear my red shoes in solidarity with the countless others who struggle as well.”

Hattingdon

We were determined to support Red Shoe Day. But how could we besides wearing red shoes — which we, and our staff and families and friends, are doing.

Hattingdon is of course a hat wearing cartoon horse. So the challenge was to create a Hattingdon, in some way shape or form, wearing a red shoe to help draw attention to this issue. Vivian chose a red stiletto — not knowing how in the world she was going to make a hat out of it.

“My dear colleagues (ahem) reckoned that even I could not make a hat for Hattingdon from a red stiletto,” says Vivian. The challenge was accepted. And met. “They will be singing from that Beatles song I shoulda known better with a girl like you. That I would love everything that you do. And I do. Hey hey hey. And I do.”

Vivian named the design . . . . Theda. Here is the hat.

Theda.

Is this, or is this not, crazy and wonderful? Now that should grab some attention! Which is what we want — to draw attention and raise awareness for Red Shoe Day / International Red Shoe Day. We have agreed that you can download the image and share it on social media using the hashtags listed below — in support of this important cause. Thank you!

Red stilettos featured image for red shoe day post.

Links and tags

Red Shoe Day and International Red Shoe Day, July 25th, since 2013.

Founded by Global Lyme & Invisible Illness Organization

Hashtags #InternationalRedShoeDay, #RedShoeDay

Source www.globallymeinvisibleillness.org

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.

Hello Honey

Updated: July 16, 2022

You have heard of the beehive hairdo. How about a beehive hat? Hattingdon wears just that in a rich golden yellow, accompanied by two curiously darling little bees. The hat design name is — perhaps just a touch predictably — Honey.

Honey Hattingdon.

Isn’t the updated shape bee-utiful? We really love it.

In addition to the updated hat silhouette (now seen above), Vivian also added two tiny eyes to her bees. She was a bit startled to learn on the British Beekeepers Association website that bees “have six legs, two wings and five eyes: two large compound eyes and three smaller ocelli eyes in the centre of its head”. In light of this surprising revelation, she is still sticking with two eyes!

Hattingdon Honey Bees Blog Header

Just a bit more

The National Wildlife Federation tells us that, “There are over 20,000 bee species worldwide, including the honey bee, which originated in Eurasia and has been imported around the globe as a domesticated species. Wild bees species live on every continent except Antarctica. In North America there are approximately 4,000 native bee species occupying ecosystems from forests to deserts to grasslands.

Bees feed exclusively on sugary nectar and protein-rich pollen from flowering plants, unlike the carnivorous wasps from which they evolved.” [italics added]

Learn more about the incredible bee at the NWF website.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant. All Rights Reserved.