Vivian’s Fave Hats: Letter H

Greetings and welcome. Vivian has made her choices. They are not the ones we expected. Hmmmmm. Look!

Classic Hat

Since the human heart has long been associated with emotion and pleasure, the shape was eventually co-opted as a symbol of romance and medieval courtly love. More about all of that below.

Here is Hattingdon wearing a vivid red classic hat adorned with hearts galore.

Hallie Hattingdon.

Fashion Hat

This selection is a big surprise and we love it. We thought Vivian would go for a vintage hat, but she instead chose a very recent design. Look.

Honey Hattingdon fashion hat created by ©Vivian Grant.
Honey Hattingdon.

Sweeeeeet! We love it. Here is some history on how the heart shape came to be.

History of the heart shape

[T]he heart shape may have been born when artists and scientists from the Middle Ages attempted to draw representations of ancient medical texts. In the 14th century, for example, the Italian physicist Guido da Vigevano made a series of anatomical drawings featuring a heart that closely resembles the one described by Aristotle.

Since the human heart has long been associated with emotion and pleasure, the shape was eventually co-opted as a symbol of romance and medieval courtly love. It grew especially popular during the Renaissance, when it was used in religious art depicting the Sacred Heart of Christ and as one of the four suits in playing cards. By the 18th and 19th centuries, meanwhile, it had become a recurring motif in love notes and Valentine’s Day cards. More at the History Channel »

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Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

Updated Jan 14, 2023

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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.

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