Deidre Classic

Good day to all you Hattingdon fans. For classic hat fans — Monday is your day.

Without further ado, we present this Monday’s selection: Deidre.

Deidre Hattingdon.

There is something so chic about the combination of black and white with a touch of red for drama. And the houndstooth on the brim . . . . rather unexpected and oh so handsome.

Just in case you are curious about houndstooth like we were, here is just a bit of background.


“Houndstooth check is a two-toned textile pattern. At its beginnings it was a wool cloth weaving white sheep wool for the lighter checks and a darker wool for the contrasting black ones, usually from a naturally tinted wool weaving or simply from a black sheep.”

“Houndstooth, or as the French say pied de poule, is one of the most recognizable iconic prints.” writes SeeRoseGo. Houndstooth is right up there with Prince of Wales plaid, stripes and polka dots, and known for its black and white timeless appeal.

“It is made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads in both warp and weft – two over and two under the warp created a sort of broken check or jagged shape giving the woven its name.”

“Because of the abstract four-pointed shape the pattern was referred to as “shepherd’s check,” ‘dogtooth’ and ‘puppytooth’, eventually being called, as it is today: houndstooth.”

According to “The Costume of Scotland” by John Telfer Dunbar it was worn by Scottish shepherd’s for protection, because from a distance, the pattern colors blend together making the figure appear afar. Chic camouflage!

See you again soon.

Hattingdon letter H logo in Hattingdon brown.

© Vivian J Grant

Spotlight Black & White

Black and white is always a crisp, classic look and this collection is all that. 

We’ve also added some groovy background information on names assigned to our hat designs.


Aimee Hattingdon.

In French Aimee means dearly loved; beloved. From the Old French Amee, which derives from the Latin amatus meaning loved.


Anita cross-band turban in black. Hattingdon Horses.
Anita Hattingdon.

The name Anita first developed as a Spanish diminutive of Ana, ultimately deriving from the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning “grace” or “favour”. Anita is the short form for Anahita, the Iranian water goddess in Avestan (an East Iranian language), and also means kindness and being personable, a leader. Anita is commonly bestowed in the English-speaking world as an independent given name.


Becky Hattingdon.

The name Becky is abbreviation of Rebecca, meaning captivated, or captivating, frequently used as an independent name.


Cadence Hattingdon.

Cadence is a unisex given name derived from an English word meaning “rhythm, flow.”


Chelsea Hattingdon Classic.
Chelsea Hattingdon.

Chelsea was first a place name of Old English origin, and the most common theory of its meaning is chalk landing place, Cealc-hyð = “chalk wharf”. The Synod of Chelsea at Chelchith in 787 is often identified with Chelsea, London; but the first firm record is of a manor at Chelsea just before the Norman conquest.


Darcy Harttingdon Black.
Darcy Hattingdon.

The name Darcy is a girl’s name of French, Irish origin meaning “dark one, or from Arcy, or from the fortress”.


Delores Hattingdon.
Delores Hattingdon.

Delores is a variation of Dolores. The name Dolores is a Spanish baby name. In Spanish the meaning of the name Dolores is: Sorrow. From Maria de los Dolores (the Virgin Mary, or Mary of the Sorrows.


Ellery Hattingdon.


Ginny Hattingdon in black.
Ginny Hattingdon.


Greta Hattingdon.
Greta Hattingdon.

The name Greta is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Greta is pearl. Abbreviation of Margaret, also meaning pearl.


Hunter Hattingdon in black.
Hunter Hattingdon Black.


Raven Classic 480
Raven Hattingdon.

In some cases the surname is derived from the Old Norse and Old English personal names already mentioned. The surname also originates from a nickname meaning “raven”, or a thieving person, or a dark-haired person, derived from the Middle English raven.


Roxie Hattingdon.

Roxie is a black and white mod cap featuring a pattern male and female symbols. This is one of Mrs Farrell’s all time favourite hats. She adores it.


Stacy Hattingdon®new for 2019 created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Taylor Hattingdon.

New Classic Hat! Did you notice Classic Hat lovers?


Zara Hattingdon.
Zara Hattingdon.

Zara wears an elegant classic hat in black and white featuring a zebra stripe pattern on the dome.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J. Grant.

Cara in black

Hey there. January 2019 is almost done. How has it been for you so far?

Come to find out Hattingdon is on a cruise. A very long cruise. She packed up her hats and went sailing.

We’ve been busy in her absence though.

A dear friend of Hattingdon’s who loves the Cara lampshade hat wanted it in black. So Vivian made it up for her. Of course, the hat being solid black was fetching, but not particularly festive. So she embellished it with some golden stars. Darling! Take a look.

Cara in black.

So, what do you think? We hope it has brightened your day and given you a Hatful of Smiles™!

More lampshade hats »

See you again soon. Hugs, Hattingdon.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

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