Greetings and salutations on this Classic Hat Monday. Today we have a fabulous classic hat for you, called Deidre.
The Deidre classic hat is a black hat with a striking red hatband. The hat’s dome and brim features a line of white houndstooth on them. Coordinating red ‘nosebobs’ complete the look.
By the way, we are often asked how we came up with the word ‘nosebobs’. Easy. We modeled it on earrings being called ‘earbobs’, a term used in the Old South of the United States for earrings or eardrops.
The classic hat
The classic hat is very, very popular and has been from the day it was launched in 2009. There are still many Hattingdon fans who prefer the classic hat to any other hats that she wears. How did it come about?
After a year or two of making a wide variety of hats for Hattingdon, Vivian created a basic hat silhouette with a round dome and medium wide brim. Then she started designing for it, and it ultimately became a series with a big following. She named it the “classic hat.”
The classic hat became popular right away, and enjoys a dedicated fanbase that is still going strong today, more than a dozen years later.
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.
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!