The new Kelly fedora

Hattingdon’s fedora has a new name and a new brim.

The hat is now called Kelly. We have updated the hat with a broader brim so it is more “fedora” like and less “trilby” like (wink). They look very smooth wouldn’t you say?

The Kelly fedora comes in six colorways:— pearl gray, dark gray, sky blue, shamrock green, and khaki tan. Plus, we are introducing the hat for the first time — in black. Very snazzy!

Updated 08.12.22 4:44 pm EST

Pearl Gray.
Kelly fedora in charcoal gray. Hattingdon Horses.
Charcoal Gray.
Sky Blue.
Shamrock Green.
Khaki Tan.

And here’s our Hattingdon in her brand new black fedora . . . . looking a bit “Al-Capone-ish”!

Classic Black.

About the fedora

The fedora has a long and fascinating history. Here is just a bit.

Greeley Hatworks tell us in The History of Fedoras: A Hat Timeline :—


Fedora hats were first seen as a feminine hat with masculine undertones in 1883, inspired by a drama called “Fédora,” created by the French playwright Victorien Sardou.

Sarah Bernhardt, a French Actress, played the star role of Princess Fédora Romanoff who was wearing a stylish, center-creased, soft brimmed hat. Sarah was known for adopting men’s fashion and acting roles that shocked audiences.

The play’s first review named the style of Bernhardt’s hat “fedora” after the play title. This review coined the name “Fedora Hat” into womenswear of the time, and later menswear too.

Prince Edward VIII.

Soon after, fedora hats became a popular fashion statement and symbol for women’s rights activists, standing for liberation and assertiveness.

Before long, the fedora style spread to all women and fashion-forward men like Oscar Wilde and Prince Edward VIII.

In 1924, Prince Edward VIII wore his fedora Hat to the United States and dressed it up with a suit instead of everyday dress.

The style was seen on stars like Humphrey Bogart and the infamous Gangster Al Capone.

In the 1940’s and 50’s, cinema helped to create the iconic symbol of manliness and mystery with fedora hats worn by Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and even football coaches Paul Bear Bryant and Tom Landry.

The fedora later resurfaced onscreen in the 70’s and was styled as edgy and unique, yet still practical, as seen on Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

Most recently, fedoras have made their existence known on shows like Mad Men and Peaky Blinders.


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Classic Karan

Updated 09.22.22 at 12.20 am.

Hello there. Vivian has whipped up a brand new classic hat. In black & white. It features a splash and drip paint pattern inspired by the work of renown artist Jackson Pollock. She named the design Karan.

Karan Hattingdon.

What do you think? We love it and Vivian does too. She is a huge Pollock fan. Let’s learn more about this fascinating artist.

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter, and the leading force behind the abstract expressionist movement in the art world. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety.

Jackson Pollock’s greatness lies in developing one of the most radical abstract styles in the history of modern art, detaching line from color, redefining the categories of drawing and painting, and finding new means to describe pictorial space.

Even more than a century since his birth, American “splatter artist” Jackson Pollock still provokes heated debate about the very definition of art. Was a man who placed a canvas on the floor and dripped paint straight from the can actually creating a work of art? Watch »

Here are a few examples by this exciting, groundbreaking artist.

by Jackson Pollack

by Jackson Pollock

He worked in black and white as well.

by Jackson Pollock

Have some fun. Create something of your own. Go to Interactive Paint-Drop Animation at»

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The “Anita” cross-banded turban is one of Hattingdon fans’ all-time favourites. This elegant look comes in three colourways — black, blue and multi. Perfect for protecting your mane in summer.

We have a surprise look too. Vivian was inspired to reinterpret the “Cherie” classic hat as a cross-banded turban — including the button. It is gorgeous! Here they are.

Anita Black

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

Anita Blue

Anita Blue.

Anita Multi

Anita cross-banded turban in multi colors.
Anita Multi.

Anita Cherie

Anita Cherie.

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In the pink


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Pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. Pink is the official color for little girls and represents sugar and spice and everything nice. Pink is the sweet side of the color red.

According to surveys in Europe and the United States, pink is the color most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and romance. Pink is also thought of as meaning purity, integrity, nobility and kindness.” Source: Bourne Creative.

Here is a treasure trove of Hattingdon hats “in the pink”. Let’s go!

Loretta Hattingdon "in the pink.
Savannah Hattingdon Classic Hat.
Grace Hattingdon fashion hat in pink.
Skylar Pink.
April Hattindon classic hat in pink with white florette pattern.

Ha ha! You thought we overlooked “The Queen” didn’t you? NE-vah! Everyone adores Harper. Everyone! In case you are new to us, she is the second Hattingdon design Vivian created, on the heels of Curtis the 1st. Here she is.


More about pink

The word pink is derived from the Danish term pinck oogen, which translates as half-closed eyes or small eyes, a clear reference to the appearance of the dianthus flower. Unbelievably, the word pink —referring to a color — was not used until the end of the 1700s, and not in general use until the 1800s.

The Urban Dictionary says: “In good health. In the 1500s pink meant “the embodiment of perfection,” but the current idiom (in good health) dates only from about 1900”.

The Grammarist says: “In the pink is an English idiom that means to be at the peak of health, to be in perfect condition. The expression in the pink to mean to be at the peak of health goes back to the 1500s when the word pink did not refer to a color.”

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See also Meaning of Pink: Color Psychology

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Updated 2pm 4th June 2022



Hattingdon creator and designer Vivian Grant Farrell came across the hats below on an old flash drive. This flirty saucer (which she named “Tracey”) comes in two looks, in an array of bright, bold colours. We chose the full version with the cascading leaf embellishment to show you here. What do you think?

Fuchsia Pink

Tracey Hattingdon in Hot Pink.
Tracey Hattingdon in Fuchsia Pink.

Neon Lime

Tracey Hattingdon in Neon Lime.
Tracey Hattingdon in Neon Lime.

Purple Orchid

Tracey Hattingdon in Purple Orchid.
Tracey Hattingdon in Purple Orchid.

Saffron Yellow

Tracey Hattingdon in saffron yellow and black saucer hat.
Tracey Hattingdon in Saffron Yellow.

Bright Turquoise

Tracey Hattingdon in bright turquoise and black saucer hat.
Tracey Hattingdon in Bright Turquoise.

Sunset Orange

Tracey Hattingdon in sunset orange and black saucer hat.
Tracey Hattingdon in Sunset Orange.

StyleCaster states this season’s colors:

“According to fashion’s top designers, we’re in for a very lemon-lime 2022. Just look at the color palette! Lime green, saturated yellow, classic Kelly green and sunset orange are all trending hues incorporated on the Spring/Summer 2022 runways, each with its own special tang.”

We got it!

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Updated June 20, 2022, 6:12 pm.

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Sunny Tuesday

It is chilly, wet and a bit dreary where we are. We decided to cheer ourselves up — and you of course — with the Sunny sweetheart hat. Here she is.

Sunny Hattingdon

When Mrs Farrell first created the hat shape above, we didn’t know what to call it. After a bit more discussion, she heard someone conversing in the background say, “I don’t know what we should call it, but it sure is a sweetheart of hat.” Voila! The rest as they say, is history.

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