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

“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.

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National Apple Pie Day

Hey, hello there. It’s National Apple Pie Day! Hattingdon doesn’t have an apple pie hat, but she has one featuring apples. It just so happens it is a ballcap celebrating New York City.

Hattingdon wears her Apple ballcap while in New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Apple Hattingdon.

Oh, well we were close, kinda, sorta . . . !

Fun Facts

•  National Apple Pie Day, America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th.

•  The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a type of pastry crust).

•  While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about how American apple pie is.

•  The phrase “as American as apple pie” has been around for more than 100 years.

Source: National Day Calendar »

Celebrate!

Use #NationalApplePieDay to post on social media. And by all means enjoy a wholesome slice of apple pie. Vegan Apple Pie Recipe here (pdf, 2 pp). Yummmm.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses!

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Flashback Friday with Etienne

Hello and Happy Friday. Hooray!

We thought we’d do a Flashback Friday. We haven’t done it in forever.

We hope you like it. .

Etienne

Etienne Hattingdon by ©Vivian J Grant. Hattingdon Horses.
Etienne Hattingdon.

The very first Hattingdon® Mrs Farrell created was Curtis. The second was Harper. She really didn’t know where she was going to go from there, if anywhere. And certainly not that she would create 100s of designs over 10 years. She’s still going!

Following on the heels of Curtis and Harper, Mrs Farrell came up with the classic hat silhouette that she made all sorts of looks with. But in between all of those, she created fashion hats and other wonderful marvels. Etienne falls into one or all of those descriptions.


P.S. We have received your notes and messages about our absence on Twitter and Facebook. We have only been busy on Instagram and Hattingdon’s blog. We believe we can populate our Facebook page when we publish on Instagram. We are experimenting to see if looks okay when we do that. We used to publish to Twitter from here on her blog but the images no matter how we sized them chopped something off!

Oh . . . and this. You would also like more updates via email like we used to do. We are reorganizing things in an effort to meet these requests also. So hang in with us!

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