Shade Parade

Hey there. Hattingdon® loves her some shades. She’s been collecting them on her many travels. Let’s take a look!

Hattingdon's Shades of Canada.
Shades of Canada.
Hattingdon's Shades of England.
Shades of Britain,
Hattingdon® Shades of France
Shades of France.
Hattingdon's Shades of Ireland.
Shades of Ireland.
Hattingdon's USA Shades.
Shades of USA.

How about a blast from the past — Hattingdon’s sunglasses from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Remember? We named the design Kikkan.

Hattingdon in her Olympic shades from 2018.
Shades of the Olympics.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

Hattingdon Horses

Cinco de Mayo and Fiesta

Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Fiesta, Mexican Inspired Hat, created ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

Hello all you gorgeous Hattingdonians! It’s fiesta time. And here’s why. It’s the Fifth of May — Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you all know what this is. As you can see, Hattingdon has donned her Fiesta hat. ¡Vámonos de fiesta!

About Cinco de Mayo

Did you know . . . ?

• Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States.

• When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America.

• The date commemorates an outnumbered — 2,000 to 6,000 — Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French forces of Napoleon III. at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

• A Texan led those outnumbered troops in Puebla. Ignacio Zaragoza SeguÍn, a 33-year-old officer from the Goliad area, was Mexico’s minister of war and navy and was assigned to lead the Army of the East and the defense of Puebla.

• The U.S. has celebrated Cinco de Mayo since the end of the Franco-Mexico and U.S. civil wars.

• In the beginning, Latinos in California and the other parts of the U.S. celebrated Cinco de Mayo with parades in which people dressed in Civil War uniforms and gave speeches on the Battle of Puebla.

• The date is embraced more generally in the same way as other ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Octoberfest.

• Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July is 16 de Septiembre (September 16). In many parts of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a work day.

See you again soon. Love ya!

Hattingdon Horses

Party time with Gaye

Created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

Isn’t this a fun look. So festive. The colours are so pretty.

Hattingdon was going to wear it for Mardi Gras or something but forgot, or perhaps the hat’s not wild enough and she has somewhere else in mind to wear it to.

Coming Up

We have more restored classic hat designs on the way and a few other surprises. So stay with us, the blogging home of the cutest little hat wearing cartoon horse ever.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses everyone!

Hattingdon & Co.

Classically Stacy

Greetings. We have a nice surprise especially for Hattingdon® classic hat fans. Look! A new hat. Meet Stacy.

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

That’s two new classic hats so far in 2019. And there are more surprises on the way. Big surprises!


A quick reminder about our updated Galleries on our website at which includes our brand new Classic Hat Gallery.

If you haven’t stopped by Hattingdon’s updated website yet, check out our main Design Gallery.

Find us on Instagram @hattingdon. (

Ta-ra for Now

See you again soon with a spotlight on all Hattingdon black + white hats.

Hattingdon & Co in Hattingdon's signature cartoon font.



Flashback Friday with Etienne

Hello and Happy Friday. Hooray!

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

Hattingdon’s website is updated. We hope you like it. If you haven’t been there in awhile jump on over at But not until you see Etienne, our Flashback Friday design.


Etienne Hattingdon®created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Etienne Hattingdon®created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

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 weird and wonderful marvels. Etienne falls into one or all of those descriptions.

Oh — for Hattingdon’s new fans, mane was added much later on. Some we stuck with; some we didn’t. Here’s Etienne with mane.

Etienne with mane.
Etienne design with mane. ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

Design Galleries

The Design Galleries are updated on the website. We’ll write more about that later. We will tell you now there are two: A main Design Gallery and a Classic Hat Gallery. This should make a bunch of you very, very happy! Hint, hint classic hat fans. They are both in a new format you can scroll through or view as a slideshow.

If you have any suggestions, please be sure to let us know dear ones.

Hattingdon & Co in Hattingdon's signature cartoon font.

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 yes, 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!

Dealing a new Classic

Hello Hattingdon fans, especially Classic Hat fans. Do we have a treat for you?

First there was Curtis. Then there was Harper. And then there was the Classic Hat.

Created in 2009, the Classic Hat is a basic, classic hat silhouette which Mrs Farrell created and designs for, off and on, since its incarnation.

Eve Hattingdon Black created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Eve Hattingdon Black created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.

The Classic Hat became a big favourite when it was launched, and shortly thereafter developed a following of its own.

Here’s a brand new design for you. Introducing Ginny.

Ginny Classic Hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Ginny Classic Hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

See you back here again soon for another “hatful of smiles™”.

Hattingdon & Co.