Oui, c’est vrai! The beret is back. Countless fashion experts and Instagram bloggers alike are calling this quintessentially french accessory the ‘must have’ item in 2017. But us hatters wonder, did it ever really leave?
Though its origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age, the humble beret was widely adapted by French working class in the 1920’s. It wasn’t long before it made its way to the hat racks of fashion lovers internationally.
If you follow Hattingdon you know that the beret is one of her most popular looks ever — Hattingdon loves a beret! That’s Bonnie Ariste up there in the banner.
I love a beret too. However, I am never really certain I am wearing it just right. How about you?
With Hattingdon I can wear a beret from the Bonnie Hattingdon® design series and know I will always look smashing. Take a look.
When last we were here blogging about Hattingdon’s hats we showed you the “love” hat design series we call Aimee.
The name Aimee is a French baby name. Its meaning is: Dearly loved; Beloved. From the Old French Amee, which derives from the Latin amatus meaning loved.
We decided we weren’t crazy about the hat design with the curls and swirls after all, and went instead for the three minimalist designs in four colorways — Aimee Love, Aimee Amour, and Aimee Amore in rich black, lipstick pink, pure red and Hattingdon’s signature teal.
We put the Aimee design series in a shop all their own called “Hattingdon Love“.
Here are a few sample designs sure to remind you and most importantly of all, give you a hatful of smiles.
With love from Hattingdon & Co. Thank you for stopping by.
I never quite know what’s going to capture your imagination and often surprised and always delighted when something I create does.
In this instance, we were looking for something cute and fun to draw your attention to the link to Hattingdon’s online store. I was really stumped while I sat there staring at an open Photoshop window.
Then I thought to myself, begin at the beginning. I decided that was a shopping cart. So I made one. Now what, I asked myself.
Then this question popped into my head. Well, what do you want people to do with this shopping cart? Hmmm. Well, the answer to that has to be — put a Hattingdon in it. So I grabbed Belle, our #1 seller, and stuck her in there.
I immediately burst out laughing, so much so I startled the cats. Laughter like that is always a good sign.
Within in a few hours of putting the Belle shopping cart artwork on the blog, you began to write us about it.
We agree. The obvious choice is to put this design on shopping bags. So here they are. If you want a tote let us know.
Reusable Shopping Bag — $10.45 (image both sides); $6.95 (image on one side) Made with a lightweight polyester fabric, this bag folds easily to fit in your purse or pocket.
In case you are new to Baggu bags, they are made by a Brooklyn based company and are fabulous. Last forever! Here’s more:
The Standard BAGGU is crafted in durable, ripstop nylon and is designed to be carried in your hand or over your shoulder. The perfectly sized bag can be used as a shopping tote, book bag, or a purse, designed to be used wherever the day takes you. The reusable BAGGU can hold 2 to 3 plastic grocery bags worth of items, and folds flat into a five-inch pouch when not in use.
and a testimonial by a long-time Baggu owner:
I’ve owned a plain bag made just like this since 1986 and it’s still in my backpack, ready to be whipped out to carry whatever. So I ordered this one knowing that the bag itself would be great.
Now you can have a custom Baggu with a Hattingdon on it. As of this writing you get 30% off sitewide at Zazzle with code SURPRISEDEAL.
If you want a design other than Belle, we will create it for you and send you the link. Let us know here.
A quick recap. Jada is from the Hattingdon Grey family who live on the West Coast. She is the little sister of cousin Marcus who is based in the Bay area. However, Jada lives in LA with their cousin Curtis where she is attending a special high school with a focus on the Arts.
We have restyled Jada’s mane into softly curled wave.
Here’s our Jada in a parade of her favorite hats.
The first hat is a familiar one and worth revisiting to see it with her new look mane. It is what Vivian calls a schoolgirl hat. Here it is in a gorgeous fuscia with multi colored button on its upturned brim.
Next up we have Jada in a rich red beret with her initial on the front in white. The family resemblance to Hattingdon is remarkable don’t you think?
Speaking of looking like Hattingdon, here’s Jada in a blushing pink picture hat with a black trimmed brim. Sweet!
For relaxing and having fun Jada sports an adorable brand new ballcap in black with a rounded crown and a chunky multi peace sign on front. Brim, button and nosebobs in co-ordinating colors of turqoise and green.
This ought to chase the winter blues away. Jada models a schoolgirl hat with green crown and a flowery patterned brim in pink, yellow, green and turquoise blue.
That’s a wrap on the hat parade.
These designs are not yet in the shop. We value your feedback and it does influence what we offer for purchase.
Let us know what you think in comments or by email.
Hattingdon Horses™ is a group of hat wearing cartoon horses created by Vivian Grant Farrell.
How much do you know about the Hattingdon® family tree?
Well there’s Hattingdon of course. She goes simply by Hattingdon. She doesn’t use her first name because she got teased a lot about it as a filly. We’ll leave it there. But she also likes the name Hattingdon a lot as it is very descriptive of who she is and what she does.
And here she is. She decided she didn’t want to wear a gold beret after all and switched to a “kale green” beret.
Anyway, Hattingdon is an only child (though I hear she may have a half sister out there) but she has lots of cousins.
The cousins she keeps up with the most are the Greys. The Greys live on the West Coast.
There’s cousin Curtis Hattingdon Grey who is actually the first Hattingdon ever on the scene, right before our dear girl Hattingdon emerged.
Then there’s their cousin Marcus Hattingdon Grey.
I see he is wearing a navy ballcap today with a burnished gold letter and key. Now that’s glitz.
Not long after we met Marcus he introduced his little sister Jada.
However, Jada was very shy so she didn’t stay around long but she recently made a reappearance.
As you see, Jada is wearing her mane differently in soft waves as is the fashion for her age. We’ll see if she sticks with it.
How fun to have them all around again. See you again soon.
PS Hey Jeremy and Marie. Our email to you bounced. The hex code for the kale green of Hattingdon’s beret is #5A7247 sourced here. The hex code for Marcus’ gorgeous deep blue ballcap is Photoshop swatch #002157. Hugs, Hattingdon.
We have been receiving emails asking why we left the Aspen design off the top ten Christmas list.
Aspen has been a long-time favorite and one of our earliest designs.
Aspen hasn’t fallen out of favor. Far from it. There’s just so much more competition because of the amount of designs we have in the marketplace. But Aspen is still a featured design and a long way from being retired.
One of the products that Zazzle have that I love are the flat card greeting cards. They are created using the invitation template. I have made one up for Aspen fan Jessica from Lake George, Colorado.
It is darling. Customize it to your taste. Personalize the greeting on the back.