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.

Have a fave? Let us know.

Hugs and kisses, and millinery blisses.

Hattingdon & Co.

St Patricks’s Day 2019

Céad Míle Fáilte!

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

On March 17, people all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, and the wearing of green. So are we. Look!

The Kieran St. Patrick's Day top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon® horses.
The Kieran St. Patrick’s Day top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon® horses.

The Story of Patrick

From we have the story of the Patrick who became the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Patrick was born in Scotland. When he was about fourteen years old, he was captured and brought to Ireland. As a slave, he was forced to take care of sheep. Patrick prayed often during his captivity. The people of Ireland at this time were not Christian. Patrick learned about their beliefs and practices.

When Patrick was twenty years old, he escaped from slavery and returned home. He never forgot the people of Ireland and wanted to return to teach them about Christianity. Patrick began studying for the priesthood and was eventually ordained a bishop. He was then sent by the Pope to Ireland as a missionary.

There are many legends about Saint Patrick. One such legend has it that he used a shamrock, a plant growing in Ireland, to explain the Blessed Trinity. Just as the shamrock has one stem with three parts, there are three distinct Persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because of this, the shamrock is the traditional symbol of Ireland.

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To all our Hattingdon® friends:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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National Limerick Day

Squeeeeee! It’s not too late is it to celebrate National Limerick Day? In our hemisphere it isn’t anyway, so here goes. Ha, ha….!


There once was a horse called Hattingdon.
Who loved wearing hats and having fun.
She wears them all day
To flirt and at play,
Then sleeps in them when day is done.

Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

I’m wearing my Irish inspired top hat cause the limerick is historically associated with Ireland, but . . .

Edward Lear

Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).

Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.

Here’s one of Mr. Lear’s limericks:

By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

Irish Limericks

How old are Limericks and where did Irish Limericks originate? Why are there so many Irish Limericks? What is the connection with Ireland?

The rhyme that we refer to as a limerick originated as far back as the 14th century and were extremely popular in both England and Ireland. Irish Limericks are poems and a form of poetry which rhymes. Irish Limericks are simple and short and easy for even kids and children to write or compose.


There was an old person of Bray,
Who sang through the whole of the day
To his ducks and his pigs, whom he fed upon figs,
That valuable person of Bray.

Learn more and read more Irish limericks here »

Do you have a favourite limerick? Please leave it in comments.

Be sure to use #NationalLimerickDay when posting on social media.

Love ya to Limerick and back again. Always and forever. Yours,


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Updated 8:18 pm

Plaid to see ya

Hallo there me wee bonnie laddies and lassies.  It’s National Tartan Day.

Is plaid a tartan? Is tartan ever a plaid? Well, those are burning questions, but we are not going to try to answer them here today. Take way too long.

But, what do you say to this?

Tartan did indeed originate in Ireland, and it was then introduced to the then unnamed country of Scotland by the Scots, who moved from Ireland to re-found their ancient kingdom, Dalriada. It was they who gave Scotland its name. Source.

The hat Mrs Farrell made (who is a Grant by the way) surprisingly does not use her clan’s tartan in this new design. She was in a “red” mood, so that’s what we got. Oh, and it’s a texturized (TXFX) design too.

Anyway, without further ado here’s my Blair hat.

Blair hat design. Created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.
Blair hat design. Created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon®.

Byeeeeeeeeeeeee! Luv luv luv ya’s.

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Updated 9:58 a.m. Sorry! When planes go overhead in Old Louisville it interrupts our internet a few seconds here and there every few minutes or so and it is hell. I mean hell trying to get anything done. Boo hoo!

2018 Classic Hat March — No. 17

Hey there my beloved friends. I feel good.  And you my darlings?

Wait till you see what came in at #17, this being March and all. It’s an Irish hat. They say there are no coincidences but ….!

17th Most Popular Hattingdon Classic Hat of All Time

Erin Hattingdon® hat. By ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Erin Hattingdon® hat. By ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

Sans the mane. Just cause you keep asking to see the designs as originally created (most of them anyway) without the mane. Mrs Farrell must come along here and explain herself. It won’t take long.

Pssst! She is still a bit unhappy with me for giving away all of her carrot sweet potato muffins to the staff to distract them so I could peek at the results. I know, I know, I know who won! But I aint’ telling. Mrs Farrell probably would never ever make me another hat ever.

Erin hat design sans mane. By ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Erin hat design sans mane. By ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

We are almost done with the first week of the countdown. Are you having fun? Any surprises? Got ’em in your pocket? We’ll see!

Love you bunches.


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Find out more about Hattingdon® and the origin of the Classic Hat at our Hat-Story »

Introducing “Jamie” plus top ten Irish sayings

Updated 5:20 pm EST

We are in the process of rolling out a new series of hats — top hats. We are so excited to show them to you we thought we would give you a sneak peek with the Jamie Hattingdon top hat design.

Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.
Jamie Irish inspired top hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell exclusively for Hattingdon®.

Design Detail

Jamie Hattingdon wears a green top hat inspired by the Emerald Isle.

The Jamie design features a curvaceous crown rounded at the top and has a slim slightly upturned brim. The hatband is made of a black belt buckled up in gold with a wee shamrock tucked in at the edge.

We thought you would find this fun too. Careful though!

Top Ten Irish Phrases and What They Really Mean

1. May the road rise to meet you. —
From the Gaelic “Go n-éiri an bóthar leat,” which means may success be with you.

2. Top of the morning to you. —
Hollywood invention, never used in Ireland.

And the rest of the day to yourself. —
Also Hollywood.

3. Sláinte —
Meaning good health. Sláinte is the Gaelic word for health.
(What to say when you raise your glass).

4. Slan —
Meaning farewell. Slan is the Gaelic word for safe so it means keep safe.

5. Erin go Bragh —
Erin go Bragh is the anglicized version of Éire go brách, meaning “Ireland forever” in Gaelic.

6. A hundred thousand welcomes —
From the Gaelic “Céad Mile Fáilte” which means literally that.

7. Dia is Muire Dhuit —
Meaning hello in Gaelic. The phrase literally means “God and Mary with you.”

8. Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig —
How the person responds, “God and Mary and St. Patrick with you.”

9. Cé bhfuil tú? —
How are you? in Gaelic (shortened version of Cé chaoi mar a bhfuil tú?), a common greeting.

10. Póg Mo Thóin —
Yes it means what you think it does, Gaelic for kiss my a***.

Source: Top Ten Irish Sayings see