We would like to introduce you to an exciting and enriching new brand of clothing at L&B, Hatley!
Hatley is a Montreal-based brand founded in 1987 by John and Alice Oldland as a cottage business in the small town of North Hatley, Canada in 1986. Alice, inspired by the countryside around her, had just finished a series of paintings depicting farmyard animals. Needing a venue to show her work, Alice opened a gallery above her gift shop The Little Blue House. John watched the paintings sell and thought he could create a line of aprons based on Alice’s artwork. John was right, the aprons sold and kept on selling. They quickly turned this cottage business into the company Hatley, supplying retailers with the best cow and pig aprons the world had ever seen. Cows and pigs gave birth to moose and bears & more graphic designs, aprons led to gifts and entire clothing lines. Hatley thrived, but it was all so much work and John and Alice were looking to expand.
When retirement beckoned in 1999, John and Alice handed the reins to their three sons, Chris, Nick and Jeremy. Entrepreneurial like their father, the three boys moved the company from North Hatley to Montreal and quickly transformed and expanded their product range. Hatley designs are now sold around the world, and the three boys continue to ensure that Hatley stands for the same principles on which it started: family, good design, quality and of course, loads of laughs.
When Hatley designs a product they ensure it’s made from natural fibers, in an environmentally sensitive way and at a facility that shares our values. The Hatley team makes it a priority to understand the manufacturing processes; getting to know the owners and develop meaningful relationships based on trust.
North Hatley, (Hatley’s namesake), lies on Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The lake, local tourism and residents have suffered tremendously from the discovery of cyanobacteria in the water. Hatley donates a percentage of its profits and resources each year to the Lake Massawippi Water Protection Association, a lobby group that exists in an endeavor to preserve the quality of the lake and its watershed for future generations.
Much of Hatley’s clothing production takes place in Tirupur, India, a city in the south of India with a booming textile industry but much poverty as well. In 2012, Hatley began supporting an orphanage in Erode called Open Door Mercy Home Trust. It houses 22 boys and girls of all ages, the teacher and owner was an orphan himself, and he and his wife have 2 helpers – the four of them take care of all 22 kids. They are all truly inspiring.
The children in the Open Door Mercy Home orphanage do not have much, but they are a very happy family. Hatley helps to provide funding for food, clothing, computers, school supplies, and even a new roof. They have also took them on field trips to surrounding areas the children have never been to. It’s a wonderful place to support.
We are proud to support such a fantastic brand, and look forward to sharing more Hatley styles soon!