Hatey is a Canadian apparel and gift business started by Alice and John Oldland who moved from Toronto, Canada, to the lakeside village of North Hatley, Quebec, where they opened a gift shop called the Little Blue House (la Petite maison bleue). Alice, a painter, was inspired by the surrounding countryside and designed a series of aprons featuring her whimsical farm animals. The aprons sold like hot cakes and it wasn't long before other stores wanted to sell them too. Alice and John quickly grew their cottage business supplying stores with the best cow and pig aprons the world had EVER seen! Soon after, cows and pigs gave birth to moose and bears; aprons led to apparel and many other gift items.
When John and Alice were ready to retire, they handed the reins to their three sons, Chris, Nick and Jeremy. Deciding to focus even more on themes found in the wilds of Canada, the brothers introduced comfy sleepwear for women and continued to grow the gift line further still. Soon after, the siblings embraced fatherhood for the first time. This new chapter in their lives inspired the launch of a children's premium fashion line that you know today as the Hatley brand. Spurred on by a growing library of original illustrations, the company developed a collection of colourfully printed apparel, sleepwear and trendsetting rainwear also under the Hatley brand. Always looking for a new challenge, Hatley designed its first full women's apparel collection in 2010.
Hatley stands for the same principles on which it was first founded: family, thoughtful designs, made-to-last quality and, of course, a sense of humour.