An incredible Canadian small business success story! Back in the 80s, Alice and John Oldland moved from Toronto, Canada, to the lakeside village of North Hatley, Québec, where they opened a gift shop called the Little Blue House (la Petite maison bleue).
In the late 90s 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.
And so, what started as a small gift shop in cottage country, has today become an international gift and apparel business loved the world over. Hatley and Little Blue House designs are now sold in 38 countries around the world and the brothers continue to ensure that 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.