Carol Kennelly wins a Hatty award

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Wow! I'm delighted to have been awarded a "Hatty Award" the only International millinery award which is awarded by Hat Life Magazine. Such an honour, thank you so much.

Each year we honor hat makers, retailers and suppliers who surpass our expectations for excellence. They are dedicated, talented and make a difference in the world at large and in the Hat Hemisphere. We applaud these people (and companies) by giving out our most coveted award – The Hatty Award.

We received so many entries from around the world; it was humbling to see how much talent is out in the fashion atmosphere. In all the years we have given out Hatty Awards we have never received so many entries and such outstanding talent. 

Because of your passion and drive for excellence it was hard to narrow down our choice of winners. And for the first time ever we added an honorable mention category to honor those of you who also deserve recognition.

This newsletter is devoted to our 2012 Hatty Award Winners. Congratulations to you all. We thank everyone who entered the contest and hope that your road to success is paved in gold. Cheers.

Since our winners are highlighted (and photographed) in the new Hat Life Book we hope you will order a copy online at or email

Carol Kennelly