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. And thus, was born the Little Blue house gift line.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. 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. 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. 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.