Meet The Designer

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Meet Maria Curcic, the designer behind the label. Designing hats and headpieces around 1985

Paris born, with a strong European appreciation for fashion and style, Maria began creating hats for high end boutiques in Canada and the U.S. in the early 1990’s. The popularity of her designs led to the opening of her own store, Le Chapeau Rouge, in Calgary in 1994. She shifted her attention to wholesale in the late 1990’s, providing hats to over 15 stores across Canada and the U.S. Maria is a graduate of Interior Design from Mount Royal University as well as a graduate of The Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied with Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald.

2024 marks 30 years since Maria opened her shop

Some of her hats can be seen on CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries.

Today, Maria focuses her attention on custom creations, from everyday wear to hats for any occasion. Her creative talents (She is also a recognized artist www.curcicfineart.com and a Dj at www.radioradio.ca  ensure that each design is unique and memorable.

All prices in the shop are in US Dollars. Custom is available on some items in the store.

Everything else is ONE OF A  KIND and made only by the designer. 

Please note: Some items are made to order and can take up to 2 weeks.

                  Please be advised that ALL custom orders are final sales. 

—————— STOCKISTS——————

CANADA:

Heart and Sole shoes in Victoria BC 

  Antiquaire in Inglewood, Calgary AB ( Store is closed- online only)

Durand bridal boutique , Calgary AB

Beau Chapeau Hat shop – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

USA: 

Puttin on the Glitz, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Sasha Tanoushka
Sasha Tanoushka
2023-10-23
Maria is an absolute gem; her commitment to her craft is outstanding and you can feel her love as you wear her art creations! Maria is engaging and intuitive utilizing her experience and savvy as she guides someone in the selection of their headpiece of expression. Every design curates an opening story for the hat-wearer to tell. Thank you Maria!
corinne lowrey
corinne lowrey
2023-07-24
I have bought several hats and all of them are gorgeous. The attention to detail and the quality of the hats is exceptional. I am always pleased with the outgoing nature of Maria in ensuring that you have the perfect hat for you.
Darlene Chambers
Darlene Chambers
2023-04-10
I collect hats and these are my favorite hats of all time. They are so beautiful and they fit me so well. Maria is so easy to work with I can’t wait to buy another creation of art!
Jo-Anne Fan
Jo-Anne Fan
2023-01-29
I have many of Maria's hats and as a regular person, yes you can find many opportunities to wear these works of art. Are you ready to stand out and get tons of compliments? I've worn my hats to a wedding, an engagement reception and a gala. Absolutely affordable given the details and creativity. She also makes them for children.
Kimberly Grant
Kimberly Grant
2023-01-27
Maria's design sense and style is fabulous, her hats are true works of art. I absolutely LOVE the hat she designed for me and get constant compliments. Thank you!
BigCityLights101
BigCityLights101
2022-05-21
Good hats, not cheaply made like those Chinese garbage. Original and worth every penny
R N
R N
2022-05-20
Maria was super professional and accommodating. Her creative vision matched what I couldn't articulate. Can't say enough good things about her!
Alison Law
Alison Law
2022-05-20
Maria is extremely creative and always respects traditional vintage details, while also creating modern and fresh looks. I am excited to see what she has in store for us for this summer season.
Dionne Averill
Dionne Averill
2021-05-13
Amazing artisan hat maker! You have to check out her studio, beautiful pieces ♡ Thank you for the stretch adjustment on my favorite hat! Quick and quality craftsmanship!
Aldona B
Aldona B
2021-03-19
Maria designed the loveliest hat for me - it's bright red and speaks beautifully to my personal style. She's so much fun to collaborate with and such a talented designer! xo AldonaB