Meet The Designer

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Meet Maria Curcic, the designer behind the label. Designing hats and headpieces since 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 1990. 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 recently (2015) took a class with Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald.

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 

Exclusive in Calgary, Alberta at  Antiquaire in Inglewood ( until July 2022- store is closing)

  Catching Stars art Gallery, Bowen Island – https://www.catchingstarsgallery.com

Durand bridal boutique , Calgary AB  – https://www.durandbridal.com/


USA: 

Atypic Art Gallery and Puttin on the Glitz

Shannon Anderson
Shannon Anderson
2020-07-29
Maria is a master hat maker! Her work is original, creative and fabulously rendered. She makes her hats out of the highest quality materials and puts loving details into each one. The fabrics and trims she uses are luxurious and soft to the touch. I love my hat so much! It’s easy to shape, packs up nicely and is extremely comfortable to wear. I highly recommend and vouch for the quality of her products!
Joanne L
Joanne L
2020-06-25
Maria took time to discuss colours, materials and measurements, and I really enjoyed the creative process. My hat arrived very quickly in a delightful package. It’s so well made - it feels like a luxury item! I have many hats but this hat takes it to a different level — the feel, the fit, the quality, the beauty, and the attention to detail. I can see how this could become an addiction! Also, she makes well-fitting masks — with that rare combination of excellent breathability and thickness. I ordered a second one because they are so comfortable to wear. I will wash them carefully to preserve the beautiful colours — I actually found out about Maria when I asked a stranger where she got her gorgeous mask. Thanks Maria!
Karen Aitken
Karen Aitken
2020-01-08
I absolute loved my hat. Wore it every day for nearly a month in Australia. Could squish it for flights, stuff in purse or backpack and it always looked great.
Sylvie JN
Sylvie JN
2019-12-16
Maria's bespoke hats are hand made with a wide variety of imported and local materials and accessories. There is an unlimited variety of styles available for any possible occasion or season one can imagine. Highly recommend visiting Maria's studio to see all the choices and the quality for yourself.
KM Karen
KM Karen
2019-12-03
I have been buying Maria's hats since the early 90's and each hat is made with quality and attention to detail. Her creations are far beyond a traditional hat...and I consider them art pieces. Every time I purchase a new piece, I receive tons of compliments on the style and originality. Maria is the most talented milliner I have ever come across (even in my travels to Montreal, Tokyo and Paris) I haven't found hats that are so unique with such gorgeous fabric and details. Thank you, Maria. You are truly an artist in every sense of the word. Looking forward to my new Christmas and Spring 2020 hats to add to my collection. Kareen
P&B Logan
P&B Logan
2019-11-18
LOVE my hat! One of a kind and handmade!! I’ll be getting another soon. Thank you!
valerie lindholm
valerie lindholm
2019-10-09
fantastic experience with an uber creative woman - her style inspired and I was delighted with the hat she made for me - and the vintage number I also bought made my summer !
Chandra Bjornsen
Chandra Bjornsen
2019-06-04
Maria's hats are extraordinary! Absolutely worth the cost, her craftsmanship is well and above anything you'd get from any hat store.
Melissa Shore
Melissa Shore
2019-04-04
Maria's creations are visually stunning, combining beautiful antique materials into outspoken works of art. I absolutely adore my hair fascinator, it adds the finishing touch to a little black dress or one of my fancy costumes! My red wool hat is jaw dropping gorgeous. Both pieces exquisitely hand crafted. I look forward to my next addition...
Jo-Anne Fan
Jo-Anne Fan
2019-02-16
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.