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. In 2015 took a class with Melbourne milliner Louise Macdonald. She has worked with Canadian television series Frankie Drake Mysteries creating hats for the era of the 1920’s. Today, Maria focuses her attention on custom creations, from everyday wear to hats for any occasion. Her creative talents ensure that each design is unique and memorable.