Hats Off


Few years ago whilst attending a birthday summer barbecue bash and enjoying the atmosphere and chatting to familiar people (or just chatting to not so familiar people or to myself as talking is my most favourite of hobbies:), some late comers had arrived. A girl with dark long hair and brown eyes and bold eyebrows and benevolent smile was one of them, her strong features carrying a very strong presence. In no matter of time we found ourselves talking (Of Course:). Over the years I have been following this lady on Facebook and from time to time attending some of the events she has been inviting me to. Learning along the way her strong passion for fashion especially for discovering new talents and becoming friends with them. Not a long time afterwards Coffee_Me project was born, my companion here had created her own brand of exquisite handmade hats which she creates using her own imagination and documents the progress most wonderfully on her Instagram page which I have been following as soon as it was created.


Since her early years of life Maria has had a strong need for accomplishment. Growing up among very diverse professions of family members (doctors, economists, poets) Maria loved to study. During summer holidays in the countryside residence she had always staged plays, created outfits and invitations for people to come a see her performance at the end of the summer season.

Her enthusiasm for learning resulted in finishing school early, to be precise at the age of sixteen she already had a place at Oxford University to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Whilst studying in her 2nd year, she got an internship at Goldman Sachs and upon finishing the studies a position was already awaiting for her at the prestigious bank. And the world of finance had stolen our girl here, traveling and working but her strong sense of style stayed strong in her spirit.

Hats had always been her passion since they suit her bold features perfectly. Maria admires the accessory for the many qualities it carries: an element of instant mood changer, strong femininity, the mood and the character of the person could be perceived differently all thanks to different types of hats they wear. Mystery and elegancy and something very old fashioned but carried through to the present. As part of the family extravaganza, all family members have always worn hats, an idea of putting her passion and dream into reality had struck our girl here. Maria has a strong belief that asking people for help and reaching out and not being afraid is the best way of connecting and finding your right path for the targeted destination. Through friends she met a British hat designer Zoe Sherwood which resulted in a collaboration and commissioning of a hat Boater for Ascot. Next she enrols onto two different courses at the London School of Fashion. It’s a learning curve which Maria patiently works through, finding her inspirations along the way and reflecting her vision and things that inspire her in her hat creations, reaching out to well-known hat designers and spending a day or two in their studios to learn and observe.

I personally love her designs, wearing one makes me look as if I had just came down from the mountains and tried to sophisticate myself, don’t take me the wrong way, I’m sophisticated (in my own way) but sometimes we just don’t have that face type.  Nevertheless I tried all of them and I admire the art and the visualisation of one’s idea. So if you, my readers, are heading off to Ascot and looking for some special designs for yourself or your partners do get in touch with this lady, after all, summer is coming and we need to hide our faces from all the sun that shines upon us on this island or to express our uniqueness.

Instagram: @HATS_BYMARIA

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