365 New Orleans: Maria Etkind Millinery


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Maria Etkind is a graphic designer, fine artist, and milliner. Her 15 year career in a graphic design and web design was spent living New Orleans, Louisiana. She owns a freelance graphic design studio.

In 2014 she moved from New Orleans to The Hague, Netherlands. Maria did not discover the art of millinery until moving to The Hague. She took a course in hat making and a new passion for hats was born. On Dec. 2017 she moved back to New Orleans, Louisiana to pursue millinery and graphic design.

She is also a contributing writer in the Dutch magazine Hatlines published for members by the Dutch Hat Association.

Her eye for design, color, beading and embroidery details show in her millinery work.



1. What products and services do you offer? 

I am a milliner that creates handmade 3D sculptures for your head. They are all works of art as I create the design and handmade all of them. All of my hats are bespoke with a variety of beautiful materials like felt and sinamay. I hand block everything with the vast majority of my materials coming from Europe.

I have 20 different styles with even the smallest details being hand sewn including the flowers and beading.


2. How long have you been in business? 

While I was living in Holland, I learned about hat making. In September of 2018 is when my custom work began.


3. How do people find you online? 

mariaetkindmillinery.com, Facebook, and Instagram @marieetkindmillinery


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I can bring old hats back to life. If you have a hat that you owned but it need updating, I can do that.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

I’m currently taking custom orders for Mardi Gras and the Derby. If you need specific colors, I need the lead time to make sure the appropriate materials can come on time and be able to finish your piece of art.

Bridal hats or special pieces for second lining are very popular.

You can sometimes find my pieces at Century Girl in the Lower Garden District.

Everything is one of a kind.

When you want something to go with an outfit, I want you to bring it with you to my studio. We can see what works with you and your intended look. I want people to see the process and try somethings on.


Call Maria for your custom, wearable work of art! 504-616-4322

You can contact her via email as well info@mariaetkindmillinery.com


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