She grew up on a farm in Bewcastle in Cumbria and spent many a long hour admiring her granny Aurea’s hat collection.
Aurea Telford wore a hat nearly every day of her life and sparked a passion in Marie which took her down the path to becoming a milliner.
Marie trained in Birmingham and established her business in Lockerbie in south west Scotland in 2004, creating elegant, bespoke hats for all occasions.
She loves nothing better than sitting down with clients and discussing and designing the perfect hat, headpiece or fascinator. For brides, Marie can design a stunning headpiece to complement the dress.
Someone who doesn’t think they suit hats or is nervous about wearing one is the perfect customer for Marie! She prides herself on being able to judge what design of hat will suit a client, almost as soon as she meets them.
Clients normally have four consultations with Marie, from deciding on colours, fabrics and design, to fittings and dressing the piece.
Marie designs new collections every year and is much in demand for her eye-catching creations, which can also be dyed to suit any outfit.
Alongside making hats, Marie runs clothing and accessories boutique, Anne Marie’s, in Lockerbie with her mum Anne Bell. She lives in the mid-Annandale town with her husband and four children.