Ana Maria Ortega left her native Mexico to live and work in the UK in 1995. Having gained degrees in Interior and Industrial Design and a vast work experience in major firms such as Frito Lay Inc, she settled here and made her home in Scotland. A restless thirst for learning further skills prompted her to study Fashion Design and Millinery i.e. hat and head dress making. In this field she found her passion which has led to her successful career as one of the premier names in Millinery Couture within the UK market.
Having received awards such as Winner of the Trades House Designer 2001, Merit in 2002 and a Best New Designer of the Year she was selected to fashion the hat for Lady Provost Liz Cameron to wear on her first procession as provost of Glasgow. A great supporter of Ana Maria’s work in Glasgow, Lady Provost Cameron officially opened her hat shop when she first started in business back in 2003.
Since the founding of the hat shop Ana Maria has gone from strength to strength driven by her immense passion for head dress design and has now gained great admiration and respect in the millinery business field for her unique design talents and quality customer service. Indeed the company has just received a special award of a Coat of Arms from The Guild of Master Craftsmen in October for quality of her products and customer service.
Working predominately in the Wedding Industry Ana Maria has designed hats for several fashion houses such as By Storm but it is her bespoke designs for her private clientele she is most proud of. She has concentrated all her efforts in making sure that all of her customers will receive a personal and unique service.
Her hat designs have now been worn by high profile customers abroad and also by attendees at the recent William and Kate Royal Wedding, Royal Ascot, Royal Garden Parties and many, many weddings and functions throughout the UK and Ireland. She remarks- “The most important thing is to understand what the customer’s requirements are, find the right design for them and their personality and make something unique, to be truly admired, or have the WOW factor if that is what they are looking for”.
Having worked for many years in design and the Wedding Industry has given Ana Maria a selective eye for colour and balance when it comes to jewellery, shoes, etc. and the overall look but also has made her understand the importance of every decision that is taken when it comes to perfecting the outfit.
Ana Maria Ortega – Millinery Couturier – ‘When only perfection is acceptable’