So excited to blog about this jacket! My good friend Summer is an expert seamstress. I recently asked her to recreate the Comme Des Garcons blanket coat from Fall 2009. I have been obsessed with the blanket coat for many years and have never seen one in real life. They sold out immediately and frankly, were out of my price range even at a discount on ebay. When I met Summer I knew that was the first thing I wanted. I used an old (about 5 years old) Banana Republic utility coat and a wool blanket from the Tibetan market in India. I know that this was a challenging project but Summer executed it perfectly. I love love love it!
Here is the Comme version on the runway –
AND mine –
I am also wearing my Hitchcock Madrona sterling and brown leather cuff. This is an original design that everyone must own! We are working on a post all about this classic piece and how we developed it (it wasn’t easy!). I layered my 18k gold skulls and cross bones necklace (he has diamond eyes!) with my lapis, bronze and sterling spike necklace by Pamela Love. As you can see, I am trying to grow my hair out – not cute!
The Toyota Tacoma behind me is the official Hitchcock Madrona-mobile. So glamorous. It is amazing that a jewelry store needs a pick up truck but, we do!
I am getting very excited for the Surplus trunk show on Thursday evening. Come toast one of our favorite artists!
Black Onyx, Green Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Crystal Quartz
Black Onyx and Ruby Cocktail Ring by Hitchcock Madrona
I was wearing mine in New York City this week. The beautiful sales associate at Cartier (we just wanted some inspiration!) fell in love. What a compliment! She gave me her card and asked when and if she could purchase one. Of course, I can oblige.
These cocktail rings are based on a 1920’s design that we found in a vintage store about 5 years ago. I think they are so interesting/sinister/estate/complex/beautiful. Who could ask for more?! Treat yourself for your birthday (one is always coming, right?) and add this baby to your collection. It is a timeless piece that we are very proud to feature.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! One of our favorite holidays around here – women send me your men!
Pink, black, red and gold. Love this combo! I need to work it in an outfit – I love a fashion challenge!
To combat Seattle’s freezing cold weather we’re turning to Barbour’s National Trials Jacket and our very own line of 100% cashmere wraps. Stay fashionable and warm with this stunning (and practical) combo! Hitchcock Madrona cashmere wraps are super soft. They come in a variety of colors and prints.
Complete your stylish ensemble with a pair of Pantherella cashmere socks. Luxury never felt so cozy.
Wearing fine jewelry and fashion jewelry at the same time can be a challenge. You want to make a statement but not be too over-the-top (no one wants to look like a fashion victim), you want each piece to stand out and above all, you want to convey your personal style. Mixing and matching fine and fashion jewelry is a fun and youthful approach to accessorizing. But how do you make sure your beautiful, subtle heirloom diamond pendant that you wear all the time is not completely overshadowed by the fabulous and dramatic necklace you’re dying to show off? Hitchcock Madrona shows you how.
Step 1: Start out with the smaller, more delicate pieces. These pieces may include the jewelry that you sleep in, shower in, and keep on for months at a time. They will act as your base layer and most fine jewelry is of this variety. We took a photo of some of our favorite Loren Stewart rings that can serve as examples.
Step 2: Incorporate something special. Adding an heirloom necklace that has been passed down for generations in your family or that amazing bracelet you got on your travels lends a special element to your look that can’t be bought.
Step 3: Add fashion pieces slowly. Pause and really think about the effect that each piece of jewelry has on your overall look. Does it enhance and show off the more delicate pieces? The goal when mixing these two jewelry genres is that they build off of each other. Typically, you want to have on more fine jewelry than fashion jewelry.
Step 4: Think in terms of odd numbers when layering. Wearing two delicate necklaces and one larger dramatic necklace is a nice option. With rings, consider wearing one larger ring (may we suggest the Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring?!) and pairing it with two that are small and skinny.
Step 5: Mix metals and materials. You want the pieces you choose to be different and distinct from one another so that they don’t blend together. Wearing and mixing different colors, stones and metals together will help you achieve this effect.
We think these guidelines work well but none of the steps outlined above are hard-and-fast rules. Even though layering jewelry can be a little daunting it should always be fun first and foremost.
We’re leaving for our annual buying trip to India! Dustin and I take off Wednesday, January 9th and will return Thursday, January 24th.
We are so excited to discover a ton of amazing new things for the store (just in time for Valentine’s Day!). We will do our best to capture our adventures for the blog. I have dedicated about a quarter of my tiny suitcase to camera, cords and computer. That is precious space!
When we return (and get over the wicked jet lag) the blog will feature our finds throughout the spring season.
While we are gone Hitchcock Madrona will be open regular hours during the two weeks that Dustin and I are out of town. Our wonderful team will be here to hold down the fort and do some blogging of their own.
I am trying to inspire the sunshine with my clothing choices. But, it is still pretty gloomy (but, yeah, no snow!) in Seattle. Maybe that is why I look like I am angry in this photo?
Faceted onyx and gold plated sterling drop earrings by Hitchcock Madrona.
Two medallion necklaces by Shannon Koszyk (shortest and longest). Pyrite and labradorite layering necklaces by Hitchcock Madrona. Onyx and sterling silver ring by Crystal Hartman.
Sterling silver cuff by Crystal Hartman. Gold plated sterling “oyster” ring by Eric Saeter.