Outfit of the Day: Faux Des Garcons

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 –

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AND mine –

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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!

XOXO

Erica


Hint, Hint, Honey….. Valentine’s Day at Hitchcock Madrona

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  One of our favorite holidays around here – women send me your men!

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Pink, black, red and gold.  Love this combo!  I need to work it in an outfit  – I love a fashion challenge!

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Obsession: Top Button & Statement Necklace

Do we all agree that the top button MUST be buttoned?  Yes, okay good.  But now, how do we wear necklaces??!  Collared shirts are always a bit tricky with necklaces – usually the necklace falls inside the collar on your skin.  If you want to button up your oxford a bigger necklace worn almost like a bow tie works well.  I thought this red tuxedo blazer and pressed shirt combo was a good palette to show how I wear a necklace with a high, buttoned up collar.

Amazing cooper “waterfall” necklace by Xenia Mara.  This piece is sooooo fabulous.  It works with literally everything (believe it or not!).  I love this necklace with just an athletic grey v-neck t-shirt, as much as with a silk cocktail dress a la Helmut Lang.  The chains reach all the way to your belly button (can I say button one more time in this post!?) and so I thought it would be cool to button (there I go again!) up the blazer too.  The necklace then disappears within the blazer.

Crocheted sterling silver and cotton thread necklace by Venessa Arizaga.  Evil doily or spider web?  Either way – yes!

I cannot stop wearing my MOSCOT frames.  They have become an essential in my fall wardrobe.

I chose the Pamela Love arrowhead necklace to show a more delicate look with a buttoned collar.  This works because the pendant has some weight.  It can’t be too delicate or the collar will be too strong.  The necklace also has to be over 18″ long.

I stuck with the arrowhead necklace to wear all day and paired it with dramatic earrings that play off the crude/organic vibe of the necklace.  These earrings are so unique!  They are made by Karazi Design, a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona.  I need to do a proper post on her work but for now check out these hand-carved antler (traditional Balinese design) earrings set in gold plated sterling silver.  Obsessed!

Sterling silver spine ring by Michael Spirito (middle finger) and sterling silver, moonstone and pink tourmaline snake ring also by Michael Spirito.

Let me see your top button and statement necklace combinations – post photos on our Facebook page!

XOXO

Erica


Inspiration: Dustin’s Road Trip

Dustin’s epic 10 day road trip is where our dreams of the boutique’s interior become reality.  Historically, our sourcing trips have directed the interior concepts heavily.  You never know what you are going to find on the road!  Dustin explored our old haunts (and some new) sourcing fixtures and furniture for our “modern midwest” interior.  He hit all the antique malls, estate sales, salvage yards, and junk shops from Seattle to Dylan, Montana to find the key pieces to anchor our concept.  The cities he sourced in: Ellensburg, WA, Yakima, WA, Pendelton, OR, Baker City, OR, Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT, Buffalo, WY, Sheridan, WY, Billings, MT, Dillon, MT then back home through Arco, ID, Boise, ID, Baker City, OR, and back to Seattle, WA.  Our road-trips have been a constant source of inspiration and so much fun over the years.  For the first five years of our business we did every road trip together but this time I had to stay home and hold down the fort.  I will never forget some of the memories we have made lurking around small towns hunting for treasures.

Dustin representing the great state of Oregon.

Baker City, OR is one of our favorite places in the country.  Our fathers grew up on a ranch in a tiny (pop 375) town called Halfway in Pine Valley Oregon about 60 miles from Baker City.  Baker was the closest “big” city to Halfway and our dads would travel there multiple times a year for products and services that could not be found in Halfway.  Conversely, Baker City is, of course, small to Dustin and I and we have had lots of fun hanging with the locals at Stockman’s, the tavern in town.

Descending into Pendetlon, Oregon home of the famous Pendelton Round-Up and Pendelton Wollen Mills.

During our initial concepting for the current interior we dreamt of some sort of treatment for the walls – maybe old barn wood or a fence??   We wanted the installation to be less thematic and more about a color pallet/texture than literal props.  We loved the idea of the colors of wheat fields and big sky country.  In true Dustin form, he found the most amazing fence (Rancher: “Why do you want my old fence?”  Dustin: “I just do.  How much?”).  I didn’t realize how beautiful a fence could be until I saw this one!  It is HUGE, over 10 feet tall and rounded (cool!).  The aged wood gives a warm, rugged, masculine and organic feeling to the space.  It was on the walls for only one day and we got offers to buy it!

Loading up the fence that lines the walls of our boutique in Baker City, OR

Dustin drove the 10 foot fence from Baker City to Seattle in the Toyota.

Welcome to UTAH!

Beautiful rag rug found in our favorite antique mall in Boise, ID.  Did I mention it fits the space perfectly?

Trucker Nelson and his haul.

The wild, wild west!  (Sheridan, WY)

Dustin logged almost exactly 3,000 miles in the Hitchcock Madrona mobile (our Toyota Tacoma) to bring a little bit of the country to the boutique.  If you haven’t seen the current installation come visit!

XOXO

Erica


hitchcock Madrona in NYC: Day 2

We were up bright and early (well, 9:00 am) on day two to visit the famous Opening Ceremony showroom.  We work with Opening Ceremony on Pamela Love Jewelry and Venessa Arizaga. The space is beautiful and overflowing with creativity.  Opening Ceremony is a showroom that loves to represent and support emerging artists and bring them national attention and distribution. Basically, they are cooler than cool.

Working with our lovely account executive Angela on a new Pamela Love collection.

Our Pamela Love picks!

Up next – Venessa Arizaga! This collection is so up my alley – pearls, black woven cotton, and chain. Yes – please!

One of my favorite pieces from Venessa Arizaga’s spring 2013 collection. We are only getting one. Who will be the lucky lady??

Proper NYC lunch (this is actually day one – I’m cheating).
Our next meeting was at Eddie Borgo – we are so excited to start carrying his jewelry line. I am sure you have seen his work in a million editorial photo shoots in several national magazines. He was nominated for the Vogue CDFA Fashion Fund Award in 2010 (he got runner up!). Then a year later he won the CDFA Swarovski Award for innovation in accessory design.  His work is edgy yet timeless, sophisticated yet whimsical.

His website describes his esthetic perfectly: “THE EDDIE BORGO COLLECTION IS A STUDY IN TRADITIONS; AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY, THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, AND THE HERITAGE OF NEW YORK CITY. EDDIE BORGO BRINGS NEW ENERGY AND A MODERN POINT OF VIEW TO THESE ESTABLISHED THEMES, FUSING HIGH END AND STREET IN EVERY PIECE HE CREATES.”

We will be carrying his spring 2013 line as well as a group of pieces from his classic collection – cone bracelet, anyone??

A shot of his spring/summer 2013 inspiration board in his studio. 1990’s Linda – does it get better than 1990’s super models?

Sanae, Dustin, and Kara at Eddie Borgo.

Then for some down time, a stop at our FAVORITE NYC spot – the Double RL store in Soho. Probably the high point of our trip was an exclusive tour of the Double RL showroom at Ralph Lauren headquarters on Madison Ave. It was so thrilling and inspirational. Thank you again to our people. We love you Merry, AC, and Andrew!

What happened inside?? We will never tell!

XOXO

Erica


Inspiration: Earth Tones and Mixed Metals

Before I left for vacation I persuaded Claire, barista at the Hi Spot Cafe, to get jeweled up and let me snap her photo. Her hair was down that day (it is normally piled on top of her head in a “Claire bun”) and she looked just like a model a la Ralph Lauren. She doesn’t have a stitch of make-up on – zero. She did have a glass of wine to loosen up before the photo shoot though. As you can see we had fun – I will make her my model again!

Cotton scarf by Hitchcock Madrona. Arrowhead ring by Pamela Love.

Gold thread and chain necklace by Venessa Arizaga.

Vintage chain and labradorite bracelet by Xenia Mara. Arrowhead ring by Pamela Love – also available in black. These rings are so hot!

Copper and leather cuff by Hitchcock Madrona (her right hand).

I am back from vacation and I have TONS of blogging material!

XOXO

Erica


Bring me your diamonds!

Hitchcock Madrona “Diamond Dot” necklace with 18 carat gold bezel and oxidized sterling silver chain.

Many of our clients have random diamonds from, say, a grandmother’s brooch or a great-grandfather’s masonic ring. Or, there are the diamonds from (let’s be honest) a previous marriage. But, what to do with this jewelry that is never going to be worn in its current state? I mean, it is a shame to let a diamond languish in a drawer! It wants a new life – it wants to be worn!!! I noticed that old jewelery was never a huge priority or something that my clients wanted to sink money into. Therefore, I wanted to come up with a design that was economical, modern, young, and above all else, wearable. Thus, the Hitchcock Madrona “Diamond Dot Necklace” was born. I am desperately trying to find a diamond for myself – I love this design! It doesn’t matter the quality of the diamond. Every necklace that we have made has looked wonderful in this simple bezel. I can do a gold chain or a sterling silver chain. I especially love the color combination of diamond, yellow gold and blackened chain. I think it is a really unconventional and edgy way to wear “fine” jewelry.


So, dig around your jewelry box and BRING ME YOUR DIAMONDS! The cost is nominal compared to other custom options and you will wear this everyday. I love it alone or even layered with fashion jewelry.
Dustin and I are getting ready for our annual spring buying trip to New York.  We leave on Sunday and will be gone until Thursday night.  Kate will be in the store to assist you.

XOXO

Erica