Obsession: Seventy Eight Percent

We are loving Seventy Eight Percent’s bags!

Everything by Seventy Eight Percent is handmade by craftsmen and women committed to producing products of the highest quality using the best materials. The leather comes from a renowned tannery in Tuscany, the canvas is Egyptian cotton made in Japan. It can take up to fifty hours to complete a single Seventy Eight Percent bag.

Seventy Eight Percent + Barbour + Moscot = Perfection!

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Seventy Eight Percent Schults briefcase, Barbour Heritage International jacket in olive, Moscot Originals glasses

The name “Seventy Eight Percent” was taken from a design manifesto written by the multi-talented Elad Klein, an Israeli designer, artist and musician. He believed that an item should be seventy eight percent perfect, which he determined was the ideal amount of perfection to ensure an object’s quality but that allows the product to still be unique, something that its owner can embrace. Seventy Eight Percent is a company passionate about making bags that are beautiful but also strong, and that regular use will only make better.

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Seventy Eight Percent Frida case, Hitchcock Madrona large druzy ring


Obsession: School Boy Blazers

Every woman should own a blazer. A blazer is the ideal piece of clothing to throw on in the morning to instantly pull together an outfit. One of the most easily wearable “menswear” items for women, blazers (along with sports coats) were initially reserved for sportsmen and were especially popular in Britain. During the 1920s, many men were searching for clothing that was versatile and could be dressed up or down (and that was also significantly less formal than a suit), and so they adopted the blazer and revolutionized its look. The blazer took a little longer to catch on with women; Coco Chanel designed a version in the 1920s but it wasn’t until the 1930s that blazers became staples in women’s wardrobes.

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Regular readers of the Hitchcock Madrona Blog probably know that we love menswear. Fittingly, we’ve created our own version of this iconic coat. Hitchcock Madrona blazers are entirely made of wool and they all feature Italian buttons and vintage fabric for the trim. Ours is a little bit longer than the traditional blazer and is perhaps a little closer in feel to a sports coat. This practical, warm and stylish coat comes in an array of colors and is sure to be a favorite of yours for years to come.

IMG_3023Our school boy blazer is available in red, pea green, navy, maroon, and forest green. Above they are paired with our cashmere scarves – perfect combo!

IMG_3047Some of our blazers have natural horn toggles (shown above); others have more traditional horn buttons with metal crests.

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We are open today, December 28th!

XOXO

Erica


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


Obsession: Monogram Jewelry

I am having a “monogram moment” right now.  It must be my inner prep.  There is something so distinguished and old school about owing a classic design with your monogram.  I absolutely love our new monogrammed items.  Of course, I had to engrave MY monogram so that clients could see it.  Score!  Dustin and I designed these together because we share a life-long love for the signet ring.  The signet ring is a jewelry wardrobe essential.  I believe it is something to passed down to future generations.  It will never go out of style.  We put a twist on the classic sign design with an oxidized frame and gave it a more substantial weight.  After the ring is engraved we slightly oxidize the monogram which pops on the shiny silver face.  The darker letters also coordinate with the black frame.  This is a small touch that makes a big design impact.  The hitchcock Madrona signet ring is available in sizes 6 through 11 to accommodate men and women.

Our sterling silver shield necklace is inspired by a medal that I bought in India from 1910.  It is an old military medal from the Indian Army.  I have worn it on a silver chain for about three years and people are constantly trying to buy it off my neck.  We decided to create this necklace to be personalized – therefore it looks military but also heirloom.  I love the weight of the pendant and chain (our signature hitchcock Madrona silver chain).

 

My signet ring is engraved with my monogram (not initials) ESK.  I chose a feminine, Victorian-looking script to balance the weight and masculinity of the ring and shield.  My monogram choice is interlocking, which means all of the letters overlap or interlock in someway.  I love monograms that are almost illegible.

In contrast to mine, Dustin chose to use his initials DTN in a more masculine font.

We have stock of our blank signet rings and shield necklaces ready for your personal touch.  We are happy to offer complimentary engraving.  This would be such an amazing gift!

XOXO

Erica


Obsession: Pastels and Metallics

One of my favorite color combinations at the moment – lavender and gold.  I am so into pastels this spring/summer – they look amazing on nails, as pants and even in jewelry!  Of course, the natural pairings with these pinky/lavender/minty tones is gold and/or brass metallic.  I think it possesses that hard/soft combination that I love so much.  Pastels also look amazing with black, a color combo that I am dying to experiment with this summer.  I will report back!

My first combo:

Earrings: Aqua Aura Crystal Earrings, Regina Chang

Necklaces: Pink Amythyst Bullet Necklace, Unearthen, Pink Tourmaline “Twinkler” Strand, hitchock Madrona (worn doubled)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t NOT wear this necklace!  It is absolutely perfect for this silky shirt and blazer combo.  This outfit also needed some warming up, which is where the heavy dose of metallic comes in – perfection.

Earrings: Extra Long Moonstone (been loving moonstone lately) Earrings, Xenia Mara (A BRIDE NEEDS THESE, HELLO!)

Necklace: Bronze “Goddess” Layers with White Druzy Slices, Xenia Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my last combo, I went with this show-stopping Lulu Frost Bib Necklace.  The colors are so beautiful.  It has rose quartz accents with bronze leaf-like shapes and rhinestones.

Earrings: Bronze (w/ gold wash) and Rose Quartz Earrings, Lulu Frost $120

Necklace: Bronze, Rose Quartz, and Rhinestone Necklace $480

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a piece that I can see being worn with a white t-shirt as easily as a formal dress/wedding dress.  Can you imagine wearing this with tattered old jean shorts and a white t-shirt?!  Beyond cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went with the matching earrings, which is quite a controversial pick (for those people that care about these things, which is probably nobody besides me.)  BUT, I am digging the matchy-matchy thing right now.  It is weird and a phase I am sure, but I love it!

 

 

Bracelets: Cotton Rope Bracelet (prototype), Sterling Silver Large Link Bracelet hitchcock Madrona, Gold “Dots” Bracelet hitchcock Madrona

Rings: White Gold and Diamond Eternity Ring hitchcock Madrona, Sterling Silver Cross Ring Pamela Love

BTW I love the shape of this silk (or rayon!) tank top.  I am not sure if it is designed to be longer in the back or if it is because I got it a size too big.  Regardless, it is a unique cut.

XOXO

Erica