New shipment in from Italian jewelry line IOSSELIANI! The talented duo behind this line have designed some seriously fun and dramatic pieces, but many are still very easy to integrate into your wardrobe. The perfect pieces to dress up jeans and a tee shirt – take a look:
I am completely enamored with this collar necklace below. I don’t think I have ever seen any jewelry piece in a store that is this fabulous. It is spectacular!
IOSSELIANI’s main line and Puro IOSSELIANI both feature vintage silhouettes in exciting and daring ways. Jewelry should be engaging and interesting!
We are back from NYC (barely) and gearing up for Valentine’s Day! Spring merchandise keeps rolling in. Today Dustin put out Michael Spirito and Pamela Love is being unpacked. Posts on those lines to come!
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!
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.
Seventy Eight Percent Frida case, Hitchcock Madrona large druzy ring
Harriet in her new MOSCOT frames! So cute!
Harriet in the late eighties/early nineties on a photo shoot, and her now (blurred in the background).
Dustin checking out a more current portrait.
Harriet has traveled the world (her father was a diplomat) and has a passion for anything ground-breaking, alive, turned-on-it’s-head, raw, woven, textured, African, and vintage (to name just a few). She has lived in Chicago, Santa Fe, Paris and now Seattle. She has a B.S. in Design (with a photo journalism minor) from University of Iowa. She went back to university in the late eighties and achieved a B.F.A in Metal Design from the University of Washington. Harriet has been working on her two passions: photography and metal design/jewelry/art for 30 years and 25 years, respectively. She is responsible for the beautiful sunset that we have blown up and mounted on the back wall of the store at the moment. She is such a creative inspiration to both Dustin and myself. As far as her jewelry line, Surplus, she specializes in steel that has been found, altered and tumbled (for up to two years on some pieces) from her favorite Seattle forge. She is also the master at incorporating found objects, usually exotic and from far flung locales, into her work.
We asked the fabulous Harriet McNamara to answer some questions for us about her jewelry and what inspires her amazing and eclectic line. We so appreciate her jewelry here at Hitchcock Madrona, and are grateful for how honest and open she was about her design process when responding to our questionnaire. Thank you so much Harriet!
How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?
I love references to history, imperfection, which is the mark of the human hand. (The less manufactured, the better.) Somewhat edgy/ethnic. If it doesn’t make a statement, I don’t bother. An overused icon is forgettable. And, it MUST be sophisticated.
When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?
I design for all the women I’ve loved in past and present. Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss, Veruschka, Julie Christie, Isak Dinesen. These women have/had not only beauty, but [also] class. Now, class is something you can’t buy. But, if you have it, you can wear anything! (And that includes our own Erica Nelson-Sheehan!)
I’m soooo sophisticated!
What is your favorite way to style your pieces?
I love to work with shapes that are similar. They can be of any material but if the shapes fight, I know I won’t win the battle in trying get a stunning result. I try not limit myself, re: size. Anything too slick relegates the piece to Louis Vuitton. And, it would be so fun to wear a bit of glitz with a t-shirt—can’t do that with “slick.” In fact, I quite dislike “slick” in general. In shoes, in clothing, in everything. [I] have a similar dislike for safe and “matchy-matchy”. What I like is surprise, humor, wit, and mystery. If a woman has those qualities we love her. The way she characterizes herself tells a lot about who she is. I never wear fleece or puffy coats!
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
All around me. Especially in my studio, glancing around at all my random stock from all over the world. I was lucky as a young person to travel. I hardly know where my mind will take me. What will remind me of the time I had an eight course French meal?!! What the women were wearing at that time was amazing. I remember, I was a post-teen and it was the mid ‘70’s. Someone sitting near me told me that to preserve “scent” you must put it on your jewels!! I’ll never forget her scent or her jewels. My best friend from college always wore a piece of jewelry with her clothing. She was near six feet tall, with chopped blonde hair. Nobody looked like her. She was absolutely unforgettable and still is. The shop girls in Paris with white t-shirts and amazing faux jewels were the trendsetters. Karl Lagerfeld gets his best ideas from them (rumor has it).
A collage of Harriet throughout her life.
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
I was never much interested in working with the one dimensionality of painting. I enjoy taking something like a flat piece of metal and making it a three-dimensional item. And it doesn’t have to be as exact or have an intellectual aspect, like architecture.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
One fabulous, huge ring (not your engagement ring). A simple but intriguingly shaped necklace (I like my tic-tac-toe necklace) that can be worn with anything. A lot of fascinating bracelets that can all be worn together.
Statement ring by Surplus.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Deciding if the piece that I love will be loved by anyone except a runway model. I get pretty far out there with my ideas. Taking things apart has to be [a] part of my process. I hate it. I am currently working on a piece that looks like part of a robot. I adore it, but have already started taking parts off it. Tres tragic.
What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?
I love all the unnamed jewelry designers who are street vendors in NYC. I love the flea markets in Paris and London. If I can still find Schiaparelli, Chanel or Adele Simpson in any of the vintage places, that’s my favorite! I have an old Christian Lacroix piece that I keep at my workbench. FABULOUS! Ethiopian jewelry is the best! Comme des Garcons’ designer Rei Kawakubo made imperfection into an art form. She IS the 21st century. But, she is old now. Very far ahead of her time. There was and never will be another like her. I think Rick Owens is the best for VERY modern. I admire his work. It is so clean, yet terribly sophisticated. Hard to achieve.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?
When I finally say, “this will work!” So much goes into being inventive without being offensive or too “over the top.” I was told to send my “over the tops” to Paris. I could, but I really want to challenge the June Cleavers of the world to just get out there and BE!! Take that apron off and have some fun.
As you can imagine, we LOVE Harriet! If you own a piece of Surplus jewelry consider yourself ahead of the curve. Every item that leaves Harriet’s studio is full of HER. Her energy, spirit, creativity and wisdom. She is truly an original and we are so lucky to work with her.
Erica & Dustin
A company steeped in a rich history, Barbour was founded over one hundred years ago. In 1894, John Barbour opened his store “J. Barbour and Sons Ltd.” and since its beginnings the brand has very much been a family enterprise. Maintaining a distinctively British feel, Barbour has expanded its line to include coats, sweaters, tees, jeans, and other items for men, women, and children. However, despite its expansion, Barbour remains true to its origins and to the line’s staples that have established it as a favorite brand amongst the fashion-conscious the world over.
One of Barbour’s most iconic pieces is its version of the motorcycle jacket. Barbour has designed motorcycle jackets since 1934. This began as something of a personal endeavor, as Duncan Barbour was an avid motorcyclist. From 1936 to 1977, almost every British International team of racers sported these coats. The Barbour International coat, perhaps the company’s most famous manifestation of the motorcycle jacket, has been donned by competitive racers from the 1950’s onwards. It was the actor and motorcycle rider Steve McQueen who made the Barbour International famous; he wore it in 1964 when competing as a part of Team U.S.A. in the International Six Day Trial. He continued to wear it and by doing so cemented its status as an iconic and timeless wardrobe staple.
The Barbour International jacket continues to remain relevant today, and has been reinvented for women. This line, carried at Hitchcock Madrona, stays true to the feel of the original Barbour International, but has been tailored to better fit a woman’s shape. We have these gorgeous jackets in an array of colors, and they are an ideal blend of masculine-feminine. A perfect gift for the holidays!
We received our second shipment of Barbour coats! If you missed out on your size come visit. We have deeper stock and new styles!
This is a new style for us – the “Outlaw” Jacket.
Winter is approaching! I have the double (faux) fur going on today.
Our best seller, the Rainbow International Jacket is waterproof and washable. How very Seattle!?
Do you like my DIY jeans? I was feeling very punk (as “punk” as a 34 year old mother can be!) and painted these last night.
New for fall are Lisa Battaglia hats! Based in Brooklyn, New York, Battaglia’s many and varied creations are all handmade in the U.S.! Her designs celebrate and incorporate elements of the past while remaining fashion forward. They all have a distinctive vintage/retro feel that merges seamlessly with modern elements, making them feel timeless and cutting-edge simultaneously. Her hats are of the highest quality and almost function as art works, as many are very sculptural. They have been featured in publications such as Marie Claire, W Jewelry, and Vogue. At Hitchcock, we’ve received several styles in gorgeous shades of grey and brown. These are fabulous accessories that dress-up any outfit and are amazingly versatile.
“Indiana” fedora in camel with brown leather detail.
The necklace that I am wearing is a sneak peak at our fall/holiday collection from Shannon Koszyk. I visited Shannon’s studio on Monday and picked up lots of her amazing pieces that will make their debut at our Fall Launch Party next Thursday, November 15th.
Floppy hat in light grey with silver braided leather detail.
The most dramatic of the bunch – wide brimmed fedora in black with black leather detail.
Look at this ring – I love it! Harriet, designer of Surplus, made these tic-tac-toe rings especially for Hitchcock Madrona. We are so lucky! They are playful, industrial, wearable (I know, you wouldn’t think!) and so conceptual.
I thought my Margiela booties echoed the brims of Lisa’s hats perfectly – this was a total accident; I didn’t plan on posting about the hats today. Love it when things work out!
We only have four of Lisa’s hats in store right now so come in and try them on. If you are thinking about investing in a hat these are original and made with love. I have worn my cheap hats too long! I think it is time to invest. But, which one??
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!
Day three in New York City was all about MOSCOT Eyewear for team Hitchcock Madrona. We sat down with Alexandra Scherk (a Moscot on her mother’s side) and Harvey Moscot, a fourth generation MOSCOT owner. During our meeting we all realized that MOSCOT and Hitchcock Madrona, as companies, have a few integral philosophies in common. Both brands highly value family and are both truly family run. Theirs is a company that has been passed down five generations and Dustin and I are, as you know, cousins. We also bonded over our shared passion for consistent and definitive branding. MOSCOT has maintained it’s brand integrity for over 100 years. If that isn’t inspiring for beginners (we felt like beginners compared to their rich history!) I don’t know what is! Harvey also respected the quirk and whimsy of our interiors concepts and window displays. They do a similar presentation in the windows at the original MOSCOT store on Orchard & Delancey.
We are approaching MOSCOT headquarters.
MOSCOT was started in 1915 by Eastern European immigrant, Hyman Moscot. Hyman sold eye glasses from a push cart until his son Sol joined the business in 1925 (at 15!) and helped run the first retail store located at 94 Rivington Street. MOSCOT moved to their home and current location in 1936 at Orchard & Delancey. The headquarters that we visited was opened by the fourth generation owners in the early nineties.
Ali helping us decide on the perfect frames.
Dustin and I in our new frames. Thank you!
We are strictly carrying the MOSCOT Originals line. Here is a description of the line (from moscot.com): “The MOSCOT Originals Collection, based on styles from the MOSCOT archives from 1930-1970, celebrates the classic good looks and timeless design born in decades past. The eyewear retains the authenticity of the original frame styles including real glass lenses in the sunglasses, traditional hardware, and lens colors that precisely duplicate the true old school colors first fabricated by the Company in the 1940s. The faithfully reproduced Collection is available as ophthalmic eyewear or sunglasses, with or without a prescription, in a variety of frame and lens color combinations and sizes.”
Dustin in the MOSCOT headquarters retail store.
About the brand (from moscot.com): “MOSCOT infuses its unmistakably refined, downtown aesthetic with nearly 100 years of eyewear expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship to create its timeless eyewear. While now recognized as a global fashion brand beloved by fans worldwide, MOSCOT remains, at heart, a neighborhood optical shop.”
Admiring my new specs!
Thank you so much Ali and Harvey! The lenses for our order are being cut this week and all 48 pair will ship out next week. I can’t wait to announce their arrival! MOSCOT has agreed to do custom “plano” lenses for our frames (Japan and Hitchcock Madrona only – whoo hoo!) so that you can wear them for fashion. You can still, of course, take them to your optometrist and fill them with your prescription. We will also be getting the MOSCOT Originals line in sunglasses. I WILL be buying another pair of frames when they arrive – I need brown/tortoise too!