Hitchcock Madrona in NYC: Day 1

Here are some photos from our September adventures in New York. Technically we were there to look at spring/summer 2013 collections and place our orders. We did that, don’t get me wrong, but we also stopped at our favorite NYC boutiques. There is no place in the world to shop like New York. Thankfully, we only go there once or twice a year!

Dustin and a colorful wall a la NYC.

Erica lounging on the street waiting for Comme des Garcon to open. Classy!

Fabric details inside Comme des Garcons. Can I have one of each?

Our first meeting was with a new artist (to us) the expert milliner, Lisa Battagila. We are so excited to carry her hats next spring.  Watch the blog – we may be able to get a few fall/winter styles in time for holiday. She hand makes all of her hats in her Brooklyn studio. We have been looking for the perfect hat designer for some years now! Lisa’s marketing team contacted us a few months ago. We really wanted to see the line in person so we set up a meeting while we were in NYC. After seeing the quality craftsmanship and classic (with a twist) designs of her hats we felt her line is a great fit for our boutique.

Erica, Lisa, and Dustin. We are wearing Lisa’s hats, of course!

We happened upon a button/trimmings store after our meeting with Lisa. The garment district is full of these supply houses open to wholesale only. This is Dustin’s idea of heaven! Everything in the store was made in Italy (yum, yes please!). We picked up a few button styles for the cardigans and blazers we are launching this fall.

Dustin buying buttons and buttons and buttons and toggles and buttons and webbing and webbing and buttons.

Then it was off to visit our friends at Lulu Frost jewelry. Lulu Frost Jewelry = friendly people, an inspiring environment and gorgeous jewels. We have been working with them since the very beginning (remember the original Plaza Hotel numbers!?) and it is a pleasure to stop by the showroom/studio every time we are in New York.

Dustin with Lisa, owner and designer of Lulu Frost Jewelry.

Lulu Frost Showroom/Studio.

Erica wearing new spring styles from Lulu Frost in the showroom. I need this, right??

Dustin working with Sandra (she is such a doll!) on our spring/summer order.

Our last appointment on day one was at w29showroom. W29showroom represents clothing and accessory lines that are progressive and hip.  Susanne, the showroom owner, is so cool and Swedish! We bonded over our Scandinavian roots and love for fashion. I wish I got a picture of the sequin jeans she was wearing! We worked for about three hours writing orders for IOSSELLIANI, IOSSELLIANI fine jewelry (yes, that is coming!), and Michael Spirito.  Luckily, Susanne offered us amazing “Justin’s Peanut Butter Bars”, grapes, and water.

Dustin and Susanne.

Spring/Summer 2013 by Michael Spirito in w29showroom.

Dinner day 1.

Three meetings, a little Comme des Garcon, and button buying for day one in New York!

XOXO

Erica


Fashion Flashback: Daisy Buchanan

We were feeling a bit stuffy in the shop today so we ventured to the garden of our favorite wine bar, Bottlehouse.  If you have never been to Bottlehouse in Madrona you must pop by.  They have the most wonderful selection of beverages and snacks.  Baguette with honey and creme fresh butter, please!  While gracefully sipping water (I know, but I had to go back to work!) I did my best to channel the fragile yet breathlessly beautiful “Daisy Buchanan”.  Step 1. Wear a large floppy hat.  Step 2. Pile on the pearls.  Of course, my “Daisy” had to have a little edge so I combined my pre-requisite pearls with this wonderful Xenia Mara hematite coated chain waterfall necklace.

Necklaces (top to bottom): 1) Pearl strand (personal). 2) Hematite covered chain and pyrite waterfall necklace by Xenia Mara. 3) Tiny seed pearl and pave diamond bead necklace by Hitchcock Madrona. 3) Ring Necklace by IOSSELLIANI (can’t really see this one).

Rings (right hand): 1) On my middle finger, I have my simple diamond eternity band. I am really enjoying this ring beacsue I can wear it on 4 out of ten fingers.  2) On my index finger I am loving my personal sterling silver signet ring.  Both designed by Hitchcock Madrona.  *More on the new signet ring to come!

(left hand): 1) On my index finger I am wearing a vintage sterling silver, enamel, ruby, and aquamarine ring procured in Paris by Hitchcock Madrona.  This was an amazing find in Paris!  I love the color combination – black (oxidized sterling silver), white (enamel), ruby and aquamarine.  Truly one-of-a-kind.  I am so lucky to have found a few great pieces for our collection in Paris (lucky because shopping with a 2 year old in a foreign city is impossible). 2) On my ring finger I am wearing some faux gold bands from my personal collection.

XOXO

Erica


Just in: Xenia Mara Bracelets

By special request, from moi, Xenia Mara made a whole collection of bracelets just for hitchcock Madrona.  Late last week she brought by 10 one-of-a-kind vintage chain and semi-precious stone bracelets.


Come visit and add to your bracelet collection – it is the accessory of the moment!

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day: Tribal Wildnerness

I was wearing this necklace combination last Saturday in the store and everyone that walked in had a comment!  I know, I am wearing lot of jewels!  It is my job, right?  I wouldn’t recommend this for a non-blogging day.  It might be TOO MUCH!  Would you wear this bedazzled combo?

I am representing the “hi/low” trend by wearing my $6 craft fair beaded bracelet with Xenia’s pyrite layers (details below).  Summer is when I bring out the tribal elements in my wardrobe.  I believe fall is reserved for wool and sophistication.  Que the Hitchcock leading ladies!

Necklaces (top to bottom): 1) Lapis and gold fill by Maria Carter.  2) Lapis (look at that AMAZING stone!) and brass eye pins by Xenia Mara.  3) Sterling silver and brass breast plate by Pamela Love.

Twisted pyrite and vintage brass bracelet by Xenia Mara.  I can’t stop wearing this!  It is the perfect layering bracelet.

XOXO

Erica