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


What I am wearing…..IKAT!

I have loved all things ikat for a few years now.  You can see the print throughout my house (bed spread and couch throw pillows) and closet.  The colors of traditional Indian/Middle Eastern ikat are beautiful and designs otherworldly.  Ikat fabric is produced in a similar way to tied-dye fabric.  To create ikat the thread of the textile is dyed using the binding technique before it is woven into the fabric, whereas tied-dye is woven then bound and dyed.  It is amazing that intricate patterns miraculously appear after the thread is woven.  Ikat is a great way to wear a print without it being floral or plaid, which are expected.  It reads tribal and exotic which, for me, works best in the summer.  I decided to balance the pants with layers of ladylike pearls.  I also wanted to bring in another color so I chose golden brown, which looks great with navy and white.

Necklaces: 1) Pearl layers (costume/personal). 2) Amber chalcedony three stand necklace by hitchcock Madrona.  3) Wood, shell, brass and thread necklace by Winifred Grace.

Featuring….the newest addition to the hitchcock Madrona gold druzy rings.  Previously we made the gold setting available in black and white druzy quartz stones.  We chose these copper flecked quartz stones in India, where I was mesmerized by the colors within each stone.  They are a rich mixture of black, white, grey, and copper.  The perfect neutral because of the integration of cool and warm tones.  Sizes 5 – 9 available.

Bronze and leather cuff paired with two sterling silver and cotton woven bracelets, all by hitchcock Madrona.

Gold filled bangle cuffs (seven worn) by hitchcock Madrona, layered with black and gold chain bracelet by Xenia Mara. Ring: Wood, sterling silver and lemon quartz (gem quality) by hitchcock Madrona.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  I can’t believe that it is August already!  I love this time of year; the days are long and the excitement of fall is around the corner.

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