Featured: Eric Saeter

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Seattle Magazine featured Hitchcock Madrona artist Eric Saeter in their online article, “Seattle’s Stunning Modern Jewelry Movement”! (The author also listed Hitchcock Madrona as a place to find jewelry made by local designers.)

A Seattle-based artist, Saeter started his line Jewelry by Eric Saeter in 2008. His designs are made entirely out of either refined gold or sterling silver, and all his pieces have an organic feel to them that speaks to Eric’s interest in the surreal and in nature. Instantly recognizable, Eric’s work testifies to his unique point of view and place in the fashion world.

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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


Artist Profile: Harriet McNamara of Surplus

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.

XOXO

Erica & Dustin


EVENT: TODAY Fall Launch Party 5:00-7:30pm

Just in time for the season’s change, so has Hitchcock Madrona.  Come see the boutique’s entirely new interior as we introduce our latest fall collections.

Barbour continues to keep our attention with their Barbour International line (think Steve McQueen on a motorcycle).  Several new styles have arrived this week!  Below I am wearing the National Trials Jacket and new grey pearl necklace by Shannon Koszyk.  Along with a huge selection of Shannon’s jewelry, we have new items from Winifred Grace and Karazi Design.  This is our first collection from Karazi Design and we love it’s edgy elegant vibe.

Do you like MY new jacket?!  I’m obsessed.

Grey pearl and medallion necklace (worn doubled) by Shannon Koszyk.

Our own private label is expanded upon with schoolboy blazers, vintage-fit wool cardigans, tuxedo waistcoats in cashmere/wool, and our ever popular cashmere scarves in new checks and plaids.

Come see all that’s new, enjoy a glass of champagne, and toast the new season at Hitchcock Madrona’s Fall Launch Party.

Hitchcock Madrona Team


Outtakes: Dustin’s Road Trip

Hilarious photos from the road:

“Welcome to Crow Country” “TEEPEE Capital of the WORLD”

What truck?

Dustin’s beard inspired by Montana facial hair trends (or non-trends).  What is that shirt??

We love and collect quirky names for hair joints (American Hairlines!).

We NEVER turn down fresh fall fashions (especially at the same great value).


Just in: Lisa Battaglia Hats

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??

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


Just in: Barbour Coats, Boots and Bags

For the first time ever (officially) we have ready-to-wear! Clothing at Hitchcock Madrona?! I know, it is different for us but we couldn’t resist these coats while placing our fall order with Barbour. We were very deliberate and hand-picked just a few styles that we love, are not carried in Seattle, and marry the heritage of the brand with fashion. More will be coming in throughout the season but we have four styles in store now.

Above I am wearing the Falcon Coat in black.  We also have this style in olive. This is a long (just below the knee) wool with cashmere military-inspired coat. The best part is the amazing, high quality leather belt. I love that Barbour didn’t skimp on the weight or details of the belt.

Barbour Rainbow International nylon coat. Barbour International is the motorcycle racing division of Barbour of England.  These jackets were made famous by Steve McQueen in the 1960’s. We have two styles from Barbour International and I love how they are very subtly motorcycle-esque. In fact, most people don’t realize it is influenced by a motorcycle jacket. Which means you won’t feel like someone you are not getting out of your wagon to go to the grocery store!

We have black, red and green Barbour boots in the knee high style and black in the short (mid-calf) style.

Blanket Bag by Barbour.

Barbour is a brand that, in my opinion, is wearable for women of every age. The garments are so well made! The fabrics and details are practical (not just fashion). Especially for the weather in Seattle. They are built to be worn!

Come visit and try them on!

XOXO

Erica


hitchcock Madrona in NYC: Day 3 MOSCOT

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!

XOXO

Erica