Outfit of the Day: Faux Des Garcons

So excited to blog about this jacket! My good friend Summer is an expert seamstress. I recently asked her to recreate the Comme Des Garcons blanket coat from Fall 2009. I have been obsessed with the blanket coat for many years and have never seen one in real life. They sold out immediately and frankly, were out of my price range even at a discount on ebay. When I met Summer I knew that was the first thing I wanted. I used an old (about 5 years old) Banana Republic utility coat and a wool blanket from the Tibetan market in India. I know that this was a challenging project but Summer executed it perfectly. I love love love it!

Here is the Comme version on the runway –

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AND mine –

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I am also wearing my Hitchcock Madrona sterling and brown leather cuff.  This is an original design that everyone must own! We are working on a post all about this classic piece and how we developed it (it wasn’t easy!). I layered my 18k gold skulls and cross bones necklace (he has diamond eyes!) with my lapis, bronze and sterling spike necklace by Pamela Love. As you can see, I am trying to grow my hair out – not cute!

The Toyota Tacoma behind me is the official Hitchcock Madrona-mobile. So glamorous. It is amazing that a jewelry store needs a pick up truck but, we do!

I am getting very excited for the Surplus trunk show on Thursday evening.  Come toast one of our favorite artists!

XOXO

Erica


Just In: Puro by Iosselliani

Hitchcock Madrona customers are likely familiar with Iosselliani’s dramatic and fun fashion jewelry pieces. The company is expanding with their new line Puro, which takes Iosselliani in a different direction. Puro is a line of fine jewelry that is made in the Italian jewelry tradition. It features delicate sterling silver and gold-plated pieces adorned with semi-precious and precious stones, including garnets and sapphires. Puro necklaces can be easily layered and Puro rings are intended to be stacked. However, even though these pieces are more subtle than those from Iosselliani’s main line they never-the-less have a definite flair to them that reflects the creative vision of Iosselliani’s founders and designers, Paolo Giacomelli and Roberta Paolucci. Easy to integrate into any jewelry collection, Puro offers a fresh and innovative take on the fine jewelry genre. We are sure that you too will be enamored with Puro jewelry.

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We have many more styles by Puro currently available. We also received a large shipment from Iosselliani – blog post on that coming soon!


Outfit of the Day: I’ve got Sunshine (Pants) on a Cloudy Day

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I am trying to inspire the sunshine with my clothing choices. But, it is still pretty gloomy (but, yeah, no snow!) in Seattle. Maybe that is why I look like I am angry in this photo?

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Faceted onyx and gold plated sterling drop earrings by Hitchcock Madrona.

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Two medallion necklaces by Shannon Koszyk (shortest and longest). Pyrite and labradorite layering necklaces by Hitchcock Madrona. Onyx and sterling silver ring by Crystal Hartman.

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Sterling silver cuff by Crystal Hartman. Gold plated sterling “oyster” ring by Eric Saeter.

XOXO

Erica


Travel: Santa Barbara Sept. 2012

While Dustin was busy (I mean BUSY) on the physical installation of the current interiors, I went away with my family to the beaches and always perfect weather of Santa Barbara.  Ever since I had my baby two years ago, Dustin has been the anchor of the boutique’s physical transformation.  No longer are we alone painting until 4:00 am only to be back at work for the day at 10:00 am.  This is partly a function of our growth (we can hire it out now) and the fact that I’m a mom and family time is sacred.  Needless to say Dustin, Hitchcock Madrona’s co-owner and my cousin extraordinaire, was working ’round the clock for a solid week.  Dustin managed a cast of painters, carpenters, videographers (yes, we filmed it!), and electricians who worked to bring our current concept to life.  I am working on the blog post tracking Dustin’s inspirational road trip, as well as the new concept.

For now, here are some images of me off duty.  Why is this interesting blog fodder?  I thought it might be a good time to talk about the concept of “second skin jewelry”.  This is a term I came up with to describe jewelry that you can live in comfortably.  It stays on your body and becomes a part of you, like a second skin.  A classic example would be the Cartier love bracelet.  People wear those (they don’t come off easily) for years and years – remarkably, even decades.  I love that concept!

Butterfly Beach.  Men’s Gap shirt bought on sale and white shorts purchased at a consignment store.

Me and my baby!

We visited Underwood Family Farm in Somis, CA to play in the sandbox, feed some animals, and stock up on fresh food for our week.  As you can see, I relied on my vintage red polka-dot bandana for easy mornings.  Do I look authentic?  Fooled you – I’m actually a city-girl-farm-poser.  I am wearing a Target t-shirt and Double RL jeans (aka paid a lot of money for those holes!).

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You can classify a piece as “second skin” jewelry if it fits one or more of these requirements.  Can you 1) sleep with it on? 2) swiftly pass an airport metal detector? 3) shower, bathe or swim with it on? 4) wear it to the gym?  All of these requirements can be met if the piece of jewelry is stylistically small and unobtrusive.  It also needs to be made from genuine materials, such as gold, sterling silver, and precious stones.  Precious stones usually rate high on the hardness scale and are quite tough.

Above are my second skin necklaces: Gold #2 by Code Lulu Frost (you can hardly see it in this photo) and gold, diamond and sterling silver heart by Hitchcock Madrona (see detail below).

Yellow gold filled bangle cuffs by hitchcock Madrona.  Literally, I have not taken these off for months.  We are sold out of the first shipment but more are on the way!  Sterling silver, rose and yellow gold filled available.

Delicate 18K gold ring by hitchcock Madrona (middle finger).  I am also wearing my faux diamond wedding ring I like to take traveling.

A new version of my heart necklace (from first NYC post) – I added a little diamond on the top left corner (when right-side-up) to symbolize the position of your heart.

Goats in the sky!  It was amazing how the goats negotiate the 15 foot high ramps crisscrossing the farmyard.

XOXO

Erica


Layering: Delicate Necklaces

The necklace layering that I do on this blog is usually worn by me in an over-the-top way. I know that piles of jewels is NOT for the everyday (unless you are me). As interesting as it is too see “editorial” looks, I think it is also nice to see more wearable options. I have picked out some of my favorite delicate necklaces in the store to create layering combinations. I think they are wearable and casual but still edgy and fashion-forward. You can also replace one of these layers with something that you already have in your jewelry wardrobe. I love mixing sentimental or antique pieces into more current combinations.

Simple, solid gold arrowhead necklace by Loren Stewart. I actually love this piece on its own. Alone, it is very delicate – just a hint or suggestion of jewelry (love that idea!). Loren Stewart is exactly the type of “fine” jewelry line that I, and our clients, love.  The designers never over design and let the materials (they often mix metals and incorporate diamonds) speak for themselves. I always describe Loren Stewart pieces as “fine jewelry with an edge”. Love everything that they do! We will be getting in a large holiday order in the next month. I can’t wait – we are expecting some really high-end items from the line for the first time. Bring it on!

I paired the Loren Stewart arrowhead necklace with a simple turquoise strand. I wanted to use another medium (gemstones) in this combo. I also LOVE gold and turquoise together. To mix it up and give the combo some toughness I layered the sterling silver Pamela Love talon necklace. In my opinion, if you want to add Pamela Love to your collection this is such a great piece to consider. It is one of her classic designs and can be worn all the time. I know it is not to everyone’s taste but it is so wonderfully macabre.

Solid gold “4” necklace by Lulu Frost. These little gold numbers are from her fine jewelry line untitled CODE.  They are all based on the shapes of the room numbers at the Plaza Hotel. I have been wearing a “2”necklace ever since my boy turned two a few weeks ago and it is perfect. Next, I wanted a round pendant to give some weight to the combo so I picked our sterling silver coin necklace. There are little diamonds embedded in each prong and the frame is custom made. The coin is authentic (consulted with a numismatist, aka coin collector) from Greece and is about two thousand years old. Love a piece with a story!

I can’t talk about layering without mentioning the bullet/crystal necklaces by Unearthen. I wear mine constantly! They are the perfect mid-length so they don’t interfere with anything else in my necklace collection. Therefore, the perfect last layer. Again, it toughens the look. When layering many delicate necklaces, is important to give it some strength.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would love to see YOUR necklace layering. Please post photos on our Facebook page – Hitchcock Madrona!

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