Outfit of the Day: KEN

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It was so fun to have our good friend Ken visit us from Miami.  We forced him to be our model because everything looked so cool on him.

Linen Scarf by Hitchcock Madrona. Black tourmaline and sterling silver bullet necklace by Unearthen. Brown coral and steel necklace by Surplus.

Sterling Silver and cotton woven bracelets by Hitchcock Madrona.  Steel ring by Surplus.
Love you Ken!


Outfit of the Day: Commes des Garcon and Surplus

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Today I am wearing my favorite purchase from our Edmonton trip, my men’s Commes des Garcon polka dot shirt. I purchased it from a wonderful store called Gravity Pope.If you have been to Edmonton (or Vancouver) I am sure you are familiar with this well curated store. Despite being made for a man, it is cut perfectly for me and the slight puff sleeves are a stuffy detail to this otherwise hilarious shirt. Perfect!

Vintage resin bangle bracelets found by hitchcock Madrona. Sterling silver and druzy quartz ring by Hitchcock Madrona.  “Big Bang” Necklace by Surplus.

How fun is this piece? Harriet, designer of Surplus Jewelry, attended the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris in 2000. All attendees got a Louis Vuitton compass-type-do-hicky and that is the center piece of this fabulous pendant. The re-purposed, vintage water faucet knob (yes, that is what it is!) looks so scientific – like an atom. It hangs around your neck with vintage green leather that has been sewn together. The color combination, patina of the old knob, conceptual nature, and whimsy of this piece are all indicative of Harriet and her creations. This is quite a conversation piece!

We are gearing up for our next interior transformation with a Dustin road trip next week. He will be scouring the countryside from Seattle to Salt Lake City for treasures befitting the shops next incarnation. Stay tuned!



Client Feedback: Evan and the Coin Necklace

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It was so wonderful to open my email the other day and get this message from Evan. Together, we created a custom coin necklace a few months ago.  I dropped him a line to see how he liked wearing his piece (he has never worn jewelry before). Evan was so great to work with (as you can imagine after reading the note below) and I hope that there will be an occasion to work with him again. He doesn’t live in Seattle so we communicated solely via email. Pen pals!

Here is Evan’s note and some photos of him sporting his new necklace (he gave me permission to publish this):

I love my necklace. I love its feel, and its originality.

In Europe, I wore the necklace swimming a-plenty, never with the feeling that it would be somehow lifted from my neck. I can say, too, that I really enjoy the necklace’s aesthetic as a beach accessory–actually, I especially enjoy it when shirtless. I suppose it’s not the sort of necklace one wears over shirts–at least, that’s not how I ever envisioned wearing it–thus, when shirtless, I can enjoy it in full.

There is something to be said too about a bit of visible chain when the necklace is worn with a shirt. The hint of a necklace is cool in itself; I think it complements any garment.

This observation may strike you as odd, but the weight of the necklace is one of its most favorable qualities. While it is difficult to explain, the weight provides a placebo mental confidence. I’m not positive exactly sure as to why I sense such an intangible emotion over a necklace, but I think it worth describing, and not overlooking. No doubt, I’m not the only one who has ever sensed the feeling.

I want to thank you for all of the work, knowledge and collaboration you devoted to the project of creating my necklace. Your counsel was invaluable during the process. Additionally, I would like to thank you for the manner in which you presented the necklace, from the velvet pouch that housed the necklace, to the box and lovely card.

If there is anything that I can do for you in return, such as the posting of a review, or anything else, please let me know, and I will happily oblige.

A thousand thanks to you and Hitchcock Madrona.


THANK YOU, Evan. Your note was inspiring. It was my pleasure.


Just in: Venessa Arizaga Fall 2012

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I am totally and completely head over heals in love with the new fall collection from Venessa Arizaga (NYC).  Her mixed medium creations combine cotton and lurex thread, metal chain and crystals in a goth meets artsy aesthetic.  These are going to be perfect to combine with fall’s big, slouchy knits.  When you wear them with a crew neck t-shirt it looks just like it is the collar of the shirt – talk about the best way to elevate an outfit.  Hurry in and get the pick of the litter!  They are selling fast!



Update and store hours this week

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Soooooo, I did a really unglamorous thing yesterday – I put my back out.  I feel about 102 years old!  Doctors orders are to stay in bed for a few days.  I am hoping to feel better and be back to work on Friday morning.  Fingers crossed.
hitchcock Madrona will be closed on Thursday, August 16th.

If anyone needs assistance you can email me at erica@hitchcockmadrona.com.



Outfit of the Day…..NEON

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I busted out the hot pink pants today.  For me, neon is still relevant.  I especially love pairing neon with sophisticated colors.  To wear neon successfully, especially for anyone over 25, balance the trendiness with timeless colors such as dove grey, beige, white (of course), charcoal grey and blush pink (that combo would be great!).  I chose to balance my neon (hello pants!) with my nude wedges and the slight vintage feel of this floral blouse.  I need to wear these pants before fall comes unless I devise a clever way to wear them in colder weather.  Boots?  I don’t think so – still thinking on that challenge.  Stay tuned.

Green onyx and pearl earrings by Regina Chang.

Necklaces: (top to bottom) 1) Raw green sapphire necklace by hitchcock Madrona. 2) Vintage brass chain (personal).  3) Vintage rhinestone brooch necklace by Thea Grant.  I love the play between the flowers on my blouse and the leaf/flower shapes of the brooch.  Layering similar shapes creates depth and dimension.

Druzy quartz ring with sterling silver setting by hitchcock Madrona.  Bracelets: 1) Woven thread and chain bracelet by Venessa Arizaga.  2) Sterling silver and leather cuff by hitchcock Madrona.


What I am wearing…..IKAT!

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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.



Obsession: Monogram Jewelry

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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!