Product: Barbour Bags

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Barbour can do no wrong! In addition to their stunning range of coats (which we’ve profiled previously—definitely check out those posts on our blog if you haven’t already!) we have an array of Barbour bags that are both versatile and cute. These come in a variety of styles; some function as large tote bags and would be great to carry a laptop in, whereas others are purses perfect for toting around the basics. What’s especially cool about these bags is that they work equally well for a man or a woman – the shapes, colors, and materials are all gender-neutral. A perfect present for anyone on your gift list this year!

Bright Wax Shopper, dark red

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Wax Leather Mail Bag, olive

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Wax Retriever Bag, olive

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Leather Cartridge Bag, dark brown (also available in the waxed cotton)

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Canvas Beacon Shopp, caramel

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My favorite bag of the collection is the Wool Blanket Bag (below). Every bag is different – the fabric is cut randomly. Luckily, we got good ones!  This one has a prominent red stripe, which is so cute. I think this would be a perfect weekend getaway bag or carry on.

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We are also featuring our new wool Barbour scarves. The small size makes them easy to wear and reasonably priced – perfect man gift! If you have a Barbour coat the scarf is a great coordinating piece without looking matchy.

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Artist Profile: Karazi Design

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Samia Shalabi is the creator of Karazi Design. Living and working in Bali, Samia draws inspiration for her line from travel and the people in her life. She works closely with Balinese silver and gold smiths who teach her and whose extensive knowledge about jewelry informs her creations. We are so excited to carry Karazi Design at Hitchcock Madrona! We are sure that you too will be inspired Samia’s jewelry, as well as her approach to life which is so well conveyed in her answers to our questionnaire. Thank you Samia!

Samia working on her jewelry in Bali

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?

My jewelry is classic and edgy, timeless yet modern, with a boho chic feeling. I like to design jewelry that can be worn with pretty much anything, anytime, now and 10 years from now.

When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?

I design for all the beautiful women of the world; in particular, I would say, fashion conscious woman with timeless, global taste.

Carved horn and sterling silver necklace

What is your favorite way to style your pieces?

I love mixing metals and materials, precious stones with found pieces. I like the juxtaposition of modern and ancient and mix my jewels that way. Wood bangles mixed with a gold necklace. In my jewelry you will find that I like to mix oxidized silver with gold and I like to use different materials, such as horn and antler along with rough and polished precious stones.

Carved antler and gold plated sterling silver earrings

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

From my travels around the world, the amazing people I meet along the way, and the energy of the land wherever I am. These things inspire me to no end!

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?

I love the creative process. For me, I like my life and work to be one, and I enjoy both. So, I am always designing in my head. I am now living in Bali and I feel infinitely inspired. So the design process is happening all the time. There are no particular times—I sit down and do it; when there is inspiration, I go with that and get busy. If there are moments of dryness (in terms of designing), I go with that too and enjoy!

Samia working with a jeweler in Bali

What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?

Sassy earrings that stand out and say hello, an everyday necklace, and bangles.

What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?

I work with many amazing metal smiths and carvers all over the world. The most challenging [thing] for me is getting it done on time. Each culture I work with has a different sense of time and I find it challenging to meet my deadlines because of the cultural differences we have, but it’s also a wonderful challenge of letting go and knowing it will be done when it is ready (and almost always just in the knick of time). I also want the pieces to be of high quality and pushing time in Bali, or in the other places that I work, does not produce the results I would like. So… the waiting game is the challenge for me.

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?

As I am thinking of the answer to this question, I realize my answer is nearly the same as the above, just from a different perspective. It’s the people I work with and finding the right people to work with. As challenging as it is to work in other cultures, it is also my complete joy. I sit with my jewelry teachers, metal smiths, and carvers for hours and learn from them. We talk about life and philosophy and enjoy each other’s company as we sip tea, discuss designs, and get to work!

What jewelry designers do you admire?

Love love love Judy Geib and Pippa Small jewelry.

Carved horn and sterling silver (with portion gold plated) necklace

What are you currently working on?

I just got back to Bali and am in the process of working on two lines of jewelry. One is called “Bali Collection” in which I am reproducing some of the sold out pieces from the current collection and adding a few more sassy aquamarine and gold pieces. The other line is called “Satu,” which is collaboration between Rachel Griffin and myself. We have designed a line of jewelry and are employing unemployed, skilled craftswomen in Bali to make it. It’s all part of a bigger project in which we hope to create jewelry with women all around the world.  It’s all very exciting!

Thank you again Samia!  We currently have all the featured pieces in stock.

Just in: Xenia Mara HUGE Collection

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Xenia visited us today and brought the largest collection of jewels she has ever dropped off. They are going to be great gifts this season.

One of my favorite styles by Xenia, her “goddess” layers of vintage chain. Everyone needs one of these!

I will feature more pieces on the blog in outfit posts throughout the month.

XOXO

Erica

Outfit of the Day: Painter's Pants and New Vests

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Handmade wool and silk vests by Hitchcock Madrona.

 

Dustin and I were not looking to create a vest but we were so inspired by a men’s tuxedo waistcoat from the early 1900’s that I found at a costume shop. We deconstructed it to create the pattern for this fabulously androgynous vest. Menswear has been a consistent trend in women’s fashion for several decades (Hello, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall!). A sharply tailored menswear piece is so sexy on a woman. This vest excentuates your waist and is a great frame for jewelry.

Steel “Tic-tac-toe” ring by Surplus. Gold filled bangle cuffs by Hitchcock Madrona (never take these off!). Steel pipe ring layered with my faux diamonds by Surplus. We have received our holiday order of Hitchcock Madrona bangle cuffs. They are going to be great gifts this holiday season!

I acquired these pants in the most hilarious way – Reilly, a local artist, friend and client came into the store minding her own business when I accosted her regarding the perfect paint splatters on her pants. She told me that she had worn them out and was ready to move on to a new pair. Since I tried, and failed miserably, to create authentic painter’s pants (and I didn’t have the budget for the Double RL version) we did a trade! She got an awesome new necklace from one of her favorite artists, Surplus, and I got the pants! We still alight about it when we see each other – another woman’s trash is MY treasure!

18K gold and diamond shield necklace by Hitchcock Madrona (on oxidized sterling silver chain). I have plenty of these for holiday!

I love the small checks of the vest paired with the larger plaid of this Barbour scarf. At $65, these Barbour scarves are a great gift for everyone on your list – father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, dog. Anyone!

XOXO

Erica

Artist Profile: Harriet McNamara of Surplus

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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

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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

Just In: MORE Barbour Coats!

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A company steeped in a rich history, Barbour was founded over one hundred years ago. In 1894, John Barbour opened his store “J. Barbour and Sons Ltd.” and since its beginnings the brand has very much been a family enterprise. Maintaining a distinctively British feel, Barbour has expanded its line to include coats, sweaters, tees, jeans, and other items for men, women, and children. However, despite its expansion, Barbour remains true to its origins and to the line’s staples that have established it as a favorite brand amongst the fashion-conscious the world over.
One of Barbour’s most iconic pieces is its version of the motorcycle jacket. Barbour has designed motorcycle jackets since 1934. This began as something of a personal endeavor, as Duncan Barbour was an avid motorcyclist. From 1936 to 1977, almost every British International team of racers sported these coats. The Barbour International coat, perhaps the company’s most famous manifestation of the motorcycle jacket, has been donned by competitive racers from the 1950’s onwards. It was the actor and motorcycle rider Steve McQueen who made the Barbour International famous; he wore it in 1964 when competing as a part of Team U.S.A. in the International Six Day Trial. He continued to wear it and by doing so cemented its status as an iconic and timeless wardrobe staple.
The Barbour International jacket continues to remain relevant today, and has been reinvented for women. This line, carried at Hitchcock Madrona, stays true to the feel of the original Barbour International, but has been tailored to better fit a woman’s shape. We have these gorgeous jackets in an array of colors, and they are an ideal blend of masculine-feminine. A perfect gift for the holidays!

We received our second shipment of Barbour coats!  If you missed out on your size come visit.  We have deeper stock and new styles!

This is a new style for us – the “Outlaw” Jacket.

Winter is approaching!  I have the double (faux) fur going on today.

Our best seller, the Rainbow International Jacket is waterproof and washable.  How very Seattle!?

Do you like my DIY jeans?  I was feeling very punk (as “punk” as a 34 year old mother can be!) and painted these last night.

XOXO

Erica

Outtakes: Dustin's Road Trip

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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

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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

Concept: A Study on Patina

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pat·i·na – noun:

1.  a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
2.  a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
3.  a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.

As the definition above suggests, patina is a tarnish that occurs through oxidation, weathering, age, or the wear-and-tear of an item as a result of deep love and constant use. It is perhaps most easily recognizable when it occurs on metals like bronze and silver. The process resulting in a patina can happen organically over time (think Greco-Roman bronzes or the Statue of Liberty) or through intentional distressing. Not limited to metals, patinas can manifest on leather, wood, or even buildings like this amazingly weathered wall in Anacortes.

At hitchcock Madrona, we believe in embracing the “imperfections” that can be found on pieces of jewelry. These so-called “flaws” have an unusual beauty all their own, and contribute to an item’s uniqueness. Patinas indicate a special quality that signals to the deeply personal connection that exists between the object and its wearer. They reflect where these objects have been, how they have been worn, and the ways that they continue to be vibrant elements of a wardrobe as they morph and change over time. The boots, bag, and jewelry shown below are all testaments to this ever-evolving process.

I noticed that when I photographed my sterling silver jewelry and turned the photo black and white you could really see the color and texture variation – patina!

Hammered yellow and rose gold filled bangle cuffs (the hammering is a man-made patina) and sterling silver men’s id bracelet by Hitchcock Madrona.

Sterling silver monogram shield necklace by Hitchcock Madrona.

Seventy Eight Percent laptop bag (smaller size).  These bags are made from Italian leather and Japanese canvas.

I have had my Seventy Eight Percent laptop bag for about 3 weeks so I have only noticed the upper right hand corner getting broken-in.  I can’t wait until this bag is rich and dark!

Check out my Frye boots – I have had these for a little more than six months.  Dustin just told me that if he wants something broken-in he would just give it to me to wear for a few weeks!  I guess I am hard on things – that is why quality goods and embracing patina is important.

Have a great weekend!

XOXO

Erica