Happy New Year's Eve!

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Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!  Just an FYI that Hitchcock Madrona will be open our regular hours this week. Closed Monday (NY Eve) and Tuesday (NY Day). We will be here all day today until 5:00 pm for your New Year’s Eve bling!

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Bling courtesy of Tom Binns.

XOXO

Erica

Just In: Unearthen

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We recently received a new shipment of jewelry from Unearthen. One of the most distinctive lines we carry here at Hitchcock Madrona, Unearthen was founded by Gia Bahm. She creates necklaces, rings, and bracelets that prominently feature crystals. Each of the crystals she chooses for her designs have specific properties that are meant to promote certain health benefits for their wearers. Additionally, it is Bahm’s intent when designing that the crystal she uses should appeal uniquely to its wearer, and that there should be an inherent property in the crystal which attracts its eventual owner. The pieces we currently have in stock are all quartz crystal, which is purported to have general healing properties and is thought to be a powerful stone.

These pieces are edgy, playful, and fun! The crystals are incorporated into designs that showcase their natural, organic shapes to the fullest. While they can be worn alone as statement pieces, Unearthen designs can be easily layered and many of necklaces would work really well as  “second skin jewelry” to be worn every day.

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Photo Shoot: Military Style

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Kate is modeling Barbour’s Falcon Coat, which is part of their Heritage Fashion collection. The Heritage collection re-imagines and updates classic Barbour styles by putting a modern twist on iconic looks. It features details derived from Barbour’s International Jacket (which we blogged about previously!) and is super cute and practical.

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Military-inspired fashion always comes back around in the fall and winter.  It is classic and versatile, the look is timeless.

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The Falcon Coat is made of a cashmere wool blend (so soft!) and features a beautiful leather belt. It has an extremely flattering fit as is expertly tailored.

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We also have a few of our hand knit accessories left!  Love the feel and dynamic color of the alpaca yarn we used.

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Kate is also wearing a labradorite and sterling silver necklace by Shannon Koszyk in her pocket.  She is also wearing a few Hitchcock Madrona bangle cuffs and a sterling silver Pamela Love ring.

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We still have a few sizes in the Falcon coat available!

XOXO

Erica

Obsession: School Boy Blazers

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Every woman should own a blazer. A blazer is the ideal piece of clothing to throw on in the morning to instantly pull together an outfit. One of the most easily wearable “menswear” items for women, blazers (along with sports coats) were initially reserved for sportsmen and were especially popular in Britain. During the 1920s, many men were searching for clothing that was versatile and could be dressed up or down (and that was also significantly less formal than a suit), and so they adopted the blazer and revolutionized its look. The blazer took a little longer to catch on with women; Coco Chanel designed a version in the 1920s but it wasn’t until the 1930s that blazers became staples in women’s wardrobes.

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Regular readers of the Hitchcock Madrona Blog probably know that we love menswear. Fittingly, we’ve created our own version of this iconic coat. Hitchcock Madrona blazers are entirely made of wool and they all feature Italian buttons and vintage fabric for the trim. Ours is a little bit longer than the traditional blazer and is perhaps a little closer in feel to a sports coat. This practical, warm and stylish coat comes in an array of colors and is sure to be a favorite of yours for years to come.

IMG_3023Our school boy blazer is available in red, pea green, navy, maroon, and forest green. Above they are paired with our cashmere scarves – perfect combo!

IMG_3047Some of our blazers have natural horn toggles (shown above); others have more traditional horn buttons with metal crests.

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We are open today, December 28th!

XOXO

Erica

Photo Shoot: Pioneer Woman

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Here is the next “look” in our Kate photo shoot series. We just have too much fun dressing her up!  When you have a perfect model, a store full of fabulous merchandise, a good camera, and two people (Dustin and I) who have read Vouge since the womb, this is the outcome.

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IMG_2120Vintage chain and amber chalcedony necklace by Xenia Mara (short). White prayer bead and coin necklace by Shannon Koszyk. Amber chalcedony necklace by Hitchcock Madrona.

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The hat Kate is wearing is the “Indiana Hat” by Lisa Battaglia. This is the last one that we have in stock!  Thank you to the five fabulous ladies (Kate is one of them!) that purchased Lisa’s designs. We cannot wait to carry her straw hats this spring/summer. Look for those on the blog around February.

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Just a reminder we are open tomorrow (Christmas Eve) until about 2:00. Yes, we still have product!  We just unpacked a new collection from Unearthen which I will photograph very soon.

XOXO

Erica

Photo Shoot: Kate and the Top Hat

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We had some fun dressing up Kate a few weeks ago. There is nothing better than a photo shoot (or four!). We were inspired by our top hat (doesn’t everyone have a top hat laying around?) and this found object masterpiece by Surplus. This necklace is glitzy, raw, edgy and kind of Madonna circa “Like a Prayer”. She became a living mannequin on the floor.

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Necklace by Surplus. One of Kate’s all time favorite designers.

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Wood and sterling silver necklace by Shannon Koszyk. Gold filled bangle cuffs by Hitchcock Madrona.  These bracelets have been my go-to recommendation for gifts this season. I have enjoyed mine so much! Sterling silver ring by Pamela Love.

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Happy Holidays everyone! We are open all weekend for your last minute shopping. We will also be open for a few hours on Christmas Eve (until about 2:00 pm).

XOXO

Erica

Artist Profile: Crystal Hartman

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We asked designer Crystal Hartman to answer our artist questionnaire. She is one of the most recent designers to join Hitchcock Madrona and she recently created a line of sterling silver jewelry exclusively for us! Crystal makes of all of her jewelry by hand in Durango, Colorado, her home town. The craftsmanship of her work is extraordinary, and her designs are elegant and timeless. Read all about her design philosophy below:

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?

Sculptural…solid designs heavy in detail referencing botanical illustration and the movement of water, grass and air.

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

I love the idea of all women wearing my jewelry, but I certainly design for the strong. I love a woman with “feist” in her eyes. The designs are heavy silver with stones set in them to stay; they will withstand being worn on stage, round the world, and to a very fine dinner.

What is your favorite way to style your pieces?

Layers…I like the rings with stones oddly stacked over bands. I like to see the bracelets layered with strands of navy or deep red glass beads, leather or lace tied round the wrist to remember love and texture. I like classic roses; feathers, driftwood and fabrics that emphasize beauty in the line work but remind us a bit of the physical strength of the jewelry in a subtly psychological way.

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A sampling of some of Crystal’s pieces that we have in stock. How beautiful are these?!

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?  

Music, film, travel and contemporary art and history. This line [at Hitchcock] was influenced by the giant, red rock walls and purple grama bursting between [them] at Indian Creek and the water rippling beneath it [in] Utah, [and] by the blue sky breaking to grey in late October [in] Seattle. I am egged on by E.E. Cummings, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andre Breton, Caravaggio and Woody Allen, by Jonah Skurky-Thomas, Rebecca Tischler, Rachel Mindel, The Panoply, and sound… each album that catches the light in my ears just right at any moment…

On these pieces for Hitchcock Madrona: Cole Porter, Hurray for the Riff Raff, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, LCD Soundsystem, Billie Holiday, The Black Keys, Louis XIV and Ibrahim Ferrer played great inspiration.

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?  

The tradition, process and accessibility of it. I love to pour beauty into an object that will be worn on someone’s hand or heart to remember a time or display a feeling [and] into an object that is at once contemporary art and functional adornment.

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Crystal at work!

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

I used to be daunted by the enormity of the industry, of all of the different techniques and styles and the desire to try them all out. As I’ve developed a conversation with the materials that fear has faded into excitement… most challenging now is the time it takes to see a process through. With so many possibilities, it is easy to dream up a thousand designs. Choosing the freshest ones and introducing them to the design world takes perseverance.

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One of the wax molds Crystal uses to create her jewelry – she employs a technique known as the “lost wax process”.

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

Letters from lovers. And knowing that the pieces I design will help define an individual. A long time ago, I heard a story about modern man; the narrator [of the story] said that what distinguished him [modern man] was when he hung the first bead round his neck – adornment as an expression of individuality. I am honored to design pieces that are truly unique, where we see and feel my hand in them and no one will have another that is the same.

What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?  Asagi Maeda, Alexander Calder, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, Agnes B., and Mervin Stilson (an outrageous cobbler down the street from my studio).

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This is a piece that was just cast.  It now has to be cleaned, polished, oxidized and polished again!  Each one of Crystal’s unique pieces is understated but also incredibly detailed.

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

A band ring that fits on several different fingers and can be worn alone everyday or stacked with others when she likes. A strong, great bracelet. A conversation piece… something big and bold and certainly made by hand.

Hitchcock Madrona: Gifts Under $150

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Knowing how hard it can be finding gifts that are meaningful and also budget friendly, we’ve decided to feature some of our favorite accessories and pieces of jewelry under $150.00. If you’re still doing your Christmas shopping and are looking for items that are fun but still sophisticated, definitely stop by; we have fantastic presents for all of the stylish men and women on your list this year!

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The ever popular Hitchcock Madrona bangle cuffs available in sterling silver, rose and yellow gold

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Barbour rain boots

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Simple stone drop earrings.  We have many incarnations of this design in various stones and metals.

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Winifred Grace dove necklace

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Barbour wool scarf

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Hitchcock Madrona gold disc earrings

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Pantherella cotton socks

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Hitchcock Madrona loops earrings (gold or silver) and Xenia Mara earrings (various styles available)

These are just a sampling of the many great gifts we have in stock right now! We are open everyday between now and Christmas Eve.

Just In: Crystal Hartman Jewelry

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We are so excited to introduce Crystal Hartman to our customers. Crystal is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona and to the Seattle area. She has created a collection of exquisitely wrought designs exclusively for us – check ’em out!

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This necklace is an exclusive design for Hitchcock Madrona. It is amazing.

Crystal grew up in a family of jewelers. Her father John and mother Estell began the Durango Silver Company in 1972. It remains family owned and operated in scenic Durango, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Crystal also has an interest in watercolor. She initially turned her attention to painting and printmaking before learning sliversmithing from her father, a master gold and silversmith and stonecutter. Dustin and I are planning a trip to Durango to visit Crystal and her family’s business.  We can’t wait!

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Black onyx cabochon and sterling silver stud earrings

Crystal employs a technique called the “lost wax process” when making her jewelry; it involves using wax to create a mold into which she then pours molten silver. John cuts all the stones that will subsequently be added to her designs.

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An example of a wax mold for one of Crystal’s bracelets – be sure to keep an eye out for a future blog post on the “lost wax process”!

We have silver rings, bracelets, and one gorgeous necklace of Crystal’s currently in stock. She is such a talented artist – all of her jewelry is beautiful, elegant and entirely handcrafted!

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Mother of pearl and sterling silver earrings

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Wide sterling silver band with tiny black diamonds

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Wide sterling silver cuff bracelet (with or without diamonds available)

When Dustin and I met with Crystal during her recent visit to Seattle we were enamored with her skill and design narrative. I challenged her to incorporate white, champagne and black diamonds into her organic pieces. They turned out better than I ever thought possible. She cast the diamonds into the pieces and therefore they are seamlessly integrated into the design. Your eye has to hunt for the stones (she didn’t want prongs) and when you see one the others magically appear. Pure genius.

XOXO

Erica