We are so lucky to carry talented, Seattle-based designer Shannon Koszyk’s amazing jewelry at Hitchcock Madrona. We’ve carried Shannon’s work for about a year now and we love her aesthetic. She brilliantly mixes pearls and sterling silver with medallions and objects from rosaries that imbue her work with a luxurious and slightly gothic feel. Her elegant designs are so versatile; they add a little edge to a jeans and T-shirt combo and are equally stunning when worn with a more formal ensemble. Thank you so much, Shannon, for answering our questionnaire!
How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?
I love the contrast of luxury and grit. I would describe my jewelry as heirloom jewelry deconstructed and weighty; inspired by history.
How did you become interested in designing jewelry?
I started re-working rosaries back in high school and it evolved from there. I found vintage medals in a Paris flea market and the rest is a series of fortunate circumstances that have allowed me to create the universe inside my head….
When you design your jewelry, is there any particular woman whom you design for?
Independent, self starters who are not afraid to stand out and make a statement. My tag is Audaces Fortuna Invat – “Fortune Favors the Bold” in Latin.
What is your favorite way to style your pieces?
Layer, layer, layer.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Everywhere, but specifically in architecture, history and music.
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
Everything, but mostly that I have found a voice and feel that I can finally communicate effectively.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
[A] large cocktail ring, a long chain or strand of pearls and a go-to everyday piece.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Not listening to the noise, not being swayed.
What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?
So many, but in particular [and] for differernt reasons: Ann Demeulemeester, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and of course, Rock Owens. I love a classic, well-tailored garment with something original to say.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?
That women walk away from me happy….