We would like to introduce you to a few of our clients in a new series on the the blog called “Leading Lady”. Our first leading lady that we want to introduce to you is Renee. Renee is a creative, generous, funny, sweet, well-traveled mother of FIVE. Yes, you read that correctly! How amazing is that?!
Renee, a long time Hitchcock Madrona client, was gracious enough to take the time to answer our client questionnaire. We love her original, but still classic, approach to styling jewelry (HM sterling silver and leather cuff with a LBD for evening – love!). She dropped by the store the other day wearing some of her favorite HM pieces and we had a photo shoot (in the new Davenport space!). As you can see we had so much fun – thanks Renee!
How did you find out about Hitchcock Madrona?
I was in the hood several years ago walking by the original Hitchcock location, saw a brown and red carved wooden ring through the shop window and had to have it.
How would define your style?
My current style includes wearing black, white, denim and leather, paired with one statement accessory (shoes, bag, or jewelry). Someday I will have more time to pull my outfits together.
Do you have a story about how you acquired a piece of jewelry?
A few years ago for Christmas, my husband Cliff completely surprised me with five different pieces of jewelry, all lavishly wrapped and tucked into the fir tree branches, each a gift from our four children, as well as a ring with five diamond and platinum bands intertwined (we now have five children)!
What three pieces of jewelry do you think every woman should own?
It all depends on the woman and her daily life story. You know when you see a woman with that perfect piece and you covet her look? Perhaps it is because her jewelry is a reflection of who she is and that is appealing. Sadly, I have learned it most likely means the look I coveted won’t work for me.
Who are your style icons?
Regular visits to Totokaelo on Capitol Hill keeps me in the “style” loop! I find so much inspiration from “everyday people” photos featured on the Sartorialist blog. Perusing this blog makes my closet feel new, alive, and full of endless styling possibilities! Designer Maria Cornejo always looks amazing and knows her body and how to create wearable, gorgeous clothing for not only herself but for all women.
*My third grade teacher, Eugenia Miller, she just had it going on from head to toe. I wish I could bottle her style; so well put together.
What do you look for when shopping for jewelry?
When contemplating a jewelry purchase I buy what I love and think about whether I will actually wear the piece. Although I love rings and the look of layered bracelets, I don’t find them all that practical at this point in my life. Instead, I visit Erica and marvel at her layering abilities to get my ring and bracelet fix.
Do you have any pieces of jewelry that are heirloom pieces? What is the story behind them?
I have a brooch from my grandma Mabel, who lived to be 94! It is in a little black leather coin pouch with some of her favorite coins. I seldom open the pouch, afraid her scent will fade away…..
What are your favorite pieces of jewelry that you own?
This changes from day to day! Today, I love my leather and sterling cuffs, black diamond and oxidized sterling hoops, and India cocktail ring, all from Hitchcock.
How do you like to style your jewelry?
I play the piano, chase kids all day, practice yoga and meditate, so I tend to feel most comfortable layering necklaces that rarely, if ever, need to be removed. Wearing my necklaces [that are] most meaningful to me and worn close to my heart feels both sacred and sexy.
I also have my two Surplus necklaces styled around the necks of two favorite sculptures in our home. Harriet creates unique works of wearable art so I love being able to walk by them every day and see them on someone’s neck.
Do you have any favorite pieces from Hitchcock Madrona?
I love my leather and sterling cuffs [by] Hitchcock [Madrona]. Every man and woman should own this cuff.
Do you have any jewelry that you consider to be “second skin jewelry”?
I have a vintage long gold chain that is nearly 100 years old, with a Cathy Waterman Nike Goddess of strength charm. I always travel with this piece and never take it off while I am away from home.
What pieces of jewelry do you own that you consider the most versatile?
My Hitchcock Sterling and Black cuff looks amazing with everything.When layered with a more “glamorous” bracelet it works with an LBD for evening. And, you can never go wrong with diamond hoops!