Outfit of the Day: Bedazzled School Boy

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Layers of pearls, chains, gemstones and rhinestones – the obvious jewels for my bedazzled school boy look today. I borrowed my husbands tie this morning along with an old pair of his jeans that were in the give-away pile. I cut them off and cuffed them for a bit of a lighter look. What is better than authentic “boyfriend jeans”?

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My current favorite MOSCOT frames are the classic Lemtosh. It took me a moment to come around to this style (had a love affair with Nebb for months). I am especially drawn to the blond color. It is so warm and flattering on everyone.

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Rhinestone lobster brooch by Lulu Frost.

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I am so into our BIG gemstone rings, especially the rose quartz one I am rocking (no pun intended) in the library. Rhinestone cuff by IOSSELLIANI and pocket square by Hitchcock Madrona.  We just put out a new batch of our fab pocket squares in time for Father’s Day. Even if your man doesn’t wear a suit /jacket that often when he does wear one and adds a pocket square everyone will be impressed.  It’s a nice touch.  The cotton version can also be used as a hanky which is so retro/practical!

XOXO

Erica

Interview: Mariella Pilato

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Mariella is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona. She has a unique aesthetic and her work has a striking architectural quality to it. A local designer who divides her time between Seattle and Bali, Mariella’s jewelry is entirely handmade. Her pieces are bold and statement-making but remain elegant and sophisticated. We are so happy to welcome her to our store!

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?
I have always been involved with the creative process using whatever media came to hand. When I came to Bali I discovered gemstones and started my own benchwork, learning silversmithing techniques, experimenting hands-on how to realize my ideas and turn them into jewelry.
Is there any particular woman whom you design jewelry for?
Strong, independent, risk taking fashionistas…. I create pieces that satisfy my taste and that I would wear myself. I like accessories to be bold and to make a statement about the woman wearing them.
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Mariella at work!
What is your favorite way to style your pieces?
In a word? Bold.
The short answer: stackable bracelets; pendants worn on long handcrafted chains that match the style of the piece or choker-length short; all-or-nothing large rings that stand out wherever you are and those big statement, one-of-a-kind pieces that are to a sexy black dress what wine is to cheese.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
My love of the arts & architecture, my background in stage design. I love fashion but I make what pleases me and when others love it as much as I do that is affirming for me. I also draw inspiration from indigenous cultures and their traditions in personal adornment. Everything has its own beauty and I just like to add to that.
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Love this nautical-themed piece for summer!
What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?
In the end, it all comes down to my strongest suit, which is sketching endless variations on a theme, and the stimulation of the stones that excite me at the time until an idea manifests that I can develop into comfortable, wearable jewelry…. I like to get hands-on at my bench and create patina and texture to complete my ideas.
What would you say are three key pieces of jewelry that every woman should own?
Only three?!? A woman should have everything she loves that makes her happy…. I love large bangles, a bold ring, a stunning pendant and earrings to match.
What aspect of the design process do you find most challenging?
Certainly it’s the long process of transforming a drawing into a piece of jewelry, as well as coming up with new styles to keep my jewelry line fresh and fashion forward.
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Amazing sterling earrings!
What clothing or jewelry designers do you admire?
From the high fashion world I admire how things are crafted to perfection; I  love  the Chanel diamonds collection. But I really love edgy, creative young fashion designers from Bangkok [and] the clean styles of Japanese fashion. Plus, I have expatriate artist friends here in Bali who are creating fabulous jewelry and other fashion modalities that are innovative & completely different. These are the very people that inspire me.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a jewelry designer?
The freedom I enjoy. I work for myself and get to travel around the world, meeting many people that share my interests in adornment, and I get to explore new materials from exotic locations too.drawings
Mariella’s sketches for her amazing jewelry.
Thank you so much for answering our questionnaire, Mariella! Your answers are so inspiring!

Davenport: Tonight's the Night!

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It’s time! Tonight we will officially open Davenport. To celebrate, we are holding a party with champagne and appetizers. Stop by, say hi, and check out our beautiful new space. We will be showing art work by local artists Debra Baxter and Joey Veltkamp, not to mention all of the incredible vintage pieces we’ve found will be for sale. We’ve also been working hard to find the most amazing new merchandise, including Italian jewelry boxes, ceramic tea sets and pillows covered with hand sewn vintage ikat fabric. We can’t wait to share these wonderful pieces with you all! Below are photos of some of our favorite things for sale at Davenport:

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Artist unknown

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Swarovski crystal covered antler

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Drawing by Joey Veltkamp

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Pyrolysis by Debra Baxter, smokey quartz, burnt wood and bronze

See you tonight!

XOXO,

Erica and Dustin

Davenport: Tonight’s the Night!

Posted by & filed under Event, Uncategorized.

It’s time! Tonight we will officially open Davenport. To celebrate, we are holding a party with champagne and appetizers. Stop by, say hi, and check out our beautiful new space. We will be showing art work by local artists Debra Baxter and Joey Veltkamp, not to mention all of the incredible vintage pieces we’ve found will be for sale. We’ve also been working hard to find the most amazing new merchandise, including Italian jewelry boxes, ceramic tea sets and pillows covered with hand sewn vintage ikat fabric. We can’t wait to share these wonderful pieces with you all! Below are photos of some of our favorite things for sale at Davenport:
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Artist unknown

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Swarovski crystal covered antler

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Drawing by Joey Veltkamp

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Pyrolysis by Debra Baxter, smokey quartz, burnt wood and bronze

See you tonight!

XOXO,

Erica and Dustin

Inspiration: Art Nouveau

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There’s a definite undercurrent of Art Nouveau in many designers’ work for spring; Xenia Mara quotes the Art Nouveau aesthetic in the pendant of her necklace (above). We’re not sure if the reference is intentional or subconscious, but whatever it is we like it!

The Art Nouveau (“New Art”) movement began during the late nineteenth century and lasted until the First World War. It primarily evolved out of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement, which advocated a return to traditional, quality craftsmanship in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, and the Aesthetic movement, which at its core was about creating “art for art’s sake”. Art Nouveau’s influence was wide ranging, inspiring artists and artisans working in a variety of media, including painting, illustration, architecture, furniture, jewelry and glass, among others.

pinkopalTaking their cues from nature, especially from flora and sea life, artists incorporated broad, sweeping lines and Art Nouveau’s signature “whiplash” curves into their work. These “whiplash” curves are echoed in our own Hitchcock Madrona design for this brilliant pink opal and diamond ring. So pretty!

 

 

Arguably the most famous Art Nouveau artist is Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939). A Czech painter and decorative artist, Mucha is particularly well known for the many  posters he illustrated that feature beautiful women wearing flowing, diaphanous robes. He notably worked with Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress of her age, designing and illustrating posters for her many plays. His work is characteristic of Art Nouveau for its many swirling curves, its emphasis on flora and its softer color palate.

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Mucha’s Zodiac (1896)

Lulu Frost’s jewelry for its spring and summer 2013 collection echoes the elegant curvature seen in Mucha’s artworks. These pieces are ornate and intricate, and several incorporate vintage materials. Heavily indebted to artistic styles of the nineteenth century, Lulu Frost’s designer Lisa Salzer has created a collection of luxurious pieces that evoke the look and feel of heirloom jewelry from the Victorian era. The design emphasis she placed on small but lovely floral elements recalls the Art Nouveau aesthetic in which no detail is overlooked. In directly referencing the past through her work, Salzer has created a line of new jewelry that is already timeless; it’s easy to envision that one day the bracelets, necklaces and earrings from this collection will be handed down from generation to generation.

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Lulu Frost necklaces paired with a Hitchcock Madrona cocktail ring.

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Lulu Frost bracelet.

Outfit of the Day: Mother's Day and Pops of Yellow

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Happy spring everyone! We are finally getting warmer weather in the Pacific Northwest (fingers crossed it stays this way!). I have been really into mixing ladylike clothing with edgy chains and more ethnic jewelry pieces. We are featuring many different colors of the multi-strand glass bead necklaces that we had made in India. I love turquoise, coral, yellow and cobalt for spring. Of course, you still need a strand or two of pearls and chains from Xenia Mara.

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I love the big yellow door of Restaurant Bea! It is the most perfect color of butter.

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We still have many colors in our resin bangles. They are great to wear alone or to mix with other bracelets (worn with Hitchcock Madrona leather and sterling cuff). Check out the pink opal ring on my right index finger. We found this opal in India (the size! the color!) and I wanted to create a dark setting to contrast with the candy like color of the stone. We used oxidized sterling silver and champagne diamonds (everything lately is champagne diamonds!). One of my favorite cocktail rings, ever.

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Do you like my tiara?

XOXO

Erica

 

Outfit of the Day: Mother’s Day and Pops of Yellow

Posted by & filed under OOTD, Uncategorized, Xenia Mara.

Happy spring everyone! We are finally getting warmer weather in the Pacific Northwest (fingers crossed it stays this way!). I have been really into mixing ladylike clothing with edgy chains and more ethnic jewelry pieces. We are featuring many different colors of the multi-strand glass bead necklaces that we had made in India. I love turquoise, coral, yellow and cobalt for spring. Of course, you still need a strand or two of pearls and chains from Xenia Mara.

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I love the big yellow door of Restaurant Bea! It is the most perfect color of butter.

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We still have many colors in our resin bangles. They are great to wear alone or to mix with other bracelets (worn with Hitchcock Madrona leather and sterling cuff). Check out the pink opal ring on my right index finger. We found this opal in India (the size! the color!) and I wanted to create a dark setting to contrast with the candy like color of the stone. We used oxidized sterling silver and champagne diamonds (everything lately is champagne diamonds!). One of my favorite cocktail rings, ever.

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Do you like my tiara?

XOXO

Erica

 

Mother's Day: Fine Jewelry Edition

Posted by & filed under Gift Ideas, Loren Stewart, MOSCOT, Uncategorized, Xenia Mara.

Today we decided to turn our focus to our collection of fine jewelry. Stumped about what to get for those incredible, discerning women in your life with impeccable taste? Fine jewelry is the answer! These pieces are elegant, never go out of style and at some point can even become heirloom jewelry. They are truly timeless. We’ve selected some of our favorite pieces of fine jewelry (gifts we’d like to get – hint, hint!) to serve as inspiration for brilliant gift ideas – women, send your men our way!

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Full strand ruby necklace and sterling silver, diamond and ruby key necklace by Hitchcock Madrona.

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18K gold, diamond and ruby rings all by Hitchcock Madrona.

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Half strand black diamond necklace by Xenia Mara (top). Sterling silver with diamond shield necklace and long garnet pave diamond necklace both by Hitchcock Madrona.

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New sunnies by MOSCOT!

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Ruby eternity band by Hitchcock Madrona (ring finger). Three stacked bar rings by Loren Stewart.

XOXO,

Erica

Mother’s Day: Fine Jewelry Edition

Posted by & filed under Gift Ideas, Loren Stewart, MOSCOT, Uncategorized, Xenia Mara.

Today we decided to turn our focus to our collection of fine jewelry. Stumped about what to get for those incredible, discerning women in your life with impeccable taste? Fine jewelry is the answer! These pieces are elegant, never go out of style and at some point can even become heirloom jewelry. They are truly timeless. We’ve selected some of our favorite pieces of fine jewelry (gifts we’d like to get – hint, hint!) to serve as inspiration for brilliant gift ideas – women, send your men our way!
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Full strand ruby necklace and sterling silver, diamond and ruby key necklace by Hitchcock Madrona.

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18K gold, diamond and ruby rings all by Hitchcock Madrona.

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Half strand black diamond necklace by Xenia Mara (top). Sterling silver with diamond shield necklace and long garnet pave diamond necklace both by Hitchcock Madrona.

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New sunnies by MOSCOT!

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Ruby eternity band by Hitchcock Madrona (ring finger). Three stacked bar rings by Loren Stewart.

XOXO,

Erica

Event: DAVENPORT Grand Opening Party

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We, Erica and Dustin, opened Hitchcock Madrona 7 years ago and are happy to expand across the street offering yet another shopping option in our ever growing neighborhood of Madrona.

So, what is Davenport?  Humm, let’s see….we’re still trying to figure that out ourselves. The “little brother” to Hitchcock Madrona?  Better yet and less vague, think vintage quilts, unusual art, lighting, coffee tables, chairs, curtain panels, small ceramics, wallets, etc.  All this probably best describes a home, textile and gift boutique, so…let’s go with that! Davenport is your Madrona option for gifts for men, women and/or yourself, guaranteed to not to be your run-of-the-mill shopping environment.

Davenport is located at 1137 34th Avenue. Store hours are Thursday through Saturday 10 am – 6pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

We hope to see you, all of our loyal Hitchcock Madrona clients, at the party!  Come toast with us!

Erica & Dustin

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