Hitchcock Leading Lady: Katie

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We are so excited to feature our next “leading lady”, Katie! Katie has been a Hitchcock Madrona customer since she moved to Seattle in 2009. Her jewelry choices are bold, fearless and fashion-forward (we love that about her!). She effortlessly makes each piece perfectly fit her own style and her layering combinations are outstanding. In addition to being super stylish, Katie is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and works for a local non-profit organization that focuses on education and youth leadership. We are so honored she answered our client questionnaire! With great pleasure and delight we introduce you, our readers, to one of the most wonderful people we have ever met!  She is a class act and the “total package”: brains, beauty and ambition with fabulous taste in jewelry.

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How did you find out about Hitchcock Madrona?

I moved to Seattle over four years ago and within a few months I was starting to get my bearings. I was at a conference for work and I saw a woman wearing this amazing ring from across the room. During a break, I bum rushed her to find out more about the ring. Thankfully, she was very gracious and let me oogle over her Hitchcock Madrona designed druzy ring. She said, “it’s from the best shop in Seattle, Hitchcock… run, don’t walk.” However, she did offer a warning: “careful – you’re going to want everything in the store.” Thankfully, she was absolutely correct and it has been my favorite shop ever since.

How would define your style? 

My style is dictated by how I feel. It changes daily but I always gravitate towards simplicity. Classic pieces with fun pops of color and a touch of spice in the shoes and jewelry is my M.O.

Do you have a story about how you acquired a piece of jewelry? 

I have a simple silver and gold rope stacking ring that was my first “real” jewelry purchase that I bought myself when I was 12 years old. I saved all the money I made during that summer and made it my mission to buy a ring from the fancy adult counter at my local department store in Philadelphia, Strawbridge & Clothier. I still have the ring and wear it nearly everyday.

What three pieces of jewelry do you think every woman should own? 

• Stud earrings that aren’t just studs

• An over the top outrageous cocktail ring designed by Hitchcock Madrona

• A statement necklace that can be considered a weapon

Who are your style icons? 

My mother and my grandmother. Both women always designed their own looks, never following trends or getting caught up in the mainstream. They knew their taste and always dressed in an outfit.

What are your favorite pieces of jewelry that you own? 

This is so difficult!!! I love all of my pieces and proudly display them as works of art on the walls of my bedroom (keeping them hidden in a closet would be criminal). But if I must choose a few, I’d say there are certain pieces I find myself constantly reaching for…. my Surplus tic-tac-toe ring, Hitchcock Madrona leather cuff, Debra Baxter crystal spike necklace, and Iosselliani crystal bib necklace.  I love how each of these pieces effortlessly pairs with other jewelry but can also make a powerful statement individually.

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What do you look for when shopping for jewelry?

Erica and Dustin have taught me well. I love unexpected designs or unexpected pairings among pieces. I look for texture in jewelry and the use of multiple materials in one piece or in an ensemble.

Do you have any pieces of jewelry that are heirloom pieces? What are the stories behind them? 

A few holidays ago, my mother gave me my great grandfather’s gold pocket watch and a beautiful vintage gold chain to wear it with. My great grandfather, Trygve Krug, traveled by ship from Oslo to Philadelphia around 1905. Once in Philadelphia he purchased a “Gentleman’s Elgin pocket watch.” Both the pocket watch and chain date to 1905-1910. Incredibly, the solid gold watch is in excellent condition and works to this day. He had the front case of the watch engraved with his initials “TK” which has extra significance for me because it matches my and my honey’s initials – Tyler and Katie. This embodies what I love most about jewelry – its history and its ability connect generations. Jewelry is one of the few items we possess that will live on past us to experience new life and continue to make history.

How do you like to style your jewelry? 

What I love about jewelry is that it has the power to completely change the tone of an outfit with one or multiple pieces. I’m a firm believer that more is better, so I usually layer it on until I can’t hold my neck up, bend my fingers or fit another bracelet around my wrist!

Do you have any favorite jewelry designers at Hitchcock Madrona? 

Honestly, I love every designer Hitchcock represents. They embody a wide range in style and approach to jewelry. But I especially love the pieces that Hitchcock Madrona designs. Erica and Dustin have a knack for creating unique jewelry that quickly become my staples. The added bonus is the personal connection I feel from being able to hear first-hand the artists’ ideas and inspiration.

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Do you have any jewelry that you consider to be “second skin jewelry”? 

My Hitchcock Madrona shield necklace. It never leaves my neck [and] I love how delicate yet unique it is for a small piece. It goes with everything and I’m pretty sure it gives me super power.

What pieces of jewelry do you own that you consider the most versatile? 

This is shocking coming from me since I refused to wear them until Erica convinced me, but pearl necklaces!  They exude femininity and timelessness with any look. It’s especially fun to layer pearls with skulls or crystals.  I am totally hooked and have finally embraced my birthstone!

Obsession: IOSSELLIANI Statement Necklaces

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Like I said yesterday, not many designers do the statement necklace like IOSSELLIANI. Kate is wearing two IOSSELLIANI necklaces in these shots that we nicknamed “glittery gypsy”. This fall collection is all about space-age, geometric shapes. The stiffness of the spikes contrasts with the liquidity of the chain. Does it get much better???

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Below is a closer look at these amazing necklaces. I can see them worn with a white tank top or a cocktail dress. When a piece is so amazing/outlandish I figure it goes with everything. If you own this I don’t have to tell you how to wear it – you are one cool lady!

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XOXO,

Erica

How Exciting! Fall 2013 IOSSELLIANI

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Yep!  That’s right!  Fall collections are starting to trickle into the store. I know, summer has been a bit weak in the Pacific Northwest. But, I can’t complain about FALL FASHION. Every morning I stare into my closet and an entire army of wool sweaters stare back. I stocked up on a few good quality white t-shirts this summer that I am going to wear with everything. Creative, huh? Jewelry will race to my rescue. A good statement necklace can jazz up any t-shirt/jean shorts combo in a flash and not many designers do the statment necklace as well as our beloved IOSSELLIANI. IOSSELLIANI is a husband and wife duo from Rome, Italy whose designs are fearless, over-the-top and (do I dare say?) sexy! This post is just your teaser (naughty) with more photos of the pieces coming soon! As always, email me if you see something that you want! We only got one….of everything!

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XOXO

Erica

 

Just In: Lisa Battaglia Hats

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We are hat crazy at Hitchcock Madrona! Along with our Kelly Christy designs, we also received our spring order from Lisa Battaglia.  They are conceptual yet totally wearable (from every side of the hat!). This is the first spring we have carried Lisa’s hats – we couldn’t be more pleased! We only received one of each style so be sure to stop by before they’re all snapped up. Lisa’s straw hats are all constructed in her Brooklyn studio. She personally shapes each one by hand with the help of vintage hat blocks.

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This hat is a true work of art! I can’t wait to see the woman that rocks this one. How cool is the shape?!

Keep the sun off your face in style!

XOXO,

Erica

Davenport: Ercolano Jewelry Boxes

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For seven years we’ve been asked if we carry jewelry boxes or could recommend a brand that makes them, but truth be told we never found a line we liked enough to whole-heartedly recommend or to carry. But that was before we discovered Ercolano, an Italian company that makes the most beautiful jewelry boxes we have ever seen! We are so excited to announce that Davenport is carrying Ercolano jewelry boxes (and is Erocolano’s exclusive Seattle retailer)!

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It was pure luck that we found out about Ercolano – we weren’t even on the hunt for jewelry boxes at the time! Ercolano makes all of its inlaid wood jewelry boxes in the city of Sorrento in Southern Italy. Sorrento has a long history of supporting artisans and the region is known in particular for producing outstanding inlaid wood work; when making inlaid wood work, an artisan uses different kinds of wood and a variety of colors of wood to create an image or a design.

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Orlando Ercolano, an expert inlaid wood worker, founded the company in the 1940s. Today it remains a family business, handed down by Orlando to his son Giuseppe. Giuseppe moved the company in a more business minded direction and brought its products to the the United States. Currently, Ercolano is overseen by Orlando’s grandson. We love Ercolano because even while the company has grown and developed, its commitment to creating stunning, impeccably executed jewelry boxes has been constant. These boxes are like works of art in-and-of themselves. They measure  6″ in width and 4″ in height and are the perfect size for a nightstand or dressing table. They are ideal for storing your most special pieces or alternatively those pieces that you reach for every day and that you need to easily find. Stop by Davenport today and see these amazing jewelry boxes for yourself – they are spectacular!

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They come in three sizes and three different color-ways. Be classic with the neutral version or bold with the colorful ones! An ideal gift for the woman who has everything!

XOXO,

Erica & Morrow

Just In: The Moscot CLIPTOSH

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As if we need another reason to love MOSCOT! We just received the CLIPTOSH, clip-on sunglasses that attach to the LEMTOSH frames, and we’re obsessed with them. They’re cool, practical and are so well designed (and ideal for those who wear glasses – no need to buy prescription sunglasses!).

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Erica rocking the CLIPTOSH. Stop by Hitchcock Madrona and check ’em out, but don’t wait too long! We only received a couple of pairs.

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Inspiration: Summer Essentials

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Us Hitchcock Madrona ladies (Dustin’s in Hawaii – lucky!) are so excited that summer has finally come to the Pacific Northwest. We’re celebrating by showcasing some of our favorite must-have items for summer, plus perfectly beachy jewelry now available at Hitchcock Madrona.

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Kate is wearing two brand new Hitchcock Madrona necklaces; they are so colorful and are great worn to the beach or to the office with a crisp white shirt. The designs for the necklaces were really driven by the colors of the resin beads and the black of the horn link-chain. We love pairing turquoise and red together and adding orange to the mix made this color combination even better. We picked the link-chain and the beads up in India during our trip in January; the hardware comes from Italy and is super substantial.

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Stop by Hitchcock Madrona to pick up these perfect summer pieces:

A. Lulu Frost bangle.

B. Iosselliani bracelet.

C. Hitchcock Madrona resin bead and horn link-chain necklace and Hitchcock Madrona multi-gemstone necklace. These are even better when they’re layered together!

D. Hitchcock Madrona canvas tote bag. These come in two sizes and are great for the beach, for travel or for carrying your groceries home from one of Seattle’s many farmer’s markets.

E. Hitchcock Madrona ikat scarf.

F. Moscot sunglasses. We just received our sumer shipment!

Towel by Maslin & Co., available at Davenport.

Stop by Hitchcock Madrona and Davenport for the perfect summer accessories – we can’t wait to see you!

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Event: Kelly Christy Trunk Show TOMORROW

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Our Kelly Christy trunk show is tomorrow!!! Kelly is a wonderful milliner and a new Hitchcock Madrona artist. Her work is amazing and she makes hats that are fabulous but still  great for everyday wear and ones that are definitely a little bit on the outrageous side. We thought we’d share photos of some of her more over-the-top creations – seriously, these are like wearable artworks!

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Stop by tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to see more of Kelly’s incredible hats, sip some champagne and meet Kelly herself. We can’t wait to see you!

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XOXO

Erica

TRUNK SHOW: Kelly Christy Summer Hats

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We are hosting a trunk show on June 13th to welcome renowned milliner Kelly Christy to Hitchcock Madrona! Kelly has worked with some of the most famous names in the fashion world (including Diane von Furstenberg and Cynthia Rowley!) and we are so excited to be the exclusive Seattle retailer of her designs. Stop by Hitchcock Madrona from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to meet Kelly and try on her fabulous hats. We will be serving champagne and appetizers and can’t wait to see all of you then!

XOXO

Erica

Outfit of the Day: Patchwork Jeans and Hitchcock Madrona Tote Bags

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Summer has finally settled in and we are receiving colorful collections daily! Today I was primarily inspired by this IOSSELLIANI collar and my favorite vintage patchwork jeans. After watching the Junya Wantanabe fashion show from a few years back at 3:00am via the iphone style.com app (oh, the things we do to get to sleep!) everything in my life must have patches!  More to come on that this fall…

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Amazing rhinestone collar by IOSSELLIANI from the spring/summer collection. Wowza! Bronze and lapis necklace by Pamela Love. Emerald and sterling silver ring by Hitchcock Madrona.

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Vintage jeans that I scored at an antique store in Winthrop, WA. We were there for my husband’s family reunion (great town!).  When I bought them my husband didn’t realize how important that moment was in history – aren’t they great!? I was so excited because #1, they existed in the universe and #2, they fit!

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We had these wonderful tote bags made for us in India. Composed of sturdy canvas and heavy cotton webbing, they are a stylist and utilitarian summer essential (with a reasonable price tag!). Not only are they ideal for carrying groceries home from the store or from one of Seattle’s many farmer’s markets, but they are also great for travel and the beach.

The bags come in two different sizes (the smaller size is pictured). Stop by and take a look!

XOXO

Erica