Fall Collections 2013: Venessa Arizaga

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We’ve received our fall order from Venessa Arizaga and the collection is awesome! Her jewelry is so playful and fun.  Arizaga’s collection has a wonderfully whimsical spirit.  Every piece she and her team hand fabricates in her Brooklyn studio.  This season she incorporated brightly colored threads and crystals with black and metallic hues.  We are dying for that bright pink one!  Neon pink for fall?!  Yes, please.  While it can sometimes be challenging to wear clothes in bold colors it is MUCH easier to sport brightly colored accessories even as we move into fall.  Bored with your basic wardrobe – make a statement with a rich, sparkly collar.

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Rhinestone, silver-tone chain and thread collars by Venessa Arizaga.

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XOXO

Erica

Artist Profile: we like to lounge

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we like to lounge dreamcatchers hanging from the trees in Port Townsend, WA.

 

We posted a  few weeks ago about we like to lounge, a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona. As promised here is an interview with we like to lounge designer Kate Donahue (yes, our Kate!). Enjoy . . .

 

What inspired you to create a line of dream catchers? What made you decide to make the dreamcatchers out of leather, lace and other high-end materials? 

Looking over the bags and bags of beautiful ribbon and lace that I have collected over the years in my apartment, I decided that I needed to start creating! I wanted to use the two ethereal materials (lace and leather) together to create something unique and dreamy. The dreamcatcher was born. In my mind it just seemed fitting; I am a self-diagnosed hopeless romantic dreamer and always have been. Why fight it? The purpose of my dreamcatchers (at least in my mind) is to “catch” the good dreams while filtering out the bad – I love that.

 

How does your background in fashion influence your designs? 

My clothing designs have always revolved around beautiful fabrics. I strongly believe that the quality of materials used in any design will make or break it. Quality over quantity is always how I’ve lived my life.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your design process for the dreamcatchers?

I am obsessed with different textures. Lace, leather, ribbon – it all inspires. Mixing these textures/materials is where the “designing” happens. The materials guide every decision. The simplest knot in a strip of lace can affect its placement. From there I focus on a color scheme: right now I love neutrals. I hand-dye my materials to achieve my desired color. After working at Hitchcock Madrona for two years,the semi-precious stones (pyrite and crystals) had to be in the mix!

 

What designers (clothing or otherwise) have especially influenced your aesthetic? 

As stated above, I am more influenced by materials than other designers. I also love references from the past, such as the black leather and lace dream catcher affectionately named “Stevie”.

 

About how long does it take you to complete a dreamcatcher?

It is an ongoing process. I can’t really say exactly how long – anywhere from two days to two weeks.  My apartment is my studio so I am surrounded by dream catchers 24/7, thus I am always tinkering with them.

 

What can we look forward to seeing from we like to lounge in the future?

Lots. I am a big dreamer after all.

 

Photos just do not do these beautiful creations justice, stop by the store and ask to see them in person!

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

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Fall Collections 2013: Wouters & Hendrix

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’re carrying Wouters and Hendrix, a new line to Hitchcock Madrona! The line was started in 1984 by two friends and designers, Katrin Wouters and Karin Hendrix. They both received their degrees in goldsmithing from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, their home town. Their creative collaboration matured and today Wouters and Hendrix is a fixture in Antwerp’s dynamic fashion scene. This has allowed the two friends to work in increasingly fine material; most of their jewelry is now made using sterling silver and they incorporate semi-preciuous stones into their designs. In 2007, Wouters and Hendrix began working in gold and further expanded their brand with fine jewelry collections.

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The designers keep the brand’s look classic, yet they’re not afraid to mix it up a little bit with pieces that are bolder (but still totally wearable). The jewelry is beautifully made and possessed of a unique vision; we’re sure that you’ll love it just as much as we do.

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock Madrona

Event: FARIS Trunk Show TONIGHT!

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Join us tonight for a trunk show celebrating FARIS, a new jewelry line at Hitchcock Madrona. Meet designer Faris Du Graf and help Hitchcock Madrona welcome her to the boutique. We are thrilled to be carrying FARIS jewelry and we’re sure that you will love it just as much as we do. See you tonight!

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock Madrona

Artist Profile: Faris Du Graf of F A R I S

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The beautiful Faris in her Seattle studio.

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Faris at work in her studio.

 

Faris Du Graf of F A R I S is the newest artist to Hitchcock Madrona. Faris is a local artist, handcrafting beautiful jewelry that is playful and powerful all at once. Best and self described as “both streetwise and architectural. Her pieces reflect the balance and beauty of juxtaposition”. We are thrilled to welcome F A R I S to our store.

How would you describe your line’s aesthetic?

Modernist silhouettes, classic appeal, thoughtful assembly with a touch of humor.

 

How did you become interested in designing jewelry?

I’ve always been interested in design and making—I’m sure not unlike most girls. I always had a beading kit for friendship bracelets and daisy chains. Grandma taught me how to sew and crochet. But metalsmithing was something I always wanted to learn. So about 6 years ago I took a class and fell in love. It allowed me to explore more freely and create designed I dreamt.

 

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

Each collection is based on an imaginary muse. For the PRIMARY collection, my lady was a metropolitan modern day Anni Albers. For NINETYSIX, my muse was a cross between Bjork, Aaliyah and Kate Moss. But in general, my lady is artful, intelligent, practical and confident.

 

What do you particularly love about designing jewelry?

I love the ability to take small amounts of material and create something beautiful, that is meant to last forever.

 

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

A simple necklace, a statement piece and a pair of hoops. Every lady needs some hoops.

 

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

Making it work. I can sketch and imagine, but how do I create it? It’s very much a discovery process. I’m not formally trained, but I’m curious and tactile. Figuring out how to create a piece that is structurally sound is just as important to how beautiful it is. They’re little pieces of architecture.

 

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

Being able to share my art.

 

Hitchcock Madrona is hosting a Trunk Show this Thursday, the 22nd, to unveil the F A R I S collection. Come join us in celebrating F A R I S!

 

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock

Fall 2013 Collections: Lulu Frost

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Lulu Frost never disappoints! We were all positively giddy when her fall collection arrived. When Dustin and I met with Lisa, the designer, at her studio in New York last February she was so excited about the opalized glass that she found for this collection. Love it!

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The Lulu Frost jewelry for fall is so fun and opulent. We have pieces in from the “Super Nova” collection that definitely have a celestial quality to them. In fact, they’re positively stellar!

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If you are a Lulu Frost collector come visit soon. We only have one of everything and they are all wonderful. Holiday party perfect!

XOXO

Erica

 

Event: Trunk Show for F A R I S Jewelry

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Please join us on Thursday, August 22nd for a trunk show celebrating jewelry designer Faris Du Graf and her line Faris! Champagne and appetizers will be served. The artist will be in attendance so this is an event you don’t want to miss! Stop by Hitchcock Madrona between 5:30 and 7:30 to meet Faris and view her gorgeous jewelry collection. We’ll see you then!

XOXO,

Team Hitchcock Madrona

Just In: Eddie Borgo Fall 2013 – It's BORGEOUS!

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New Eddie Borgo jewelry is in and it is literally jaw dropping! He went above and beyond with this collection and has created pieces unlike anything we have ever seen (and that’s saying something!). The primary inspiration behind his jewelry for fall 2013 is Cleopatra – think cow horns referencing the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis (who Cleopatra modeled herself after), scarabs, pyramidal shapes, jade (one of the Cleopatra’s favorite stones) and jewelry that’s lavish and over-the-top, just like the ancient Egyptian queen herself.

If you’re a fan of Eddie Borgo then you MUST stop by Hitchcock Madrona and check these pieces out! They have to be seen to be believed.

Just In: Eddie Borgo Fall 2013 – It’s BORGEOUS!

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New Eddie Borgo jewelry is in and it is literally jaw dropping! He went above and beyond with this collection and has created pieces unlike anything we have ever seen (and that’s saying something!). The primary inspiration behind his jewelry for fall 2013 is Cleopatra – think cow horns referencing the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis (who Cleopatra modeled herself after), scarabs, pyramidal shapes, jade (one of the Cleopatra’s favorite stones) and jewelry that’s lavish and over-the-top, just like the ancient Egyptian queen herself.
If you’re a fan of Eddie Borgo then you MUST stop by Hitchcock Madrona and check these pieces out! They have to be seen to be believed.

Fall Preview: To Catch a Cab

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Here is a sneak peak of the fabulous Fall 2013 collections rolling into Hitchcock Madrona…

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Ready for a late summer weekend getaway with MOSCOT sunglasses and a Barbour bag.

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Wouters & Hendrix Square Coral ring, Lulu Frost Orbit bracelets.

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Eddie Borgo jade and onyx Horn Pendant necklace.

Lots more to come!

XOXO,

Kate