Studio Visit: Hitchcock Madrona Private Label Scarves

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If jewelry is our wife then scarves are our mistress. They are a very strong category for us and we love collaborating with our manufacturer to bring bright, fun, fashion-forward (btw – that phrase is so annoying!) scarves to Hitchcock Madrona. They are manufactured in Italy by a decades old mill dedicated to traditional and high quality materials.
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Dustin’s heart lies in textiles. Here he is pouring over the sample swatches.

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We don’t play it safe with our scarves. We love the bold options. YES – buy the pink!

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We meet with our rep, the lovely (and very English) Mr. James Sheed, in his good friend’s custom suiting showroom in downtown Manhattan. As you can imagine, Dustin and James love to talk shop about new wool blends on the market and who is buying (custom) suits. I usually wander back to the seamstresses and spy on them in awe of their talent.

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James is quite amused by us – we are nothing like his usual clients! As our biannual meeting approaches he pops on to the blog to see what we are up to.  We met with him the last week in February so he teased me about our Valentine window (and the fact that I was standing in it).

XOXO

Erica

Outfit Of The Day: Frankenstein and Coco Chanel

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So, this is how we dress up around here… It’s all a little Girl, Interrupted – creepy, pretty, distressed, and shiny. Throw in some pearls and we are ready to party (or just work)!

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As you can see, I used safety pins in my shirt, necklaces, and hair. I like the idea of pinning necklaces onto a garment. They are also holding my shirt together – an old t-shirt of my husbands that we cut apart in the store.

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Vintage silver-tone chains (my own), glass pearl and stone beaded flower Tuileries necklace by Lulu Frost.

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This must be the most amazing and original earring that we have ever featured. Designed by Wouters & Hendrix, this earring is a stud that goes in your traditional piercing and an ear cuff that hooks on the cartilage of your ear. It is light and comfortable to wear (the other side is a tiny gold stud).

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This Ashlyn’d clutch was a natural pick for my outfit. It coordinates perfectly (if I do say so myself)!

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Bracelets: Sterling silver and leather cuff by Hitchcock Madrona and “100 Year” shoe buckle bracelet by Lulu Frost (one-of-a-kind).

Rings: Gold plated cigar bands by Wouters & Hendrix.

Clutch: This fabulous minaudière by Ashlyn’d is so clever. It is painted acrylic which looks like marble – it is light but still substantial. Graphic and mod – such a great touch for an evening out.

 

XOXO,

Erica

 

Just In: Nora Kogan

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Cheers! We have new Nora Kogan!

Kogan’s self-titled collection reflects her worldly nature. She is a talented goldsmith, deeply intertwined in both the design and crafting of her fine jewelry line. Each of her pieces is thoughtfully handmade in New York. Nora’s goal is “to design and create beautiful jewelry that outlives trends.”

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Script Love Ring in yellow gold, we have the rose gold version as well.

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The Black Arcadia Ring is such a stunner, made of sterling silver with a sparkling rock crystal. The Black Rain Ring is a beautiful eternity band made of white gold and black diamonds (yellow gold is available too).

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Nora Kogan’s pieces stack beautifully, as you can see. Millie is wearing the Script Love Ring in yellow gold on her middle finger and the Endless Love (snake) Ring in yellow gold on her ring finger.

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The Man Ray Lips Cuff is what started our OBSESSION with Nora Kogan. This is the sterling silver version with black enamel. So chic.

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How fun are these?! The Eye Ring is sterling silver vermeil and blue/green enamel.

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Matchstick Ring in silver with red enamel.

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Matchstick Earrings in gold vermeil and red enamel.

Come visit to see the rest of the collection. It is fine jewelry with a touch of humor – we love that!

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Just In: Giles & Brother

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We are excited to say that we are now carrying Giles & Brother jewelry at Hitchcock Madrona! Giles & Brother is designed by sibling duo Giles and Philip Crangi. These two dream up some seriously amazing pieces and are inspired by everything under the sun (siting estate jewelry and African textiles as a few recent inspirations). Sade models some of the current collection:

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Gold Rhodium Two-Toned Crystal Encrusted Link Necklace.

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Rose Gold Rhodium Double Hex Cuff (left), Rose Gold Rhodium Long Hex Cuff (right).

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Rose Gold Rhodium Hexagon Earrings.

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Gold Rhodium Two-Toned Crystal Encrusted Link Bracelet (Sade is wearing it as a necklace).

Stop by to try on and see more of this fantastic addition to the store.

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Outfit Of The Day: Feline Meow

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We love us a good graffiti wall. If you are a frequent reader you will notice that I own this dress in two different colors. It is so comfortable and easy to style with a t-shirt, blazer and even a short skirt over it.

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Amazing IOSSELLIANI bracelet in reds and pinks (a favorite color combination). This is light but a powerful statement. The tiny gold chain ring is Catbird – another favorite of mine, so perfect layered or on its own.

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Necklaces: Large Pearl collar from ebay, rhinestone and pearl necklace by Tom Binns, Pyrite bullet necklace by UNEARTHEN, double strand “drunken” pearls by Hitchcock Madrona, and painted pearls by my three year old son.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

XOXO

Erica

Hitchcock Leading Lady: Peggy

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Introducing our good friend and loyal client – Peggy! How beautiful is this person?? Peggy has a confidence that I have always admired. When she walks into a room heads turn – almost like she is a celebrity. Seriously. I have seen it. I think they call that the “X factor”. Whatever it is….she exudes feminine sexy with a side of strength. Just look at that genuine smile, the deep brown eyes, and her ever voluminous hair! She is the total package and we just LOVE her.

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How did you find out about Hitchcock Madrona?

A friend mentioned it was my kind of spot and to get there ASAP. That was 9 years…and a few black velvet bags ago!

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How would define your style?

I think this question is really funny because if I have a style I am unaware of it. Basically I am trying to balance top and bottom and the weather. Recently I have been endeavoring to have a wardrobe where everything goes with everything. Then I compliment my feeling of the day with a balance of gold and silver and sentiment. A friend once said, “Make a place in your boudoir where the feminine pieces of who you are can be seen”. That idea has realized itself into my dressing table that is flooded with pieces I cherish on view so I can choose from them. They are all displayed in old sterling silver containers and framed by my altar to love and friendship. The altar is a collection of tokens the universe puts in my path, like heart rocks and snippets of poetry and quotations, and little treasures from my Dad who passed when I was 29 and my nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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

Typically my heart simply shouts, “This is yours”. It is really a gentle nudge, but once I’ve felt it, I can’t let it go. The first time this happened was in Portland one weekend. I was bridesmaid dress hunting with my sister for our mother’s late August wedding in Upstate New York. Our Mom had requested we wear lavender and we were determined to wear our lavender dresses and jump in Lake George after the reception. After purchasing disposable dresses my sister and I invested in jewelry we loved. I chose a generous emerald cut aquamarine knuckle grazer framed by diamonds. That baby took to swimmin’ like a mermaid. The dress was never seen again.

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

An opera length string of pearls, gold and gemstone stackable rings, and oversized gold hoops.

Who are your style icons?

When I was a girl I admired Coco Chanel. Recently I am crushing on Taylor Tomasi Hill. I like the confidence and edginess of her combinations, accessories and killer boots. Plus that hair! Its Disney heroine hair!

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What are your favorite pieces of jewelry that you own?

Three bracelets a friend gave me over time, a Hitchcock Bronze Cuff, a Lanvin Choker and my Pomellato Nudo rings. These are all investment pieces and I cherish each and every one.

What do you look for when shopping for jewelry?

Truly, I let me heart do the nudging…

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

I am blessed with a few things from each of my grandmothers. From Letitia, a gold cocktail ring, shaped like a flower whose petals are dusted with diamonds. It suits me and reminds me of Letitia’s grace and independence. She had it made for herself when she was 65 years old! I also have my father’s great grandfather’s wedding band from 1898. I wear that daily under my Hitchcock Ganesha ring, a signature piece.

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How do you like to style your jewelry?  

As encouraged by friends, “Layer it Baby!” I believe that’s a verbatim line by two girl friends!

Do you have any favorite jewelry designers at Hitchcock Madrona?

I love the solid statement pieces Erica and Dustin create. They have a way of finding a missing hole in all our accessory lives and filling it, beautifully.

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

My Unearthen bullet necklace and a diamond drop necklace Erica reworked for me. She took it out of the bad part of the 1980s and made it subtle 2000s! I also wear a Hawaiian gold bracelet with a message from my Dad.

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

Everything I own. It is all so eclectic. I just grab what I am feeling and put it on. Then I roll.

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XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Signature Piece: Xenia Mara Goddess Necklace

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The question that I get the most is: “How do I layer necklaces?” There are a few easy techniques that can guide your composition. Before we get into the basics of layering, I would like to introduce the Xenia Mara Goddess necklace, one of my essential jewelry wardrobe picks. Goddess necklaces come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. As you can see, they are silver/black, copper/warm, or bronze based. These are invaluable for your layering combinations. The foundation for all genius necklace moments. I cannot live without mine.

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All of these are on the longer side, but Xenia does a short version that is easily thrown on for work or play. They are chunky and cool – stand alone pieces.

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If one of these three necklaces is not perfect we can customize a Xenia Mara goddess necklace for you! Your custom necklace will be perfect for your body and work seamlessly with your current jewelry wardrobe. A great option for the perfect layering piece! We just got a whole new batch. Come visit – there is one for every woman.

XOXO

Erica

 

Father’s Day Gift Hint: Hitchcock Madrona Jewelry

Posted by & filed under Dustin, Gift Ideas, OOTD, Uncategorized.

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Father’s Day is tomorrow! Whether your man is a jewelry lover, or you want to push his style boundaries a bit, we have got you covered. Both Hitchcock classics, our sterling silver cuff (bronze and copper versions too!) and signet ring are wonderful options for dad.

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Our sterling silver and leather cuff has been one of our most popular items for years (for women and men). We just love a big cuff with a masculine vibe and we think he will too! It is effortlessly cool, a little tough and totally edgy.

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Our cuffs are comfortable and stylish, timeless and sophisticated – an instant classic. They only get better and better with time as the leather breaks in and softens, and the metal develops its own unique patina. It is such a special piece and one that adds an instantly cool vibe to any jewelry collection.

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Signet rings are a jewelry wardrobe essential. For our in-house design we put a twist on the classic Signet with an oxidized frame and gave it a more substantial weight – perfect for your man.

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We will be open tomorrow (10am-5pm) for any of your last minute Father’s Day gift needs!

 

XOXO

Team Hitchcock

Father’s Day Gift Hint: Steel & Wood Boxes

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We are absolutely in LOVE with these handmade wood and steel boxes. They are the perfect size for your man to unload his pockets into when he gets home. Wallet, keys, watch, sunglasses, you get the picture.

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The patina of the steel is perfection – a handsome oil-slick look.

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Great for the entryway or the bedside table, these are a stylish way to keep clutter at bay!

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We have a limited quantity of these gorgeous boxes so swing by the store soon to pick up this perfectly practical present for dad!

XOXO

Team Hitchcock