Halloween: MAD MAX in MADRONA

Posted by & filed under Dannijo, Eddie Borgo, Halloween, Hitchcock Madrona Signature, Inspiration, Lulu Frost, Mariella Pilato, Surplus, Uncategorized, Xenia Mara.

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make upHalloween time at Hitchcock Madrona!  That means get in a costume that you can’t breath in, perch precariously on a rocky cliff, and wear all the jewels.  This year I was transfixed with the imagery of the new Mad Max movie.  I am old enough to remember the old movies (although not very clearly) which were brilliant.  But, any movie with Grace Jones is automatically in the reference data base that is our minds….

reposeSister soldiers…..this could easily be Millie and I at closing time the Saturday before Mother’s Day in the boutique.

fightDo you have a boss like this?!?!?  Xenia Mara chains are worn as belts and with more belts worn as belts.

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make upMillie is wearing (amongst a lot of items from our prop closet) our sexy black leather driving gloves.  One pair left in store!

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make upDramatic rhinestone earrings by Dannijo.  These are tough yet feminine – the Dannijo sister’s are the masters of a complex design.  So talented!

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make up, lulu frost, druzy, cocktail ringI am wearing two double pointed quartz necklaces by Xenia Mara (shortest necklace and spiky under layer), braided leather and chrome clasp choker by Hitchcock Madrona, Rhinestone necklace by Lulu Frost, and (last but not least) the largest of the steel “bug” collection by Surplus.  Of course, a look is never complete without a large Hitchcock Druzy Ring in sterling silver.

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make upMillie’s fur vest is designed by CFAN.  Beanie hats by CFAN available in-store now.  They are just as fierce as the vest but more wearable on the daily.

layingDouble Hitchcock Cuff!  The sterling silver version (available online) is everyday must have for Millie and I.  We are naked without it!  I have layered mine with a classic Eddie Borgo cone bracelet and his pave pyramid bracelet (both in gunmetal).

mad max, jewelry, steel, crystal, xenia mara, cfan, hitchcock madrona, halloween, costume, make upThe sales warriors are ready for the holiday season!  We have on our heavy metal and are geared up for all our holiday collections which will be arriving throughout November.

Please email us at: info@hitchcockmadrona.com for purchase details on anything I have mentioned.

Have a MAD Halloween!

XOXO,

Erica

Just In: Surplus Angel Bugs

Posted by & filed under Just In, Surplus, Uncategorized.

It’s edgy. It’s unique.  It’s a new design from Surplus!
Leave it to Harriet to bring us something fresh, unexpected, and completely cool.  These strikingly sculptural steel necklaces are completely up for your own interpretation.  I thought they were industrial angels, Erica told me they were bugs, now I’m onto the possibility of birds,  planes, or Superman . . .

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Surplus steel necklaces, chain and French elastic versions.

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” This quote by Edgar Degas is perfect for Surplus.

Harriet is a true artist, what does she make you see?

xKate

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD: Concrete Casual featuring Surplus Steel and Pearls

Posted by & filed under Kelly Christy, OOTD, Surplus, What I'm Wearing.

Time for “transitional” dressing!  No coat, straw hat – spring is right around the corner!  The jewels in today’s look are heavy (looking) steel pieces by Surplus.  Designer, Harriet MacNamara stumbled on these amazing gears, filed them down (as to not impale yourself) and wrapped them in leather.  Combined with my costume pearls, silk shirt and Kelly Christy fedora this is the perfect outfit to welcome spring while saying goodbye to winters cold-combating layers.
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We just got in spring hats!  They are tailored and sophisticated – a great investment.  The collection has mostly traditional shapes with pops of colorful grosgrain ribbon here and there.  Full post on the spring hat collection by Kelly Christy for Hitchcock Madrona coming next week.  I can guarantee you will love the different materials we are debuting.

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My diamond dot is hiding – can you see it???

Necklaces (short to long): Grey costume pearls and spikes (personal), Steel gears and leather necklace by Surplus, piles of costume pearls (personal), abstract steel pendant by Surplus.  Closer look below!

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Bracelets: Shark tooth cuff in bronze by Hitchcock Madrona and planetary bracelet by Subversive Jewelry (the only bracelet in the Subversive Jewelry collection!)

Rings: Iolite and Sterling Silver Cocktail ring by Hitchcock Madrona (left) and “Sputnik” steel ring by Surplus.  I love this Surplus ring – it is the embodiment of Harriet’s personal style!  Maybe not for everyone, certainly not the faint of heart!  You will truly command respect in this piece.  What more can we ask for in a piece of jewelry?  Pretty???  No thank you – we prefer bossy.

 

We hope the sun is shining where you are!  I can feel it on me now – oh finally!

XOXO

Erica

Who’s the Lucky Lady? Eddie Borgo Scarab

Posted by & filed under Surplus, Uncategorized.

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“What is THAT!?” This question, usually riddled with excitement, is heard frequently at Hitchcock Madrona. In the last few months this question has, more often than not, been in regards to the Pre-Fall 2013 Eddie Borgo Scarab necklace. Featuring red agat,  jade, onyx, and pave crystals this necklace, excuse me, WORK OF ART, is no short of breathtaking. This piece is a showstopper. Did I mention the crystal encrusted wings are hinged to move with your body? And that the necklace clasp is decorative enough to be a statement of its own?  The detail of this beauty is unprecedented.

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Sometimes in life there is something so spectacular it is worth throwing all practicality out of the window… THIS is it. To have this necklace in your arsenal, to bust out a few times a year… WOW. We are challenging you, the women of Seattle, to find the fabulous New Yorker and the fierce Parisian that (we know) is inside of you and step up to the plate. Who IS the lucky lady? This is no mere statement necklace, this is a declaration of power, style, and beauty.

 

xKate

Outfit of the Day: Suspenders and a Jumble

Posted by & filed under Fall Collections, Iosselliani, Lulu Frost, OOTD, Surplus, Uncategorized, Vintage, Xenia Mara.

Piles and piles of necklaces today!  We have some nice weather and I am enjoying the crisp fall air and blue skies (for now).  Fall is going to be hitting the shop in full force next week with coats by Christine Chaney.  Can’t wait!
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Xenia Mara copper circles, vintage pearls, and steel and pearl necklace by Surplus.  I have on my wedding necklace (diamond and sapphire) along with a charm for my son and a gold shield ready to be monogrammed.  Italian made pocket square as a pop of color on my suspender.

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On my right hand I have a vintage wood bangle (delicate gold band on my ring finger).  My left hand is featuring a Lulu Frost 100 year shoe buckle. We have three versions in stock – all are spectacular.  Perfect for a winter wedding or holiday party.

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These IOSSELLIANI stacking rings are a modern classic.  They are so comfortable, such a rich statement for every occasion. Stacked all on one finger they pack a beautiful punch but they are also lovely sprinkled throughout your other rings. Lots of options, love it!

XOXO

Erica

 

Outfit of the Day: Summer Bowler Hat

Posted by & filed under Dustin, Inspiration, Iosselliani, Lulu Frost, OOTD, Surplus, Uncategorized.

My vintage bowler hat finally made an appearance!  For some reason this is the only hat that I own that I don’t love wearing.  I always feel a bit “costume-y” in it.  I needed to post this OOTD before summer is long, long gone (because yes, it is GONE in Seattle).
Necklaces: (shortest to longest) IOSSELLIANI black and gold spike collar, Lulu Frost Deco fan sparkle and Surplus Pearl and steel (my fav combo!).

hat&ringsRings tiny and large – no middle ground around here!  18K gold and diamond delicate rings (I’m wearing 4) and extra large iolite cocktail ring.  All rings are Hitchcock Madrona.

Bracelets: IOSSELLIANI black and gold studded cuff (um, on sale people!!  Call us!) and Eddie Borgo silver spike cuff.

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Dustin and I are off to Austin, Texas this week.  Expect some fabulous vintage jewelry finds when we return.  Visit Kate she will be here holding it down for the team.

XOXO

Erica

Who’s the Lucky Lady? Surplus Edition

Posted by & filed under Fall Collections, Inspiration, Lulu Frost, MOSCOT, Obsession, OOTD, Surplus, Uncategorized, Vintage.

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How amazing is this piece by Harriet McNamara for her line Surplus?  She calls it “The World” but I think “The Universe” is more appropriate.  A crown, rhinestone person, Sputnik, cherubs, stars….it’s all in there!  Harriet surprises and delights us every time.

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I have paired “The World” with my treasured Lanvin necklace traded at driftwood consignment (score!) and my Lulu Frost Impromptu necklace.  Obsessed!  Too much?? NAH!

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Grunya Black frames by MOSCOT.

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My Eddie Borgo cone bracelet is working overtime!

Fall is coming (kind of) and we are starting to wear a few more layers.  Although, the store is as warm as ever (darn that afternoon sun!).  I can’t wait until I can get my 57 pairs of boots out!!!

XOXO

Erica

Hitchcock Leading Lady: Katie

Posted by & filed under Iosselliani, Pamela Love, Surplus, Uncategorized.

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!

Outfit of the Day: Surplus Jewelry and Overalls

Posted by & filed under OOTD, Surplus, Trunk Show.

We had the best time at the Surplus trunk show! This is what I wore the day before when we were setting up the show. My husband gets a kick out of these overalls – he can’t seem to come up with the right word for them……”those are the opposite of sexy. Whatever that is – you are!” Nice. Thanks.

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Leather and Steel Bracelets by Surplus.

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“Cathedral Door” Necklace (red) and “Tic-Tac-Toe” Necklace by Surplus. (others are my own)

The “Tic-Tac-Toe” line that Harriet makes is one of my favorite concepts she explores in her work. She was inspired by children’s toys and created these about a year ago. They became an instant classic in her line. I think the shape is so whimsical and fun! It is very wearable but sculptural. She also has a bracelet and a ring version.

We are gearing up for our big India event next Saturday! I hope everyone can come and see what we have been working on for last three months.

XOXO

Erica

 

Inspiration: Mixing Fine and Fashion Jewelry

Posted by & filed under Loren Stewart, Surplus, Uncategorized.

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Wearing fine jewelry and fashion jewelry at the same time can be a challenge. You want to make a statement but not be too over-the-top (no one wants to look like a fashion victim), you want each piece to stand out and above all, you want to convey your personal style. Mixing and matching fine and fashion jewelry is a fun and youthful approach to accessorizing. But how do you make sure your beautiful, subtle heirloom diamond pendant that you wear all the time is not completely overshadowed by the fabulous and dramatic necklace you’re dying to show off? Hitchcock Madrona shows you how.

Step 1: Start out with the smaller, more delicate pieces. These pieces may include the jewelry that you sleep in, shower in, and keep on for months at a time. They will act as your base layer and most fine jewelry is of this variety. We took a photo of some of our favorite Loren Stewart rings that can serve as examples.

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Step 2: Incorporate something special. Adding an heirloom necklace that has been passed down for generations in your family or that amazing bracelet you got on your travels lends a special element to your look that can’t be bought.

Step 3: Add fashion pieces slowly. Pause and really think about the effect that each piece of jewelry has on your overall look. Does it enhance and show off the more delicate pieces? The goal when mixing these two jewelry genres is that they build off of each other. Typically, you want to have on more fine jewelry than fashion jewelry.

Step 4: Think in terms of odd numbers when layering. Wearing two delicate necklaces and one larger dramatic necklace is a nice option. With rings, consider wearing one larger ring (may we suggest the Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring?!) and pairing it with two that are small and skinny.

Step 5: Mix metals and materials. You want the pieces you choose to be different and distinct from one another so that they don’t blend together. Wearing and mixing different colors, stones and metals together will help you achieve this effect.

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We think these guidelines work well but none of the steps outlined above are hard-and-fast rules. Even though layering jewelry can be a little daunting it should always be fun first and foremost.