The most important machine in the shoe making world, the COFFEE MACHINE. It's our equivalent of the water cooler and there is literally one in every single workroom, office, studio and showroom I visit.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Alice is forever and she is alive. That is why I am in Wonderland.
Alice's story encapsulates colour, intellect and best of all, imagination.
I remember snuggling to up to her tale,
under the warm bed covers,
reading her story of madness and mayhem.
I hoped that perhaps,
I may end down the rabbit hole also.
The book was a gift that inspired.
habbot’s new spring 2014 collection is inspired by Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, written of course by the one and only Lewis Carroll.
It’s one of the most imaginative pieces of writing I know and has stood the test of time both in terms of originality and quality.
I’ve borrowed colour references from the many versions of Alice,
and translated them into my shoes.
The softness and femininity of her pale blue and white pinafore is a cleverly orchestrated contrast to the vibrant setting and inhabitants of Wonderland .
This inspired me to select a similarly diverse palette that illustrators used to link Alice to her strange new world.
Many of my chosen colours and materials are my interpretations of specific characters within the story.
The ‘treacle’ ballet in aquamarine and silver stripe is clearly an Alice-inspired style,
the ‘dee’ glitter lace-up has a definite white-rabbit-wearability to it.
Boldly striped ballet flats are a nod to the Cheshire cat,
black and white leather combinations link back to the monochrome queen of heart’s playing card soldiers.
Inspirations have come from a quote or passage in the books such as the ‘riddle’
silver desert boot or the canary yellow hole punch brogue which I see more as a reflection of the underlying strength of character Alice draws on as the story unfolds.
It’s these layers to the story that make it such a special piece of writing.
The messages in the story are many and varied from one reader to the next, but I think we can all take something away from Lewis Carroll’s work that will either
uplift us or remind us that a bit of ‘madness’ in life is actually a good thing.
If an unexpected path leads to a potentially colourful outcome then it’s a path worth taking.
Friday, July 04, 2014
Today we’re very proud to release our first short film. It is based on the premise of ‘Treasure the ones you love’ and answers the question of how far we would go to protect and cherish those we hold dear. It is a beautiful and far reaching idea, which in the film’s case relates to the special shoe loves in our life … but of course need not be confined to footwear alone!To celebrate the launch of the short film, we are giving away 3 tickets to each of the Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces at the NGV in July. So you can spoil yourself and two other ‘loved ones’ to a night out on us.
1. Watch the short film below.
2. Tell us how you treasure the ones you love in a comment below. They might be people, places or things so let your mind run free and tell us your best treasuring technique!
1. Prizes relate to the Friday night events at the NGV in Melbourne on Friday 11th, 18th, 25th July 2014, from 5:30-9:30.
2. Winners will be announced the Wednesday before each Friday night via email. (Wed 9th, 16th, 23rd July.) Email addresses will not display to public in comment.
3. Winners must be available to attend the specified date and be able to make their own way to the NGV in Melbourne.
4. Prize includes ticket entry price only.
5. For More information on the event, visit the NGV website here.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Exciting happenings are afoot in South Melbourne, which is soon to become the home of new women’s shoe retailer, Victorine. Named after Victorine Meurent who was best known as the favourite model of Edouard Manet, but was also an artist in her own right … and a musician … singer …. and teacher!
She was also a fiery red head … and considered a very independent woman of that era. So it’s no surprise that the new store will stock a rather brilliant collection of international and local shoe labels all with a strength of character befitting their namesake.
We are thrilled to be working with the Victorine team in our first habbot collaboration so you’ll find habbot shoes amongst the flat-shoe-only offering! The collaborative process is a new one for me, and I love the attitude to colour that Victorine have brought to the table. We share a love of bold and unexpected colour combinations and if these samples are anything to go by, we’re in for a very exciting ride together. Watch this space.
In the meantime, I encourage you to add Victorine to your list of wonderful newness to follow! Their blog is a fabulous indication of what’s in store. Visit it today. www.victorine.com.au
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Early production has begun on the next collection and a whole lot of holes are on the cards. If you’ve been following my movements for a while you’ll know that I’m a big fan of anything round, and there’s not a habbot season that I haven’t opted for a circular motif in some shape or form. This time I’ve chosen a happy blend of tiny pin-punching and chubby laser cut holes to head the collection. Here’s a taste of how they’re coming along in Italy as we speak.