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Friday, January 09, 2015

An exciting and rewarding opportunity exists as sales manager of the Melbourne Strand arcade store of Melbourne based women’s footwear and accessories brand, habbot. 
Full time role
Melbourne CBD location (Strand arcade location accessed via the Emporium.)
Opportunity to work within a close knit management team to directly influence growth path of this flourishing business. 

habbot is proudly owned and operated in Melbourne by Annie Abbott with the help of her small team of marketing, design and sales professionals. Each habbot collection is designed in Melbourne and hand made by a team of skilled craftsmen in Italy. habbot currently operates three Melbourne stores and ecommerce site www.habbotstudios.com and prides itself on offering outstanding quality footwear and accessories in unexpected materials and colour palettes. 

We are seeking a candidate that possesses the following attributes; 
Vibrant and naturally energetic personality who thrives within the retail sales environment. 
High achiever and natural team player excited at the prospect of leading and motivating our strand arcade team. 
Ability to read and respond to different customer personality types and offer them a consistently excellent level of service at all times. 
An interest in the creative process and manufacture of quality goods with an appreciation of bold colour and unique design. 
Excellent communication and people management skills that enable the successful applicant to serve as a resource for all members of the organisation. 
Ability to work autonomously and demonstrate initiative. 
Previous experience as a store manager or assistant manager in a similar retail environment. 
Computer literacy (MS Office)

The successful candidate will be expected to take on these roles and responsibilities;
Develop and maintain good customer relationships associated with the Strand Melbourne store.
Introduce a variety of methods to motivate team members to achieve sales targets and uphold company values. 
Work alongside other sales and marketing team members to conceive, implement and deliver on innovative sales and marketing strategies. 
Organise and maintain procedures involved in the day-to-day running of the strand arcade store including staff rosters, communication of company policies, VM adjustments and stock control. 

To apply for this role, please send a copy of your resume with covering letter that briefly addresses these three questions (200 words or less) to info@habbotstudios.com
1. What do you hope to gain by taking this role at habbot?
2. What do you consider your most valuable attribute for this particular role?
3. Name three brands (other than habbot) that represent your own personal style and/or values and briefly explain why.

Good Chilli Tidings from habbot

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Italy, a chilli is the symbol for good luck and protection and the habbot team have been celebrating this festive season with the chilli, spreading good chilli tidings! 

Our store windows are full of luscious, fiery red chillis and we spent our christmas party at the Pop up Patch at federation square planting out seasonal chillis, even the brown thumbs amongst us. 

Note: now is the time to plant in Melbourne and we hope you enjoy our chilli video!

Our Italian shoe makers have also been busily preparing a special festive season release of glitter shoes, with the finest of Italian leather bonded with glitter pieces, in classic loafer, derby lace-up and point pump styles. 

In a palette of red, navy, black, soft gold and gunmetal glitter these styles will add the necessary sparkle, you'll glisten brightly all season long!

I would like to wish you good luck for the festive season and New Year ahead. 

Good chilli tidings!      Annie x

You helped us raise $1794 for the ACRC.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Thanks to our wonderful customers who purchased a pair or two of the limited edition habbot for TDFOH collection in the lead up to and during the Open House.

We joined The Design Files in their support of the Asylum Resource Centre’s Christmas appeal and added $1,794 to the total, by donating 10% of each pair sold.photo: Amelia Stanwix.

The excitement for me officially began last Tuesday when I delivered the shoes to the wonderful (and very appreciative) TDF team, then was lucky enough to attend the VIP night on Wednesday prior to doors opening to the public on Thursday morning. photo: Amelia Stanwix.

I have to say the Open House team looked faultless, no matter how busy they became in their habbot shoes along with Armor Lux tops from The Standard Store.
Congratulations to Lucy and Lisa-Marie from TDF, and Esther and Emma at The Project Agency and their teams for again holding such an inspiring and successful Open House. Long live great design!

Door & Bell are in the house

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

During the week, I was lucky enough to play Santa to the Open House team and
deliver to each wonderful woman, her very own pair from the limited edition
habbot for TDFOH collection!

Door and Bell went for a closer inspection of the Open House. Enjoy a sample of
what we saw and make sure to get along to the house at 12 Smith Street

Collingwood, before the doors close this Sunday at 5. 

All images by Amelia Stanwix.

The Design Files shoes have arrived

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I can’t believe it was nearly three months ago that I began squirreling away on a special capsule of shoes for The Design Files Open House event, while on a design tour in Italy. And now they’ve arrived!

Introducing ‘Door’ the lace-up and … wait for it …. ‘Bell’ the relaxed loafer. Do you like what I’ve done there?!

View the six shoe capsule collection here.

  Door and Bell have a lot in common, not only are they made with the finest Italian leather and hand-crafted in Italy, they also share the Design Files inspired palette of blue, grey and purple.  
They will be worn by the Open House team during the event from 4-7 December. You too could be sporting your own pair of the limited edition habbot for TDFOH collection … even before the Open House commences next week as we’ve released them on-line and in our three Melbourne stores today
As this is a very limited capsule, with only 22 to be released ever in each of the 6 styles, you’ll need to be quick to own a pair. We’re also following TDF team’s lead and donating 10% of every pair sold up until the end of the Open House to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Christmas appeal so it's a win-WIN purchase!

habbot on enbrogue.com

Friday, November 21, 2014

A month or so again my friend Sally gave me a copy of Hannah Rochell’s ‘enbrogue’ book which takes her love affair with flat shoes from her popular UK based blog ‘enbrogue.com’ and puts it in print. It is a gem and one of the best unexpected gifts I’ve received in ages. Thanks Sally!


So you can imagine how very excited I was to hear that Hanna was excited to feature our new habbot collection in her work!

Image: Hannah Rochell watercolour of habbot 'hatter' loafers.

Today on her blog, Hannah talks habbot and includes a hand drawn illustration of our ‘hatter’ loafer. I’ll admit, I had a little ‘moment’ with myself yesterday when I saw it for the first time … straight to the pool room with that! In all seriousness, I’ve never seen habbot in watercolour – it’s a very special day. photo: habbot 'hatter' loafers and 'quill' ballets.

On a slightly less emotional note … she’s running a comp for all her readers to win the hatter shoes so I’d definitely recommend you get on board with that over at her blog here …. www.enbrogue.com
Thanks Hannah … you’ve made my month!
Annie xx

 Leading up to The Design Files Open House, editor of The Design Files, Lucy Feagins was happy to share her innermost shoe thoughts with us. Lucky us.

Lucy in white habbot ‘Dee’ lace-ups inside The Design Files Open House 2014. Photo: Sean Fennessy

habbot are proud supporters of the Open House 2014, designing a limited edition capsule of shoes especially for the team to wear across the 4 days of the project (yes, you too can own a pair!)

As the images of the open house below suggest, it’s going to be rather special so we're sure to see you all there ... but in the meantime here are Lucy's answers to the BIG shoe questions!

Photo: Eve Wilson for the design files Open House.

Photo: Eve Wilson for the design files Open House.

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?

Actually, I recently returned from a very special honeymoon in Paris, London and Rome and I brought back 3 pairs of amazing shoes - in their boxes!


How do you store your shoes – are you a box stacker, a shoe rack fan, or a pile builder?

Girly shoes always in their boxes, sneakers / converse in a bit of a jumble I’m afraid!


When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes? Coffee table, front door, under the couch?

I must admit at the moment I’m so busy in the lead up to Open House, my shoes seem to end  up all over the house - a pair under the coffee table, another at the bottom of the stairs, one in the bathroom… you get the idea! I think I’ve temporarily regressed to my teenage years.


What’s your earliest shoe memory?

My earliest shoe memory would be having lollipop pink hi-top converse in primary school and decorating them with glitter pens and biro.  I think I was channeling a kind of ‘Punky Brewster’ vibe.


What’s your go-to shoe?

I do love my new habbot Veruca stripe loafers -  the colours are so pretty!


Are you a socks or no-socks person?
I have just discovered no-show socks.  I may never wear a normal sock again.


We can’t wait to reveal the capsule collection we’ve put together to celebrate this fantastic Melbourne event and the artists and craftspeople it showcases very soon ... so stay tuned! 
The open house is being held on 4th-7th December in Collingwood. Click here for more details.  

Everyone's a winner with Lucky Envelopes

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To celebrate our Summer 2014 “Envelope” collection we’re holding our very own ‘lucky envelope’ event in each of our 3 stores for two weeks! It starts Wednesday 12th November and it’s the amazing type of event where everybody wins!!!

So get your lucky dip hat on and come in on to draw your own lucky envelope out of the box for every pair of shoes or handbag purchased. Each envelope has an instant prize inside … including the chance to Win back the value of your shoes immediately.


... and to get the fun started we're running an amazing promotion for WEDNESDAY 12th NOVEMBER ONLY where you can purchase two pairs of full price shoes and receive 50% off the second pair ... plus get a Lucky Envelope for each ... it just keeps getting better! *

Let the games begin!                                     


1011 High Street Armadale 03 9822 8484

Shop 10, The Strand Melbourne, 250 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. 03 9663 9991

Shop 23, The Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street, Melbourne 03 9663 2839.


* Second pair must be of less or equal value. Only available in store locations or via telephone orders. No lay-by or any other discount on one-day offer.


 In October 2004, whilst working in Sydney, the idea of habbot was born … on a morning walk around centennial park with my friend Inez to be precise! I still have the note book to prove it … one of many MANY notebooks filled with special habbot ideas, (and a few not so special!)  It’s very funny to look back on the ideas I carried out … and those I didn’t! (A cafe cum vintage shoe library … I don’t think so Annie!)

It took me 5 years to build up enough knowledge and confidence to start my habbot project, but 10 years of spending most of my waking hours thinking about the next best shoe I could possibly make is something to be celebrated I say!

So join me in celebrating the habbot idea reaching double digits and enjoy a 10% discount of all styles, both in-store or on-line for TODAY ONLY!

Just enter this DISCOUNT CODE  at the check-out online or mention this offer in store.


view the collection here.

(T&C: This offer  cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Expires midnight Thursday 23rd October AEST.)

habbot are proud supporters of th​is year's​ The Design Files Open House. We're very excited to be designing a capsule of shoes based on an interpretation of TDF Open House colour palette, for the team to wear during the event.

Once a year The Design Files team fits out a house in Melbourne with their favourite locally designed furniture, homewares and lighting, artwork by talented Australian artists and much more; with each and every item for purchase on the spot! 
This year​ they're taking it up a notch ​by custom design​ing​ and buil​ding​ ​the Open House themselves, within the footprint of ​a ​rather large split-level warehouse in Collingwood​.​ 
It's an event unlike any other in Melbourne and one not to miss, so set aside the 4-7 December to visit TDF Open House. 
Click here for more details.