Italy trip update ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On Friday I returned from another special two weeks in Italy. As a solo traveller my trips can generally be described in short as two weeks of intense designing, planning, colour co-ordinating, translating, suitcase pushing, soul searching and eating! I always come back exhausted but fired up and excited about the new story of shoes I’ve set in motion.

This trip was not to oversee production, but rather to finalise SS14 designs and plan the production schedule with my makers. So unfortunately I can’t show you much habbot shoemaking in action. (Stay tuned for that in June.) Nevertheless here is a random assortment of my Instagram shots from the trip. I hope they give you a taste of what I’ve been up to and where I’m heading with next summer’s range!
 

Milan window update

Sunday, March 16, 2014

During my recent trip to Milan I was pleased to find they were upholding their usual awesome standards in window displays. I guess its Milan so it’s kind of their ‘duty’ to do this … but still it should be applauded.

Special mention must always go to la Rinascente department store. This place is not only a treat for the eyes on the outside, its downright heavenly on the inside. The bag floor in particular holds a special place in my heart. It’s as if candy coloured / tutti frutti colour palettes (my favourite type) are always en vogue here. Even if they’re not! To avoid incarceration I didn’t take any photos inside so you’ll just have to go there to see for yourself. You can’t miss it – it’s the store near that massive church!

I do love a window display on a grand scale – no dainty dolls house style set ups for me. The further away you have to be from the window to take it all in, the better! If you can suspend mannequins from an 7 metre high window then do it … if there’s the option to oversize a chest of drawers to fill the same window then please, be my guest.

Having said this, the Tods window is a great example that you don’t have to use elaborate sets to create an amazing and eye-catching showcase. You just have to keep it balanced and let the product take full credit. (It helps if the ‘product’ is perhaps the most stunning printed leather skirt you’ve ever seen!)

  I love window shopping in Milan. I suppose most people would. It appears that a lot of people like 'actual' shopping in Milan too. In addition to the wall to wall eye candy there is such a buzz about the place. The main shopping district is teaming with ‘shoppers’.  People getting excited about beautiful things and forking out to purchase them. I miss this a bit in Melboune, except during sale period and that’s not really the same vibe now is it? Maybe we need more suspended mannequins in Australia. What do you think?            annie x

Meet the new bags ...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today we launched our very first collection of bags and purses! I’ve been working on the idea for a while now but it took a long time to find the perfect maker … i.e. 2 trips to Italy … but I’m very happy with the results and the wait was worth it.

The team we are using are a small family owned factory (just like our shoe makers) but they do some small runs for a couple of big International brands.  I can’t name names, but it was a great indication of their workmanship and I knew I was onto a good thing when I found them!

Personally, I really like a bag that ‘gets the job done’ with minimal fuss … so my first collection is really practical, with simple hardware and of course made from really fine yet robust leathers.

I hope you like them, and would love any feedback as I’m heading away next week to work on the next collection.

Take a look on the website here to see the beginning of what I hope will be an exciting new chapter for habbot! 


Remarkable Royal Botanic Runway

Friday, February 07, 2014

Last week the Royal Botanic Runway left us all gob smacked! I knew it would be good … but they took good and raised it to the power of 12. To the power of incredible you might say. It’s difficult to explain the perfect blend of nature, colour, texture, sound and even smell … and I hate to say it (for those of you who weren’t ) but you really did have to be there to appreciate it fully. Having said that, there are some fantastic images and videos circulating which do a pretty good job at expressing what a fantastic night it was.

Our photos give you a rough idea of the huge scope of the ‘performance’ … the lengthy trek the girls had to take to complete the runway – drenched in full sun at 6pm – not to mention the hilly terrain they had to contend with. With two finale laps the  guests got to see the four collections 3 times which was unusual and much appreciated. Congratulations to event gallery and everyone associated with it, and especially to stylist Emily Ward for inviting us to provide the shoes for Martin Grant. (Wedges from our upcoming AW14 collection). Such a pleasure.

Annie

p.s. view some fantastic casting and before shots here, and additional photo galleries here, here and here.       

               


Autumn Winter 2014 ... the making of.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Autumn Winter 2014 is almost upon us! Can you believe it already. Some photos below show the mid and final stages of production from our workrooms in Italy. I always love the transformation from the flat stitched upper pattern to the 3-dimensional form when its modeled around the last shape as you can see in some of the shots.

A very Scottish vibe running through this season's collection with tartan and hounds-tooth playing a big part as you can see. And some leopard thrown in just for good measure!

These styles will be making their way over to us shortly (If you'd like us to notify you when a specific style arrives - simply drop us a line here at info@habbotstudios.com and we'll add you to the list) ... now where was that sunscreen! xx

 

 

habbot on the Royal Botanic Runway

Sunday, January 19, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that shoes from our AW14 collection will be complimenting Martin Grant's stunning designs on the Royal Botanic Runway event at Melbourne’s botanical gardens on Jan 30th.

 Martin has been based in Paris for 20 years but still considers himself very much at home in Australia (and who'd blame him) – and the fact that he recently designed the new Qantas uniforms just proves it!

 

As part of the special Botanic event he will be showing alongside Australian fashion royalty namely;  Colette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa and Aurelio Costarella. So it’s fair to say, I’m considering myself very fortunate indeed to be one of the four shoe brands asked to participate.

 

The event is a fundraiser for the final stage of Gardens' water strategy project which will create a sustainable water supply for the gardens that is independent of Melbourne mains water.  I’ve got a feeling that the event will attract interest far and wide from both botanical lovers and fashion-y folk alike. I think its fair to say that Melbourne loves her Gardens as much as she loves her frocks.

 

Tickets to attend the show range from $28 - $1000 and it will also be broadcast on the big screen in Federation Square! habbot on the big tele. Melbourne how I love you.

 

Much more info and beautiful imagery surrounding the event can be found via broadsheet here, here, here and here or visit the event website www.royalbotanicrunway.com

A year of windows ...

Monday, December 16, 2013

I’m quite partial to a fun window display especially now that a lot of Aussie stores tend to rely on simple  window decals and signage rather than actual window installations. Not that I don't love a funny window decal ... Gorman I'm talking to you! But stores like Country Road, Sportsgirl and Sass & Bide still do fantastic window installations on a regular basis and we all love them for it.  

Window VM is still a big deal in Europe and the UK especially - Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in London are the gods of entertaining window spectacles ... with all three of the big Paris department stores coming in closely behind. Not that I’m comparing us to those ‘retail institutions’ of course, but the kid-of-a-country-town-department-store-owner in me has a fondness for fishing line and polystyrene, which is why doing the habbot windows is one of my favourite parts of the job!

So here’s a wrap up of our windows over the past 12 months.              x annie

 

Winter 2014 ... the sourcing begins

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Now that the sun is finally shining here in Melbourne its time to start planning materials for Winter 2014! These swatches I sourced on my last trip to Italy have just arrived and will form my starting point – an incredible array of textures here … but looking a bit too ‘grown up’ for my liking – time to find some ridiculously vibrant patent leathers to spice things up perhaps!!! Watch this space my friends ….

 

 

Photos from S/S 2013 Launch Event in Armadale

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Last Wednesday we held a launch event for the new spring / summer 2013 in our Armadale boutique (1011 High Street, Melbourne). It marked the launch of the new collection - a range of brilliant metallics, polka dot textiles, embossed croc leathers and old-time classic black and white. 

It also heralds the one-year anniversary of the High Street store - which opened around one year ago! Hooraayy!!!


 

There was much shoe sampling, summer-styling chat and general catching up - all in all a fantastic day and a huge thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the event.




Click here to see more photos from the event on our Facebook page and follow us here on Instagram

And of course don't forget to take look at all the spring / summer 2013 new-ness by clicking here!

xx

Please join us for a coffee or vino next Wednesday 4th September at our Armadale boutique and see the next drop of Spring Summer styles before everyone else does!

R.S.V.P to Sofie: info@habbotstudios.com / 03 9822 8484