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

 

A little insight into my trip to Italy in June. A very exciting spring / summer season awaits. I hope you like the look of the collection. (Follow habbot on instagram if you'd like to see more. Just click here). 

 annie x

... and the AFTER shot.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

So here she is folks!

As promised, here are the ‘after’ images of our beautiful new store in High street, Armadale.  

It has come up even better than I thought possible. But I should have known it was always going to look beautiful with the very talented women at Mim design on board. Thanks especially to Alicia Mattingley, Felicity Day and Mim Fanning for your hard work and patience with me!

Thanks also to Emma Davis from House and Universe for her rather suburb window installation. Lots of red paint tins were killed for this job.

… and to Armelle Habib for her stunning photography.

Now I’ve just got to work hard making sure my shoes can live up to their beautiful new surroundings. I am up for the challenge!

 

 

BEFORE shop shots!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The big news around here is that we’re turning our Armadale POP-UP shop into a permanent store!!!! Yes – the first official HABBOT STORE! As you can imagine, this is a pretty MAJOR event for me!  

We’ve been lucky enough to work with the very clever clogs at Mim design to prepare the fit-out concept for the new store. They have such a beautiful array of projects up their sleave, and I’m hoping ours will be yet another striking notch in their belt! (I’m not sure where all of these wardrobe references are coming from today! Maybe all the excitement surrounding the notion of a permanent home for habbot is getting the better of me!)

Here is a simple before image of the space, and an artist’s impression of the finished store. I look forward to showing you the real after shots in a few weeks’ time!  The works begins on Monday. Bring it on.

You’ll find us at 1011 HIGH STREET, Armadale VIC 3143. 03 9822 8484

 

We’ve reached the End Of Our First Full Financial Year for habbot – and what a first financial year it’s been. By setting up no less than four pop-up shops …. partnering up with some great new wholesalers … and exploring some innovative on-line avenues we think we’ve got a much better idea of where habbot belongs in the community than we did when we sold our first pair of shoes back in Feb 2011.

So THANK YOU all very much for helping us get here … we can’t wait to see what happens in 2012-13 … and to celebrate we’re running three weeks of ‘THANK YOU’ events and activities.

We’ll be offering you the chance to win lots of great little pressies including magazine subscriptions, gift vouchers, chocolate (of course) … along with some ‘habbot’ related special treats as well. That’s in addition to the fantastic reductions in place across all styles, and the opportunity to participate in our first on-line ‘sample sale’!

Every second day we'll announce a new event on FACEBOOK so keep your eyes peeled on our habbotstudios page here for the blue ‘thank you event’ posts starting tomorrow.

(And make sure you tick the ‘display in news feed’ under the like button so you don’t miss a thing!)

 

Coconut Ice!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

My guys in Italy are currently putting the finishing touches on the summer collection titled ‘The Picnic’ … after the 1955 film.

 

Normally I would be there with them, but a few events back here meant that I couldn’t be in two places at once so I am relying on the wonders of technology to keep me very much in the loop. In other words, there have been many photos and video skype calls sent back and forth over the past two weeks.

 

Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure! (Let’s just say that my guys are much better shoe makers than they are photographers!)

 

 

Can't wait for their pastel goodness to arrive here in early August.

Super Specchio ...

Monday, April 16, 2012

It’s great to be back home after one of my busiest trips to Italy to date. I was working on prototypes for autumn winter 2013, and here are a few pics of what took place.

 

After visiting all three local tanneries we finally found the gold specchio leather I wanted to use for a lace-up and loafer style. As you can see I was pretty excited about it and got down for a bit of “where’s wally” with my gold top against the amazing ‘mirror’ leather.

 

Here are the first round of design ‘covers’ – which are just the designs drawn onto their last shapes to give a good 3D representation of the shoe. You can see here that I’m going with some classic detailed dress styles for AW13, but can’t wait to bring them out of their shell with an unusual colour palette. You can expect lots of kid suede, specchio leather and some pretty brilliant printed pony.

 

One of my favourite stages of the early design process is finding the perfect heel. Traipsing around the local heel makers can be a tiring business, but the heel shape dictates the entire silhouette of the shoe and can really make or break a style so it’s very exciting to find the perfect block to use.  (Here’s one for all those mid-heel requests we’ve had coming through!!! See, I'm listening.)

 

Each evening there are lots of decisions to be made on my hotel bed ‘desk’ before getting back together with the guys to implement my comments the next day … so a fair bit of late night margarita pizza is involved. It amazes me that after so many trips now I still never tire of this national treasure.