Talking shoes and style with Kate Gaskin

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We had the opportunity to ask VAMFF stylist Kate Gaskin a few shoe and style related questions which she kindly obliged to answer, even during her super busy schedule last week!

Do you have a special shoe memory from your childhood or teenage years? 
I was a mad keen basketballer back in the day so all my pocket money used to go towards the latest pair of hightops- a favourite were definitely my first pair of Reebok Pumps! 

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what type would they be? 
Probably a staple black brogue- they're comfy, stylish and can work back with just about anything. 

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes taken you? 
I spent a few years living in London many moons ago. Whilst it was one of the most memorable times of my life I found myself constantly broke! I took over a pair of black leather boots with me and wore them nearly every day as I couldn't afford to buy other shoes! They saw me through all the highs and lows of London life, and they're still hiding in my wardrobe to this day (looking very worse for wear mind you). 

How do you store your shoes - are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile? 
In my work life I'm pedantic about laying out shoes on set in an orderly and aesthetically pleasing manner, but for some reason my own shoes get very neglected and mistreated- definitely a throw 'em in the pile kinda girl. 

When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes? 
Coffee table, at door... Usually I go straight to my room as soon as I get home and kick off my shoes. Although if I'm wearing heels on appointments during the day they end up in my car straight after and I drive bare foot! 

Follow Kate on Instagram @Kate_Gaskin

habbot in VAMFF | behind the scenes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We’re excited to be supporting the designers Shakuhachi and Macgraw at VAMFF this week and thrilled to be able to share some behind the scenes images with you, at a fitting headed up by show stylist Kate Gaskin. 

Having worked with Kate previously, I was again not only in awe of her talent but also her composure; she is officially the calmest cookie under pressure that I've come across in the fashion world to date! Kate has been working around the clock to pull together what will be yet another fabulous showcase of Australian designers work.
The brands we are teaming up with capture two different very different aesthetics and what I love most is that it highlights just how versatile our collections are and how habbot shoes can work no matter what your personal compass is or how you like to self-style.
Sisters Beth and Tessa MacGraw launched their eponymous label in April 2012. Fusing classic silhouettes with polished, modern lines. They don’t mind a bold print or pattern either, many of which they hand-draw in-house, so definitely my type of girls! 
Jessie White’s label, Shakuhachi brings together a sophisticated blend of modern, somewhat geometrical designs – a distinctive style cleverly combining exquisite detailing and distinctive prints across a myriad of materials from leather and structured crepe right through to fine jerseys and silk. Like me, Jessie’s material imagination seems to know no boundaries!
We hope you enjoy the snaps taken when we stopped by the fittings to see Kate in action, a little look behind the scenes...

Notes from Italy

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Just back in Melbourne and feeling good. Not only to be home and at the thought of reconnecting with family and friends, but I’m feeling really good about what’s in store for the coming habbot SS15 collection.
Although I desperately want to spill all the beans about SS15, I’d better hold tight as to be completely honest those beans are still being baked and my mind is still in a whirl of ideas, concepts and possibilities!

I do want to share with you just some of my finds from my recent Italy tour though. Unusually I spent most of my time in the north moving between Milan and Florence, visiting our lovely craftsmen in their workshops and going to the combined MICAM/MIPEL event, the world’s leading footwear, hand bag and accessories exhibition and Lineapelle, the international leather fair in Milan.MIPEL provided a great opportunity to catch up with our accessories makers all in the one location as they all exhibit their work at this fair. I finalised spec sheets for some fantastic new cashmere beanies for winter and arranged a much broader soft leather glove offering as well after the popularity of these beauties last season. (I may have gotten a little bit carried away with the colour selection here so prepare yourselves!) I confirmed the new bag samples and am super excited about the next instalment due here soon – any takers for soft leather and pony trim backpacks my friends?
This visit to lineapelle was once again a memorable one. The quality of leathers on offer as well as ingenuity of finishes always astounds me. Italian leathers are bold and unabashed, yet they never compromise on quality. Trims are making me smile and as always the ‘delight’ will be in the detail.
Saving the best for last though... Our biggest news of all is that habbot may be entering the world of moccasins aka ‘driving shoes’, with a few samples in the pipeline. By moccasin I don’t necessarily mean ‘Last of the Mohicans’ or Nana-style, but those of the chic yet colourful 'habbot' kind!

After The Bell | new Autumn 2015 collection

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Those magic hours after the school bell sounded for the day is the inspiration for the habbot Autumn 2015 collection, 'After The Bell'.

A time of freedom, fun, imagination and exploration, where creativity was fostered and friendships formed.

At first we'll explore the Games played after the bell and then over the coming weeks pay homage to the Cooking and Craft projects we embarked on. 

Do you remember the games you played in those magic hours, after the bell?

And if so, how did they shape the person you are today; your interests, hobbies and passions?

Did dressing up instill a love of fashion or did Domino toppling lead to an appreciation of building or engineering? Did a game of Hide & Seek heighten a sense of adventure, exploring a place where you may never be found? Or did Checkers make you able to critically appreciate the world around you?

For me, I remember not only endlessly filling sketchpads and sewing clothes for my cabbage patch kids, but I also have to admit, I repeatedly counted the coins in my Moneybox... a designer and an entrepreneur in the making!

Games and play may seem so trivial now that we're grown-ups, yet they are still so very valuable to our lives. No matter how old you are, where you live or your circumstances, play can still be part of our lives.

On that note, take a look at our new shoes inspired by Games!


Money box, Dominoes and Checkers

Hide n Seek and Dress Ups


Would you like to work with us?

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 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
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 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

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 ‘’ 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 ….
Thanks Hannah … you’ve made my month!
Annie xx