Never smile at a crocodile? What a load of croc!
This winter we have soft yet durable statement croc embossed leather on offer, so we've put together a little infographic about some of our croc styles. Enjoy!
After nearly 3 years at High Street Armadale, we’ve now outgrown the office and warehouse space at the rear of the building and need to move to bigger premises.
Naturally we continue to love serving our customers in our 2 city stores in the Royal Arcade and the Strand Melbourne, but if you can't make into Melbourne town, then we always have free shipping and returns right here on our website.
To celebrate our time at 1011 High Street Armadale, as well as the new collection we're having a last hoorah at High Street - I’d love to mark this significant milestone with you in person.
Celebrate our last hoorah at High Street with us!
Thursday 23rd April, 10am – 8pm
Enjoy champagne and a 10% VIP discount all day!
Apart from designing the shoes, which is an incredibly intense and solitary process, my favourite part of each campaign is the photo shoot.
For Library 2015, we joined forces with the exceptionally talented Heather Nette-King to style the shoot and photographer extraordinare Mike Brown. I applaud both for their creative talents, eye for detail and also their patience!
Nothing’s black and white this winter; intrigue, decadence and bold hues abound with Library winter 2015.
When designing the winter 2015 collection, I had a real library and book appreciation moment. I was getting in the mood for the darker months ahead and although the indulgence of reading a book from cover to cover may not actually be a reality, the thought alone was exciting enough!
I‘m in awe of the look of a floor to ceiling bookshelf crammed with books, stacked as high as the eye takes you. In Italy once, I saw the most incredible book shop. At first it looked like a total mess with books piled everywhere, but looking closer, there was a weird order to the place.
I also go a little mad for a highly stylized and considered arrangement of books in a library, arranged by colour, size, age and decoration and how they can be combined to create an intriguing overall aesthetic. Who needs the Dewey decimal classification system when you have incredible looking books!
Now for a few confessions...
Number 1. I would never declare myself a book worm or to know much about literature, but I do love a good read. To be honest, nowadays when I tuck into bed at night with my book I tend to fall asleep before I make much progress!
When putting together some of my favourite reads to name the shoes in the Library collection though, I was truly surprised at just how much I loved and remembered these particular books.
I’m thrilled to be celebrating some of my personal well-loved classics with you, a nod to some very special reads.
Number 2. I love to snoop into someone else’s library. Seeing what the unsuspecting person who has invited me into their home likes to read, what has influenced their attitudes and how they arrange their stacks, for me is better than looking through their bathroom cabinet any day!
So break the spine and unfold the mystery by taking a tour of Library.
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!
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.
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!
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
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