Chorizo and Broccolini Tortiglioni

500g Tortiglioni pasta
500g Chorizo
3 bunches of broccolini
1 bunch of parsley
1 ½ cloves of garlic
1 fresh hot chilli
½ lemon
¼ cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

- Fill a big pot of water and bring to the boil
Add salt to the water.
Once rapidly boiling, add 500g Tortiglioni pasta and cook al dente.
- While pasta is cooking slice the chorizo, garlic and chilli paper thin.
- Tear three handfuls of parsley (chopping will bruise and spoil the parsley).
- Cut the broccolini into small parts.
- Cover the base of a fry pan with good quality olive oil and allow to heat up.
When hot fry off the chorizo until slightly crispy on mid-heat, add the chilli and 
garlic and fry until the garlic becomes transparent.
Add the broccolini and fry off together until the broccolini stems are a vibrant 
green, season with ½ lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Your pasta should be boiled. Strain and toss in the fry pan with the chorizo and 
broccolini sauce; cooking until the broccolini is semi soft (not squishy or mushy).
- Take the pasta off the heat, mix through with parmesan.
- Consume solo in one delicious sitting. A goblet of red highly recommended!

I do a lot of my designing in hotel rooms - so it’s a big consideration on any trip I take!

The Perfect Designer Shoes for Travelling

It’s a dilemma all travelers are familiar with: which shoes should you take on holiday?

Luckily we always have the answer and the shoe, and were thrilled to be chosen by Bupa Travel Insurance to feature in their travel guide series ‘Style Guide: The Perfect Designer Shoes for Travelling’. It showcases the work of ten top Australian shoe designers and which of their designs are the most suitable for holidays to the world’s hottest destinations.

Our footwear collection offers a range of luxury leather shoes produced in Italy from the finest local materials. 

Each and every shoe and accessory is designed for wear and flair in all of my favourite travel destinations by focusing on every last detail to ensure you always feel pretty fab wherever you are in the world. This attention to detail is vital key for me when applying alternative fabrics and colour combinations to classic shoe patterns, such as my favourite travelling shoe – the traditional brogue lace-up of course.

I never want to see another boring ‘appropriate’ travel sole. Mix it up with the unexpected that will have you turning heads. Think polka dots in Paris, pomp poms in Tokyo, and velvet in Vienna… all available amongst this season’s collection.

Match the geometric pattern in your shoes with an equally striking clutch in the same eye-catching design and voila! You have yourself an effortless travel look. 

Whichever colour you choose you can be sure of the very finest quality, and timeless style, which has seen Habbot included in the illustrious list from Bupa, of which I am happy to be a part of.

Personally, I would love to be in France nibbling on petit fours in my Smoking lace-up dessert boot whilst walking along cobbled stone streets.

But for now I must keep designing for summer!

#keyingredient | Sixteen Rum Cocktail

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sixteen Rum Cocktail

This signature cocktail for Crodino is the Sixteen Rum, apparently named by a Count in Piedmont who served it to attract young and fashionable guests to his home (just like us right)?! It is said that the drink is offered as a token of esteem and wish of love- but we think it just tastes good!

25ml Martini Rosso
100ml Crodino
25ml Rum
Orange Slice

- Build like above
- Shake and serve
- Repeat above!

Chocolate and Mandarin Lava Cake

Nothing beats a little bit of gooey chocolate pumped with mandarin goodness on a cool winter night.

80g Loving Earth Mandarin Mylk Chocolate, chopped
100g butter
150g brown butter
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
50g almond meal

- Preheat oven to 200C.
- Butter four ramekins and place on a baking tray.
- Melt chocolate and butter until smooth- set aside to cool slightly for 15 minutes.
- Mix in the sugar and eggs (one at a time), followed by the vanilla extract and almond meal.
- Divide mixture between the four ramekins.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the top are firm but the centre gooey.
- Carefully run a knife around the edges of each cake, serve with a dollop of ice-cream and devour all four yourself!

* To win all of the chocolate you see here check out our Instagram @habbot by 16/5/2016

habbot at VAMFF 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Another VAMFF is upon us and this year we teamed up with Akira Isogawa and Megan Park in the Premium Runway 3 presented by Instyle magazine. 

The show was styled by Kate Gaskin who once again showcased our  shoes in a fresh light by pairing them with some unexpected yet oh-so-beautiful ensembles! 

It definitely helps having such great Australian designers as the centerpiece of each segment but the footwear and accessories certainly work to tie each look together so it’s always a thrill for us to play a supporting role in events such as these. 

This year VAMFF is celebrating 20 years of age, so the relocation to the amazing exhibition buildings was a Birthday treat for us all … let’s hope it stays there! 

Photography: Kirsty Umback.  Lucas Dawson (via Megan Park). 

Collaboration launch event

Thursday, March 03, 2016


On Tuesday night we officially launched our habbot x Emma Lipscombe collection and an exhibition of Emma’s recent works at our Collingwood studio. It was wonderful to have so many colourful and creative friends of habbot in the one space. Thank you to our generous sponsors Austins & Co wines, Alhambra Reserva and Norda water for helping us celebrate our inaugural artist collaboration in such style. 

Be sure to visit the ongoing exhibition of Emma’s recent works at our Collingwood studio space during the hours of 11am-2pm before it closes this Saturday 5th March. 

2 Robert street, Collingwood.

The collaboration capsule shoe and clutch bag pieces are available to purchase in limited quantities in both of our city store locations here and on-line here

Thanks to The Project Agency for helping us hold such a fantastic event and to Amelia Stanwix for capturing it in these photographs.

habbot x Emma Lipscombe collaboration

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last year we began a collaboration with Western Australian based artist Emma Lipscombe to design a capsule collection and in doing so launched habbot’s inaugural artist collaboration series. The collection utilises Italian cow hide which has been locally printed to feature Emma’s geometric artwork along with bold complementary solid leather panels for our signature habbot look! 

Emma’s rich understanding of colour, luminosity and geometric shape and my bold statement colour choices, complemented each other beautifully whilst the collection habbot x Emma Lipscombe maintains the quality craftsmanship habbot is known for. 

The collection is now available to purchase on-line here and also in store here ... and to celebrate such an exciting occasion we are hosting an exhibition of Emma's recent works in our Collingwood studio next week. We'd love you to join us. 

habbot studio
2 Robert street
Exhibition open from 11am-2pm daily
2-5 March 2016


MSFW 2015 all wrapped up

Monday, September 14, 2015

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week was an exciting one for habbot. We hosted a three-part 'Conversations in Colour' series, exhibited at the Creative Collective and partnered with Megan Park at the Designer Resort runway. 

Here's a snapshot of what went down ... 

Clea Garrick kicked off our in-store conversation series with a rainbow love admission - which would come as no surprise to most Limedrop devotees. Her latest adventure in the form of her new Limedrop nail polish range has been a long time coming with each shade named after an Aussie cultural icon such as VB green. 

We found out that both Marsha Golemac and David Flack like to stir things up in their work and David insists on including a little bit of ‘wrong’ in every one of his projects. We heard about the brown phase he finds himself going through at the moment, and Marsha’s love of all things white goes far beyond paper. Expect the unexpected in everything they do. 

We’ve put Renee Brown's quick decision making ability down to someone who knows what she wants when it comes to colour at Jardan. She breezed through our colour-psych test to reveal a colour visionary with her feet firmly planted on the ground when her final response associated ‘royal blue’ with ‘power-rangers’. Clearly a wonder-mum. 

Creative Victoria in conjunction with Moth design and Virginia Dowzer created a fantastic exhibition in the gallery at thousand pound bend. habbot shoes and shoe lasts literally climbed the walls amongst the work of a selection of wonderful Melbourne independent designers. 

The week finished off with an appearance at the Designer Resort runway where we provided footwear for Megan Park resort collection. It’s the third time we’ve supported Megan and luck had nothing to do with the fact that it came together beautifully. Two Melbourne designers focused on detail, quality and colour … how could it go wrong. 
Thanks to all habbot staff and the project agency for their hard work on each of these events and to norda water for keeping us hydrated in style! 

Images courtesy of: Amelia Stanwix (Conversations in Colour). Moth design (Creative Collective). Lucas Dawson (MSFW Runway).  

Talking shoes with Megan Park for MSFW

Thursday, September 03, 2015

We are so pleased to be supporting Megan Park again this year at MSFW during the 'Designer - Resort’ show tomorrow night. 

I thought I had a ‘thing’ for beautiful detailing and craftsmanship, but Megan gives me a run for my money when you consider the stunning work that goes into the fabrics she designs for each of her collections. The garment silhouettes are beautifully understated – it’s the fabrics that really set her work apart. The printed colour and hand beading is something to behold. I like to think we make a great pairing … and luckily so does she! Be sure to check out the show if you can. Tickets can be booked here

In between the busy preparation for this week, Megan took a minute to answer a few important shoe questions for us to share with you. Thanks Megan. 

Do you have a special Shoe memory in your childhood or teenage years?
At the age of 8, I embraced my inner hippie which saw me proudly wearing my treads. They were the craze in country Victoria in the 70's- the sole was made from car tire with a lattice work of leather strips forming the upper. Totally unattractive on reflection.

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what would they be?
David Bowies' Ziggy Stardust boots

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?
Balenciaga wedges for our wedding day, Knee High Red or Dead boots onto the dancefloors of London clubs in the 90's  and Indian chappels I still always revert to when in India.

How do you store your shoes; are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile?
Each in their own drawstring cloth bags within our shoe drawers which are large and shallow.

When you arrive home where do you kick off your shoes?
At the front door