Over to Clea Garrick from Limedrop!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Although Clea Garrick of Limedrop is the last creative we’ll be questioning about their shoe wearing ways, Clea is the first to speak at our ‘Conversations in Design’ series, part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2015 curated program.

The label Limedrop signifies bold silhouettes, electric digital prints and distinctive tailoring and captures the essence of freedom, discovery, independence and modernity of Australian fashion.



From Clea

Do you have a special shoe memory from your childhood or teenage years?
When I was a teenager, I bought red platform Mary-Jane heels. I was already towering over everyone as a 6 foot girl but just couldn't resist them. I imagined I was like Dorothy and could click my heels to magical avail.

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what type would they be?
I have a vision of myself in stiletto heels, but in truth, it would be sneakers at the moment so I am ready for action.

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?
There are so many wonderful places. I am so lucky to be living my dream. It would have to be to my Limedrop shop. It's such a pleasure to see such a welcoming, open space in the stunning Cathedral Arcade. You must come to see the heritage-listed lead lighting! Jaw dropping.

How do you store your shoes – are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile? When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes?
I store my shoes in a neat line in my walk in wardrobe, mostly- although sometimes I do take them off randomly in the house and have to search for them the next day! I love wearing slippers around the house- it makes me feel like I'm at a resort and living glamorously.

Make sure you book your free ticket to hear more about Clea Garrick’s insights into colour and design while engaging in an open question and answer session at our MSFW2015 in-store event. Be quick as tickets are limited to 25 only - click here to book.
We managed to snatch some time from the busy schedules of the most exciting Melbourne creative team going around, to ask a few questions about their shoe styles. 

So sit back, put your shoes up for a moment and gain an insight into the lives [well shoe lives at least!] of the incredible Marsha Golemac and David Flack.


From Marsha

Do you have a special shoe memory from your childhood or teenage years?
When I was 10 years old, I spent my pocket money on a pair of white runners with The Simpsons characters on it. I thought I was the coolest [wasn’t though].

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what type would they be?
Hender Scheme MIP 10 Sneaker

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?
Memorable – too many! But one of my faves would have to be going to Mum’s for lunch [as often as possible].

How do you store your shoes – are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile? When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes?
I have a long shoe rack in my wardrobe but I occasionally find myself kicking them off somewhere in the apartment and then forgetting where I left them.


From David

Do you have a special shoe memory from your childhood or teenage years?
Ballin’ in my Reebok pumps.

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what type would they be?
I could never just have one pair.

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?
Well, I think some of the most memorable things I’ve done have been not wearing shoes.

How do you store your shoes – are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile?
In their original boxes inside protective felt bags.

When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes?
Next to the drinks trolley.

And remember, the incredible design duo of Marsha and David will be centre stage at one of our ‘Conversations in design’ events as part of MSFW 2015 curated program. For event details, please click here.

Q&A with Renee Brown

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Now that you know who the four leading Melbourne creatives taking part in our ‘Colour in Design’ conversation series are, I thought I’d give you an insight into their shoe wearing ways!


First off is Renee Brown, Jardan’s creative de force.

Do you have a special shoe memory from your childhood or teenage years?
Yes definitely, I had a black patent leather pair of winkle pickers when l was about 14.

If you could only own one pair of shoes, what type would they be?
A fabulous sandal or anything flat.

Where was the most memorable place/s your shoes have taken you?
Cannes film festival

How do you store your shoes – are you a box stacker, a shoe rack, or a pile?
Shoe rack and each season I pop away in a box . Then pop whatever season it may be in my shoe rack.

When you arrive home, where do you kick off your shoes?
I'm kind of a neat freak so when l get home l kick off my shoes in my bedroom and they go straight on the shoe rack in my cupboard.

Photo by James Geer.

Hear more from Renee Brown at our MSFW 2015 curated event, 'Colour in Design' conversation series. Get your free ticket here.

As part of the MSFW: CURATED program I will be hosting a series of conversations with the central theme ‘colour’ and hope that you can come along! 

I'm truly excited and feel fortunate to be speaking with four incredible Melbourne based creative professionals who explore and celebrate colour within the interiors, still life, design, fashion and beauty industries.

These insightful (and free!) Q&A sessions will be held at our store at The Strand Melbourne. 250 Elizabeth Street or via the Emporium.

Click here to reserve your seat or read on for more details. (Limited to 25 people per session). 


Session 1: Clea Garrick, Limedrop - Monday 31st August, 6 – 7pm

Designer, Clea Garrick launched Limedrop in 2006 when she moved to Melbourne upon completing Bachelor of Fashion Design at the Queensland University of Technology. Based on the concept of travel the label captures the essence of freedom, discovery, independence and modernity of Australian fashion. 

Session 2: Marsha Golemac & David Flack, Flack Studio - Tuesday 1st September, 6:30 – 7:30pm 

Marsha Golemac is a Melbourne based creative consultant whose work is undeniably arresting, and yet politely restrained. Less is most definitely more in her instinctive approach to Styling, Art Direction and Design, reflecting an aesthetic that has become immediately recognisable for its consistent reference to line, shape and colour. Working across print, digital and real world installations Marsha’s work is unified by her desire to create impactful scenes and captivating imagery.

Less than a year ago, David Flack established his own interior architecture and design studio, Flack Studio, armed with experience and skill acquired working in collaborative environments at some of Melbourne’s top design practices. Since then, David’s designs have garnered industry attention and caught the critical eye of peers he admires.

Session 3: Renee Brown, Jardan - Wednesday 2nd September, 12:30  - 1:30pm

Renee oversees all creative aspects of Jardan, including styling of the stores, overseeing the buying of homewares, designing the new bedding range, choosing all the fabric for each furniture piece, putting stories together and working with the design team on new products. On top of all this Renee also collaborates with local artists and coming up with concepts for any design shows Jardan stages.

Between 2001-2009 Renee worked as a stylist for KHManagement and has also previously set the creative direction for many MSFW shows, as well as a personal stylist for many actors and celebrities. She has also been heavily involved with big advertising campaigns for the likes of Country Road, Bonds and Guess just to name a few.

We hope to see you there at one if not all three sessions! Make sure to reserve you spot as numbers are limited to 25. Click here to book.


During my last trip to Italy to design this Spring’s collection, it dawned on me that what I was doing was much like what a chef would do to create their most unique and exciting dish possible.

A chef would scour the fresh produce markets for the finest and most inspiring seasonal ingredients; inspecting anything that piques interest by sight, feel and smell. 

I may not scour markets but I do trawl the textile houses and tanneries to find exceptional materials. I search high and low for the finest and most interesting leathers and textiles of the ‘season’.

I search for colour, vibrancy, freshness and irrefutable quality to bring you truly unique and inspired shoes.

Enjoy ‘To Market’ handpicked for you this Spring.

 

“Just as a chef would seek out the finest and tastiest produce at the market, I too search each leather and textile house high and low to bring you the finest, most unique and inspired shoes.” Annie

Croc Shock!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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!



Our last hoorah at High Street!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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. 


Annie x


Celebrate our last hoorah at High Street with us!  

Thursday 23rd April, 10am – 8pm 

Enjoy champagne and a 10% VIP discount all day! 

Behind the scenes winter 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apart from designing the shoes, which is an incredibly intense and solitary process, my favourite part of each campaign is the photo shoot. 

Conceptualising, planning and working with incredible creative talents to show off habbot shoes in all their glory is so fulfilling… getting a little teary now!



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! 

And finally the family affair wouldn’t be complete without my husband Dan taking and compiling the ‘Behind the Scenes’ video. I hope you enjoy.


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.

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