Notes from Italy

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!Annie Abbott blog

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.Annie Abbott blogMIPEL 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?
Annie Abbott blogThis 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!

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