There seems to be a renaissance and appreciation of craftsmanship and bespoke high-end quality handmade shoes in Melbourne. There are 2 profiles in particular, Jess Cameron-Wootten of ‘Wootten’ based in Prahran and Annie Abbott, of ‘habbot’ of Armadale who have both opened new shops.
Firstly, Jess Cameron-Wootten is a 2nd generation leather craftsman making beautiful bespoke shoes, aprons, belts for men and women. His father Ross, started the Wootten shoe business in the 1970′s making the highest quality shoes, with each pair going through over 80 hand held processes before completion.
Jess runs the business now, having studied industrial design and shoe making at RMIT. Jess agrees their has been an uptake of new cool young shoe makers who are making the industry hip and sought after. To see more jump online www.custommadeshoes.net.au
Then there is ANNIE ABBOTT from habbot studio.
Annie’s career started in the London buying office of Net-a-porter.com, followed by a business strategy role at Sass & Bide in Sydney and onto a long awaited shift into product development for a Melbourne footwear group, it was only a matter of time before entrepreneur and shoe enthusiast Annie Abbott turned her dream of launching a unique footwear brand into a reality.
The result is habbot studios – a distinctive blend of exclusive French inspired detailing and fresh Australian style that, as Abbott recalls, was born of a desire for shoes that were equal to her wardrobe of inspirational contemporary clothing brands.
Annie has had 3 sell out seasons, 4 urban pop up stores, fabulous editorial reviews and a loyal customer base. The success to date has allowed her the confidence to open up her beautiful habbot store in High street Armadale. Annie’s adopted the Net-a-porter philosophy of high-attention to detail, particularly towards customer service. For more information www.habbotstudios.com
It is really wonderful that customers in Australia are recognising and supporting these business’ who invest great energies and passion to bring their unique products to market. We at Sooper Design congratulate you both and wish you greater success.