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The Fabulous Life Of A Very Fabulous Woman – Judi Hausmann

January 10th, 2011

A character larger then life, a successful hard-working mother, a loving wife and fabulous fashion sense… Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Judi Hausmann.

The CEO behind the 21 year old Sydney based company, Hausmann Communications is one hard working woman. But don’t think it’s just all work, there is plenty play when it comes to Judi and she isn’t afraid to have fun and a great big laugh.

A very generous and very kind person, Judi is straight down the line and tells it how it is. She constantly makes me laugh and she is such a positive person to be around. I’m excited to present to you a very personal insight into the life of a glamorous, stylish and talented woman…

JUDI ON LIFE AND WORK

Judi, you own Australia’s largest communications company. Tell us a little about the company and how you started it…

Only Henry [Roth] has the nerve to call it Australia’s LARGEST communications company!!

In fact I am only claiming to be Australia’s largest independently owned PR agency, but then how would I know really!!!!!

Anyway, in my world its quality, not quantity that counts!!!

I started my own agency full of youthful conviction and determination at the age of 29! if I had known then what I know now, I doubt whether I would have been silly enough to start it!

Almost 21 years later I am so glad I did! I can’t imagine any other job where I could just be paid for being me!

Are there any other projects you are working on now or in the future?

A new health care PR agency we have just set up called Health Haus.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Do it, it’s the best career I can imagine!!! But it’s not nearly as glamorous as it may look from the outside!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I am passionate about theatre in general, and the Sydney Theatre Company where I am a Trustee in particular! I have a special interest in making theatre and the arts in general more attractive and accessible to a younger audience!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I gave up on that years ago! Now everything in my life pretty much falls under the heading of “plerk”, a term my husband coined to describe the confluence of work and play that forms the basis of most of my days!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To talk less – impossible!

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Last weekend, peeling onions! I love the ready chopped ones, would much rather pay someone else to cry and ruin their eye makeup!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Came from the Hamburglar in the old Maccas adverts: “keep your eyes on your fries!”. I focus on what I am doing and don’t worry about what everyone else is up to! That way I give everything my best shot and don’t get distracted by others.

JUDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It’s more like which ones don’t!!! I love food and drink except champagne and Coca-Cola, both of which I think are horrid! Chocolate is my favourite food group!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Too often and not nearly often enough!

Signature dish?

My Swedish friend Magnus’s mother’s salmon with dill sauce! I LOVE it!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Leave some food for the guests! I tend to get carried away with trying things and enjoying my own cooking!!!

JUDI ON FASHION

Each time we see you at events or in the social pages, you are wearing the most fabulous outfits. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

Nobody really! My friend Grant Pearce (Director of Melbourne Fashion Festival) recently described me as someone who dresses to suit their personality. I think that’s true!

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, I say live and let live!

Fashion must-have’s?

Black trousers. Lots of ‘em! Missoni jumpers. Easton Pearson tunic tops. And a couple of bolero jackets from my friend the Parisian Haute Couturier, Maurizio Galante (as worn by Judi pictured beside), who makes the most exquisite confections I have ever seen.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I don’t covet anyone elses wardrobe, am very happy with mine!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My enormous bright yellow Valentino handbag (shown in main image at top). I love it so much I gave it a nickname – Big Bird! Its a real conversation starter and has made me lots of new friends!

JUDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

Scott Weston (architect and interior designer).

Home must-have’s?

My bright red 14 seater dining table and lots of colourful Missoni fabrics everywhere.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

The more colour the better!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The red Bisazza tiled powder room, its like a little jewel.

What is your kitchen like?

Its a combination of three Poliform showroom kitchens that my friend Khali gave me for a song when he was selling his share in Poliform to Space. They were closing down part of the showroom just as we were moving into our house, so he brought 3 kitchens over on a truck and we did a jigsaw puzzle, ending up with some cabinets in frosted glass, some in cherry wood and some in vanilla lacquered finish! I like the random effect.

JUDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

My friend Mandy’s front verandah on Lang Rd, facing Centennial Park. True story!

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I LOVE my car! Its a bright blue Porsche Cayenne S with beige upholstery and a huge moonroof. It goes like the clappers, still looks brand new after 3 years and is seemingly indestructible! I call it the Nana Porsche and I bought it cos I liked it! Actually it took 6 months to arrive because I ordered so many special features! It has everything you can think of – TV, DVD – like a lounge room on wheels!

What is your greatest extravagance?

My lifestyle! I believe I deserve everything!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am obsessed with going to Tallin in Estonia! I haven’t made it there yet but keep meaning to go.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My glasses – otherwise I can’t read anything!

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Soooo not interested in celebrities or gossip! I am happy for them to have their privacy! And I would really HATE to be a fly!

Three pet hates?

1. Nasty people

2. Stingy people

3. Cruelty to animals

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

Fame

Good – You get lots of fabulous freebies

Bad – No privacy – would hate that!

Australian Fashion

Good – Easton Pearson

Bad – Supre!

Australian Media

Good – I love the Sydney Magazine and the ABC and SBS

Bad – The obsession with boring made up celebrity crap!

Oprah

Good – She is mesmerisingly charismatic

Bad – I didn’t get to meet her in person though I spent several hours only meters away from her!

Sydney

Good – Easy to park in CBD

Bad – Too far from Paris

Traveling

All good, its my favourite thing, nothing bad!

Kyle Sandilands

Dull, nothing good to say at all!

www.hausmann.com.au


Mr. McQueen In Prahran – Helen Manuell’s Cute New Beauty!

October 21st, 2010

Written by Adrian Erdedi. Images by Joseph Koprek – www.josephkoprek.com.au

Lately I’ve been spending alot of time in Melbourne.

I love Melbourne… It’s friendly people, great food, bars, shopping, fashion, homewares, pretty much everything except it’s weather!

That aside, I’ve found a new hidden gem at 465 High St, Prahran. Mr McQueen.

The cutest, quaintest and quirkiest, teeny weeny 1960′s housewife style cafe serving the freshest and yummiest of home made brekkies, brunch and lunch style foods with organic ingredients. Have an elegant pot of tea, or a coffee which people line up out the door for! I recommend the Jasmine Pearl tea. Delightful!

There are also fantastic 1960′s style lamingtons, honeycomb rocky road, pumpkin and feta muffins and a mix of delicious treats each day to eat in or take away. There’s a ‘Mr. McQueen Eggs’ menu, and there’s also a normal menu with meals to have throughout the day. My personal favourite is the leg ham, Emmental cheese and caramelised onion toastie. Deeeee-licious!

The effervescent owner Helen Manuell opened the cute cafe about 2 months ago, after changing the shop space from her bridal couture boutique Manuell & Moore. Helen who was a successful contestant on Project Runway has a keen eye for style, grace and elegance. She has a quirky charm about her, and you can see this charm dotted around her beautiful cafe.

Looking over the store at all times, is her gorgeous Lance. Who is Lance? He is the deer head placed on the back wall. He’s a beautiful majestic creature which brings a little added charisma to the quirky theme.

Located on the trendy end of High Street in Prahran, Helen welcomes you with open arms after opening the big red door to the cutest little café in Melbourne. Be sure to check it out!

Mr. McQueen – 465 High Street, Prahran – Victoria

Up Close And Personal With Henry Roth

March 23rd, 2010

Henry Roth (right) with his very proud parents Joseph & Aneta and model.

When I walked through the foyer and waited for the lift to take me 20-something levels into the sky over Kings Cross, I began to get a little nervous. Nervous about the fact I was about to enter the home of inspirational Couture Bridal Designer, Henry Roth.

I arrived at his door, and was welcomed in with a glass of wine and an introduction to his two wonderful close friends. A beautiful redcurrant scented Vovito candle fills the air and Alicia Keys‘ acapella of  ”New York” playing in the background. All my nerves dissolved and I instantly became a welcomed into the party of three, now four. Henry was hospitable and kind, and he set up a quiet area on his balcony overlooking Botany Bay, for us to have a conversation so I could get to know him.

After only a few minutes of talking to Henry, I instantly felt comforted, clear and inspired. Henry is a pure and humble person, who speaks what he thinks and feels. You will understand why Henry has grown up this way and become the success that he is, as you read this conversation I had with him below.

I hope you will take something away from this as much as I have…

What projects are going on in the wonderful world of Henry Roth?

I have just launched the affordable Couture Bridal Collection, which is basically launching wedding dresses from the price of $800 to the maximum price of $2000, it’s all about fashion forward gowns, without compromising quality and are extremely well priced. I continue to run my two fashions businesses in both New York and Sydney, traveling back and forward. I’m also starting to do alot of free to air work for Channel 9, it’s fashion commentary and I was the official fashion anchor for the Oscars, which was fantastic!

I’m also creating the the next collection for August, and I’ve just got back from Hong Kong from visiting my design workshop, then back to New York at the end of March till the end of May where I will do the launch for full couture in New York and doing designer days. There’s just so much going on!

What do you do to keep your mind busy and energised, away from designing and and your hectic career?

I do love writing poetry, I write alot of Hip Hop poetry in New York, where I do readings and write – have a look at Nuyorican, I’m a member of this group.

Who influences you in fashion?

With regards to my wedding dresses, what influences me is definately the brides. Brides today have taken us down the aisle, in so many different ways, so we design a very different way. Normally designers will create a very signature look, but that holds you to not being as diverse, so I design for garden weddings, beach wedding all the way to ballroom weddings. This makes it very diverse. So it’s the brides, weddings, red carpets and people on a day to day business. My sister Michelle who I work with is also my biggest influence, she is based in New York.

What is your favourite accessory?

My glasses – without a doubt! I have many pairs, I am a fashion ambassador for Specsavers which is actually very cool because you can indulge in your personalities when you go there. I can’t live without them!

What foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’d have to say Indian. I love Indian. I also love traditional Israli food, as I am Jewish I love that. I’m not a huge drinker, but I do love to wake up to fresh juices in the morning, like apple, spinach, parsley, ginger, mint and lime juice.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Scented candles. I think it’s my real extravagance, I really do. They are very expensive, but my favourite at the moment is Vovito in redcurrant, it is my New York candle, it reminds me of New York. Also buying Canali suits at Bloomingdales in New York!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t presuppose what somebody is thinking, and don’t jump too quickly to conclusions. Have the confidence to just let a situation lay for a little bit and you will find that instead of guessing why a person has been, maybe not in touch as much as normal, or maybe seems a little bit off, that will unfold. The minute you impose your fears onto a situation, then you can ruin a fantastic thing. That being a friendship, a business relationship, a fantastic thing moving forward and I’ve really learnt to just bite my tongue and let it pass. The biggest lesson for me by far.

What advice can you give fashion designers here in Australia?

The best advice I can give any designer is know what your niche is, know what you’re designing for, know who you’re designing for. My only minor criticism is sometimes young up and coming designers in Australia just need to think and be really clear in what they want to specialise in and then make sure what you are creating and designing are at the right price point, for the right market, for the right niche of who you’re designing for.  There’s no point designing a gown or a garment or a piece of clothing that’s mis-targeted and mis-priced.

I’ve met your adorable parents Aneta and Joseph, they are absolute amazing and gracious people. What is one thing that they always told you?

My father always told me, respect and love people equally. Especially that they are survivors of the Holocaust, it doesn’t matter about the colour of your skin, your sexuality, your religion, everyone beats with the same heart. Respect people equally and expect the same respect.

My mother has always told me to keep my feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. No one is better, and no one is worse then you. No one is.

If you were the Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, what would you inject money into fixing?

That is such an easy answer, and I’ve thought about it so much!  The city of Sydney is dying. The soul, the passion and the meaning of our city is dying because George Street has basically become a two lane highway. It’s crap! I would immediately close down George Street, and I would immediately put tonnes of money into creating a tunnel underneath the city to get  the traffic off the streets and turn it into a giant plaza.

I’m very worried about Westfields encapsulating the bubble of Wesfieldness, the city, and all the other shops around it, almost not competing, which is what happened on Oxford Street in Paddington and the death of Double Bay. It would be the closure of Town Hall, to Bridge Street. All the way down.

What are your thoughts in regards to fur and cruelty to animals for fashion, and the environment in general?

I don’t think I would ever use it in fashion, but I do think fur within reason is important, water conservation is essential, free range is important, organic is important, and I think caring about our planet. I do believe we are going through a crisis about our planet. But I think Australia is so ahead of the game, and I think it’s a shame the politics have got in the way of Australian really being the first to embrace carbon reduction.

I’m not political at all, but I want this to go on record – I think Rudd is a big talker, he has great ideas, he’s a great talker, but has done very little. Building broadband is ridiculous. The schools are a mess, the ideas were good, but the implementation is shocking. But his carbon reducing program reminds me, as a kid when they brought in Medicare. Imagine if we didn’t bring Medicare into this country in 1972. We would be going through the struggles that Americans are going through now.

What are your three pet hates?

1. Racism.

2. Racism.

3. Racism.

Where do you prefer to live and work – Sydney or New York?

Alot of people ask me this question and I did live in New York eleven years full time from 1997 to 2008, and in that period of time I only came back to Sydney three times, for periods of only four or five days. Very short visits because my parents always came to visit me. I’ll answer it this way. I think the world has gone flat, it’s not round anymore, and you know it’s all the same goal posts. All influences are the same, the websites, internet, blogs, Blackberry, iPods, whatever it is. I’m amazed at how much Sydney has grown up, I think the Olympics actually globalised us, and also got rid of the inferiority complex which was very evident before I left.

I love both cities evenly. I really do. The thing I love most about Sydney and about Australia generally, is our humanity. We treat eachother with respect, we treat eachother with human dignity and the day that changes we will become un-Australian.

Favourite place to go for coffee, dessert, food, whatever!?

Favourite places for coffee, Cafe Le Monde, which is downstairs from where I work on Foveaux Street, and also Dolchetta. Angela there on Victoria Street, Potts Point is a doll, she is amazing and she makes her cappuccinos with love.

Best juices is definately at “Juice Me” in Kingsgate. They make awesome juices and they are super fresh!

For a great meal? Fratelli Fresh. I vary in my local area. My obsession at the moment is WOWCOW, they are amazing!

I would go to Hugos for a cocktail, I like to be close and in my zone. I feel like I’m in New York being close to everything.

I really hope you can appreciate this conversation I had with Henry Roth. After walking out of his home, many hours of talking about our lives, dreams and aspirations, I have built enormous respect for this atistic, creative, kind and generous man.

www.HenryRoth.com.au

Couture Bridal Collection by Henry Roth

March 23rd, 2010

Henry Roth has made a huge impact in the world of Bridal Couture, both in Australia and the United State of America.

He is meticulous and knows what he wants, as well as the women that he dresses.

Henry Roth has recently launched his ready-to-wear couture wedding dresses, which are timeless chic that will make the statement that every bride wants on her special day.

Invigorating style, with prices starting at only $900! Every one of his garments have a piece of Henry’s heart and soul in it.

He not only does wedding dresses, Roth also caters for bridesmaids, with realistically priced from $250 to $400. There are also dresses available for other events.

I got to have a tour of the Henry Roth studio in Sydney, when I walked in I was welcomed whole heartedly into a warm and comforting environment, filled with stunning artworks, flowers and scented candles.

A few of my friends have got married over the years, and the cost of a dress is phenomenal. Henry’s ready-to-wear coutur collection is definately not a collection to look over. These designs ooze grace, style and timeless elegance.

Get to know Henry Roth up close and personal in the interview I had with him by clicking HERE.

www.HenryRoth.com.au