Bon Tot Meets . . . Samantha Sinclair

The very first post of our brand new 'Bon Tot Meets . . .' series, where we'll get to know some of our makers, designers, but most importantly; our followers and customers. We've met so many amazingly talented and interesting people through Instagram, and through the doors of our Edinburgh store, that we thought it would be interesting to share some stories and get to know people in a little more detail.

First up, we'd like to introduce you to Samantha Sinclair (aka. @babisinc on Instagram). We've been long term admirers of Sam's deep, moody photographs, and we talked photography, style and Mingo.. Thanks so much for sharing, Sam. x

My name is Sam and my partner is Michael.  We fill our lives with the chaos and charm of parenting Stellan who's only days away from turning four and Lily who’s seventeen. 

We’re both Australian but met and fell in love in beautiful Wales.  We share an addiction for photography and whilst I only manage to take pictures on the weekend, Michael’s been lucky enough to make a full time career from it.  For this reason we recently made the move from Wales to Winchester where we’ve happily settled….for now.  Lily, also shares this love of photography and is quickly finding her own style.  As a family our look falls toward dark and muted tones - inherited from our time in the Welsh hills.

On her shopping style and whether her obvious appreciation of quality in her own wardrobe automatically translated to Stellan...

Anybody who knows me well, knows that textiles and fabrics have always played a huge part in my life.  I’ve collected (hoarded Michael would say) antique fabric and quilts in much the same way as I’ve hoarded baby wraps and clothing.  For a while Michael has fantasised about minimalism and travelling the World with just one carry one satchel each.  The idea of leaving home without a suitcase I have to sit on to close is unthinkable!  But always up for a challenge I decided we’d give this minimalist lifestyle a go.  Bags and bags of clothing, wraps, quilts and textiles have been sold, given away, or just simply thrown out.  It’s gone beyond having a capsule wardrobe and dare I say it’s been hugely satisfying. We’re by no means even half way there yet but what I’ve found is that although half my wardrobe is now gone I still reach for the same pair of jeans, shoes and top that I always did.  Nothing’s changed except I’ve got rid of the white noise that was the excess.

Which brings me to Stellan’s wardrobe.  What’s good for me is good for him right?  I’ve always believed in buying beautiful quality clothing and although this costs a little more in outlay at first, I’ve found that they wash better, wear better and last longer.   Michael and I tend to have a very simple style of dressing with a distinct lack of colour.  Grey is the new black for us. Aesthetically, it’s a colour Michael and I love and it reflected the mood of the Welsh landscape if we took photos.  When we moved to Winchester I went a bit colour mad with some Bobo Choses - maybe because the weather was brighter.   So since the downsize Michael’s happy to have the old me back and with that welcomes a few great key pieces from Bon-Tot that really fit in with the lifestyle changes we’ve made.

Our time in Wales and fondness of moody weather, means that we count the days until winter kicks in.  Call me sad but there’s hardly anything more satisfying than folding a pile of woollen jumpers ready for that first sign of frost.  So when I looked out the window this morning, it was a crisp blue sky and although there was no frost I’d convinced myself there was going to be a cool breeze so on went the long sleeves and trousers. It has to be said that Mingo Kids has won my heart again with their new season.  The constellation print is already a firm favourite with Stellan telling everyone he’s wearing ice which I think is a pretty cool description of this pattern.  It’s the perfect play gear that hides a multitude of dirt.  He was lying down in duck poo at the edge of the river at one stage pretending he had bread to try and get the duck with the bunged up eye to come up close so he could get a better look. 

So there you have it. Mingo Kids for the win on style, hiding dirt and attracting ducks.   Sadly it’s still too warm to wear the most gorgeous mustard cardigan from Bon-Tots new range of woollen hand knits but any day now…..

You can shop our Mingo Kids collection HERE, and if handmade, bespoke knitwear is your thing, you can browse our Bon Tot Knits HERE.