Behind the scenes with My Poppet

Hi folks, and a very happy Monday to you! In today’s ‘behind the scenes’ post we meet Cintia Gonzalez, owner of My Poppet and designer of label Cinti does Vintage. Cintia’s store is top of our shopping list for next time we’re in Melbourne, luckily, she also sells online!

My Poppet Handmade Kids Clothing Store

My Poppet is…
An idea that developed over a long period of time. I was working as a pharmacist but wasn’t happy. I needed a creative outlet and started selling handmade baby accessories at various craft markets around Melbourne. My customers always complained that there weren’t enough retail stores stocking independently made goods. I took the plunge and opened My Poppet. I Like to think My Poppet is “Happy Handmade”.

Indie style for kids is important to me because…
I think children should wear clothes for children, not made by children! The reality is that so many cheap garments are made by workers, some times children, with very low pay and working conditions. Our society needs to snap out of the cheap throw away mentality and value the effort that has gone into producing a garment, or anything else for that matter! When you buy something made by an indie designer, you usually get a lovingly made and high quality product that has been ethically produced. Quality not quantity is what matters to me.

The first handmade garment I ever made was…
Probably a dress for my sister’s Cabbage patch kid doll. I clearly remember using an existing dress to trace a pattern. It was properly constructed with sleeves and buttons. I’m sure mum still has it stored in her roof/attic space. Making things was just second nature to my sister and I as kids. Mum knitted, crocheted or embroidered most evenings and sewed on the weekends. It was bound to rub off on us.

My Poppet Handmade Kids Clothing Store

When I sit in my office/creative space and look around the room I see…
A giant mess! I’m the kind of person that creates on impulse. Planning a project is not my strong point and usually ends up different, and hopefully better than my initial idea anyway. I’m always surrounded by piles of fabric in need of folding. Paperwork is carried around from room to room at home, much to my partners dismay. At least I have a sewing room where I can contain my creative mess, usually!

The three coolest products in my store at the moment are…
Melamine cups and plates by Danish brand Rice. Memory game by French artist Nathalie Lete, and my one-off vintage fabric skirts.

When I was a child, my favourite toy was…
Mmm, can’t remember. Never really had a doll. Loved to play with Lego or just draw.

If asked to describe me in five words, my kids would say…
Da, da, da, da, da! Emma is 11 months now and all she says is “dada”, in a million different ways. I’m working on “Mama” without much success.

My Poppet Handmade Kids Clothing Store

The front-page headline in a newspaper story about my life would read…
Oh! I hope I didn’t die tragically! It would be nice if it said, crafty mum wins millions in the lotto and retires young in the Bahamas!

Few people know that I have a hidden talent, it is…
I’m very good at picking things up with my toes! I’m also a pretty good dancer (at weddings, not in a classically trained performance kind of way).

On my current “to do” list is…
Organising a Pop-Up Shop in Hamilton, Victoria (AUST) on Easter Saturday. We will be travelling there to visit family over the long weekend and I thought it would be a great opportunity to spread the My Poppet love. Now I just have to work out the logistics of how to fit a whole store into the boot of my car!

Thank you Cintia, we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better.

If you’d like to view more of Cintia’s work, drop by and say hello at My Poppet.


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