[The coats in these images were sent to us by Billygoats & Raincoats, to be featured on our instagram. I did not pay for these coats, nor was I paid to feature them. If you’d like to learn more about them, do scroll down to the bottom of my post for a short review!]
They are my best little friends.
I try to tell them that often; I want them to remember, when they look back on their childhoods, that there were never too many of them. That there was enough love to go around. I want them to remember that we made the best team; a paperchain of children holding hands to walk down the road, a trolley-full of children organising my shopping and shouting suggestions and waving ‘hello’ to strangers because their expectation is that everybody in the world is their friend. I want them to remember how many slices of cake we shared, taking turns to choose what we order (victoria sponge for Balthazar, chocolate for Lysander, the girls just happy to find cake on their plates), sharing my cappuccino; a sip for every child.
Saturday morning excursions with this four are one of the highlights of my week. It sets us up right for the weekend, to get out early and explore, to do the weekend food shop and give their mother a break. I find that if I’m not disciplined about it, if we don’t get up and go, the day slips away from me and starts to feel wasted, a non-day in which we don’t really do much at all. It’s so tempting, especially when I’m home late from the office and the baby has a difficult night. But we need these mornings. They are worth setting the alarm and rolling out of bed whilst the skies are still dark.
I wanted to document a morning with them. And I love how these pictures capture so much of their personalities, and their funny little quirks.
Billygoats & Raincoats design and produce quality rainwear from tents that were previously destined for the landfill. This small brand was developed by Beth Cosmos after noticing the number of tents abandoned at festivals. At present they have two designs; the boys are wearing the Brecon in a size 2 and the girls are wearing the Môr in a size 1. Both are lined for additional comfort and warmth, lightweight and waterproof and secured by zip.
In keeping with their ethically-sustainable initiative, Billygoats & Raincoats will repair their coats for free should they develop an issue within the first year of ownership, and after that point they will repair the coats at a cost. There does seem to be a gradual shift in smaller clothing brands offering this kind of service – Mini Rodini, for example, last year opened a ‘Treasure Store’ for recycled returns, samples and repairs – and I think it’s a superb idea, well in keeping with the current trend toward minimalism and ‘making do’. But from what I can tell, these coats are built to last – they are extremely well-made. And at £65 for the Môr and £80 for the Brecon, you would expect them to last.