“One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing, you’re gonna spread your wings, child, and take to the sky” – Summertime, Janis Joplin.
Amber Willson’s love of music is evident in everything she creates for her small shop, The Wild Bambino. “Music of every genre has always been a huge part of my life,” Willson explained. “My parents introduced me to all the classics of the 50’s and 60’s and my love only grew from there. I knew every word to every song my parents listed to. I found that every season of life can be brought back through music. It’s amazing the memories you can pull out when that special song comes on!” Willson aims to design apparel that evokes the same memories. “My favorite part about the design process is helping create memories for families. Helping families create a new memory for an old memory. A song they connected to, a show, a concert. Bringing the memory back to life through their child.”
In 2015, Willson, mom to two bambinos of her own, left her former career as an emergency room nurse and launched the Wild Bambino, focusing on trendy rompers, hoodies, dresses and jogger sets for tots size 0-3 months up to size 6/7. “I began making things for my son due to the lack of cool boys clothing,” she said. “I was quickly encouraged by family and friends to start selling my creations.” The name originates from Willson’s love for all things wild and free. “I’m a wanderlust at heart,” she exclaimed.
The Wild Bambino “Music Collection,” a personal favorite, features distinctive art work inspired by musicians Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and more. The shop also offers designs from beloved 80’s and 90’s movies and television sitcoms like Goonies, Sandlot, and Friends, among others. “Creating a new design for the first time is my favorite part,” Willson shared. “Watching the color and accents come together is so much fun!”
For Willson, “every little things is gonna be alright.” “This job found me, I firmly believe,” she said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined my passion for creating things would bring me to where I am today. It truly found me during a time when I needed a new direction to go.”
Check out the wild rompers and jogger sets on the Wild Bambino website here and join Willson’s VIP Facebook group for upcoming sale drops and discounts. Plus, Willson offered readers a discount with code “bambino.” Keep rockin’!