• The Story of Briefcase Bear

    My youngest daughter, Roberta, was around four or five years old when she decided my husband, Iain, needed a toy to take to work with him. Her school had recently had a “bring your favourite toy to school day” and she thought it would be a good idea for Iain to do the same. The only problem was that the toy she had chosen was much too big, so we went out to look for a small teddy to go in his briefcase. We found a lonely green fluffy teddy about 7" high – the last one on the shelf! - and we bought him. Berta wrote note, in her best hand writing ("My name is Briefcase Bear I am here to be your friend!") and we then snuck him into Iain's briefcase. What I didn’t realise was that Iain had an important meeting first thing the next day, so the well-intended gift didn’t just surprise him but also his superiors sat next to him when he opened his case to find a tiny shaggy teddy with a child’s hand written note around its neck staring at him! Thankfully, Iain’s bosses have a sense of humour, and Briefcase Bear has gone everywhere with him since. It was Roberta (now in her twenties) who suggested that the bears I had recently taken to making be called Briefcase Bears, a reminder of the intention behind that first little bear – a brighter start to the day, a companion that doesn’t argue or talk back, and more importantly, a friend at work to cheer you up.
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    Myrddin is an 18 inch bear with growler in his tummy made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed silk velvet. This bear made from such exquisite haute couture fabric takes our bespoke bears to another level. 

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    Tanwen is an 18 inch bear with growler in his tummy made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed silk velvet. This bear made from such exquisite haute couture fabric takes our bespoke bears to another level. RESERVED

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    Beppo is a 14 inch bear made from Italian viscose filled with a combination of wood wool, heavy weight polyester and steel shot. He is dressed in a hand made outfit. 

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    Medeni is a 12 inch bear made from hand dyed mohair filled with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and heavy weight polyester.  

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    Fflam is a 14" bear made from stunning Charles and Patricia Lester textiles hand dyed silk velvet and is “fed" with wool from North Wales.  This beautiful fabric is not found for sale in this form outside the Lester studio as such each bears made from Lester textiles comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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    Gethin is a 14" bear made from stunning Charles and Patricia Lester textiles hand dyed silk velvet and is “fed" with wool from North Wales.  This beautiful fabric is not found for sale in this form outside the Lester studio as such each bears made from Lester textiles comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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    Ceirios is a 14" bear made from stunning Charles and Patricia Lester textiles hand dyed silk velvet and is “fed" with wool from North Wales.  This beautiful fabric is not found for sale in this form outside the Lester studio as such each bear made from Lester textiles comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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    Siriol is a 14" bear made from stunning Charles and Patricia Lester textiles hand dyed silk velvet and is “fed" with wool from North Wales.  This beautiful fabric is not found for sale in this form outside the Lester studio as such each bear made from Lester textiles comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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  • Pepper is a 12 inch bear made from mohair dyed using onion skins (second dip) and is "fed" with wool from North Wales with steel shot for added weight. Accessorized with hand knitted Rowan yarn knitted scarf , his feet and paw pads are made from vintage wool blanket.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

March

29 Abergavenny Night Market (5-9pm). Market Hall, ABERGAVENNY

April

14 Pudsey Doll and Bear Fair, Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Pudsey LEEDS LS28 5TA

May

10-13 Living Crafts at Hatfield, Hatfield House, HATFIELD AL9 5NB

June

10 British Teddy Bear Festival, Woburn Abbey, BEDFORD MK17 9WA

Next Event

Our next outing will be to the Abergavenny Night Market (5-9pm) in the Market Hall, ABERGAVENNY on 29 March

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