• 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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    Sorrell 12 inches high and is made from hand dyed mohair using the wild dye from elderberries. He is " fed" with carded wool, wood wool and glass pellets, is fully jointed and has glass eyes with vintage French lace ruff. NOT A TOY.

    £ 135.00
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    Hanbury; 8 inch bear made from woad hand dyed mohair. "Fed" with carded wool, wood wool and glass pellets. Accessorized with vintage French lace ruff. NOT A TOY

    £ 70.00
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    Bloomin is a new look 12 inch bear made from tea stained fabric. "Fed" with carded wool, glass pellets and wood wool, is fully jointed and has vintage boot buttons for eyes. NOT A TOY

    £ 60.00
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    Spot is our first Briefcase Bear panda. 7 inches high. He is made from soft minky fabric "fed" with carded wool and glass pellets. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes. NOT A TOY. RESERVED

    £ 55.00
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    A 20 inch German style bear made from made from mohair. He is “fed” with carded wool, wood wool, steel punchings and growler. Has glass eyes and is fully jointed with faux leather feet and paw pads. Dressed in hand made waistcoat and bow-tie. Now available from Cotswolds Glass and Crafts, Burford

    £ 330.00
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    Piers is 14 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in devore silk velvet bow. Original price £390.

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    Edryd is 12 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in pleated silk bow. Charles and Patricia Lester textiles.

    £ 195.00
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    Medwyn is 12 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in pleated silk bow. Charles and Patricia Lester textiles. Now available from Cotswolds Glass and Crafts, Burford

    £ 195.00
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    Llion is 12 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in a silk bow. Charles and Patricia Lester textiles. Original price £195. ADOPTED 

    £ 120.00
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    Patch 18 inches high made form a rare piece of Charles and Patricia Lester luxury velvet that has been screen printed in gold silver and gun metal detail. Inner ears, paw pads and foot pads are all in soft silk velvet and he is dressed in pleated silk bow. Original price £850.

    £ 450.00
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    Emile is 14 inches high made from luxurious silk velvet that has been dyed exclusively for us. He has silk velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised in devore silk velvet bow. Original price £390.

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  • Alf. Approximately 7 inches high made from vintage mohair. Fully jointed with glass eyes, “fed” with carded wool, wood wool and steel shot. His scarf is crocheted using extra fine merino wool and silk blend yarn. Now available from Cotswolds Glass and Crafts, Burford 

    £ 70.00

Next Event

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, forthcoming events are limited and subject to cancellation at short notice. All of our bears remain available via mail order. During this time of difficulty, we are pleased to offer Free Shipping to customers in the UK - select COVID-19 as shipping method at checkout.

20 December - Mad Hatter's Craft Party, Butter Market, Hay-on-Wye CANCELLED

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES IN LOCAL OR NATIONAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

December

20 Mad Hatter's Craft Market, Butter Market HAY-ON-WYE HR3 6YG CANCELLED

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