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.
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.
Tricki is 11 inches high made from a combination of alpaca and mohair. Fully jointed with armature to enable him to stand and pose. He has glass eyes and is "fed" with carded wool and steel shot. Original price £165.
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