Alice's Bear Shop
They say that things are happenstance or serendipity and the re-launch of the amazing Alice’s Bear Shop is one of those.
Rikey first brought us the stories and characters of Alice’s Bear Shop over 20 years ago, at that time they were hugely popular both as cuddly companions and story books to read. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of Rikey’s control the production of this amazing range ceased. Rikey carried on working and illustrating but always had the dream of bringing back Alice and her friends exactly as she wanted them to be.
After a chance meeting between Rikey Austin (the designer and Illustrator of Alice’s Bear Shop) and Charlotte Morris of Charlie Bears a small idea became a big story. These two creative and imaginative women discussed the possibility of the Alice’s Bear Shop range coming back and both agreed that as well as the charming and delightful designs and illustrations the other important factors were the quality of the product, the integrity of the designs and the ethics of the manufacturing and from that the idea of Charlie Bears and Rikey Austin joining forces was born.
So, after two years of planning Alice’s Bear Shop will make its welcome return in 2018 with all the original characters and books (who can forget the adorable Captain or Woodroffe and his growl?). Rikey has been busy updating the illustrations and designs whilst working with Charlie and the team on the creation of each of the characters so that they are exactly who they should be.
Rikey is still the creative force behind the range and all the characters are borne out of her illustrations and stories, Charlie Bears will bring their experience of manufacturing, quality, safety and ethics to the story and in October this year we will see the doors open to Alice’s Bear Shop once more!
The future for the shop looks like a happy one with a great deal of publicity already planned – including a major TV documentary on the actual Bear Hospital in the stories – and there will be a preview of the collection at Harrogate Home and Gift in July in the UK and Melbourne Gift Show in August in Australia.
This is just the first chapter and we cannot wait to see what the next chapters reveal over the coming months and years – will you be opening the door to Alice’s Bear Shop?
- James Dennis
AddressUnit 2 Pipers Close, Pennygillam Industrial Estate