Love him or hate him

Let's hope his dinner wasn't cold on this day!! He wouldn't have messed with a hard stare from Paddington though.  

Let's hope his dinner wasn't cold on this day!! He wouldn't have messed with a hard stare from Paddington though.  

It was Jezza's mum Shirley Clarkson that gave life to our beloved Gabrielle Designs Paddington Bear. In fact it was jeremy and his sister who recieved the first bears as Christmas presents back in 1972.   

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So whether you love him or hate him, we certainly have his mum Shirley to thank for or beloved Gabrielle Designs bears. 

 

Remember when we were in the Mail on Sunday

Great article in The Daily Mail 22/02/2015 by Rosie Murray-West featuring a fabulous picture of Carol Fox at the Paddington Collective.

You can read the full article here

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/investing/article-2962972/BEARNANZA-Paddington-movie-big-hit-investors-collectors-memorabilia-toy-s-stock-soars.html



It's Ya Birthday

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond is 89 years young today, this little fella is particularly excited!! Best wishes from all at The Paddington Collective 

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What's your favourite colour combination?

During the 1970's and 80's Gabrielle Designs produced and sold millions of their signature handmade bears. Each bear came with different felt hat and coat and Wellington boots. We'd be very interested to know your favourite colour combination or if you have a bear with a particularly rare colour scheme please let us know. Here are a few of our favourites 

Orange hat, blue jacket and yellow wellies

Orange hat, blue jacket and yellow wellies

The autumnal bear 

The autumnal bear 

Classic brown hat with red jacket and blue wellies

Classic brown hat with red jacket and blue wellies

Light blue hat and yellow boots combination 

Light blue hat and yellow boots combination 

Subtle mix of browns 

Subtle mix of browns 

The orange hat and brown jacket

The orange hat and brown jacket

Purple!!! It was the 1970's 

Purple!!! It was the 1970's 

The green jacket, a favourite in australia 

The green jacket, a favourite in australia 

Happy new year!!

Hope the Alka Selzas worked their magic and today's hangovers are not too severe. We are pleased to say our Licenced leather luggage tags and replacement swing tags have arrived and are now available to buy. They come in cute PB gift bag as well. 

Leather swing tag for Gabrielle Designs Paddington Bear (P&Co 2014)

Leather swing tag for Gabrielle Designs Paddington Bear (P&Co 2014)

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Merry Christmas

What a fantastic year for all things Paddington. Seasons greetings from The Paddington Collective 

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This guy is hoping for a new jacket from Santa

 

 

Coming soon........

Lost your beloved bear's paper swing tag or worse still got marmalade on it? Exclusively to the Paddington Collective we give you this fully licenced  genuine soft grain leather Paddington Bear swing tag. This limited edition will be available to preorder from www.thepaddingtoncollective soon. 

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Also to add to the excitement we are also launching a functional luggage address holder, made of soft worn leather with an insert for your details. This design is inspired by Gabrielle's original swing tag. It's a must for the travelling Paddington Bear fan.  Watch this space.......

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'Stumpy'

When Shirley Clarkson first designed her version of Paddington Bear for market she was inundated with letters from concerned bear lovers, on removal of their boots they appeared to have no feet. Nicknamed 'stumpy' bears these early designs are quite rare. Adding feet to them meant a whole new design. Judging by the look on this guy's face, he doesn't like being called stumpy!!! #paddington 

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Happy UK Paddington Film release day.

It's finally here, tonight families and fans will be flocking to the flicks to finally feast their eyes on the new Paddington Film. 

Anyone that goes today please let us know what you think. This original near mint Gabrielle Designs Paddington will be going along, no doubt he'll have his usual double pop corn and a bag of pick n mix.  

enjoy!! 

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Gabrielle designs Aunt Lucy bear just read The Daily Mirror review of her nephews big screen debut

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The Daily Mirror said in their review of Friday's eagerly awaited release that "this utterly lovely film might just be the finest family movie ever made"

High praise indeed and the paddington collective can't wait.

One key character yet to feature in the trailer is Paddingtons Aunt Lucy. Gabrielle Designs released their version of his Aunt in the late seventies and in good condition like the one seen above are hard to come by. 

She has bloomers with a little pocket with her specially designed coins from the home for retired bears, as you can imagine finding these 35 year old bears with those still up her kniker leg is quite a rarity. 

In the 90's Gabrielle designs now under new management released these now highly saught after replicas. 

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Aunt Lucy makes an appearance in the film but what will she look like? I hope she is as funky as these beautiful bears, we can't wait to see. 

 

 

 

Brollys and Celebs at the Paddington Premiere

Michael Bond Creator of the famous Bear was there to see the film he said that "he was worried he had let Paddington down" but in the end was very pleased and told the telegraph "It’s one of those films were you come away thinking about it, you keep saying: ‘Do you remember such and such a scene?’ There’s so much in it that’s quite magical. I’d give it full marks.”

Michael Bond Creator of the famous Bear was there to see the film he said that "he was worried he had let Paddington down" but in the end was very pleased and told the telegraph "It’s one of those films were you come away thinking about it, you keep saying: ‘Do you remember such and such a scene?’ There’s so much in it that’s quite magical. I’d give it full marks.”

This original Gabrielle Bear in his dressing gown has Michael Bonds signature around is neck, looks like it was raining where he was too.

This original Gabrielle Bear in his dressing gown has Michael Bonds signature around is neck, looks like it was raining where he was too.

Oscar winning Julie Walters who plays Mrs Bird

Oscar winning Julie Walters who plays Mrs Bird

Kate Moss poses with Paddington Bear on the Red Carpet for the Premier of Paddington

Amazing new posters

The guys at Paddington have released a new poster campaign via their Facebook page introducing us to the characters from Paddington released on the 28/11.

The Paddington Collective is very excited about seeing (Dr Who) Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry what a year it's been for him!! 

Looking grumpy, Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry 

Looking grumpy, Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry 

This guy arrived at The Collective today from the early 70's (no he didn't time travel like Peter capaldi rather he was made cirque 1972 and came in a van not a TARDIS)

You can often tell an early Gabrielle design Paddington as among other things they do not have the "thank you" on the luggage label. 

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Finally reviewed... Phew!!

What a relief it is to all us Paddington Bear fans to read the first reviews of the film. State of heightened bear excitement here the paddington collective after the telegraph posted their review 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/11239741/Paddington-review-a-total-delight.html

This 40 year old Gabrielle design paddington is preordering his cinema tickets as we speak 

two important things for young bears at the Paddington collective to remember. Don't sit too close to the screen and no marmalade on the keyboard. 

two important things for young bears at the Paddington collective to remember. Don't sit too close to the screen and no marmalade on the keyboard. 

The film is out on general release next week on the 28/11 and we hope it will be magical. 

Testing Testing 1,2,3

Good Morning People and welcome to the first blog post from the Paddington Collective. I would like to start the blog with a super photo of some of the new arrivals at The Paddington Collective, PJS and Dressing Gown all original, all available to buy online.

Gabrielle Design Paddington Bears showing  off their nightime attire, pyjamas and dressing gown. I think the young man in his boots may have been breaking nightime protocol but maybe his feet were cold!!  It looks like they are reading A Bear Called Paddington before lights out

Gabrielle Design Paddington Bears showing  off their nightime attire, pyjamas and dressing gown. I think the young man in his boots may have been breaking nightime protocol but maybe his feet were cold!!

It looks like they are reading A Bear Called Paddington before lights out