The history of
Grin & Bear
It all began with a yearning to create the ultimate Christmas gift for his best friend, Wendy. Stitch by stitch, Michael meticulously created the most adorable teddy bear - designed and created with love. Such was the reaction that Michael was implored to make another. Then another. Each with the same care and dedication as the last.
Grin & Bear was born and goes from strength to strength with each passing year.
"These cute little animals have gained a global
reputation as adorable symbols of peace,
love and playfulness."
Cut from the
Whether a bespoke creation or the continuation of a much-loved character, the approach is the same time and time again - take the finest materials and hand-picked fabrics, stitch by hand and stuff with love.
Michael’s infatuation with stylish prints and brave designs means there’s a bear to suit everyone - young, old and everyone in between.
"Our foundation is built on a desire to continue
the legacy that teddy bears have conjured in the
hearts and minds of everyone."
The man behind
The first Grin & Bear was created for a friend as a Christmas gift. Five years later, founder Michael Dankwah has turned his passion into a business.
A fashion scholar from St Martin's, Michael's knack of giving the tired old teddy a much-needed makeover has paid dividends - creating thousands of bears for clients all over the world and even being called on to make the Liberty Christmas bear.