London art business Christie’s (and my Mummy’s place of work) will auction off an exclusive collection of teddy bears after the famed Pudsey bear in support of Children in Need on 15 November.
Taking the mascot for the children’s charity, designers including Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli have each crafted a version of the bear to fit their personal style interpretation. Mulberry’s Pudsey has his own Bayswater satchel, while Burberry’s bear comes complete with trench and umbrella and Missoni’s couture cuddly is emblazoned with the fashion label’s distinctive print.
Curated by Love magazine editor, Katie Grand, the 30-strong collection of bears, each measuring 24 inches, will be showcased exclusively at Selfridges in London and Manchester from 24 October until 14 November, before the gavel goes down on the bespoke designs. “I was honoured to curate this fantastic collection, and have had such fun working with the designers on all of their amazing designs,” said Grand. “BBC Children In Need is an incredibly worthwhile cause, and one which myself and all of the designers involved in the collection are privileged to support.”
Alongside luxury fashion labels including Versace, Prada, Fendi and Tom Ford, Vogue and GQ magazines, as well as Selfridges itself, have all put their designer hats on to create their own offerings for the collection. Creative director for Selfridges, Alannah Weston, commented on the store’s collaboration with the charity: “Selfridges is delighted to support such a purposeful and creative project. It is wonderful to see such remarkable talent helping this most worthy of causes.”
Ahead of the exciting auction, which will take place at either Christie’s South Kensington or King Street salerooms, Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch and Selfridges will launch 10 inch versions of their Pudsey bears tomorrow which will be available to buy in store. I know what’s going on my Channukah and Christmas wish lists!