About the Artist:
Nearly 30 years ago, North American Bear Company began as a creative business enterprise of a new mother, Barbara Isenberg, starting a family in New York City in the mid-1970s. Her desire to find a teddy bear with the nostalgic charm of an antique toy and a contemporary sense of whimsy for her own small son prompted the start of a toy company creating unique, high-quality plush bears that would appeal to both children and adults alike. In 1978, after perfecting a variety of sample bears, assembling a sales force and locating a small New York factory to produce bears, Barbara teamed up with her brother, Paul Levy, a Chicago-based lawyer and real estate developer, to form North American Bear Company, Inc. Barbara continues as the company’s Creative Director, running the New York Studio in the heart of Manhattan’s toy district where she and the closely-knit design and production team develop each season’s rich and varied collections. Paul serves as CEO in the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, managing the administrative, financial and warehousing aspects of the business.
From the “Very Important Bear” (VIB) collection of the North American Bear Company comes the 1984 playful celebrity Bearie Antoinette, the ursine counterpart of the 18th-century French queen Marie Antoinette. Unlike her human counterpart, this beautiful teddy bear has not “lost her head.” Instead, she comes with a beautiful patterned blue and pink dress and a lacy cap of colored ribbons and feathers.
This special teddy bear is in great vintage condition, free of tears, snags, smells, or other defects. She does come with his original sales and promotional tags.
Invite this VIB over for your next social gathering, be it for adults or kids. Bearie Antoinette will be the hit of the party. Just know, however, she will demand that everyone should just “eat cake.”
Special Note: This product is not for children under 3 years of age, as it poses a potential choking hazard.
Note: As part of 2020 Springtime Treasure Hunt, the purchase of the Bearie Antoinette Teddy Bear comes with a free $100 Dogbotz Boneyard gift certificate, which can be redeemed during a future purchase at our online store. The expiration date of the gift certificate is one year after purchase of this item.