The Story Behind the Brand: Founder & Creative
Kelsey Cunningham the founder and creative genius behind the brand in her own words..
Myself, Kelsey Cunningham have been sewing all my life my first designed bear was born when I
was 8 years old and was a large mouse with rather large ears! I used to go to craft fairs with my
parents and I was allowed to sell my creations on a little corner of the table. By the time I was 13
I was selling my creations to shops.
I didn't pick my sewing and designing again until 2004, when recovering from an unfortunate
accident I decided to go back into my first love. Initially just selling to friends and family, a few
craft markets then on eBay where my collectors first began. Then in 2008 I was approached by
Charlie Bears to design for them, that is where Leo the Lion, Princess the Cat and Freckles were
In 2010 I set up Kaycee Bears with new premises and staff and Kaycee Bears has just grown and
grown beyond my wildest dreams and continues to do so. The London based Hamley's (the
biggest toy shop in the UK) started stocking my designs in Feb 2015 of which I am very proud.
Sorry if I go on a bit!! But occasionally I have to pinch myself!