Irene and Mike Whittle are based in Lancashire. They have been making traditional Edwardian-style mohair bears since 1992. These bears are often dressed in fully tailored, themed garments. Irene has a degree in fashion design, and spent thirty years in the industry, which can be seen in the creations she designs from scratch. Mike is an avid photographer, which he studied for his degree. Their love of teddy bears started in the '80s when they developed an interest in old toys. Even now, they are experts on Edwardian tin plate cars and boats.