The Forever Friends story begins in 1987 when artist Deborah Jones sketched her very first bears in her little studio in Bath. Over a quarter of a century has passed since that first Forever Friends Bear was sketched. From that day to this, one thing has never changed: their dedication to helping people express love and friendship.
Forever Friends can be found across the globe in different languages and celebrating special days and occasions as part of many cultures.
These adorable bears have been busy in the past 30 years, from being one of the most popular characters to feature on greeting cards to cuddly bears. They have a number 1 album to sing about, a host of animations, a book…oh and not to mention being world record holders, for the world longest group hugs! No wonder time has flown for these cuddly characters.
And now here we are, celebrating 30 years of Friendship with Forever Friends in 2017, with a beautiful 30th Anniversary collection.
Working from her little studio in Bath, artist Deborah Jones sketched the very first Bears. Greetings card king Andrew Brownsword saw them, loved them and put them on his cards. They soon became the most popular cute cards in the land – loved by young and old alike!
The Bears were soon dancing and hugging their way onto greetings cards everywhere, and were given the name ‘Forever Friends’..
The brand’s distinctive style had now established itself as the first choice for those wishing to send messages of love and friendship– and became known as ‘a hug in an envelope’.
A brand-new range was Launched called ‘Between Friends’, focusing on the love and friendship shared between younger fans and the Bears.
Another new range evolved for older friends. The Bears were presented in a sophisticated hand-drawn, sketchbook-style on luxurious, top-quality card. An amazing 13 years later, Deborah Jones said farewell to her little Bears and handed the Forever Friends reigns to the talented team of Hallmark illustrators.
A gorgeous ‘Pastels’ range introduced a new, fun-loving cheeky side to the Bear’s personality.
Brightly-coloured floral bouquets and soft patterns inspired by nature inspired the popular Classic Core collection.
In 2009 the first Forever Friends released their first album. The third album, ‘Mum in a Million’ reached No.1 in the UK charts!
Forever Friends set a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest group hug to celebrate turning 25 years of sharing hugs.