Hello, I'm Natalie and I run me & the bear with my two dogs, Kuma and Robin! I hand-make pet accessories using my vintage Singer sewing machine, Betty.
We're based in the South Down's National Park, and when I'm not sewing orders, we're all off out exploring the countryside, the dogs getting as muddy as possible!
Me & the bear brings you accessories made for adventure and inspired by our natural surroundings, we want you to be able to go out for a day of exploring and get as muddy as you like without worrying about ruining your new things! We also keep the planet at the heart of all that we do, making sure that we always give back more than we take from planet earth.
I've always had a love of animals and creating, although my love of sewing is something that came to me a bit later in life (I learnt how to use an electric machine in my late 20's). The idea for me & the bear came about very organically, I'd started making Kuma bandanas, then a collar, then I decided to open the business as just a little hobby on the side. That hobby grew faster than I was prepared for, and as I'm writing this, 10 months down the road, I'm now running me & the bear full time, with plans for expanding the business!