The Finkelsteins

The one blog I follow every day without fail is Swiss-Miss. I'm a fan of Tina's business and marketing insights as well as her wide array of interesting finds that she curates from across the globe. Last week, she had a quick post about these adorable stuffed animals, called The Finkelsteins out of South Carolina. Perfect for Valentine's Day...

When I asked Michelle Jewell to describe her shop, she shared, "Finkelstein's Center is a toy design company that offers one of a kind soft characters and custom fabric sculpture, handmade in Charleston." 

Each Finkelstein is made with a fleece material for the body parts and for their fashionable clothing, Michelle uses a combination of vintage and upcycled, remnant fabrics. Michelle, "Our goal in using short runs of fabric for the shirts is that each will feel special to its recipient because we have a limited quantity of each fabric." 

Each one of a kind animal is handsewn by a team of four Creature Makers who follow patterns that Michelle has created. Michelle, "They sew and stuff each Fink and I finish the toys by hand embroidering their facial features." 

I loved the answer I got when I asked Michelle how she thought up the name... "It is actually my dog's middle name, Bernard Pickles Finkelstein Jewell-Amick. Thankfully he answers to Bernie." 

The pigs and the giraffes seem to get the most fanfare but I happen to be a sucker for the lion. Adorbs. Click here to see the entire family of Finks to find your favorite. And Happy Happy Valentine's Day...

And if you haven't seen it already, check out my Valentine video called, Make It or Buy It: Valentine's Day.