One of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters, Paddington Bear has been given a Rolls-Royce Bespoke makeover as part of an initiative that seeks to raise vital funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, created a design inspired by the marque’s founding forefather, famed racer and pioneer aviator Hon. Charles Rolls. The Rolls-Royce Paddington cuts a sartorial dash in a brown leather duffel coat with cravat and hat ribbon in Rolls-Royce’s signature purple. Paddington’s outfit is complete with a pair of MK8 racing goggles that pay an elegant tribute to Rolls’ prowess as a gentlemen racer.
50 statues of Paddington have been places in landmarks across London, with visitors invited to observe them on a specially plotted Paddington Trail. Rolls-Royce’s Paddington is on display in Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London’s showroom in Mayfair’s Berkley Square. He is standing on a plinth crafted to resemble the Pantheon grille that adorns every Rolls-Royce motor car and is finished in a specially created Bespoke mirror finish, echoing the marque’s emblematic Spirit of Ecstasy.
“It has given us great pleasure to support such a worthy cause by creating a Bespoke Paddington Bear,” said Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Paddington is undoubtedly one of the nation’s best-loved characters; we were therefore honoured and delighted to be challenged with participating in the Paddington Trail. The Hon. Charles Rolls shared Paddington’s lust for adventure and exploration; he therefore proved the perfect inspiration for our interpretation of the world’s most famous bear.”
The statue was designed and crafted by the Bespoke craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England – with associates from all departments dedicating time in aid of the NSPCC to ensure Paddington is in perfect order to meet his public.
An auction at Christies and a specially curated online sale will follow the release of the new Paddington movie starring Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman on Friday 28 November. All proceeds are set to go to the NSPCC and ChildLine.