group picture from our den!
Sophisticated bears was founded in 1999 by Gladys Bazan at the urging of friends and family that recognized and appreciated her artistic creativity. Her fascination with, and love for bears gave her the inspiration to create her subjects, using the finest available German mohair. Each bear is designed and created to project unique characteristics. To quote Gladys, 'Each Sophisticated bear is born of an inspiration, so no two are alike!'. Upon completion each bear is given a name and joins the Sophisticated bears family in the den. Even after being adopted, a Sophisticated bear will always be considered a member of the den. Over time the Sophisticated bears den grew to have members throughout the U.S. and overseas.