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MEET: Mandy Sutcliffe by Bebe Bradley of www.passerine.co.uk


Mandy Sutcliffe is the creator of Belle & Boo, a British lifestyle brand known for its original and nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children.


Mandy studied


Illustration at Leeds Metropolitan University, during which time she went on a university exchange trip to France. It was here that Mandy’s love for illustrating children truly blossomed and she spent many an hour in the Parisian parks drawing the beautiful French children. We asked Mandy to tell us the story behind her success.


What is the ethos behind ‘Belle & Boo?’ I wanted to create characters that were reminiscent of the story book characters that I loved as a child, Milly Molly Mandy, Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear, etc. I wanted


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my characters to have that nostalgic feel, a time when people say that children were allowed to be children. As a company, we like to remember how lovely it is these days to receive a handwritten letter or a parcel wrapped up in brown paper with string. Our products are, hopefully,


ageless and good enough quality to stand the test of time.


What kind of formal education or experience do you have that applies to what you do? I studied illustration in Leeds and during my time there, I took part in


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