Babar Plush Toy
13" Babar the Elephant plush toy.
Generations of children and adults alike — including us at Rowing Blazers — have a special place in their hearts for Babar, the beloved fictional elephant. “Babar has always been one of my favorite characters in all of literature,” says Rowing Blazers Creative Director and founder Jack Carlson. “He’s stylish, kind, worldly — all the things I aspired to be when I was growing up.”
Babar the Elephant first appeared in the 1931 French children’s book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, inspired by a story his wife Cecile invented for their children. Brunhoff and his son Laurent developed Babar’s rich world in a series of subsequent books, which came to encompass glamorous, mid-century jet-set travel; family dramas and diversions; feasts and parties; and, occasionally, even matters of state.
“Babar, for me, is like a French, pachyderm James Bond — with a family and a crown,” says Jack. “He has a perfect wardrobe; great adventures; and he always travels in style: whether he’s skiing in Switzerland, picking up an honorary degree at Harvard, or surveying Egyptian ruins.”