May 17, 2014 @ Shanghaiist
A purple bear stuffed with dried lavender and weight, has become one of the latest status symbols in China, especially among its youth. the Bridestowe Estate, a lavender farm in rural Tasmania, Australia, initially stuffed the animals partially with dried lavender as a way of utilizing its excess crop. It’s popularity has been attributed to Chinese models and actresses declaring themselves fans of the bear. Imitators have also promptly ensued, with Chinese celebrity and entrepreneur, Guo Degang, having bought an Australian lavender farm to create his own lavender-stuffed bears, closely resembling the original.