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Every original Steiff animal with Steiff's world famous trademark, the "Button-in-Ear", shows that this is one of the many, wonderful creations from the vast Steiff assortment - an unmistakable original from the famous company with a long-standing tradition. Both big and small Steiff fans immediately recognize the yellow ear tag.
All the animals and Teddy bears at Steiff are very pleased to receive the extraordinary distinction of the white & red ear tag because these are produced in a limited edition. Only a limited number is available and some are only available in certain countries. Each of these Steiff creations comes with a certificate that insures its authenticity.
Each creation of the replica series by Steiff is an extraordinary historic character. These true-to-original creations are reproduced exactly according to their historic Steiff role models. All replicas have a white & black ear tag to show their special status and the true-to-original "Button-in-Ear" from the respective year of production.
The Steiff Selection Series is a marriage of the modern and the traditional. High-quality decorative animals - with a design based on the latest trends in the fashion industry and handmade from the finest fabrics and materials - which, despite their fashionable looks, still have the unmistakable natural design that makes Steiff unique.
The very first box of merchandise that we opened for our shoppe in 1975 was filled with Steiff Teddy bears and it was exhilarating! We established The Toy Shoppe way back then to bring fine dolls and Teddy bears to our collectors. With their long tradition and commitment to excellence, Steiff bears are a natural fit for our shoppe.
In the early 1900s, Richard Steiff created the modern Teddy bear as we know and love him today. Steiff's continued innovation and commitment to quality has touched generations of children around the world.
Over the years, Steiff collectors in the USA and around the world have turned to The Toy Shoppe for their Steiff bears and animals. Our selection is unmatched. We have worked closely with Steiff both in North America and in Germany to design exclusive editions for our collectors that are compelling to Steiff collectors and Teddy bear lovers alike. We travelled to Giengen, Germany to search for inspiration deep within Steiff's archives, their treasure trove of past editions that reaches into their rich history. Maximilian began our Steiff Teddy bear family over a decade ago and since then we've created a wide array of Steiff editions exclusively for our collectors. From Traveller to Little Bear to GrandPapa to Chub-ling to Polar Cub to little Jocko, each one has brought a unique character of Steiff design often introducing innovative techniques or materials in their production. Collectors have adored our Toy Shoppe exclusives by Steiff!
We at The Toy Shoppe are honored to be the premier Steiff shoppe in North America. Our staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and eager to assist you. Just call us toll free 1 800 447-7995 and we will be glad to help you discover that perfect addition to your Teddy bear collection or that perfect Steiff gift for a child, a baby or even yourself!
Margarete Steiff designed her first soft-filled fabric toy animal, an elephant made of felt, and began the family business. Margarete's nephew Richard Steiff studied art in Stuttgart and brought a heightened sense of realism to Steiff designs. In 1902, Steiff created the 55PB, a mohair plush bear that is the basis for the modern Teddy Bear we know today.
In 1902, Clifford Berryman, a well-know cartoonist for the Washington Post, made popular a caricature little bear with American president Theodore Roosevelt: thus, the "Teddy" bear was born. Children and adults have made the Teddy bear an iconic toy, universally loved and adored. Over the years, Steiff's focus on delighting children with realistic soft animals brought them fame around the world. Their innovations in airbrushing, choice materials and manufacturing have created toys that are prized everywhere.
Steiff continues to create Teddy bears and other animal friends at their factory in the small town of Giengen, Germany. After 125 years, Steiff continues to lead the world in the finest Teddy bear designs and manufacturing. Their commitment to quality and excellence has brought joy to generations around the world.
Where things are created by hand, there is always a lot of creativity, energy, ability, experience, enthusiasm for the little details and dexterity at work. Steiff creations are hand made with lots of love - love of detail and love of the finished product itself. It is exactly this enthusiasm for the beautiful things in life, the extraordinary and the desire for perfection that you will feel when you hold a Steiff animal in your hands.
Each Steiff animal tells his own story. He tells of his soft, comical or even untamed, wild, role models in nature. He reveals his own personal story of his journey from a bold vision, to an initial idea and his first birthday as a sample animal. He tells a tale of his creation from the finest materials - precious wool felt and cuddly plush of fine alpaca and mohair. His friendly eyes and hand stitched features reveal the moment in which he received his unmistakable character.
It seems as if time stands still for just a moment when you see that friendly, curious smile of your new Steiff friend for the very first time. Your new friend is sure to make you happy and may even bring back memories you thought had been lost forever - memories to cherish and share with your Steiff friend forever.
The luxurious wool from the fur of an Alpaca is the warmest and thickest natural fiber that exists. Many years ago, Steiff discovered the exclusive alpaca for production of wonderful Steiff products. With its incomparable quality and lasting value, alpaca embodies an aesthetic quality and sensuousness at the same time. Thanks to the natural unsurpassable qualities of alpaca, Steiff creations retain their long lasting beauty.
Silky smooth, lustrous and a gentle softness that invites you to touch and feel: all of these are characteristics of mohair. It is a fascinating natural fiber obtained from the very long, curly and sumptuous white fur of the angora goat - one of the most valuable races of goats in the world. Since 1901, Steiff has used this wonderfully lustrous, thick and velvety-feeling beautiful fiber to make their creations.
A Steiff animal owes its lifelike character to its exceptionally real and natural-feeling coat made of woven fur. This is the result of a unique three-dimensional weaving technique in which the wonderfully soft woven fur is made. The thread is woven perpendicularly into the cotton backing - thus giving each Steiff creation a lifelike character of their real role model. It is so delightfully soft that it entices you to cuddle them, stroke them and play with them.
Pictured below is a young Margarete Steiff who founded Steiff in 1880 and established the company's commitment to quality when she devised their motto.
We voluntarily go far beyond the legally required standards and even surpass them. Because we are convinced that only animals which pose no health hazard deserve the good name Steiff.
We have high expectations of our suppliers whom we oblige to adhere to the strict Steiff guidelines. We extensively examine all the basic materials before they are used in production.
We have voluntarily imposed stricter regulations than required by law for all our dyes and colours. Children can put Steiff products in their mouths without any misgivings.
Only the finest natural fibres, such as mohair and alpaca or woven fur made of synthetic fibres, are woven in our own weaving manufactory, Steiff Schulte in Duisburg. Furthermore, we use only carefully-selected, inspected materials by well-known manufacturers.
The plush of a Steiff animal has always been something special. It is extraordinarily true-to-nature, soft, long-lasting and does not lose any hair. We use only lint-free uppers made of the highest quality.
We use exclusively new and non-harmful materials from the factory for the fillings of our Teddy bears and soft animals. The fillings of our animals are, of course, inspected by Oeko-Tex.
This is ensured by the standardised Steiff seam width as well as the high density of seams, which is typical only for animals from our company. A Steiff animal will last a lifetime.
For the production of our animals, we pay careful attention that we adhere to all hygiene and cleanliness standards. For example, that is why use metal detectors during all the production processes.
For decades, we have had our products independently inspected by the LGA in Nuremberg, and we collaborate intensively with other independent institutes, such as TUV and Dekra. In our laboratory in Giengen an der Brenz, we conduct over 12,000 additional tests every year. The Steiff Quality Management System is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 (German Industrial Standards)
Throughout the various production steps, we produce continuously environmentallyfriendly as well as in view of the flawless quality and longevity of our products. A Steiff animal can be a companion throughout a whole childhood and still be a source of joy even as an adult.