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They were known as being industrious and skilful, the seamstresses who produced the Steiff animals under the guidance of Margarete Steiff in 1903. Their workplace with the large glass windows was locally referred to as the "spinsters´ aquarium". An elaborately made pinafore dress, proudly worn by Pauline Teddy bear, harks back to the old days on the 135th anniversary of "Steiff": her clothing is an exact replica based on historical photographs, sewn from woven cotton material and braided in the style of "Redwork"- embroidery. Hanging from her necklace is a splinter from the original glass window pane of the 1903 factory building. Pauline Teddy bear, 27 cm tall and made of the finest dark blond mohair, is the perfect insider´s tip for this year´s autumn/winter collection. Production is limited to 1,500 pieces.
Those wanting to create something special and unique of lasting value will need nothing less than the perfect "ingredients". This not only applies to many other areas but especially to our Steiff manufacture, where we only use "ingredients" of the highest quality: for every Steiff animal, from head to paw. Starting with the thread, the filling material, buttons, eyes and accessories and right up to what is so characteristic for every Steiff animal: it's "coat" or "fur", which gives character and form to its appearance. So since 2009 we have been particularly happy to be able to call ourselves the world's only manufacturer of stuffed toys with its own fabric factory.
This natural material from the wool of the angora goat is the classic Teddy bear material. In fact, it was used for the first Teddy bear ever created. The fiber is both beautiful and durable, which accounts for the amazing number of vintage. Steiff creations that appear today in superb condition.
When we say “For children only the best will do”, they are not just empty words but rather a guiding principle that has been followed for generations: Children are our present and our future. All cuddly toys that we produce and sell must therefore do more than justice to the absolute highest of standards in terms of quality, safety, processing and material attributes. We place this benchmark above all of the prescribed international checks and tests. The Steiff purity standard is a permanent fixture of Steiff's corporate philosophy and a foundation of the trust that customers place in us, and one that grows year upon year: This is marked by the Steiff seal.