Clemens-Spieltiere is now considered one of the world’s leading teddy bear makers - known for quality, attention to detail, safety of its products and collaborations with some of Germany's best teddy bear designers.
It all began in 1948 in post-war Germany when Hans Clemens and his family arrived from Alsace, France. Having lost everything in the war, Hans opened a little shop in Mannheim (near the Rhine Valley, Germany) selling glass, porcelain and gifts – but it was Teddy Bears that his customers kept asking for, as these were so hard to find in wartime.
Kind Hans decided to help his customers by making Teddy Bears from old army blankets. With the help of his sister they produced these bears lovingly and individually by hand.
During the years that followed, the Clemens’ company grew from strength to strength – owing largely to the enduring popularity, unmistakable style and quality of these lovable bears.
Every Clemens bear receives individual attention and each seamstress at Clemens has been trained for a minimum of six months – testament to the complexity and perfection of the bears, each composed of around 20 pieces of plush.
Each part of the bear is sewn together inside out before being assembled. The bears are then sent to the stuffing department to get their final shape; seams are scraped out, the fur is fluffed, the stuffing is properly positioned and wrinkles are smoothed out. The facial expression is then added with an airbrush to draw the snout, eye corners and mouth.
With the addition of the necklet, the bears must pass the final quality inspection to receive the Clemens Spieltiere trademark label. With this, each bear become a part of the long Clemens tradition.
Although the appearance of the bears may have changed, the quality and care in producing a Clemens bear remains the same as it was when Hans Clemens and his sister began the business. Clemens - world famous for amazing and adorable teddy bears.