Steiff is the world’s premier manufacturer of high-end toys and collectibles. Indeed, Steiff is the only “luxury” toy brand in the marketplace today. Internationally renowned for its exceptional quality, Steiff still utilizes traditional materials and proven manufacturing techniques to create its unique and highly prized products. Known for its distinct button in the ear--Knopf Im Ohr, Steiff has been making plush toys and collectibles that set the world standard for quality since 1880.
Made from only the finest materials -- fabrics such as mohair, alpaca, cotton velvet, and woven fur -- each Steiff animal is meticulously hand-sewn and hand-finished in Germany. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears -- Steiff invented the Teddy bear in 1902. Since the firm was founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880, more than 16,000 different designs for animals have been created.
Vintage Steiff pieces are regularly sold on the secondary market for thousands of dollars. Steiff toys last so long because they are extremely well-made and vigorously tested – surpassing all U.S. and international toy safety standards. Vintage Steiff toys from the company’s earlier years have sold at auction for more than $100,000.
Collectors treasure Steiff products for their artistry, beauty, and lasting value. Children love their friendly faces, cuddly fur, and realistic designs. When "only the best" is good enough, Steiff is the only choice.