The classic German teddy bear maker – Clemens-Spieltiere GmbH – have appointed Clemens Bears Original as the exclusive distributor for the United States. Clemens Bears, soft toys and collectibles have been made by Clemens since 1948 and represent the finest in German design, quality and manufacture.
Clemens Bears Original are based in Australia having successfully built the Clemens brand there, now they are focusing on the United States. All stock is sent from Germany to the United States.
History of the Brand
Hans Clemens arrived in Kirchardt, Germany from Alsace with his family in 1948, shortly after the Second World War. Like most people at that time, he had lost everything, including his manufacturing business and a wholesale trade business in shoes, due to the war.
He opened a retail trade business in Mannheim, selling glass, porcelain and gifts, but was constantly asked by customers for teddy bears, since these didn’t exist during the war. Hans Clemens made the decision to help his customers and began to produce teddy bears from old army blankets. His sister produced these by hand and every teddy bear was lovingly and individually made.
Soon the demand for these bears began to increase and the business was extended again and again and eventually Hans Clemens enlisted his first employees.
Clemens today is one of the world’s premium makers of soft toys, teddy bears and mohair collectibles in Germany – the company’s teddy bears and soft animals have warmed the hearts of children in Germany and abroad and the mohair collectibles are much sought after by collectors around the globe.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Peter Clemens took over the business, but eventually retired from managing the company in 2002 in order to concentrate on developing new designs and concepts for their collections.
Clemens is world famous for its Nostalgia family of mohair teddy bears – all natural fibers – mohair, glass eyes and cotton stitching. This family of mohair bears is made in 10 cm, 15 cm, 20 cm, 30 cm, 40 cm and 50 cm sizes. The 30-50 cm bears arrive with a growler so they make a delightful growl when moved from side to side. The Nostalgia Collection has won the red “Spiel Gut” award – the highest award bestowed by the Germany toy industry. The award is presented to toys that have been tested with children and examined by experts and achieve the highest standards with respect to play value, materials, workmanship, durability, safety, design, size and sustainability for the particular age bracket.
For US retail locations visit www.clemensbeasrsoriginal.com/our-retail-partners
Courtesy Clemens Bears Original.