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Clemens Bears of Germany since 1948 | teddy Bears and collectibles and soft toys | wholesale and retail

History of Clemens Bears


Clemens-Spieltiere is now considered one of the worlds leading teddy bear makers - known for quality, attention to detaiil, safety of its products and collaborations with some of Germany's best teddy bear desgners.

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.

Soon the demand for these bears began to grow and grow, until eventually Hans enlisted his first employees to help. As the economy improved, the business began to flourish and the demand for Clemens bears was at an all-time high! Many other plush game animals were introduced into the range, but the Teddy Bears remained the darling of them all.

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.


Eventually Hans’ son Peter took over the reins of the business, following fondly in his father’s footsteps until 2002 when he handed over the management of Clemens Spieltiere to Ren Lee in order to concentrate on developing new designs and concepts for their collections. Peter Clemens still keeps a loving eye on his company and its many varied and loveable soft plush and mohair bears and toys.

Today, Clemens is a much loved and renowned teddy bear maker, whose teddy bears, soft friendly animals and collectible teddy bears have warmed the hearts of many children, adults and collectors across the globe.

Collectors are equally enchanted with Clemens brand, and many of the limited edition mohair and superior plush range are much sought by collectors around the world. Clemens Spieltiere are very proud and humbled to have a worldwide reputation for having produced the highest quality teddy bears for over 65 years.

Each Clemens bear is born from an original design. Before the production process begins each design is critically evaluated in order to ensure the very best bear is produced.

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.


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