…the simple story of a giraffe born on the 25th May 1961, Saint Sophie’s Day
In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals or pet figures...
That is why one day in France a certain Monsieur Rampeau, who was an expert in transforming the sap from the hevea tree using the rotational moulding of rubber as a toy-making concept, came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby's small hands to grasp.
Sophie la girafe®, who looked exactly the same then as she does today, went into production on Thursday 25th May, hence her name.
She was an immediate success. Young mothers immediately recognised that she was a must for their children…When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie the Giraffe helps babies stop crying!
By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe's fame spread. From then on in Europe, generation upon generations of children were to love hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head!
VULLI, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France has continued to keep the highly guarded secret of how this wonder toy is made.
To this day, Sophie the Giraffe is still "traditionally" produced, a process that involves more than 14 manual operations.
Made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie’s flexible, renewable, natural materials and non-toxic paint mean she is a safe and natural teething toy for your little one.
Behind the scenes of a success story Discover all the secrets behind Sophie la girafe® that make it a toy with a devoted following!
A 100% natural rubber toy
Latex from the Hevea tree was first produced in 1928 using the process of vulcanisation, invented by Mr. Charles Goodyear.
The rubber used by Vulli comes from the Hevea tree (rubber trees) that grow in Malaysia. Every morning, before the daytime heat sets in, the milky liquid that oozes from the cells beneath the bark is collected from these millions of Hevea trees. This liquid is known as “latex”.
Latex is natural, elastic and water-resistant, acts as an insulator, is pleasant to the touch and smells nice.
Vulli takes this latex, heats it, and then applies a special process and a rotational moulding technique. The result, after 14 manual operations, is the wonderful little “Sophie la girafe”.
Still the same, even after more than 50 years…
Despite being born in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe has not aged in the slightest.
With sales of over 50 million units, she is the undisputed star for the very young.
The archetypal embodiment of an early learning toy, Sophie the Giraffe is a must-have! With widespread popularity, she is genuinely loved by every parent and child alike.
Sophie the Giraffe has become timeless and cross-generational.
Discover Sophie the Giraffe's manufacturing process in the video below.
The Sophie la girafe® film Enter the world of Sophie la girafe® to learn about the secrets involved in her production!