Once upon a time… 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.