Even though Sophie the Giraffe has only become a celebrity - and everyday mom - must-have in the past few years, the simple and sustainable squeaky baby toy has been around for half a century. French company Vulli, the toy's manufacturer, is celebrating Sophie the Giraffe's 50th birthday with an artist series of 70 one-of-a-kind re-imagined Sophie the Giraffe designs by renowned artists including Swarovski, Franck Sorbier, Escada, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Kenzo Takada, Chantal Thomass, Mautin Blaise, Valentine Gauthier, Marie-Ange Casta, Fifi Chachnil, and Lolita Lempicka. From a subway map covered rendition of the rubber giraffe to a Sophie the Giraffe shaped cloud entitled "Cumulogirafus Sophius," the Sophie the Giraffe artist series takes the iconic toy to a new level, presenting eye-candy art that is either inspired by the toy or features a made over version of the toy.
Who would have guessed that a simple toy designed in 1961 would still be such a popular sensation today. It’s sustainably made from 100% natural rubber from the sap of the Hevea tree. Parents also love that it stimulates baby’s senses: it’s soft to the touch, it squeaks, it’s great for teething and the contrasting color of her spots provide visual stimulation. The Sophie the Giraffe artists series, which includes 70 interpretations and redesigned versions of the little toy giraffe was auctioned off in May to benefit childhood cancer research.