For more than 170 years the name 'Kieffer' has stood for Bavarian craftsmanship.
In 1848, the company was founded in Munich, and soon developed into one of the leading makers of riding saddles, horse-drawn carriages and harnesses. After a varied history, Kieffer has now established an international reputation as a German premium saddle manufacturer.
The experience and craftsmanship which have been built up over 170 years of the company’s history are reflected in every aspect of Kieffer’s innovative products. The product portfolio ranges from high-quality English dressage, jump and general purpose saddles, to saddle accessories, snaffle and double bridles, riding apparel and miscellaneous untensils.
Kieffer products are sold via a global sales network present on every continent collaborating with well over 1,500 qualified dealers.
Since the early 1950’s, the company’s premises at the Munich-Daglfing location have been a centre for top quality saddle production in Southern Germany. Starting with quality control of the leather, via cutting and subsequent processing of the material, to the expert assembly of the individual saddle components, all the work is done meticulously by hand.
Perfect products carefully manufactured by hand
The Munich Manufacturer
Take a look at the manufacturing process of a saddle - starting from the selection of the raw materials to the finished product.
On its way to becoming a quality product
On its way to becoming a quality product, a kieffer saddle goes through a number of stages in the production process.
Careful checking of incoming leather goods
The incoming goods department is the cornerstone for the manufacture of a quality product. The supplied leather is checked with the utmost care for defects such as scars or cracks.
Individual cutting and punching of hides
After the hides have been checked, they are punched out or cut for their intended purpose.
Further processing of leather cuttings
The sections of leather for the varied individual use require a high amount of preparation before the leather components can be stitched together by sewing machine in a manual process.
It requires great skill and practice with the sewing machine to sew leather parts like saddle panels and saddle skirts precisely by hand.
In a subsequent production stage, the saddle panels are flocked with synthetic wool. The main concern here is to flock the panel as evenly as possible. It takes decades of experience to achieve optimal padding of the saddle panels.
From individual parts to the finished product
After the saddle tree has been covered with leather and most of the individual sections of the saddle have been assembled, the 100% rustproof fittings are mounted and the saddle is complete.
In order to ensure 100 % quality control, all saddles undergo final inspection before shipment. Protected by a velvety-soft cloth, the saddles leave the company’s premises in Munich.
An example of a finished quality product made by Kieffer:
Dressage Saddle Ulla