With Heart and Soul was founded by Sonja Hartmann in Germany in 2001. Prior to this Sonja had worked with many other doll manufacturers designing and overseeing doll production. Sonja now works very closely with doll artists and oversees production to ensure that the finished product meets the high standards she expects. Originally the dolls are made in China but as from November 2013 the assembly of the dolls has been taking place in Berlin under the watchful eye of Sonja.
The Kidz 'n' Cats playdolls were introduced by With Heart and Soul in the summer of 2009 and were an instant hit with Petalina customers. The high quality of the dolls is clear. The sculpting of their faces and bodies is beautiful, and the extra joints in their elbows, wrists and knees give them a much more natural appearance and enables them to be posed in endless positions. Their hair is actually a beautifully styled hand knotted kanekalon wig and their acrylic eyes sparkle. Their clothes are well designed and up to date with lots of little details to make them very special. Natural materials are used when possible using buttons and button holes, zips and poppers to fasten rather than velcro. Divine! Oh to be a little girl again!