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!
As of May 2014: Aletta, the second Wunschpuppe doll or Wish doll, has arrived in lots of different hair and eye colour combinations, and we are thrilled with the quality of the dolls. The new wigs are beautiful and well applied and the workings of all the joints have seen considerable improvement. The move of production to Germany in this respect has been a resounding success! However, the changes have also resulted in the numbers of dolls being produced lessening, the speed of production reducing with the overall availability of the dolls being impacted. Petalina has lots of the 2014 range on order but the dolls are arriving very slowly, and we are not receiving very much information about when we can expect more stock. As a result we are no longer accepting pre-orders. If you would like to be informed about the arrival of the dolls, please sign up to our Newsletter or follow us on facebook.