My Doll Best Friend brings you the news that Kidz 'n' Cats is no longer an independently owned doll company, but a part of Hape International Toys AG as of 11th January 2016.

Sonja Hartmann remains the exclusive artist of the brand that she established in 2009 for Kidz 'n' Cats under Hape, and her daughter Gesa Hartmann becomes the Product Assistant for Kidz 'n' Cats, at Hape. She will be responsible for the handling of customer service, as has been the case since the beginning. Being the creative designer, brand ambassador, sole investor and entrepreneur of Kidz 'n' Cats formerly part of With Heart & Soul (the original parent company) has been Sonja's life over the past 6-7 years and it is now time for her to rest a little, and get back to the part she enjoys the most, which is designing the dolls. This is a very exciting new chapter for Sonja, and I would like to offer Sonja my congratulations.

Hape International Toys AG is a global brand, and in fact owner of the Kathe Kruse doll brand. Interestingly, last year the Hape owner parted company with artist Sylvia Natterer who had designed Minouche for the brand since 2004. Sylvia Natterer has had a huge amount of success with Petitcollin in 2015 with the doll Minouche, and relaunching Finouche who had been out of production during Sylvia's time at Kathe Kruse.

What is to come from Sonja Hartmann at Hape this year, and in the coming years?
To view the 2016 Kidz 'n' Cats collection read the feature New From Kidz 'n' Cats in 2016.  What after that??
It will be exciting to speak to Sonja at the Nuremberg Toy Fair at the end of January to discover her plans. Of course I'll bring full news to readers of this blog. Subscribe and you'll receive an email direct to your inbox!