About us - Maru and Friends

About Us

Our beautiful doll collection, storybooks and accessories are the creation of Maru, Maritza Gutierrez, our founder.

She too is an adult collector and wanted to create a beautiful doll that would look so real, that girls of all ages could associate with and be inspired. The idea flourished and she developed Maru and Friends®, a doll line with storybooks that would chronicle the life of a young Hispanic girl that comes to America in search of a better life, her life story.
Maru and Friends®, a doll line with storybooks that would chronicle the life of a young Hispanic girl that comes to America in search of a better life.

Maritza's professional background is in marketing; she has managed her own advertising and public relations agency for more than thirty-five years. Her agency, Creative Ideas Advertising, Inc., is an award-winning firm, known for producing some of the most successful political and public service campaigns.

Maritza still finds time to give back to her community as a civic volunteer at MDX, the expressway authority in Miami-Dade County. She is the first chairwoman elected to this public transportation agency.

About the Artist

Our Maru and Friends® doll collection are sculpts by the award-winning, American artist Dianna Effner. Dianna has been making collectible porcelain dolls for more than 35 years. She is a master doll artist that has perfected her craft, capturing the tender features of a child's face in her beautiful doll creations. Her unique style and perfection of lifelike fine collectible dolls are only available at Maru and Friends®.

Thanks to our loyal friends from around the world, expect a lot more special surprises from Maru™! We put a lot of love and passion into making our beautiful doll collection and designer outfits and we thank you for loving them too.