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.
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.