Meet Maru and Friends®, a beautiful doll collection, storybooks and accessories that are the creation of Maru, Maritza Gutierrez, the founder of this company. 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.
Maritza’s professional background is in marketing; she has managed her own advertising
and public relations agency for more than thirtyfive 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 was the first woman to chair this organization.
About the Artist
The Maru and Friends® original five dolls, and now all new mini pals, were sculpted 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 their loyal friends from around the world, expect a lot more special surprises from
Maru™! They put a lot of love and passion into making their beautiful doll collection and designer outfits and they thank you for loving them too.