I'm fashion designer Barbara from fashionbertrand.com and I create handmade Raggedy Ann inspired dolls from my workshop in Riverside California. I opened my web store this year. I have been designing bespoke made-to-measure clothing and accessories for women since 2010. These beautiful dolls you see here evolved as a natural offshoot from my dressmaking business. I design and sew the dolls one at a time so rest assured any rag dolls you purchase will truly be one of a kind.
In 1984 I was in Buena Park CA and found Tiffany, my first black Raggedy Ann doll. I saw her and had to have her. It was love at first sight in Knotts Berry Farm. She sits in my sewing room today. Then in 1992 I was in a small town called Laughlin, Nevada and by chance spotted a black Raggedy Ann doll. (I still have "Roberta," she sits next to Tiffany) My heart leaped. But for years I couldn't find another. This was before I met the world wide web. Now my mission is to create dolls of all races and give girls and women that thrill I had 32 years ago.
I design these dolls to represent the diverse landscape of the world. So the hair, eyes etc. that you see is simply what I was feeling inspired to create at the time. We were all girls once. Didn't we all want at least one doll that resembled ourselves? You're never too old for dolls. That's their beauty. Enjoy, Barbara.
Perhaps you would like a custom hand sewn doll made in the likeness of yourself or a loved one. Give me a call at (909) 816-2584 or email me at email@example.com