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Annette Himstedt is recognized as one of the world’s premier doll designers. For the last twenty years, she has created dolls noted for their realism, their expressive faces and bodies, and their exquisite materials.
Annette Himstedt dolls have vinyl heads, arms and legs, with cloth bodies. Himstedt dolls are constructed so that they can bend at the hips, thus allowing the doll to either sit or stand. Annette says this about her passion: “I’ve always had a special inclination towards ethnic Children. I’ve always especially enjoyed making these types of dolls.”
Sadly, after 22 years of doll production, starting with her vinyl collection in 1986, Annette Himstedt has made the decision to cease production in 2008.
Here is a quote from her website Annette Himstedt:
“For the five years between 2003 and 2007 we have unfortunately experienced very big losses as a result of this. Because we have compensated for the bad exchange rate by charging a much lower rate to our American collectors. But because the dollar got weaker and weaker, in 2007 the losses were so enormous that we simply couldn’t sustain them anymore. We had to increase the doll retail price in the US this year to get closer to the real exchange rate. For our American collectors this meant of course a lot of money. But we just couldn’t keep calculating our dollar prices based on an exchange rate of $1.15, where in fact it was closer to $1.60 to the Euro.
The simple truth is that to sustain a company like mine that produces high quality dolls in Germany a set amount have to be sold each year. Unfortunately the orders we’re getting aren’t enough any more.
As a result I have no choice but to close my manufactory by the end of 2008. We will fulfil all orders of the Sommer Kinder, the Club Minis as well as all orders that will get to us by mid November.”