President of The Alexander Doll Company Receives Wonder Women of Toys Award

Gale Jarvis, president of The Alexander Doll Company, was named Manufacturer of the Year at the Women in Toys’ 9th annual Wonder Women of Toys Licensing and Entertainment Awards dinner held during the American International Toy Fair. The annual dinner recognizes and celebrates the most outstanding women in the toy industry. The Wonder Women of Toys award was presented to Gale Jarvis by Shirley Price of Funrise.

During Jarvis’ tenure, the Alexander Doll Company has developed licensed brands, including Madeline, Eloise, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, Radio City Rockettes, Peanuts, Olivia, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and more.

Jarvis spearheaded and is credited with the company’s venture into a new category of fashion dolls, which has included couture dolls styled by innovative fashion designers like Jason Wu. She has also been responsible for adding to the classic family of familiar faces with new sculpts for dolls from the Alex doll line, as well as one of Judy Garland, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich for the company’s Screen Legend Series.

Fall Toy Preview Sees Increases in Total Attendance and Global Participation

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

More than 700 buyers from around the world attended the Toy Industry Association’s Fall Toy Preview 2012 in Dallas. This is a 3 percent increase in total buyers who attended to look at the new toys and games for Holiday 2013. A 10 percent increase in foreign buyers was also noted.  The top five foreign countries represented by buyers were Canada, the UK, Mexico, Australia, and Hong Kong. Roughly 348 companies exhibited their latest product lines, including Alexander Doll Company, American Plastic Toys, Famosa, Hape, Inc., Melissa and Doug, Playmobil, Ohio Art, Blip Toys, Safari Ltd., and Razor USA. In sponsorship with Techno Source and presented by Carlin West Agency/NFL Rush Zone, the opening night party for the event raised funds for the Toy Industry Foundation and allowed participants to meet with Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Candy Spelling’s Extensive Madame Alexander Doll Collection to be Auctioned

Earlier this year, Aaron and Candy Spelling’s chateau in the Holmsby Hills area of Los Angeles was sold, and on Sunday, November 20, Candy Spelling’s collection of Madame Alexander dolls will be auctioned at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Conducted by Theriault’s, the world’s largest auction house for antique dolls, toys, and teddy bears, the auction will feature 350 dolls, including the rare early portrait models Victorian Bride, Pink Champagne lady, and Deborah Ballerina, along with dolls from the biblical series, a number of Wendy models inspired by Gone with the Wind, dolls created exclusively by FAO Schwarz during the 1950s, and more.

The complete collection will be on exhibit at the Waldorf-Astoria on November 20 starting at 9 a.m., followed by the auction at 11 a.m. Both the viewing and auction are open to the public. On November 19, Madame Alexander and Theriault’s will host a gala reception allowing doll enthusiasts and collectors to meet Candy Spelling; Stuart Holbrook, president of Theriault’s; and Gale Jarvis, president of Alexander Doll Company.

To RSVP for the reception, email info@theriaults.com.

Madame Alexander Launches New e-Commerce Website

Alexander Doll Company, Inc. has launched a new e-commerce website, madamealexander.com, for Madame Alexander doll collectors.

The site, which is categorized by collectible, play and baby doll, size and age range, and more, allows Madame Alexander fans to purchase the dolls from one central location. Special features include zooming and a 360-degree viewing capability for detailed close-ups of Madame Alexander dolls’ artistry and costumes.

The company’s authorized retailers are also participating in the e-commerce site as Madame Alexander/Shopatron fulfillment partners. Additionally, visitors can get an in-depth look into the history and features of the company.

Madame Alexander Doll Club Convention to be Held in St. Louis

The Madame Alexander Doll Club will hold its annual convention from June 23-26 in St. Louis, MO. The 2010 convention, themed “Meet Me in St. Louis,” will feature all of the traditional club convention activities and a special speech by Gale Jarvis, president of Alexander Doll Company, Inc. and St. Louis native. Jarvis will keep attendees up to date on news from the Madame Alexander doll world.

Convention guests will have the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops, participate in design competitions, enter to win Madame Alexander dolls, and attend the “Meet Me at the Fair” Cissette dinner. Other activities include an interactive display of five St. Louis landmarks, the Parade of Living Dolls, and a workshop for designing and creating doll clothes.

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Madame Alexander Appointed as StinkyKids Manufacturer

Stone America Licensing has appointed Alexander Doll Company, the creator of Madame Alexander Dolls, as exclusive manufacturer for StinkyKids’ soft-bodied dolls.

StinkyKids are a group of 10 diverse “little stinKers” who learn to make right choices through mistakes. The children live by the motto, “Always Be A Leader Of Good.”

The property’s doll line launched in fourth quarter 2009 in Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and at FAO Schwarz New York.  Madame Alexander plans to expand the program to additional specialty, mid-tier, and mass retailers for Christmas 2010.

Stone America is also in negotiations with publishers to produce the property’s first book.