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Katherine's Collection Collectible Dolls By Wayne Kleski

Updated on September 26, 2013


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Katherine's Collection started trading in 1994, Katherine and Wayne Kleski only needed $3,000 but the banks refused them!! Also they started in their living room to start their business that now boasts $8.1 million in annual sales.

Of the four employees with whom the husband and wife team began the business, three were family members. This year, Katherine's Collection at Silver Lake looks Drastically different - the Kleski's employ over 55 people and recently outgrew their facility in Twinsburg. The duo has a history of consistent growth, which seems likely to continue.

Wayne Kleski worked in the gift industry for 25 years before going into business with his wife. He creates original designs that Katherine sells through gift trade shows. Their line of dolls, decorative eggs, ornaments and other collectibles is recognized by agents for niche catalogue companies and esteemed department stores. Also online collectible dolls sites like World Gifts Store who supplies their dolls to the UK and Europe and also to the USA.

"It can be gruelling," Katherine Kleski says of the trade-show circuit. 'Well ship 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of product to a show."

There stands are unique magical! You can tell its katherines collection stand as there always loads of people viewing there range of items. After 30 hours of booth set-up, trade shows usually last four days. Kleski and her crew then clean and pack up the supplies and ship them on to the next show despite the long hours, Kleski says the trade shows are important to customers because it is their only chance to buy Wayne's exclusive designs.

"We're usually the last ones out of the show," says Kleski. "Our booths are crowded because participants know we don't produce a catalogue or have salespeople calling them. it creates an excitement - people know they can't buy our products later."

One reason behind the Kleski's' success is that they sell to retailers, not wholesalers. In effect, they have nearly 12,000 customers instead of 30, which allow them to control which stores sell their items.

"Too many people in the industry try to copy and sell the same product to the mass merchants, the discount store and the regular gift store," says Wayne Kleski. That is why they only let high quality gift companies promote there lines.

Katherine's Collection Special Edition Holiday Dolls

Well it’s been a busy old time But Santa has a treat for you Katherine’s Collection Collectors out there! We have Night Before Christmas Doll special edition! The doll is stunning in every detail the materials used of the highest quality this will really get your neighbours talking this holiday season. You can purchase this on our website WorldGiftsStore.Com

Night Before Christmas Santa Doll Katherine's Collection

I just wanted to show a short video of a stunning Santa Doll it is called the Night Before Christmas by USA company Katherine's Collection

Video on Katherine's Collection Night Before Christmas Doll

How Katherine's Collection Design There Dolls

One of the Top Designer Katherine's Collection

Unique Holiday Designer Wayne Kleski

Katherine and Wayne Kleski and his working hard team will full fill your holiday displays this season, before we start let's just tell you a little about this unique collection, Katherine's collection at silver lake are base in Ohio where they employ a number of highly trained staff and artiest, to create such outstanding dolls and gifts. Wayne works hard with his team to create a perfect Nish for everyone to enjoy, every season there collection are only made of one to two seasons only and this makes the collection become a collectable piece. Decorative living carry a unique collection for every holiday season, and one of their members of staff that has been working at decorative living for sometime said the photos do no justice to the dolls, once you see them in real life you will start to collected away as there out stunning to detail. Wayne said Katherine's collection products are unique and special because we take the time to ensure that each piece is made with multiple materials. Each piece is reviewed over and over again to be sure that our team has created the best piece we can.

One reason behind the Kleskis' success is that they sell to retailers, not wholesalers. In effect, they have nearly 12,000 customers instead of 30, which allows them to control which stores sell their items.

He says these pieces are definitely conversation starters at a holiday gathering or during an intimate family get-together. "They will draw family and friends into your home and wish them wonderful memories when they depart, My favourite pieces are those dolls that can fill a room with conversation and laughter."

Kleski started working as a designer in 1969 after graduating from high school. He worked as a floral designer in Akron, Ohio, and spent some time designing for an import company in the area. He also mentored under a home accessories designer, and soon started to develop his own style.

"My design is stimulated and inspired by the past. Museums and flea markets are my library," Kleis says. "I am very colour-driven I love to mix colour and textures. I have always enjoyed combining period costumes with different characters. I am one of the few, lucky people in this world that has been able to develop a successful career based on what I truly love to do, creating items of visual interest for myself and others."

When we asked what his inspiration was, Kleski said, "I always claim that it is my poor eyesight! Sometimes I will see something from afar and get excited because I think it is something sensational. When I get closer, I find that what I thought I saw doesn't even exist and it is the basis for a new design or a new creation for myself.

"When I was a child, one of my favourite holiday memories was lying on the floor almost completely under the Christmas tree and looking up at the branches filled with bright colored bubble lights and silver icicles. My thoughts and imagination would just run free. That visual stimulation, combined with things that I see afar, can spark an idea that will be basis for a new collection or a new item."

After he thinks of an idea, Kleski starts developing a story for a specific figure. He shares his brainstorming with his design team, and invites their help on solidifying that story. "Each of my dolls has a story: a past, present and future. For example: If our woodland Santa has just awoken from a winter slumber to see spring fairies at work to bring a new breath of spring to the forest, the collection would be a mix of colours and items that would help describe that transition of seasons. Once the costume is drawn and fabrics are plugged, the seamstress brings the figure to life. Lastly, Kleis personally reviews every cut, seam, and trimming to ensure that his design has been accurately translated. "If you look at my dolls, you will see a passion and love in each and every one. Each one-of-a-kind piece has a special sparkle in their eye from being hand-painted. Each has a closeness to my heart from the amount of time I spend working to make it the best I can.

As for general holiday decorating, Kleis recommends sticking with accents that you love. "Decorate your home everyday, and especially at the holidays, with the things that make you feel comfortable. Trends are fun to follow, but always remember to keep your heirloom pieces close at hand.

katherine's collection dolls 2011
katherine's collection dolls 2011

Katherine's Collection Worldwide Leaders Unique Handmade Dolls

Katherine's Collection is Industry leader in the design and distribution of unique, handmade dolls, highly collectibles and giftware. The products are sold for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day and Easter. Or any other seasonal celebration!

Each year, Katherine's Collection designs and copyrights more than 1,500 new products - from limited-edition dolls to handbags, creative ornaments and elegant, handmade pieces. Did you know that most off the dolls sells out before they even shown as they are first purchased by collectors.

"Katherine's 2011 collections were designed by Katherine's husband and business partner, Wayne, whose creations feature unique colour combinations that place Katherine's as a trendsetter in the industry," said Katherine Kleski, president of Katherine's Collection. "There product line is extremely diverse, and there various collections include 'must haves' for customers who want to dress their home in something different and to stand out."

Katherine's new collections include:

o Rhapsody in Crimson - a sophisticated, high-style collection of holiday splendour; all products, décor and backdrop are draped in the many passionate hues of red

o Carnival De Glace - crystal, ice and sparkle bring to life a whimsical holiday experience from a once-upon-a-time fairy tale

o Lollipop Lane - a nostalgic walk down Santa's colourful candy lane treats us to many sweets and cheerful creations

o Kissing Fish - a signature theme, fanciful Kissing Fish with bright red kissing lips spread joy in their many designs and are a collector's dream

o Moonlight Sonata in "G" - hauntingly haute couture, the newest Halloween creations feature tone-on-tone dove gray to graphite in a salute to steam punk fashion

o Mystical Fairies and Dragons - a mystical, mesmerizing line of fairies, dragons and unicorns

o Jungle Boogie - a sassy line with wild animal prints and fun, girly colors of pink, teal and purple

o Kitchen Trinkets - treasures among the tins and trinkets, creatively kitschy products for the holiday or for every day

o Toadally Groovy - fun and whimsical frog characters incorporate a 1960s theme to create a colourful, psychedelic rainbow Christmas flashback

Additional collections on display include Gilded Snowflake, Calendario Del Avverno, Passato De Natale, Twiggy Knoll, M.E. Merry Little Christmas, M.E. Twas, Sinister Seductions, Trick or Treat, Baby's First Christmas, Take a Bough and Grotto.

Online U.K gifts.co.uk are the main suppliers in Europe for Katherine's Collection unique range.

how to decorate your christmas tree
how to decorate your christmas tree

How To Decorate Your Home With Katherine's Collection Dolls

This picture was taken a few years ago I just wanted to show you that you can really let your imagination take over. All the dolls in the picture are from Katherine's Collection.

I hope you like it

Drawing of katherines collection dolls
Drawing of katherines collection dolls

Here Is An Artist Drawing Katherines Collection Dolls

Here is Sketches of various famous characters, such as these two based on Katherine Kleski's aunts Mae and her friend Eula, are found everywhere at Katherine's Collection in the USA.

Mae and Eula are one of the most love theme dolls Katherine and her husband and co designer Wayne kleski love to create, Mae is the sensible one always loves to wear a stylish hat, why her friend Eula is always getting Mae in to trouble, each year Katherine and Wayne kleski love to create the pair to add to their season collection, Wayne kleski has designed the spring collection of the dolls in a limited collection, from there spring collection.

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artist making eula hand
artist making eula hand

Here Is The Artist Making Eula Hand

As you can see the artist from Katherine's Collection team of doll designers is making the famous hand for Eula.

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This Is A Rare View Behind The Scenes How They Make Their Dolls

story board dolls katherines collection
story board dolls katherines collection

When Wayne Kleski thinks of the next theme doll to create he does not stop until he puts his collection together from start to finish. He creates a mood board from stage one that could be looking at vintage collections to inspirer the right theme he needs, to creating a doll to what they will look like and fabric samples and body size and also the making. He works hard with his team to create a doll that will look amazing when finished.

Artist Sculpturing Dolls Head

artist making head of doll
artist making head of doll

Wayne kleski next stage is to get one of his highly trained team to sculptor the head of a doll from one of his drawing he has created, here you can see one of Wayne Kleski team at silver lake creating oh la la chef doll, once the first dolls has been crated Wayne and Katherine kleski will sit down and look to see if there is any last changes they need to do before they finalise the doll to be produced.

This Stage artists Painting Dolls Head

painting dolls head
painting dolls head

This stage one of Katherine and Wayne kleski highly trained team is hand painting one of their dolls mixing a texture of colours to bring the doll to life. All of Wayne Kleski dolls are hand painted to detail and full checked by Wayne kleski himself.

This Is the Final Stage Finishing Doll

last stage of making doll
last stage of making doll

This final stage On off Wayne Kleski highly trained team are hand finishing one of the dolls, before Wayne kleski and Katherine inspect the doll fully before giving the go ahead for the dolls to be displayed in selected shops.

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      sharon moore 2 years ago

      I have a 10-12 inch horse fairy doll.. Has black sequin body suit. Body is like beans filled with painted head, arms and legs made of porcelain or some other material. It has a clear bead necklace that winds into the hair of gold braidlike material. Can you tell me what it is worth. I would appreciate that. Thank you

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      sheila a verret 2 years ago

      I recently found a katherine's collection doll signed by wayne m kleski at a garage sale. She is in the original box. She has a yellow polka dot bathing suit with a black vest with pink and yellow flowers on it. She appears to be a flamboyant older lady with blonde hair and sunglasses. I haven't been able to find anything about her online. I would love to know more.

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      Shelia 2 years ago

      I acquired a doll who is a "show girl" or burlesque doll, I have no information on her or what her name is, I love her but would like to know more and how much she is worth. Her outfit is blue and has feathers in the back, only one problem, one of the heels of her shoe is broken. I can send a picture if needed, but would love to know more.

      Thank you!

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      Jean Reay 2 years ago

      Can anyone advise me the best way to advertise if anyone has a retired doll for sale. I was devastated to miss out on 2 monkey faced dolls: Lord Montague and Lady Gwynneth on ebay recently and would love to know if anyone has them that would like to sell!

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      shyla 2 years ago

      I have a Katherine collection doll named Corri and I'd like to know how much it is worth I still have the original box and it has not been removed from it.

      shyla.eden7@gmail.com

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      wuijts ingeborg 2 years ago

      I' ve got a doll with the label Katherines Collection at silver lake 'Tm, she looks like an angel because she has golden wings but what makes her special is the fact that her dress opens up and is actually a Christmas crib. I've searched the ned hoping to find some information abouth this doll but i can't find anything. Can you give me more please and also tell me what the doll can be worth?

      Greetings,

      Ingeborg

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a Katherine's collection Hula doll and am wondering how much it's worth? I do not have the original box but there are the letters "KC"inscribed on the base and a trademark stamp.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have just purchased 3 dolls sighned by wayne kleski 2 clowns and monkey female in pink and gold with a white wig and a headress could you tell me how to go about identifying them please

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love my dolls...have a large Jester and a large fairy god mother that have been hanging in my house. Mermaids in my bathrooms....

      My Jester & especially my fairy god-mother, are extremely dusty. What is the best way to go about cleaning them without ruining them? Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought a Fall designed santa which is about 36" tall. He is in excellent condition except for his left hand has one broken finger. Is it possible to get a replacement hand?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool stuff! I have a Felicity doll. I'm wondering what it is worth? Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You should have someone edit your website for typos. It will look more professional if you get rid of the words that are not spelled correctly. Several words are spelled right but are in the wrong context.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW what beautifully made dolls and such a great article I have looked at quite a few of your articles on squid so varried information. I think I will have to join

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      greetingcardsinfo 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Bill, Gosh how did that happen! To answer your question yes if you go this website www.worldgiftsstore.com they are the main suppliers for Europe for Katherine's Collection I am sure they will be able o help you as they have a large collection of standard dolls also life-size mannequin dolls also there e-mail is info@decorliving.net

      Good luck and thank you for reading my article.

      Michael

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just got my first Katherine doll (Eula) the problem is her right hand is broken,

      is their any way I can replace it?

      bill.hopper39@yahoo.com

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I love everything about doll making. Thanks for sharing so much interesting information.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Look like pretty neat dolls!

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      DannyLondon 6 years ago

      Love Katherine's collection dolls i first got hooked on them when i visited a shop in London, there was a theme with the dolls at the time but cannot remember the theme now, I have been collection Katherineâs dolls for many years and love the lady dolls Mae and Eual, Like your lens and will be back for your updates on Katherineâs collection's

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      These are beautiful collectible dolls. My mother still has the life size porcelain baby doll her parents gave her for her 4th birthday (in 1935) and the QE naval hand doll she got as a souvenir when she sailed to Germany as a child. They're lifelike and still beautiful after all these years.

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens!! Welcome to Squidoo