Tag Archives: Inclusivity

Doll sector trends ‘will play key roles in 2021 and beyond,’ says Zapf Creation UK

Reverberations of what has been a pivotal year for toy companies the world over will continue to be felt for years to come as ‘play at home’ trends and renewed emphasis on ‘play longevity’ have been earmarked as some of the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the …

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Arklu’s Ian Harkin: “With Lottie dolls we know we’re going in the right direction – it’s a gut feeling”

A momentary pause, a look into the middle distance for some kind of recollection, and a brief panic on our end of the Zoom call that the WiFi had dropped out again, and Ian Harkin, co-founder of the Irish doll brand Arklu returns to the question, answerless. No, as far …

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“Retailers are the biggest drivers for social and industry change,” says Lottie Dolls’ Ian Harkin

Retailers are the biggest driver for social change across the toy industry, but they have to first realise their own power to do so, is the message being issued to the UK and European toy shops by the inclusive and representative doll brand, Lottie. Talking to ToyNews about the step …

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Universally speaking: Bringing diversity into the balance of the UK’s toy shops

Narinder Kaur is the founder of Apne Dolls, a range of dolls designed with the UK’s population of British Sikh Indians at the heart of its story and product line. Being a first generation British Sikh born to Punjabi, Indian parents, the question that has always plagued me is why …

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Independent Toy Awards shows retail’s support of inclusivity but “there’s still a lot to do”

Among an extensive list of winners of this year’s Independent Toy Awards – the annual Awards voted for by the UK’s indie toy retail scene – praise has been handed to an evolving industry for its better adoption of inclusivity within the toy box. Comprising not only the usual industry …

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One Dear World celebrates inclusivity with crowdfunding campaign for six new disability dolls

The creator of the multicultural soft toy doll range, One Dear World, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to grow the current collection to include six new inclusive disability dolls. Frustrated by the lack of diversity among the dolls available, Winnie Mak who originates from Hong Kong and is now …

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