It’s hard to believe Barbie was just a toy store in the 1950s, but the popular doll was originally a sex toy company.
At its height, Barbie was a leading brand of dolls in the world, selling more than 4.3 million in sales in 1955.
Now, it is a major brand with more than a billion units sold.
It’s also one of the most expensive toys ever made, at over $3,000.
But what if you could make your own?
In fact, a new toy store has opened in San Francisco that will have a whole section dedicated to making Barbie dolls in just a few minutes.
The Barbie Dolls in San Jose is a new concept that’s set to open on November 15th, and is the brainchild of two San Jose-based designers who have both had a major role in creating the brand.
Designer Sarah Wainwright, who also designs dolls for brands like J.
Crew and Gap, is a founding member of the store and says she has worked in toy stores for more than 20 years.
Designer Chris Stearns says his wife and business partner, Sarah, is the driving force behind the concept.
“She’s been involved in the company for 20 years, and she has an uncanny ability to create something from nothing,” Chris says.
“We’re building a new store to help women find what they want and to have a place for them to shop.”
The store will be in a former hardware store on Broadway in the San Francisco Bay Area, a place that Wainwrights family has been active in for decades.
Wainwys daughter, Rebecca, is one of five daughters and three sons of her father, Chris Stears, who is also the founder and managing director of San Jose Toys, the company that owns the store.
“The idea was born from a simple one,” Wainworth says.
She was inspired to create a store that would be focused on making dolls, which were often too expensive for women to afford at the time.
Wains sister, Katie, was also in charge of the concept and helped design the store, and they were able to secure financing.
The goal is to create stores that will cater to women, but Wainys daughter also says it is important for the brand to be more inclusive.
“If you look at our store and look at the stores in other countries that we have, they are all made up of the same things: Barbie, dolls, accessories, shoes,” Wains daughter says.
Wailers dolls are available in sizes ranging from 4 to 15, with models ranging from an 11 to a 14.
Wines dresses, from 10 to 20, are also available.
“It’s not the way I see the world,” Wailer says.
But, Wainwer says, they hope to bring the store to a much wider audience and give women a place to shop.
The store has a variety of activities, including an interactive learning center, a book club, a yoga studio, a fashion show, a women’s and kids’ section, a pet store, a vintage boutique, a food court, a children’s section and a video gallery.
It will also host a book launch event on Friday, November 15.
Wannys sister, Rebecca Stear, says the idea of a women-only toy store is a great one, and one that will be an important part of the brand’s mission moving forward.
“I want to see a more inclusive Barbie store,” Rebecca says.
The shop is part of an ongoing initiative in San José to support women in the retail industry and help them make a difference.
“Women in this industry need to be able to shop and find and buy the things that make them happy,” Rebecca Stears says.
It is also part of a larger strategy to promote a more diverse culture in the business, including diversity in tech and marketing, inclusivity in design, and diversity in leadership.