In The Beginning In the winter of 2000 Doug James and Laura Meisner met with a representative from a Chicago based engineering firm in a New York City restaurant. The purpose of the meeting was to review the blueprints on the joint work for their new fashion doll line. They were going to call their new doll line CED; the name being derived from the monograms for each character – same initials for the first, middle and last name. They were keeping this new venture a secret.   Doug and Laura weren’t new to the fashion doll arena. They were the duo behind Willow and Daisy, the Mod British Birds produced by the Knickerbocker Company in the late nineties.  (Knickerbocker went bankrupt a month after they signed contracts.) They each had done design work for the Gene doll and the Madam Alexander doll company, some award winning. Both had a variety of design experience inside and outside of the fashion doll industry. That meeting in NYC was one of many meetings, but the last before their fast approaching first trip to China. This was a big move for Doug and Laura. A risky move. They were going to do what none of the large doll manufacturers had yet to feel comfortable doing. They were going to produce fully articulated fashion dolls; dolls that moved, that could bend, and sit, and twist; infinitely pose-able fashion dolls. CED fashion dolls would be a ‘first’.  How would collectors receive them? As excited as Doug and Laura were about them, they couldn’t know for sure. Articulation was controversial. If it wasn’t well received they’d lose their new business and thousands of dollars personally. If it was a success, well, their uniqueness would be short lived as they knew other, bigger, doll companies would jump in. They also knew, however, that whatever happened would become part of doll history.  We know how the “articulation” part of the CED story turns out… As was reported in FDQ magazine in its 2003 Premier Edition called “Movement”, “By year three, the [Ashton Drake] company gave Gene bendable legs, but she now had some stiff competition from the new gal on the block, Tyler Wentworth. Robert Tonner Doll company had their answer to the ‘adult collector doll’ in the form of a modern 16 inch doll who arrived strutting herself down the runway with bendable legs. And, while this satisfied collectors for a while, the entire community was set on its nose when Doug James and Laura Meisner introduced the CED line of dolls.   © JDJ International, Inc. 2017 JDJ International: The Story   How JDJ International, Inc. got started CED Dolls  “S” Series  Violett & Gabby