The Story Behind Katherine's Collection

From its humble beginnings in 1991, Katherine’s Collection continues our mission of creating a broad range of original products each holiday season. 

We have never strayed from our roots and continue to develop each signature piece in our design studios located in Ohio. 

Our design team has a depth of experience that is unparalleled in our industry. We have extensive skills among our product development team that include: pattern making, sculpting, painting and illustrating. In an age of 3D printing and automation, many of these skills have become a lost art. This is a defining reason why our designers continue to delight our collectors around the world with original character dolls, hand crafted creations and holiday décor. 

Katherine’s Collection, having grown from modest origins to an internationally requested brand, develops thousands of unique items and designs each year sold throughout the world. Successfully established as a design leader in holiday décor, our innovative products are available in over 11,000 fine retail shops in the US and worldwide.

Celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we pledge to continue to create leading-edge designs and handcrafted quality products. We maintain our commitment to our cherished collectors to provide quality and sophistication through the select retailers who share our vision. 


THE DESIGN TEAM 

 

Carmelo Martinez, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 

Melo has over 20 years in design and visual display experience in the seasonal category. Throughout his career he has developed a reputation for his creative and visual talents. His attention to detail and creative ability is often what helps create the difference for Katherine’s Collection.

Keith Williams, GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST

Keith has 20+ years of advertising agency and package design experience. His broad range of traditional and digital illustration styles provide variety when meeting the needs of our customers. "I find it rewarding to design custom illustrations and patterns which work best for the product"

Kellie Anderson, DESIGN COORDINATOR

Kellie has been a freelance designer for Simplicity Pattern Company designing top selling halloween costumes and spent several years in the costume shop at Carousel Dinner Theatre. "I love bringing life back to vintage items" says Kellie. She joined the Katherine's team in 1999, and has flourished in Product.

Mena Merendino, DESIGNER

After receiving her Masters Degree in painting, Mena taught figure drawing for several years before she joined the Katherine's team 12 years ago. Her role encompasses a broad range of responsibilities including research and development of costume design as well as fabric and color coordination.

Donna Miranda, PATTERN MAKER

Donna has worked as a production pattern maker for 40 years. "My love of fashion history and costume design expanded my talents to working with artists and animatronic designers." Donna's costumes are found in museums worldwide with clients including Michael Jackson and the president of Nike and Pepsi. Donna refined her skills in toy making working at American Greetings and Step 2 and has called the Katherine’s Collection family her home for 20 years.

Tom Strine, SCULPTOR

Tom comes from a background at Walt Disney World where he worked as senior artist and character sculptor. After 20 years sculpting Disney characters, he freelanced for Bradford Exchange, Franklin Mint and American Greetings among others, sculpting a wide range of products. "Playing with clay has been my passion since childhood", says Tom. "Today, my inner child inspires my character creations." Tom has been associated with Katherine's Collection since 2003 as a designer and sculptor.

Raymond Pagdanganan, ILLUSTRATOR

Raymond graduated from the University of Santo Tomas and holds a degree in Communication Arts and Advertising from the College of Fine Arts and Architecture. He's been designing professionally for more than a decade and discovered his talent for drawing early in life. At age 5, Raymond was selling his robot drawings of the then popular cartoon Voltes Five to his playmates and hasn’t stopped since.