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Despite their name, Uglydolls have a surprisingly romantic history. It all began when artists Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath met at Parsons School of Design in New York and fell in love.
When Sun-Min returned home to Korea, they kept in touch by writing love letters to one another. At the end of his letters, David always doodled a little figure. That Christmas, Sun-Min surprised David with a cuddly toy version of his first doodle character, known as Wage.
David was so impressed with the toy that he showed it to a friend who immediately ordered 20 for his store. They flew from the shelves and so began the Uglydoll craze.
There is even a range of Ugly Hats (pictured). Knitted in crochet style, these fun hats are a fitted beanie and come in one size fits all. They are made of a 70% acrylic and 30% wool yarn. They feature Uglydoll character Icebat‘s head, with two little ears, wide eyes and a mouth full of teeth. You can choose from Blue Icebat Ugly Hat or Ugly Hat Icebat in Pink.
More about Uglydolls
According to David and Sun-Min, Ugly means unique. It’s their way of celebrating the quirks and foibles that make us who we are. In the Uglyverse, it means special and different!
And Uglydolls really are special. Each one is handmade, which means that, just like us, they’re never exactly the same. In 2006, they won the Speciality Toy of the Year award at the Toy of the Year Awards run by the Toy Industry of America. This prize is awarded to ‘the best toy primarily distributed through speciality retailers’, which is why you won’t find these zany dolls everywhere.
Want to know what happened to David and Sun-Min? Read the full Uglydolls story on our web site.