DEEP IN A LEAFY GROVE live the clever animals of Hazel Village, happy and free. They keep their perky ears attuned to the sounds of their forest home, and spend their time making thoughtful presents for their neighbors.
I STARTED HAZEL VILLAGE in 2010 (ten years ago!), making the toys I would have wanted as a child. I wasn't sure if anyone would want to buy them, but they did and I was busier than I could imagine. Now we have a team of 10 people, we have our own store in Brooklyn, and we have sent so many animals far and wide!
It’s important to me that I run the business in a way I would want my daughter to see. I'm really proud that we partner with social enterprises around the world to make our products. These organizations have missions to empower artisans with job skills, dignified work, and fair wages. It definitely costs a bit more to make toys this way, but we believe it’s worth it. We find that when workerscare about their craft, it shows in their beautiful work.
CLOSER TO HOME, we live our values by providing full-time jobs with benefits; contributing to nonprofits that care for families and the earth; and minimizing waste in our production, packaging and shipping. Most importantly, we make toys with the quality, play value, and sheer emotional appeal to stick with a child for the long haul. When you shop with us, you make all of this possible. Together we can make the world a little better for all kids.