Unless your heart is made of pure ice, it’s hard not to let out a little squeal (even if it’s internally) over the creations of Hazel Village. The work of owner Jane Van Cleef, the business sells adorable, huggable fleece dolls inspired by the mystery and magic of the woods. There’s a bustling workshop and store in Brooklyn — click through to see inside!
Welcome to the Village
A sewer since she was young, Van Cleef made her first doll (complete with mini wardrobe) on a lark one day, and before she knew it a burgeoning flea market and Etsy business producing the dolls had taken over her life (and apartment). She quit her day job as a designer for a toy company and launched Hazel Village in 2010. Now, she and 12 full-time employees spend their days working to keep up with demand, at a busy workshop and store located on Third Avenue in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.
Does your child have a favorite Hazel Village creation? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Mimi O’Connor