Meet the Elves of Hazel Village!
Some of the team during our weekly meeting! Have you ever wondered who might be behind the scenes here at Hazel Village? Read on to find out! 🌱✨
Jane is our Head Elf - the founder of Hazel Village! She dreams up and designs all of our products. Jane started Hazel Village in 2010, and her favorite animal is Gwendolyn Raccoon. Naturally, her first storybook The Gifts of the Year is all about Gwendolyn!
Crystal is the Director of Production. She manages our artisan partnerships in Peru, Nepal, Cambodia and Colombia - quite a big job! Crystal joined the Village in April of 2018, and her favorite animal friend is Oliver Mouse.
Joslyn is the Director of Operations. Like any small business, there are countless complexities involved in the running of Hazel Village, and Joslyn keeps everything shipshape! She joined the team in August of 2020. Her favorite animal is Gwendolyn Raccoon, although an upcoming visitor may just have her heart...
Alba is part of our local seamstress team, sewing any and all doll clothing that we make right here in Brooklyn. She's been with the Village since way back in February 2015! Alba's favorite animal friend is Arthur Lamb.
Claudia is our NY Local Production Manager. When she's not hard at work sewing upcoming collections along with Alba, Claudia is working with Jane's designs to create samples for new doll clothing. She joined the team in July of 2021. Claudia's favorite animal is someone you haven't met yet!
C.C. is our Workshop Manager. She does too many important odd jobs to count! She joined the team in August of 2016, and her favorite friend is Gaspard Duck.
Shaquya is our Workshop Assistant. She helps C.C. with many tasks, and can often be found dressing dolls! Shaquya joined the Village in 2016, and her favorite Village friend is Charlie.
Zack is our Logistics Manager. He is the head packing elf and keeps all order fulfillment running smoothly. He also frequently assists our local seamstresses with production here in the workshop, by cutting fabric and hand sewing buttons. Zack started working at the Village in the summer of 2019. His favorite Villagers are Lucas Rabbit and Kit Skunk!
Val is our second-in-command packing elf, as well as our Monogram Manager. When she's not wrapping up your woodland friends for their journey home, she can be found embroidering doll after doll with hand-stitched fancy single-letter monograms. Fun fact: Zack and Val have been friends since they were in high school! Val joined our team in September 2020, and her favorite Villager is Davey Owl.
(For high-volume releases such as new Limited Edition Animals, we usually bring on several more elves to help pack orders. During the holiday season, there are always at least 4 packing elves working around the clock to make sure everyone's gifts are shipped promptly!)
Raquel is the Director of Marketing here at Hazel Village. She started out in November of 2016 as a salesperson for the holiday markets, and has had quite a few official job titles over the past 5.5 years! Raquel's favorite friend is Simon Mouse, especially when he's wearing an oversized sweater.
Maddy is the Social Media Manager. She also shoots and edits all of our photography and video content (psst- follow us on TikTok @hazelvillage!) Maddy's been working here since fall 2019, and her favorite animal friend is Lewis Toad.
Lillie is the Customer Service Manager. If you send us an email, call the store phone, or book a virtual shopping appointment, she'll be the elf on the other end. (She's also the one writing this blog post- hi!) Lillie joined the Village in September of 2020, and her favorite friend is Charlotte Bear.
Thank you for reading, friends! We hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about the human elves of Hazel Village. As the animals would say, "Industry and good cheer, every day and every year!" ♥️♥️♥️