Meet the Elves of Hazel Village!

Have you ever wondered who might be behind the scenes here at Hazel Village?¬†Read on to find out! ūüĆĪ‚ú®


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! 


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.

Grace is the Director of Production. She manages our artisan partnerships in Peru, Nepal, Cambodia and Colombia - quite a big job! Grace joined the Village in June 2023, and her favorite animal friend is Juliette Rabbit. 

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 Tillie Goose!

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! 

Zack's Collection

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. 

Val's Collection

(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 7 years! Raquel's favorite friend is Oliver Mouse.

Raquel's Collection

Maddy is the Social Media Manager. She 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.

Maddy's Collection 

Julia is our customer service elf. If you send us an email, call the store phone, or book a virtual shopping appointment, she will most likely be the elf on the other end. Julia joined the team in September 2022, and her favorite friend is Ivy Goat.

Lillie is our copywriter and community manager. She's the one writing this blog post- hi! Lillie joined the Village in September of 2020, and her favorite friend is Charlotte Bear. 

Lillie's Collection


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!" 

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