Hazel Village FAQs
If your Hazel Village friend gets a little grubby, we recommend the following: First, try spot cleaning with a sponge. If that's not enough, try hand washing in hot soapy water. Rinse well, squeeze all the water out, and air dry. If necessary, you can wash your animal in the machine on the most gentle cycle. We suggest dressing it in one of our rompers, to protect their necks and extremities, then placing it in a delicates bag before it takes the plunge. You can machine dry it on low, but be careful - the stuffing may clump. Wool friends can only be washed by hand.
We stuff the regular dolls and animals with polyfill, which is clean and hypoallergenic, and stays springy for a long time even if washed in hot water. It is naturally fire-retardant, so it doesn't need to be treated with chemicals to comply with toy safety law. Custom toys made in our Brooklyn workshop can be stuffed with either wool or polyfill.
In addition to our full-time sewing team in Brooklyn, we work with teams of talented artisans in Nepal, India, Cambodia, and Peru to create beautiful products made with skill, care and love. We believe that when someone cares about their work, it really shows. We're committed to ensuring that wherever our products are made, the workers make a living wage and enjoy good working conditions and policies. So we partner with several social enterprise factories that offer benefits like education and social services to their workers.
As we grow, we are able to guarantee our partner organizations more full-time work making our products, which allows them a steady source of income to plan and expand. These relationships with our producers are one of our favorite things about building Hazel Village.
The animals are suitable for all ages, because their faces are embroidered and they are soft. But if you leave an animal with a very young child, please remove any loose doll clothes (socks, scarves, hats, etc) that the baby could rip off and eat. You can learn more here.
One to six letters, hand stitched on the animal's heart. See examples here.
Absolutely! The animals know ALL ABOUT making and giving presents, so naturally we offer complimentary gift wrap. You can add gift wrap instructions for each item as you check out. If there's anything else we should know, you can tell us in the "comments" field at checkout. We will wrap your order, hand write your note on a little card, and ship to the recipient's address with no pricing in the box. Please rest assured that smart humans are handling this.
How do you ship the animals?
We ship within 5 business days via USPS. We can keep to the same timeframe whether or not you've ordered monograms. The mail takes about 3 days for US addresses, and about 7-10 days for overseas addresses.
For domestic orders, we offer $5 first-class shipping, $10 priority shipping, and free shipping for orders over $99. If you live in Canada, there is a shipping fee of $12.
For UK or Germany, it's $35 for orders under $100 or $50 for orders over $100. For most of the rest of the world, it's a $20 flat rate.
Many countries assess customs fees on packages sent from the US. Our shipping charges don't account for those, so you would be responsible for sorting it out in your home country.
We want you to be delighted with your woodland friends! If you're not happy with your order, let us know within a month of receiving it. You can send back the unused toy for an exchange or a full refund. You can reach us here.
If your animal breaks or you find a problem, we want to know about it. If the problem happened within the first six months as a result of normal use, we will fix it for free. If it's been longer, or your animal had a run-in with the cruel, cruel world (e.g. puppies, mud accidents, overzealous playing of doctor), we will work something out on a case-by-case basis.
We are honored by the number of beautiful shops that carry the Hazel Village animals. Here is the list of stockists – well worth a visit if you can!
If you're interested in retailing the woodland friends, please get in touch! We will need to know the name and location of your store, the URL if applicable, and some other lines you carry.
Hazel Village and the animal friends are very lucky to have many loyal fans...who are, some might say, “nuts” for us. In appreciation, we created a loyalty club, and naturally, we named it the Hazelnuts! Read all the details here.