Meet The Face Behind

HAZEL VILLAGE

A BRIKA maker story

Jane Van Cleef

WATCHUNG, NJ
"I believe in material literacy."
“Essentially, I've been prepping my whole life for the job I have now.”

“From the time I was a small child until I went to college, I was always doing something craft-related.”


“I graduated from Harvard with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, which is a particularly Harvard way of saying I majored in art.”


“From the time I was a small child until I went to college, I was always doing something craft-related.”


When work’s a labor of love, it no longer feels like work. Jane Van Cleef, chief creature creator at Hazel Village, knows exactly how that feels. She first started making her handmade dolls three years ago and sold them on Etsy and at flea markets around Brooklyn, NY. Starting small gave this Harvard grad a chance to see what really resonated with people...especially kids.


Seeing photos of little ones clutching their beloved Hazel Village animals still gives Jane a major thrill. While much of the production is now done in a handpicked factory in India, Jane still makes most of the clothing and does the customization by hand (ideally while binging on Masterpiece Classics).


“I love it when I hear about babies who won't put their Hazel Village animals down!”
PRODUCTS BY HAZEL VILLAGE
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