Owen loves to go to his secret tree house and practice his dance moves. He says he's such a nimble dancer because he has a low centre of gravity. But the other animals, who have similarly low centres024 of gravity, say he just has a lot of energy.
He is made of orange organic cotton fleece, with white fleece on his nose and tail. He measures about 15 inches, ear to toe. He is stuffed with washable fiberfill. His eyes, nose, and whiskers are hand embroidered with cotton thread. His ear linings are gray striped cotton shirting.
Owen's dapper tailcoat is made of dark green organic cotton jersey. It has a silver snap closure. It's quite classy really. And it leaves the perfect space for his tail. Like all the Hazel Village animal clothes, it is removable if the animals want to try new outfits. Or get overheated from vigorous dancing. Which begs the question: why is this fuzzy fox wearing clothes at all?
Jane Van Cleef started Hazel Village in 2010 with her own two hands. She set out to make the toys she would have wanted as a child: soft and cute, with a rigorous commitment to the spirit of play. You'll never see a sewn-on doll shoe or a button that doesn't work because that would mean admitting the animals aren't real. So Hazel Village makes real organic cotton woodland creatures and dolls, and real doll clothes that everyone can share, to inspire hours of immersive, low-tech play.
At the Hazel Village workshop in Brooklyn, Jane does her best to follow the good example of the animals. Hazel Village and the animals have the same core values: they are resourceful, clever, jolly, diligent, and gentle.