It’s Independence Day in the U.S., so what better day to celebrate some great independent companies. At Fitzroy Toys we are thankful to be working with a wonderful group of independent toymakers, publishers, and retailers. Here are a couple that we wanted to share with you.
Zylie & Friends may possibly be the most independent stuffed animals in the world. This family-owned toy company features a series of teddy bears and accompanying adventure packs following Zylie, a young kodiak bear from Manhattan, on her travels around the world. Not only can your teddy bear go with you wherever you go, but Zylie sends you real postcards from far away lands! Thanks to the founders of Zylie & Friends, we’ve officially caught the travel bug.
Three White Kites, an independent publishing house founded by author Jennifer DeWhitt, produced the best turtle saga since the tortoise raced the hare. Jervis the Best teaches us about fantasy versus reality and the importance of friendship. But the moral of the story is how Jennifer’s hard work as an independent publisher has touched the lives of so many people. We genuinely fell in love with Jervis and his big eyes, and we know you will too.
Photography by Zylie & Friends and Three White Kites.