The start of our three brands: Djeco, Tiger Tribe and Le Toy Van
Djeco was started in 1954 by a French woman called Veronique Michel-Dales. She created a small company which designed educational games. The games were colourful, exciting, intellectual and fun, therefore winning many awards. The family business was then put on hold until her son, Frederic, grew up. In 1989, Frederic decided to reawaken the business, importing toys from around the world and then designing many himself. He devised a collection of educational toys: wooden toys, cardboard jigsaws and puzzles. In 2007, craft kits were introduced, figurines and more games. Children in over 60 countries now engage with Djeco Toys. The name is a reference to the Gecko, the lucky lizard.
Le Toy Van was created in Surrey, England in 1995, with the idea of developing high quality, traditional wooden toys. It was founded by Georges Le Van and was later joined by his son, Steven. It is a small company but run by a big-hearted family. The family was inspired by the understanding that children have little hands but big imaginations. They are passionate designers who have encouraged learning through imagination and role play. These beautiful, creative wooden toys are available in more that 50 countries world wide.
Tiger Tribe started in 2007 by Naomi and Anthony Green, a husband and wife team. They have two children who they refer to as their "tigers". They wanted to design a range of toys that could be portable and compact and could be taken anywhere. The products are designed in Australia and hope to educate young minds and keep them active. Their aim is to celebrate the happiness of playing and the imaginative journeys the children can go on.