Once Upon a Time in England, Georges Le Van set out to create a wonderful wooden toy company. Inspired by the understanding that children have small hands and big imaginations, a plan was hatched to design a unique collection of painted wooden toys. Toys that set the scene for idyllic childhood adventures, from charming doll’s houses to bold pirate ships, where children are free to invent their own stories. And so in 1995 LE TOY VAN family company was born.
A Brief History
Le Toy Van was set up in 1995 with an intention to produce a range of high quality
painted wooden toys, initially for the UK market, but later distributed all around the world.
Early designs included a castle, a doll’s house and a farm; these ranges have continued to prosper
to the present day. Positive reception by retailers and the buying public alike led to the forming of
a limited company and the expansion of the product range to include the huge selection of painted
wooden toys that Le Toy Van produces today.
Le Toy Van are now one of the premier painted wooden toy producers in the world and are year on year
continuing to grow, diversify and innovate in the field of painted wooden toys.
Le Toy Van toys are manufactured at an ICTI approved factory based in Indonesia;
the UK based Le Toy Van design and management teams regularly visit to ensure the quality
of the product and ethical conditions of the workforce.
All Le Toy Van painted wooden toys are designed in the UK at the Le Toy Van head office
in Surrey. The highly experienced design team strive to create the innovative and
colourful style that Le Toy Van toys are acclaimed for. Many of their designs have gone
on to receive awards from nationally recognized bodies such as the Right Start Magazine
Best Toy Awards.
Le Toy Van painted wooden toys are fully safety tested for ages 36 months and up by accredited
safety testing organizations around the world. In Europe, Le Toy Van toys adhere to the stringent EN71
guidelines and are regularly tested to adhere to the EC declaration of conformity.