Kites have always played a large role in Japanese culture, traditions and celebrations. These beautifully painted and decorated kites can be seen in shrines, museums and in homes. During the Edo period in Japan, kite making grew to be very popular and different regions of Japan created their own style, featuring characters of Japanese folklore, mythology and symbolic meaning. While the most common use for kites is during celebrations, like Boy’s Day on May 5th or harvest festivals, large kites were also used for practical purposes like construction where they were used to lift tiles up to the rooftops.
Meet Marya, our latest Foreign Correspondent who traveled with her family through Japan this past spring. Here, she shares a personal story of their experience and how they all fell in love with Japan again, on their second trip there as a family.
The first flickering firefly on a summer’s night. Sunny breezes through an open car window. Catching melting ice cream on your tongue. The scrunch of warm sand between your toes. We found magic when we traveled to Italy in search of inspiration for our summer collection – Whether your little citizens’ adventures take your family to the beach or the backyard, we know they’ll find (and make) magic wherever they go. And we’re making it easy for you to shop for all of summers’ adventures with our outfits below!
Being a peninsula, Italy is surrounded by beautiful turquoise seas. Fish and marine life play a major part in Italian culture – from the art to the cuisine. While traveling up the coast, we stopped at a fish market and marveled at how many different types of fish were for sale. We even had a chance to chat with a real fisher-woman! We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite graphic tees inspired by Italian sea life.
Back for the summer in fresh new prints, our beloved maxi dress is perfect for playtime—anytime, all the time. You’ll find our maxi’s feature beautiful geometric and floral prints inspired by the ceramic tile in cliff-side towns along the Amalfi coast. Learn more about the inspiration behind our prints!
This spring, we celebrate the arrival of warmer days and spring festivities with a collection of twirly dresses, bold graphics and adorable rompers that owe their inspiration to the gilded canals of Venice and the blooming gardens of Rome. With so much in store this spring, we want to give you a chance to win your 3 favorite new styles from Tea!
In 1953, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn came together for an American romantic comedy that would later receive 7 awards. Roman Holiday brought the classic romance and elegance of Rome to people all over the world. The iconic mod styles Audrey Hepburn wears throughout the movie were a source of inspiration for our newest styles.