Category: Discovery and Exploration

Foreign Correspondent: Living in Guatemala

Meet Denise Zimmer, who lived in Guatemala with her family for nearly five years. As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, before they moved back to the United States, Denise and her family embarked on weekend trips and came back to share her stories with us at Studio Tea. Follow along!

My husband and I had the privilege of living in Guatemala for almost five years, but when the time came to repatriate to the USA we realized there was still so much of the diverse country we hadn’t shared with our girls, who were born there. We set the intention to soak in as much as possible and here we share some of those last special moments.

Festival de Barriletes

Locals and tourist alike gather in the cemetery of Santiago to watch the construction of gigante barriletes (gigantic kites). This coincides with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday to remember and honor the spirits of the dead.

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Hiking Mount Takao

Mount Takao

Like many families living in urban areas, the families we met in Tokyo often leave the city on weekends or holidays, seeking fresh air. They love spending time immersed in nature. When we traveled to Japan to shoot our catalog, we knew we needed to capture the spirit of the rugged outdoors that inspired our fall styles. Taking a trip to Mount Takao was the perfect way to do so.

Our Collaboration with Mocchi Mocchi

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Mocchi Mocchi has long been an inspiration to our designers. Their mix of modern and traditional aesthetic and their use and love of animals, landscapes and nature is very similar to the things we are often inspired by, no matter what destination we are in. When we learned we’d be traveling to Japan for our Fall 2016 collection, we knew we had to get in contact with these lovely sisters, Sachiko and Junko. Not only did we have a chance to interview them, but we also had the opportunity to collaborate on a very special graphic tee. Learn more about Mocchi Mocchi and see the style we collaborated with them on!

Tea’s Textile Designer Travels to Japan

6ee9e10f-523d-41b8-a37b-ddd08f243917To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’re so excited to introduce you to Amber, our Senior Textile Designer. Follow along as she shares tales from her baby-moon trip to Japan!

Foreign Correspondent: Jen Magnotti

 

Foreign Correspondent: Jen Magnotti
My husband and I often visited Mexico as a young couple before we had children. The sights, sounds, smells and adventures in Mexico are unlike anything else. We have always longed to take our own children to this special place as a family one day. We recently started taking family trips to Mexico. It’s not an incredibly long travel day, but we’re still able give them a foreign experience with new food, language, currency and experiences like no other. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts. Bringing our own kids there to see what we love was incredible and valuable. On this particular trip we traveled to Mismaloya, a small town south of Puerto Vallarta. It is actually the same town where my husband proposed to me, several years ago.

Come For A Ride: Our Boat Trip Along the Amalfi Coast

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Some say that the Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful coastline in the whole world. We wouldn’t argue with that. While driving down its winding roads may appeal to some, we prefer the views from the Tyrrhenian Sea. To capture the Amalfi coast in all of it’s splendor, we hopped on a boat one afternoon to see it from a different perspective. Follow along as we take you on a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast. 

Foreign Correspondents: Exploring Japan

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Late last year, my sister was awarded the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Affairs, which required her to relocate to Tokyo for the immediate future. The whole family decided to take advantage of her overseas assignment and in March, we arrived in Japan seeking a cultural experience though food and fellowship.