Here at Tea, we want to give kids the world, to help them discover that no matter where we live or what our families look like, there is so much we all have in common. We travel to discover. To dream. To explore the wonder of the world around us, across the globe and across the street. Since 2002, we’ve traveled to far flung places, always inspired by the people we meet and the things we see. Wherever we go, from Bali to Norway, Morocco to Japan, we take in all we can and bring it back to our headquarters here in San Francisco to design globally-inspired clothing for all little citizens.
When you think of Aussie food, you might immediately think of “shrimp on the barbie” or Vegemite… but there are loads of amazing desserts and treats we fell in love with on our travels to the land Down Under. See our roundup and get the recipes to some of our favorite Aussie treats!
From the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland to the Gondwanan Rainforest near Byron Bay, Australia is home to some of the oldest rainforests in the world. And underneath the waves, you can find many coral reefs surrounding the great island. Coral reefs are called the “rainforests of the sea” because of their incredibly diverse ecosystem.
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, is the world’s largest coral reef that supports a huge diversity of life, including many vulnerable and endangered species. From coral to whales, clownfish and seagrass, so many beautiful and important species call the reef their home. Unfortunately over time, the reef’s health has been threatened due to many causes including climate change, pollution and fishing.
This season, we celebrate and honor the indigenous people of Australia. When our designers traveled to Australia, they headed to Alice Springs, a remote town near Uluru (or Ayers Rock) a massive sandstone “red rock” monolith rising out of the earth. This area is called the Red Centre of the continent. Uluru is a part of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage area and a sacred place to the Aborigines. Our designers traveled north of Alice Springs to Yuendumo, where they were able to meet the Warlukurlangu artists. The art association is a non-profit organization that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the surrounding communities.
“Alright, kids! Let’s get going. Remember, do everything I do. And make sure you walk around the emu poo!” And with that, Ranger Karen and her intrepid band of young explorers head off into the Aussie bush. Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Sydney, is a wild and wonderful place where you can hang out with free-roaming wallabies and grey kangaroos, meet salty crocs and spiny echidnas and even pet a huge coastal carpet python named Yamba.
We love seeing how our customers wear Tea. Real kids, doing real kid things like running through the yard, playing in dirt or having quiet moments at home. From your Instagram photo to the ones you upload through our Kids Love Tea gallery, it makes our day to see your little citizens, laugh, play and explore in Tea. In celebration of the weather warming up and being able to wear the newest spring styles (outside!), we partnered with Tea customers to see how they could wear our newest styles in their everyday life.
As we travel, both around the world and across the street, we keep our eyes—and our hearts—wide open. We know there is more to every culture than beloved landmarks and beautiful handicrafts. So wherever we are, we strive to be mindful and responsible. With our newest collection, we’re celebrating the beauty and culture of vast and vibrant Australia. From the diverse ecosystems of the outback and coastal towns to the grand architecture and art found in its cities, Australia offers so much to explore. This season, we’ve partnered with Nat Geo Kids to inspire little citizens to care about (and for) our planet and its creatures. Check back on our site each month to learn more about the fascinating wildlife and terrain of Australia – we’ll be sharing lots of new fun facts and downloadable activities to print and try at home.