A Letter to a Refugee

Here at Tea, we continuously strive to be mindful and responsible in everything we do. We care so much for the little citizens all over the world, near and far. We want to make real connections—and a real difference. But we can’t effect change everywhere. Although the refugee crisis is happening half a world away from our little office in San Francisco, we continue to support them.

As the Global Citizen organization notes, “Sometimes words alone can make a difference. They can brighten someone’s day, change someone’s mind, and unlock your own emotions.”

That’s why, we’re standing with Global Citizen to say we haven’t forgotten you. We’ve written a letter to the refugee children and we’re asking you to do the same. Head on over to GlobalCitizen.org and write a letter to a refugee man, woman, child group or family and let them know you are supporting them, too. Global Citizen will compile all of the notes into a book to provide to refugee agencies to share your messages with those that need to hear them the most.

Learn more about our giveback efforts supporting The Global Fund for Children’s grantees that work with refugee, migrant and displaced children and youth around the world.

Global Mom: Meet Elaine from Denver, Colorado!

Each month, we’ll be sharing a guest post by Andrea Fellman of Wanderlust Living,  Andrea’s set out to interview global moms + dads who are very “Tea” – they look for adventure in their lives and strive to make the foreign familiar for their families through travel and curiosity! A long time Tea partner and a woman who truly embodies the Tea spirit, we’re thrilled to have Andrea as a foreign correspondent (she lives in Barcelona!). In Andrea’s fourth guest post, we’re introducing you to Elaine, who lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. Read on to learn more!

Behind the Design: Our latest Graphic Tees!

Boy42Always up for an adventure, our newest tees were inspired by all the wild and wonderful things we saw in Australia. Follow along as we share a behind the scenes look at the inspiration for our graphics! 

Tea & Hundreds of Thousands of Women Around the World

I started my first business when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was a retail business. Well, I’m not sure you would call it retail. Or even a business. But I sold stuff. Sometimes I would convince my neighborhood friends to raid their family pantries for ingredients that we could somehow turn into a baked good. Then we would go door-to-door. Who needs Thin Mints or a good cause! We had sugar, flour, and social networking. (Although I’m pretty sure I didn’t track my cost of goods sold very accurately — or at all.)

My first real business was also in retail. When I was 15, I started a delivery business for helium-filled balloons. Keep in mind that even in Tennessee you can’t drive when you are 15. So I guess that means that I co-founded my first legitimate business with my parents. They were the drivers, the landlords, and my board of directors. I had marketing collateral and financial statements — all hand-written on bright yellow paper and kept in a turquoise 3-ring binder that held my official business license tucked in the side pocket.

Tea works with 300 local boutiques around the country. These boutiques provide a service, human connection, and meaningful work for local communities.

Travels in Japan: A Tea Employee’s Tour of Japan

1To 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 Alison, our Senior Manager of Brand Creative and project managing extraordinaire. Follow along as she shares tales from her trip to Japan!

An Inside Look at our Insiders Weekend

Tea Insiders
This past weekend, we invited 22 of our Tea Insiders to join us in San Francisco for a weekend of conversation, collaboration and lots of celebration. Our Tea Insiders is a group made up of Tea Collection’s nearest and dearest explorers. They share our brand values – spreading connection and curiosity through the lives of their family and friends, covet our new arrivals each season and aren’t ashamed to call themselves “Tea obsessed”. They flew in from all across the country (and Canada, too!) to spend time with us at our Studio Tea space. Over the course of 2 days, we shared some exciting news and we didn’t want you to miss out.

Learn How to Make Beignets!

img_6065_32745641281_oOver years of traveling across the world, we’ve been able to taste many different cuisines. Food is always important to the culture and history of a destination. Today, we’re sharing a recipe from France from our friend Carine Rosalia, a French-American mother and Tea customer.  Here, Carine shares her recipe (and photos of her daughter making them in Tea) with us.