Meet the Kids Featured in Our Catalog!

We make globally inspired clothing for little citizens, and twice a year we travel to a new destination for inspiration, adventure and lots of photos of super cute kids decked out in our newest styles. This season, our collection comes all the way from Australia. We trekked across this wild, wonderful country with some awesome local children. From Sydney to the Outback, the rainforest to reefs, we explored, learned, made new friends and laughed (a lot) – plus, we got some great photos to share.

We believe in making connections across the street as well as across the world, and we also went to Austin, TX for a second spring/summer photoshoot. We held a casting call at our first ever pop-up shop at TOMS Roasting Co., and met tons of amazing little citizens and their families!

All of the kids we met, in Australia and Austin, were funny, sweet and completely unique. We loved getting to know them, and thought you’d enjoy it too. So we asked everyone a few fun questions about animals, candies (they’re called lollies down under) and the fun things they’ve been up to since the shoot. Here are their answers … with a little help from mom and dad.

ANNABELLA

Where is your favorite place to swim?

The pool.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, in Ireland. The water is cold. I went to beach the first time in Mexico when I was a baby. But I have never gone surfing.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Collect seashells and put them in our collection.

What’s your favorite song?

I can’t think of anything right now.

EVAN

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

At a theme park called Wet ‘n Wild.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, my family and I go a lot – especially during summer break. I can’t surf but I can boogie board.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Building stuff in the sand like building sand towers on each other.

What’s your favorite song?

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.

Mackenna (R) with big sis Annabella (L).

MACKENNA

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

At the swimming pool.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, in Ireland where we used to live. I have not ever surfed.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Collect seashells and put them in a pile.

What’s your favorite song?

Cake By the Ocean (by DNCE).

RYAN

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

In the rock pool at the beach.

Have you ever gone surfing?

I can’t surf but I can boogie board.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

I love trying to cover up all the rocks at the beach with sea sand and then watch the waves wash the sand away and do it again.

What’s your favorite song?

Trouble by Taylor Swift.

MANNY

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Kiddie pool park.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, but I’m too little to surf yet.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Help make awesome sand castles and then destroy them so we can do it all over again.

What’s your favorite song?

Wheels On the Bus.

AVA

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

The pool near my house.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, we go to the beach often… I love it! No, I can’t surf.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Play in the water with my mum and dad.

What’s your favorite song?

The Paw Patrol Theme Song.

 

KAI

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Deep Eddy.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever been surfing?

Yes, but I haven’t been surfing yet, just paddle boarding.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Build sand castles.

What’s your favorite song?

I Love It by Iconapop (Radio Edit).

ROSIE

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

My grandparents’ pool.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes and no.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

My favorite thing is to collect seashells.

What’s your favorite song?

Uptown Funk (by Bruno Mars).

 

GRACYN

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Anywhere I can!

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Haven’t been to the beach yet but we are going in April. Surfing is out until I master this walking business.

What’s the first thing you want to do when visit the beach?

We will be going to Sandfest which will have amazing sand sculptures. I will make sand castles and knock them down!

What’s your favorite song?

Beyonce’s Run the World (Girls).

Sebastian (R) with Rosie (L).

SEBASTIAN

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

My Nonno’s pool because I can do front flips!

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes and no.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

My favorite thing is to make sand castles.

What’s your favorite song?

Ninja Turtles song.

NAYOMI & NAVAEH (TWINS!)

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Our aunt’s backyard pool.

Have you ever been to the beach?

Yes, at 6 months.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Play in the sand and water.

What’s your favorite song?

Where is Thumpkin and Hotline Bling by Drake.

SORAIA

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Anywhere! I love swimming at the beach. My favorite is Cronulla Beach, it’s close to our home.

Have you ever been surfing?

I want my brother to teach me how to surf, but first he’s teaching me to body board. I’m getting good at it.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

I love to swim, build sandcastles, pretend to be a mermaid, make lots of friends and explore the rocks.

What’s your favorite song?

24K Magic by Bruno Mars.

 

Lucas (L) with Austin (R).

LUCAS

Hometown: Austin, TX

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Mueller Pool.

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes, I have been to the beach but not surfing.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Look for crabs, sea stars, hermit crabs and snails in the tide pools when the tide is low.

What’s your favorite song?

Shiny from Moana because it’s funny and catchy.

NOA + NIV

Hometown: Australia

Noa…

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Bondi Beach and the pool where I do my swimming lessons.

Have you ever been surfing?

Yes!

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Swim and then get ice cream.

What’s your favorite song?

Que Sera by Justice Crew.

Niv…

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Bondi Beach.

Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes!

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Eat fish and chips and ice cream.

What’s your favorite song?

Roar by Katy Perry.

 

MILA + SELAH

Hometown: Austin, TX

Mila…

Where is your favorite place to swim?

Over here 😉

Have you ever been to the beach? Have you ever gone surfing?

Yes!

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Play ball and play in the sand.

What’s your favorite song?

Ever Be by Bethel and the Happy Song.

Selah…

Where is your favorite place to swim?

The beach.

Have you ever gone surfing?

I’ve never been surfing but hope to someday.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

Building sand castles.

What’s your favorite song?

Battles by The Afters.

MIA

Hometown: Australia

Where is your favorite place to swim?

In Bali.

Have you ever been to the beach?

Yes, lots of times! My family from my mum’s side live near the beach so when we visit them we are always there. My family from my dad’s side lives in Bali (an island in Indonesia) so we are always at the beach there too!

Have you ever gone surfing?

No, but I have done boogie boarding and paddle boarding.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

I like building sand castles and collecting cool shells.

What’s your favorite song?

I like anything by Katy Perry!

 

AllegraALLEGRA 

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Wolf

What’s the scariest animal?

Dinosaur

Where do you like to hike/explore?

In the park.

What’s your favorite lolly?

Gummy bears

What cool things are happening in Australia?

My birthday is in June. When it’s my birthday I have a party with my friends and family.

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Yehoon (R) shown with Alexander (L).

YEHOON (pictured here with Alexander)

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Chickens!

What’s the scariest animal?

Dinosaur – T-Rex is super scary

Where do you like to hike/explore?

I like to hike through the woods to the beach in Maine.

What’s your favorite candy?

Chocolate – yum!

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Going swimming at Deep Eddy (mom note: that’s a spring fed pool in Austin).

JoelJOEL 

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Bear cub

What’s the scariest animal?

Lion

Where do you like to hike/explore?

Bondi-Cooper beach walk.

What cool things are happening in Australia?

Summer holidays.

CalenCALEB 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Dinosaurs

What’s the scariest animal?

Dinosaurs

Where do you like to hike/explore?

I like to explore new places with lots of trees, flowers and animals.

What’s your favorite candy?

Gummy bears.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Play with my sister and new baby brother, go to the park.

Brandon

Brandon (R) shown with Michael (L).

BRANDON 

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Tiger

What’s the scariest animal?

Snakes

Where do you like to hike/explore?

At the zoo.

What’s your favorite lolly?

Lollipops

What cool things are happening in Australia?

Now it is summer and it is very hot here.

MichaelMICHAEL 

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Leopard

What’s the scariest animal?

Crocodile

Where do you like to hike/explore?

I like to go exploring at the park.

What’s your favorite lolly?

(Gummy) snakes

What cool things are happening in Australia?

It is summer here and I love playing in the sun.

AvaAVA 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Cheetah

What’s the scariest animal?

Zombie

Where do you like to hike/explore?

Around the track in the park.

What’s your favorite candy?

Lollipops

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Going to the beach.

MayaMAYA 

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Peppa pig and Hoot the owl and Gigglosaurus the dinosaur. And my cats Gizmo and Matilda of course!

What’s the scariest animal?

I’m not afraid of any animals.

What’s your favorite lolly?

I don’t really like lollies but love mango and banana.

What cool things are happening in Australia?

Summer holidays which means sun, surf and sand. There is loads to do like going to the zoo, aquarium and museums.

MaryannMARYNN 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

I love all critters, but if I had to pick one it would have to be puppies! I’m also a huge fan of purple and made my parents dress me up as a purple puppy for Halloween this year.

What’s the scariest animal?

Sharks! They have big teeth! My big brother draws pictures of them every single day and hangs them up all over our house. Scary!

Where do you like to hike/explore?

My favorite hikes would probably have to be California (Big Sur, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, San Francisco, Point Venture, Slide Ranch, Yosemite, etc); Greenbelts in Austin & other trails (Lake Lady Bird, Bull Creek, Riverplace Nature, Mansfield Dam, Laguna Gloria – wait, there are too many to list). We also love hiking at state parks and trails all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Louisiana as well. My mom talks about hiking all over Australia with my big brother, but I was only in her belly at that time.

What’s your favorite candy?

Chocolate and lollipops.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Heading to Costa Rica!

MinniMINI

Hometown: Australia

What’s your favorite animal?

Sausage dogs, elephants, gorillas and giraffes.

What’s the scariest animal?

Cats. I find them freaky and they eat birds and native animals.

Where do you like to hike/explore?

The beach and rock pools.

What’s your favorite lolly?

I don’t have a favorite lolly.

What cool things are happening in Australia?

It is summer holidays now. Australia Day is coming up.

GeorgiaGEORGIA 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

I really want a pet bunny!

What’s the scariest animal?

Snakes.

Where do you like to hike/explore?

I like to explore my backyard.

What’s your favorite candy?

I love chocolate – especially Kit Kats!

What are you doing for Spring Break?

I’m going to read, watch TV and go to the library.

JudahJUDAH 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

I love watching dogs and birds.

What’s the scariest animal?

Any animal that gets too close to me.

Where do you like to hike/explore?

I like to explore cabinets – especially the ones with dangerous things in them.

What’s your favorite candy?

I like any candy my big sisters have!

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Ideally, I’ll be somewhere tropical, on the beach, eating sand.

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Alexander on the right.

ALEXANDER

Hometown: Austin, TX

Whats your favorite animal?

Dinosaur (Mom note: I would say cats and dogs. He has two cats but loves to pet every dog he sees.)

What’s the scariest animal?

Dinosaur (mom note: snakes).

Where do you like to hike/explore?

Alexander doesn’t “hike” but he loves to explore everything in the world around him. He is already trying to figure out how everything works. (We currently live in a condo so he doesn’t have a yard. He sometimes explores in the park.)

What are you doing for Spring Break?

No plans for Spring Break since you don’t really get one when you’re three and in daycare! We are moving to Sacramento so we will be exploring things like the Train Museum, zoo and fairyland. We also like to ride bikes (Alexander has a kid seat on the back of mom’s bike).

Lauren

Lauren (R) with Georgia (L).

LAUREN 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Giraffe

What’s the scariest animal?

Lion

What’s your favorite candy?

Chocolate

Where do you like to hike/explore?

Around the playground.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Having fun with my friends.

AlysonALYSON

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Lion

What’s the scariest animal?

Lion

Where do you like to hike/explore?

In the backyard.

What’s your favorite candy?

Candy necklace.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Playing.

BrynnBRYNN

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Kitties

What’s the scariest animal?

Bears

Where do you like to hike/explore?

The jungle (mom note: she’s never really been there).

What’s your favorite candy?

Lollipops

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Color and play.

AveryAVERY 

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

A sloth. I have a stuffed sloth named Slothie. She’s my favorite.

What’s the scariest animal?

Tiger

Where do you like to hike/explore?

The Greenbelt. I love to hike by the water.

What’s your favorite candy?

Hershey Hugs

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Hawaii! I’m going to meet Moana.

TigerlillyTIGERLILY

Hometown: Austin, TX

What’s your favorite animal?

Baby T-Rex

What’s the scariest animal?

Lion

Where do you like to hike/explore?

Bull Creek (in Austin).

What’s your favorite candy?

Lollipops

What are you doing for Spring Break?

Sit next to a tree. Nap.

Girl2LUCETTE

Hometown: San Francisco

Lucette traveled to Australia all the way from San Francisco with her mom (and Tea’s Copy Director) LaDonna.

What’s your favorite animal?

Dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, dingos, deer, kitties, bunnies, ponies, kangaroos and red pandas.

What’s the scariest animal?

A Tasmanian Devil because if he ate me, it would also eat my bones because its teeth are so strong! I learned about its teeth at the animal sanctuary in Australia.

Where do you hike/explore?

I like to go in the mountains, the forest and the desert.

What’s your favorite candy?

Oh, that’s too hard! I like all of them. EXCEPT mint! I don’t like the spicy kinds.

What are you doing for Spring Break?

I want to go to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz, you know – all the fun places.

Make sure to check back throughout the season as we share more interviews!

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