Tag: behind the design

Animals of Australia

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Did you know, Australia has more than 378 kinds of mammals, 828 types of birds, 4,000 species of fish, 300 kinds of lizards, 140 types of snakes, 2 crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammals? That’s a lot of animals. Being the animal lovers we are, Australia has opened our eyes to so many animals we had only dreamed of before. Our designers spent two weeks traveling the vast Australia landscape. And they were lucky to meet quite a few furry creatures. Meet our new friend Pepper, the koala and see lots of other animals we found in Australia

Meet Pepper, The Koala

pepper-kidWe met Pepper the koala at the Walkabout Wildlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary just north of Sydney, in Australia.  In person, koalas are just as cute and cuddly-looking as you might expect. They’re also veeeeeryslooooooow moooooooving. Koalas sleep for up to 18 hours a day—Pepper included.

Become a Penpal

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As the tradition of mail correspondence fades with each new generation, we’re making a stand. Let’s keep the tradition of sending letters alive! 

Family Roots in Greece

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To 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 Alyssa, our Staff Accountant. Follow along as she shares tales from her trip to Greece!

Greece is many things to me: favorite recipes, shopping, time at the beach, my favorite vacation spot, and my home away from home. But this recent trip seemed to mean so much more because it was centered around family. I was visiting Greece, but I was really visiting my family roots. 

Behind the Design: Japanese Kites

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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.

We Make The Foreign Familiar

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Every time we travel, whether it’s across the street or across the globe, we strive to step outside of our comfort zone, meet new people and learn new things. When our designers travel to gather inspiration for next season’s styles, they go off the beaten path, meet with local craftsmen and eat the local cuisine. When they come back to San Francisco to design, their experiences are translated into beautifully designed prints and graphics. Take a look at our style descriptions and you’ll learn the inspiration behind the design of each piece.