With amazing views and a 12-foot-deep bowl, the Bondi Beach Skate Park in Sydney is any skater’s dream. The park got its start in 1991 as two skate ramps. The current incarnation was built in 2004 thanks in no small part to John Fox—a former skater who volunteers to take care of the grounds and keep the bowl tag-and trash-free. The park is painted swimming pool aqua blue in a nod to the dry backyard pools of Venice Beach, CA, that were the best place for young skaters to get their wheels under them back in the Dogtown days of the early 1970s—a scene that inspired Aussie skaters like Fox.
I first found the Kelsays earlier this year while scrolling through our #teacollection photos on Instagram. The photos of their little citizens wearing Tea dresses while skating on a half-pipe instantly caught my eye. Our Australia spring collection was just about to launch and I knew the adventurous spirit of our collection would resonate with this family. I had to connect with them!
“Alright, everybody choose a leg!”
Down on Bondi Beach, the rain has cleared up, the waves are rolling in, and a tousled blonde Aussie named Jake stands in front of a row of eager young grommets (a grommet is a kid who surfs).
“Ok, everybody hop on your board and let’s practice,” Jake says as his co-coach Lucy moves in to help.
Before they ever hit the water, surf camp students straddle their boards on the sand and learn the basics of paddling, pushing up, standing up, and—most importantly—falling off. (The technical term is “dismount.”)
Always 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!
Curiosity is a way of life. One of the biggest wonders of travel is the constant sense of discovery—and we love exploring and discovering with kids. On our catalog shoot in the Walkabout Wildlife Park an hour north of Sydney, we helped our friends learn how to make DIY sunprints. This easy, and inspiring, diy project can be made with anything you can find outside. Learn how you can make a sunprint too, at home with just a few supplies.
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!
“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.