At Tea, we believe that every day is an adventure. We live to explore, to discover, to travel—around the globe and across the street. And we want you to go there with us! This year we will… take you on a journey to a whole new destination – Argentina & Bolivia! This year we will… ask you to share your adventures with Tea!
Ask your little citizens about their plans for this school year and use #TeaAdventurer to share your poster with us on Instagram. You’ll receive a poster in your order, but you can download our This Year I Will poster here too. Don’t have Instagram? Not a problem! Upload your photo here.
We are thrilled to announce a very special giveaway – one that is near and dear to our hearts! Tea is partnering with the Chicago-based Endangered Species Print Project, to give away three art prints, by a Tea Collection textile designer, Katy Tanis. The Endangered Species Print Project was founded in 2009 by two artists, Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer, who strive to match their artistic talents to directly support conservation efforts and biodiversity for the Earth. ESPP offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species, with 50% of the sales donated to the conservation efforts of the animal featured in the print. The number of prints offered for sale, depends on the number of plants or animals remaining in the species. When you purchase a print, you know exactly where your donation will go and the animal it will benefit!
At Tea, we’re print obsessed. When traveling to a new destination, our designers spend days pouring over print techniques that are native to the country we are in. We love finding new and interesting designs to share with you! For this summer’s Citizen Blue collection, we designed our Sunprint Garden V-neck Dress with a design of a dandelion. Learn how to make a sun print using fabric printing, in your own backyard!
For our May catalog, we had a very special guest artist, Megan Lynn Kott, who drew our product illustrations. The beautiful designs come to life in her drawings, from the animal graphics on our boy’s tees to the beautiful intricate woodblock designs on our baby girl rompers — we are truly amazed by her work!
After many years of traveling the world, Tea co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Emily Meyer, has acquired an eye for worldly design. Her Palo Alto home, which she shares with her husband, Hilton and two children, Clement (6) and Georgia (4) is living proof! In their April issue, Family Circle featured Emily and her family in their eclectic space – Don’t miss her design tips!
With each trip Emily takes, whether it’s scouting inspiration for the next Tea season or visiting family abroad, she makes sure to find bazaars to search for treasures to bring back home. “I love pulling a design scheme together with exotic objects and textiles.” says Emily. Their home, built in 1908, has been transformed with a bold palatte, peppered with well-traveled finds – a Turkish Ikat pillow, a Mailan coverlet.
We were very luck to find Gouthami for our trip to India. Before she started her own travel company – Travel Another India – she spent 20 years working in social development and had made many great connections with craft people all over India. Gouthami introduced us to so many artisans and we had the pleasure of meeting many President Award winning craft people in remote villages. Here, she shares her knowledge on crafts in India with our readers!
Craft is the second largest employer in rural India after agriculture. In most villages you will find some form of craft – the potter, the weaver, the basket maker. It is still a way of life rather than an art to be practiced for its own sake.
In this picture you see just that. I visited the village of Nuapatna in the state of Odisha in Eastern India with the Tea Collection team.
Nuapatna is famous for its intricate Ikat weaving. In the background you can see the spindles of yarn casually stuck into the pile of sand, while the woman in the picture is wearing a hand-woven ikat sari as she goes about her daily chores.
We are proud to partner with the Global Fund for Children and have the opportunity to give back to communities near and far. Last October, we kicked off our Global Giving Thursday campaign where each third Thursday, we automatically match all donations made at checkout. In December 2015 we decided to take our efforts one step further in the spirit of the holiday season and launched a Buy One, Give One program that directly benefited one of the Global Fund for Children’s grantee partners, The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, located in Washington, D.C.. During this time, when you purchased one of our holiday styles, we set aside a similar style to donate to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. We were blown away by the results of this campaign and humbled to know our customers share our passion of giving back.
On March 21st, 2015, Tea Collection in conjunction with the GFC and the HCPP, were able to donate 7,000 pieces of clothing… because of you! The event took place at DC General shelter, a converted hospital where hundreds of families live at any given time. Teams of volunteers spent the morning creating a “clothing closet” for the families and sorted all of the individually wrapped clothing into gender and size. The vastness of all the products spread out onto multiple tables that lined the hallway, with extra in boxes, ready to go if need be. As the event began and the closet opened, the families at the shelter streamed in eager to be able to come and pick out brand new outfits for their kids.