At Tea, curiosity is at the heart of everything we do. Twice a year, we set off for a new country in search of new inspiration and new experiences. We seek out the foreign, immersing ourselves in the customs, colors, tastes and sounds of distant cultures. We relish in the wonder and uniqueness of our discoveries, and venture to find familiar, common threads.
While it’s always exciting to explore faraway places, there’s so much beauty and diversity right here in our own backyard. This year, we’re staying close to home and getting to know our neighbors all over the US—a nation that’s as diverse in its geography as it is in its citizenry. From sea to shining sea, people are what make this place so extraordinary. Inspired by first nation peoples and immigrants from all corners of the globe, our 2018 collection celebrates the cultures and creative spirit that make us all uniquely American. This land is our land—come explore!
The Southwest is alive with the vibrant folk art motifs that are so characteristic of indigenous artwork found all over Mexico. Developed by the native Otomi people in the small, plateau town of Tenango, are some of the most fantastic embroidered textiles we’ve ever set eyes on. Drawing inspiration from bold colors, animals, and floral prints, the time-honored tradition of Otami embroidery is hinted at in a handful of our summer styles.
Soon, final school bells will ring and little citizens will spring from their classrooms and run head on into summer adventure. For some that might be summer camp, for others a family getaway… but wherever they plan to jet when the weather warms, we have everything they need to hit the road in style.
From prickly towering cacti and resilient wild blooms, to crawling critters, the scenic Southwest is home to all kinds of desert wildlife. Come along as we explore across the sandy desert floors, through spiraling canyons and atop lone mesas, and keep your eyes out for earthy friends along the way! We’ll show you where to spot some of our favorite Southwestern species.
Summer is here, and we’ve got our sights set on the Southwestern states. The Southwest US is a vast canvas filled with shimmering stretches of desert, rusty red rock forms, desolate grasslands and clear, sunny skies that seem to have no stopping point. Some may think it a lonely, barren landscape, but look closely and you’ll see there’s so much beauty among the quietude.
Mexico is a country rich in incredible culture, tradition and creative expression. Toward the southern tip lies Oaxaca, a state particularly famous for its fascinating mix of colonial buildings, colorful cuisine and strong indigenous influence (more than half of the nation’s indigenous Mesoamerican speakers call this rugged region home). A collector’s dream, it is the place to go for the best folk art finds.
Last weekend, the Tea team packed their bags (and their Vans) and headed to sunny San Diego to co-host a very special event with Skate Rising. Run by Exposure Skate, Skate Rising is an Encinitas based all-girl youth program dedicated to teaching compassion and empowerment through skateboarding. Calli Kelsay, the brainchild behind this awesome program, happens to be a long-time Tea customer. So we leaped at the opportunity to team up and sponsor one of their events.
Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the Hawaiian Islands for their paradise charm. And while the surreal white-sand beaches, lush jungles and mesmerizing sunsets make for an incredibly relaxing escape, there’s so much fascinating culture to experience as well.
Hawaii’s rich native culture has its origins in the Polynesians who, over 1,000 years ago, voyaged from the Marquesas Islands in handmade canoes. Today, Polynesian influence can be seen everywhere from art and dance, to traditional delicacies. See how some of these traditions made their way onto our latest designs.