Category: Our Destinations

The United US: Celebrating the World Outside Our Door

Tea Collection Destination US

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!

Journey to Vietnam: Behind Our New Spring Holiday Collection

Spring blooms bring idyllic days and dressier occasions. During our travels in Southeast Asia, we found that Vietnam evoked a magic and romance perfect for the season of renewal. Our new dressy styles celebrate a country rich in culture and history. Journey with us as we take you through places that sparked inspiration.

Ha Long Bay

Each season, we travel around the world to find inspiration for seasonal collections. For this spring season, we traveled around Southeast Asia, incorporating elements we found along the way into a collection as diverse as the regions we explored. In our newest capsule collection, we bring the romance and vibrant colors of Vietnam to life. As we traveled along its coast, we discovered places where the past meets the present and a myriad of cultures come together in new and unique ways. 

 

Hoi An: The City of Lanterns

 

Lanterns of Hoi An

Our first stop was Hoi An, a port city located along the central coast of Vietnam. In its past, Hoi An was used by Chinese and Japanese merchants for trade. As a result, the city has become an assemblage of cultures, reflected by the diversity of its architecture, food, and art. At night, the city is illuminated by the glow of hundreds of lanterns, leaving you engulfed in a dreamy rainbow of colors. 

Find this majestic village brought to life in our City Graphic Trapeze Dress. We reimagined the Hoi An cityscape as a unique print on a Tea favorite silhouette.

 

Hue, Ha Long Bay, and Hanoi: Folklore Galore

 

Next, we traveled up the Vietnamese coast, stopping in Hanoi, Hue, and Halong Bay. In Hanoi, we crossed the Huc Bridge on Hoan Kiem Lake, or “Lake of the Returned Sword,” to visit Ngoc Son Temple. Legend has it that King Le Loi of Vietnam was given a sword at this lake by the Golden Turtle God, which helped him defeat the Chinese in the 15th century.

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Outside spiritual structures and along vibrant boats in Hue and Halong Bay, we found fierce foo dogs and dazzling dragons. Foo dogs symbolize prosperity, success, and guardianship, while dragons are often used for celebrations.

Find our interpretation of these mythical beasts in the form of whimsical prints in new Boy tees.

Boy's Tops

 

Mai Chau: History Preserved

Mai Chau

Our last stop was Mai Chau, a rural village town located in Northwest Vietnam. As if untouched by modern civilization, Mai Chau immediately transported us to a time centuries ago. The calm, grassy fields and rice paddies tucked between the valley’s mountain ranges starkly contrasted the hustle and bustle we experienced in Vietnam’s metropolitan cities. We met with locals who showed us the 700 year-old tradition of hand embroidery, which results in a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.

Vietnamese Embroidery

This centuries-old embroidery technique inspired the detailing in our new dresses and rompers, bringing a piece of Vietnamese history back to your little one’s wardrobe.

Girl's Dresses

 

Be sure to check out more stories from abroad on Instagram @tea_collection, and find all the new arrivals mentioned in this piece and more at TeaCollection.com.

We Go There: Stepping Into Sunny Southeast Asia

This season, we travel to Southeast Asia to celebrate this beautifully diverse corner of the globe. It’s a land of tropical terrain and timeless traditions, where intoxicating colors and a welcoming spirit greet you at every turn. Discover a destination made stronger, more vibrant, more alive and more wondrous thanks to the abundance of cultures that call it home.

Southeast Asia

At Tea, we want to give children the world, inspire discovery and exploration. We aim to spark a moment of connection between that which feels foreign and make it newly familiar. We travel to dream, inspire, and connect the world around us – both around the globe and across the street. Wherever we go, from Morocco to Japan, Australia to India, we take in all that we can and bring it back to our headquarters here in San Francisco to design globally inspired clothing for little citizens of the world.

Last year, we looked to our neighbors: to the cultures, people and friends that make up the vast United States. We celebrated what we all have in common and what unites us from coast to coast – from the Pacific swells to the towering Brooklyn Bridge. With your help, we shared your stories, tours of hometowns, and the beautiful communities that surround us every day. We discovered caring neighbors, inspiring teachers, and loving families that make everyday life unforgettable.

 

This spring, we returned to our roots of traveling abroad.

 

We’re looking forward to warm seas, bustling cities, and soaring dragon boats in Southeast Asia!

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Join us as we celebrate curious tigers, bold and bright hues, local artisans, and charming folklore that make this region of the globe enchanting. Get ready for tasty pho, zooming mopeds, soft water lilies, and curious sea creatures as we journey through Southeast Asia!

We can’t wait to share all that’s in store for you this season! Follow along our adventures here at Studio Tea, or check in on Instagram @tea_collection for more stories and discoveries!

And of course, don’t forget to check out our newest styles at TeaCollection.com.

Share Your City: Chasing Joy in DUMBO

This summer, Tea families across the US are showing us around their cities and sharing the incredible places that make them special. 

Next up in our Share Your City series, we head to DUMBO, Brooklyn where Naima Petz and her three adorable daughters take us on a joyful jaunt through the urban playground outside their door.Naima Petz DUMBO Brooklyn

Share Your City: Strolling the Streets of Boston with Tatiana Ivanova

This summer, Tea families across the US are showing us around their cities and sharing the incredible places that make them special. 

Next up in our Share Your City series, we head to Boston where Tatiana Ivanova and her girls take us on a stroll through the cobblestone streets outside their door.

Tatiana Ivanova Boston Tour

Share Your City: Touring Around Tampa with the Joneses

This summer, Tea families across the US are showing us around their cities and sharing the incredible places that make them special. 

Next up in our Share Your City series, we say hello to sunny, sandy beaches and endless kid-friendly attractions. Come along as we go touring around Tampa with momtographer, Christina Jones, and her little crew.Touring Around Tampa Christina Jones

Share Your City: A Day in Canton, OH with Elizabeth Jacob

At Tea, we believe in the transformative power of travel and connection. Every time we experience a new place, we gain new perspective about the world, and ourselves. But cultural discoveries don’t just happen abroad… you can find them just down the road. We’ve asked Tea families across the US to show us around their hometowns and share some of the incredible places that set them apart.

Next on our Share Your City tour, we spend a day in Canton, Ohio with Elizabeth Jacob and her daughter Jessica. Follow along they give us the inside scoop on the best things to see and do in their charming city. 

Elizabeth Jacob Canton Ohio

Share Your City: Columbus, GA with the Connor Crew

School is out and summer adventures are beckoning! To spark the fun, we’ve asked Tea families across the US to show us around their hometowns and share some of the incredible places that make them special. 

Next in our Share Your City series, we’re making a stop in Columbus, Georgia to catch up with the Connor crew. Follow along as Ciara Connor and her adorable kiddos point out their favorite local spots.

Ciara Connor Columbus Georgia