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Back To School with Naomi PQ

You may recognize these sweet faces and lovely family from last fall. Joining us again this season repping our Sweden collection is Naomi Phan-Quang and her crew of kiddos Luke (age 10), Abel (8), and Cole (6). With back to school officially back on, we wanted to learn more about what the PQs are excited about this year, as well as learn a little more about their family. Read on to find out about their favorite subjects, hobbies, and what they’re wearing for their first day this year!



What are 3 words that describe each one of you? 

Luke: “Outdoorsy, creative, a gamer.”

Abel: “Kind, playful, helpful.”

Cole: “Friendly, chatty, sassy.”

How would your siblings describe you?

Luke: “Energetic.”

Abel: “Crazy.”

Cole: “Happy.”













Are you excited to go back to school? What are you most excited about?

Luke: “Being the oldest grade on campus.”

Abel: “Seeing my friends again.”

Cole: “Meeting my new teacher.”

What do you like to wear to school?

Luke: “Shorts and long socks.”

Abel: “Sweatpants and sneakers.”

 Cole: “Fancy dresses and leggings.”

What’s your favorite subject in school?

Luke: “Science.”

Abel: “Writing.”

Cole: “Math.”












What’s in your lunch box?

Luke: “Chips, burrito, and water.”

Abel: “Hot dog and lemonade.”

Cole: “Apple, grapes, and chicken and rice.”

Are you involved in any after school activities or sports? 

Luke: “Baseball and football.”

 Abel: “Baseball and theater.”

Cole: “Baseball and theater.”

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? 

Luke: “Science, building things, gaming, sports, and biking.”

Abel: “Biking, baseball, and singing.”

Cole: “Playing pretend, dressing up, and reading.”

We also asked mom to answer a few questions about the upcoming back to school season and her kids:

What are you most looking forward to as your kids start school again? 

“A routine! And for the kids to see their friends again and carve a little place for themselves that’s just theirs.”

What’s one word you would use to describe each of your kids?

“Luke: innovative. Abel: tenderhearted. Cole: confident.”

How do your kids express themselves with clothing? How would you describe their style? 

“My kiddos wear a lot of hand-me-downs, so generally I would say we look for well-made clothing that can last three times over. Luke is creative, so he likes to mix prints. Abel is pretty conservative, so he gravitates towards basics and neutrals. Cole is in a dress phase, so she loves anything she can twirl in!”


Want more stories and Q&As like this? Be sure to follow @naomipq and us on Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our latest styles inspired by our travels in Sweden.

Hej, Sweden!

Welcome to Sweden! This season, we’re inspired by a country that values simplicity without sacrificing beauty, is rooted in nature, and is the leading consumer in candy consumption. Sweden holds a special place in our hearts, as it was the last trip we took before the pandemic ensued. Read on to learn more about our designers’ trip to Sweden and what inspired them from their short (but impactful!) trip to this fascinating country.



What attracted you to Sweden?





















Modern Scandinavian design mixed with rustic folk. We wanted to see where the reindeers and huskies play.


What was on your initial itinerary and what were you most excited to see?


SFO to Kiruna then Stockholm. We were most excited to see the Northernmost snowy countryside of Sweden in Jukkasjarvi, Kiruna.


What surprised you or was unexpected about Sweden?


How friendly the animals and people were!



What kind of food did you eat?



Simple Scandinavian fare – fish, reindeer, and lingonberry juice.


You only have 24 hours in Sweden. Where do you go and what do you see?


With only 24 hours, we’d say Stockholm and visit the foodhall and textile museum. But if you have a little more time, we’d recommend going to Northern Kiruna to do activities such as a Sami cultural experience and ride the ponies in the birch forest countryside.


You had to cut your trip short due to the pandemic. Can you describe your decision to leave and what it was like leaving Sweden around that time?


It was surreal. They were closing the borders in the United States in 48 hours, so we quickly had to change our trip to leave the next day or we would be stuck in Sweden.


How many Swedish fish did you eat while designing the collection?


Our Textile Designers made sure we had enough “inspiration” while designing the Swedish fish print. 😉


We hope you love our new collection and all that it has to offer. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @teacollection to see more of our adventures from Sweden.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Ditto Kids Magazine

On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of the Civil War—freeing enslaved African Americans more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Now known as Juneteenth, the day marks the end of slavery and is now recognized as a federal holiday.

To celebrate Juneteenth, we partnered with Ditto Kids Magazine, an anti-racism magazine for kids and adults, to share two Juneteenth-themed coloring pages to do with your kids. The first features the lyrics to the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the official song of the NAACP. Alexandria Scott, Founder & CEO of Ditto Kids Magazine, explains on our Instagram stories more about the song’s meaning and its ties to freedom. The second activity features the Juneteenth Flag and a few facts about the celebration. Download both activities below. 

Lift Every Voice coloring page

Juneteenth Flag coloring page

Want more resources from Ditto Kids Magazine? Shop Issue Two of their digital magazine, which centers around West African culture, where most African American roots can be traced back to. 



Be sure to follow @dittokidsmagazine on Instagram for more content like this, and tag them and us in your completed coloring pages!

Tea Collection x Marlo Bea

We’re excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with Shun Moore, mother of three, friend of Tea, and Founder of Marlo Bea, to bring you kids’ head wraps in some of your favorite Tea Collection prints!






Made from repurposed Tea fabrics, these head wraps are the perfect pairing to your favorite Tea outfit.



Shun started making kids’ head wraps to help her own children and children everywhere learn about other cultures through self expression. We couldn’t be more excited about this match-made-in-Tea-heaven—shop the collaboration while supplies last at



About Marlo Bea Head Wraps:


The Tea collaboration head wraps are size little and come with a 2 inch elastic band in the back to assist with easily putting them on or taking them off. Each head wrap is 44 inches x 5 inches, and is 100% jersey cotton. They are handmade and sizes/cuts may vary slightly. One size fits most (note to self: the smaller the head, the bigger the bow).


How To Take Care:


Machine wash head wraps with cool water. No chlorine bleach. Hang to dry for best results. To return to the original shape, steam or iron on warm.











Head over to to shop the limited edition Tea x Marlo Bea collaboration, and don’t forget to check out our new arrivals for some outfit-pairing inspiration!


Portugal Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes, finding connections to far-off places doesn’t require you to leave your home. Our friends at Finding Stuff Club created a fun, interactive Portugal-at-Home Scavenger Hunt featuring everyday items and Portugal-adjacent prompts. Plus, it doubles as a coloring sheet! 

Travel to Portugal this Memorial Day weekend from the comfort of your own home. No monk seals in your bathtub? No problem! Go ahead and get creative – look for pictures, words, or objects that match the images in the activity. 

What you’ll find in this Portugal-themed scavenger hunt:


Mediterranean Monk Seal: This critically endangered seal has a habitat in the Madeira Archipelago.

Sardines: Canned sardines are a common delicacy in Portugal.

Pear & Apple: Both are native to Portugal.

Books: Portugal is famous for its bookstores. In fact, the bookstore Livraria Lello was the inspiration for Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.

Lavender: The lavender is the national flower of Portugal.

Surfboard:  Ericeira, Peniche, and the Lisbon coast are three of the most famous surf spots. The entire continental coast of Portugal is known for its year round surf.

Soccer Ball: The superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, is from Portugal.

Ukulele: The ukulele was brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese.

Clamshell: Clamshells are most commonly found on the southern tip of Portugal, and are the most popular shellfish.

Sailboat: With a mild climate and warm sunshine, Portugal is a very popular destination for sailboats!

Whale: Whale sightings are common along the coast of Portugal.


Be sure to follow us @teacollection and on Instagram for more fun activities like this, and don’t forget to check out our latest collection inspired by Portugal here.

Tea x Lizzy Artwork

Every season, we collaborate with artists from around the world to bring you one-of-a-kind designs. This season, we tapped Portuguese surfer girl @lizzyartwork to create two t-shirts embodying her surfing soul and spirit. Her art is a representation of what she’s learned from the ocean while surfing, and her art style is inspired by classic surf movements, geometric figures, retro surf iconography, and more. Read on to learn more about Lizzy, her life in Peniche, and what surfing and art mean to her.


How old were you when you started surfing?


I was 15 when I bought my first surfboard. 17 years ago, surf schools didn’t exist like they do now, so it was common to start surfing by learning from someone in your family or a friend. For me, it was from watching someone surf on TV. Teaching myself took longer and required tons of preservereance, but all the time I spent learning made me fall in love with the ocean.


You helped us design the “Lizzy Surfer Girl Graphic Tee” and the “Lizzy Surf Car Graphic Tee” – what do these designs mean to you?


Surfing is in my veins. I can change every single aspect of my life, but not the fact that I am a soul surfer. I designed these tees to encourage little girls to feel inspired and to be encouraged to start this life adventure. 


What’s one thing someone traveling to Portugal should see or do?


For me, Portugal is all about the sun, the coastline, and the stunning natural landscapes, so anywhere by the ocean. Go to the beach and soak up the maritime vibes and eat some tasty and fresh Mediterranean food. Simple as that. 


What do you hope people will take away from your art?


I hope people feel my strong connection with the ocean and maybe understand the state of presence that can be generated when we are among nature. My illustrations show the reflections and the inspirations that come from being close to the ocean. The nature around us leads to the nature within ourselves. 


Where’s the first place you’d travel to once the world opens back up?


Oof… That’s a hard question because I am a travel lover. I love ancient history, so I would love to visit Egypt and Jordan. On the other hand, I love to surf in warm waters, so the Philippines may be one of my next choices!








You can shop both of Lizzy’s designs here. Don’t forget to check out Lizzy’s artwork at and follow her on Instagram @lizzyartwork


Tea & The Global Fund for Children Support South Asia

With a COVID crisis transpiring in South Asia right now, we reached out to our longstanding giveback partner, The Global Fund for Children (GFC), to see how they’re supporting those impacted by a devastating second wave of COVID-19. Read on to learn more about what the GFC is doing and how you can help. 



In India, nearly 350,000 new cases of COVID-19 are reported daily, with many more believed to be underreported (Source: The Global Fund For Children). With limited hospital beds and oxygen supplies to aid infected patients, there are increasing fears about the impact COVID-19 will have on the country. To exacerbate the problem, recent news of a fatal “black fungus” infection targeting those recently afflicted by the coronavirus add to a growing list of concerns over the country’s recovery.


Infections have also reached an all-time high in Pakistan and Bangladesh, with vaccinations not reaching those in need quick enough. There is a massive struggle throughout the region, and state and social welfare agencies struggle to support children and young people who have lost one or both parents to COVID-19. These kids are without access to safe spaces, food, and basic hygiene supplies.


The GFC’s local partners in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are providing direct emergency relief and essential services to children and their communities. We continue to donate 10% of all our profits to the GFC, as well as 100% of profits of our kids and adult masks to the GFC’s COVID Relief Fund.


If you want to help the COVID crisis in South Asia, donate to the GFC at checkout at or directly on the GFC’s website here. Together, we can help make the world a better place for children everywhere.