As summer comes to a close, and fall begins to breathe a sigh of cool relief, we leave behind the hustle and bustle of Glasgow and head for quieter, cozy pastures. From windswept highland farms to the far-flung isles of the Outer Hebrides, to the northernmost Shetland Islands, our newest styles draw inspiration from Scotland’s rural (coastal and countryside) regions.
To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’re so excited to introduce you to Grace, our Assistant Designer for Girl. This past spring, Grace traveled to the small artisan town of Fujino, Japan where she had the unique opportunity of attending a 2-week workshop on how to sew traditional Hanten (a quilted, kimono-style jacket worn as a winter staple since Japan’s 18th-century Edo period).
Follow along as she shares her adventures!
The Tea boy and girl are bold, spirited, and completely unique…and everything they do—from the activities they take part in, to the clothes they wear—is a form of self expression. Here at Tea we encourage creativity from an early age, and our back-to-school collection celebrates the inner artist with unique patterns and designs inspired by Scottish arts of all kinds.
At Tea, we strive to make learning about different cultures FUN for children.
Each season, we create engaging activities for you and your little citizens to do at home. We’re really excited about our new Scotland coloring activities and wanted to share them here with you so you can print them out to enjoy again and again. So grab your favorite pens, pencils, paints or markers and dive in with the whole family!
Scotland sets the backdrop for our back-to-school collection. It’s a magical land of breathtaking landscapes and mythical creatures, with a story as colorful as iconic Fair Isle patterns. Come along with us as we trek from highlands to islands, exploring every corner of this charming country.
10-year-old Henry from Ratho, Scotland is a lot like other kids his age. He loves to watch TV, horse around with his friends, and play sports. Quite an impressive list of sports, actually: cricket, football (soccer), tennis, rugby, swimming, diving, gymnastics.
Oh yes, and the young Scottish lad also plays the bagpipes. Really, really well.
Scotland is steeped in Celtic culture and tradition. So when our designers went on their trip in search of inspiration, it’s no surprise that they drew a great deal of artistic influence from the ancient Celtic art that adorns the country. From traditional textiles like tartan and tweed, to the decorative motifs found in Pictish and Viking stone carvings, you’ll notice a strong sense of heritage and lot of classic Scottish elements playing through our fall and winter collections.
One of the prominent motifs featured in our latest back-to-school graphic styles for girl, boy and baby is the Celtic Knot. An intriguing symbol of Scottish pride, learn more about this ancient decorative art form and the meaning behind its various interwoven patterns.