Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

July 23, 2012

How the (yarn) ball got rolling…

 

First Tea Collection Pima Cotton Sweaters

First Tea Collection Pima Cotton Sweaters

Who knew three Pima Cotton baby sweaters could launch a company?  Emily and Leigh knew that this no fuss style would keep babies warm and stylish.  For ten years, we’ve been traveling the world but still remain true to our roots with our Chinese Baby Sweater.  Get your little one bundled up in style and see where the world takes this little citizen.

July 15, 2012

Tea Celebrates 10 years with new faces

Look at how we have grown, back in 2002, Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon shared a common vision: a children’s clothing line inspired by different cultures. After 10 years of hard work and tremendous growth, Tea has blossomed into a family of 53 and counting.

First Tea Collection Tag

Tea Collection's first label for clothes in 2002.

February 21, 2012

Tea’s Top 5 Favorite Styles to Buy on Sale

At Tea, we’re passionate about design and style. We get excited to create new collections and to see our hard work come to fruition.  Though we love what each unique items brings to our collection, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we have some favorites.

Right now, we’re offering an extra 30% off sale, and we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on the best deals.  Below is a list of the top 5 staff picks from our Tea sale.

girls dress

1) Paso del Tiempo Dress- Easter is just around the corner, does your little girl have dress yet? We recommend our Paso del Tiempo Dress in Cornflower. This sweet style will only put you back $17, who could resist?

sneaker

2) Simple Sneakers- Truly a timeless sneaker in 4 different styles and colors.  At originally over $40 a pair, you can now get these hot kicks for less than $20 a pair during our extra 30% sale.  Stock up for summer and back-to-school, because let’s face it, your kids will always need sneakers.

boy's wardrobe set sale

3) Caballo Y 62 5-Piece Set- We currently have 3 boys wardrobe sets on sale.  With the extra 30% off discount, you and get these sets for about $60 each! Buy all three for next fall and have your son set for back-to-school in style.

women's sweater sale

4) Las Casa Cardi- If you walk into our Tea Studio on any given day, at least one person (if not more) is wearing our Las Casa Cardi.  This sweater looks luxurious enough to wear out to a party but is comfy enough you’ll want to wear it around the house.  Either way you wear it, you’ll be sure to fall in love with it.  And marked down from$220 to less than $80, this sweater is a steal!

girls sale poncho

5) Dulce Sarape Poncho- This style is multi-season and can be worn during Spring, Fall, and Winter.  Fashion it with short sleeved tops or long-sleeve turtle-necks- it can be worn whenever your little citizen is looking to make a statement.  At $37, this deal cannot be passed up.

Whatever you decide to purchase, be sure to act fast! Inventory is selling out quickly. Use promo code EXTRA30YAY in order to get an additional 30% off sale items. This offer expires Thursday at 11:59 pm PT. No adjustments on previous purchases. Explore our sale for girls: http://bit.ly/uWjrRV and boys: http://bit.ly/sB9xMf.

Share your all-time favorite Tea items in the comments section below.

 

December 30, 2011

How to Shop Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

Tea just launched our best semi-annual sale ever, with discounts up to 60% (or more!). We wanted to provide you with some pro insider practices to getting the most out of our super clearance.  Below is our top 3 helpful tips for shopping our semi-annual sale.

1) While you shop, think about what events you have coming up and purchase your outfits on sale ahead of time.  We think our Cactus Flower Dress would make a perfect Easter dress.  Or our Corzo Chambray Tunic would be a cute Valentine’s dinner outfit for mom.  What holidays, birthday parties, or events are you anticipating needing an outfit for in 2012?  Buy a new style for each while the prices are low!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Buy in bulk!  Do you love how durable our boys Workwear Cargo Pants are?  Do your girls love how comfortable, yet stylish our Skinny French Terry Cargos are?  Great! Stock up on these bottoms now while they’re discounted.  Buy one in each size for your child to grow into.  When their favorite pants no longer fit, you can be the best mom in the world when you surprise them with the next size up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Hurry! Urgent! Selling out!  We sometimes see these messages and ignore them.  Then when our size is gone or there is only one color option left, we’re upset.  The best way to get what you want during a semi-annual sale is to buy early and often.  Don’t wait until your favorite pair of pants is only available in one size.  Shop now!

So enjoy our sale while it lasts and happy shopping! What are your tips for shopping Tea’s semi-annual sale?

 

December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions: East Meets West

This post was written by Cindy Young, the manager of technical design at Tea.

Cindy and her family

I came to the United States from China when I was 9 years old. Growing up in San Francisco, a city with diverse cultures and a large Asian population provided me with great comfort while assimilating into the new American culture. My first exposure to Christmas came through school, where we celebrated togetherness, exchanged gifts, decorated the room with lights and ornaments, listened to joyous music, and enjoyed lots of festivities and yummy treats; very similar to Chinese New Year actually. The jolly ole Saint Nick character was different though …

My family continued to celebrate Christmas to share in the experience with our American friends. Six years ago, I married my husband Brent, who is an American from Scottish/English and Greek descent.  His family is not religious and predominantly follows the American traditions for the holiday spirit.  They have a set of consistent traditions with the main focus being on family.  Generally, they aim to do fun and meaningful, but traditional, activities together such as decorating the tree, enjoying a nice formal dinner at home on Christmas Eve, going to Christmas plays or concerts, and laughing while frantically wrapping any last minute presents. On the big day, they take turns opening stockings and gifts before enjoying a hearty and delightful brunch with a delicious spread of food and Stollen (a traditional German loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with powdered sugar). They then call family and friends to wish them Merry Christmas, share stories from the morning, and catch up from when they last spoke.  Fully spent, everyone then takes a nap to re-energize for an evening of enjoying each other’s company while watching movies and eating popcorn at home.

So, it seems like my husband’s family traditions are not very different from my own. They are just different ways of celebrating with families and friends.  We have two toddlers now, and it wasn’t until last Christmas that I began to really dive into the meaning of Christmas. To us, Christmas is now about creating wonderful memories and fun experiences for the kids, in addition to connecting with family and friends.  It’s about doing things with the kids, helping them feel the Christmas Spirit through Santa Claus, and creating excitement and suspense about coming downstairs to find lots of presents under the tree.  To help our kids get involved with preparing for this Christmas, I created an Advent Calendar (pictured on the right) with their help. I did most of the sewing of course, but they put sticky numbers on the pockets and helped give lots of design feedback. A new twist to the classic set of ornaments, we incorporated some ornaments that reflect my Chinese heritage, such as felt crafted fortune cookie, wooden block with the brush stroke character “JOY,” a wind chime, and origami stars.  Since December 1st, my kids have been alternating in taking the ornament out of each pocket to hang on the calendar.  They get so excited to do it every morning and sometimes fight over whose turn it is to do it again.  It was a bigger project than I thought, and finding the miniature ornaments that would fit into the pockets wasn’t easy, but seeing their excitement in participation is rewarding and priceless.  I plan to recreate new editions of the calendar when they are old enough to experience more of the process in making it, and I look forward to learning and creating more traditions with my own family and teaching our kids the beauty of cultural differences and the true value of family traditions. 

December 23, 2011

Holiday Traditions

The shopping is done and presents are wrapped (hopefully!) so now it’s time to embrace the holiday spirit!  At Tea, we all have different ways that we celebrate the holidays.  Below some of our staffed shared their favorite festive traditions.  Some are funny, quirky, or sweet, but all reflect the season’s spirit of family and charitable giving.

“My Nonna would always take us to the toy store to pick out presents for children at an orphanage her church worked with. Even though I did not know these children, I remember being super concerned about whether or not they would like the presents. I put a lot of care and effort into picking out just the right toys. We’d also carefully wrap each present, which was equally as important to me. I hand colored all the wrapping paper and made sure each present looked ‘perfect’.” Katy, Designer

“Every winter my family makes Chinese Winter Balls. These are balls of dough that you eat with a cabbage broth. The production and consumption of these winter balls happens right when it starts to be winter so a Winter Solstice- like tradition. Making these balls is a huge production, you have people mixing dough and kids running around with sticky hands, but all the work is worth it. Nothing says winter like eating Winter Balls. There is also a dessert version of the balls with peanut butter or seasame paste injected inside the balls that you drink with a sweet/sugary broth.” Priscilla, Customer Service

“Every year, we arrange the little snow village up on top of the piano decked with all the tiny porcelain houses, figurines and snow covered trees as possible. My sister and I also like to watch White Christmas and sing along to it.” Isabelle, Tech Designer

“Every year we have a Mexican Feast for Christmas dinner.  We also make our own wrapping paper, either by carving and printing stamps or hand drawing it.” Amber, Textile Designer

“My family prepares a traditional Polish meal every Christmas Eve. The recipes have been handed down from generations and consist of potato and cottage cheese filled pierogi and a mushroom borscht soup which takes 2 days to prepare. Yum! I can’t wait to eat it soon.” Laura, VP of Design

“We just started to have a special brunch on Christmas, just the 3 of us, me my husband, and my son, a couple of years ago.” – Eva, Product Development and Production

“Christmas Eve we sit down with the kids and read about the meaning of Christmas and giving, read “Twas the night before Christmas” and sing carols. Then leave cookies and milk out for Santa and carrots out for the reindeer.” – Cristina, Tech Designer

“My husband’s family is from Uruguay so we make cookies called alfajores as gifts for the holiday season. Alfajores are a sweet sandwich cookie featuring a layer of dulce de leche, in the middle of two sweet biscuits and coated with chocolate or sprinkled with powdered sugar.” – Tracy, Head of Production & Technical Design

We hope you enjoyed learning about the yearly traditions that our staff cherishes.  We wish you a holiday filled with cheer, warmth, and lots of great memories.

Please share with us below, what’s your family’s favorite holiday tradition?

December 5, 2011

Tea’s Global Children’s Clothes Donation

On November 28th and 29th, Tea donated one piece of clothing to the Global Fund for Children for every order placed online or at a Tea retailer.  The Global Fund for Children is an organization that helps advance the dignity of at-risk children by supporting and strengthening grass root groups and effectively utilizing media to highlight the disparities experienced by this demographic.

Through your purchases and the help of the Global Fund for Children, Tea was able to donate over 2,500 articles of clothing to the following organizations:

  1. Jamghat- Located in New Delhi, India, Jamghat provides a safe and supportive environment for street children to enable them to evolve physically and emotionally.
  2. Baoji Xinxing-Baoji Xinxing provides rehabilitation, education, recreation, and vocational skills to street children in central China.
  3. Associação Excola-Helping children in the heart of downtown Rio de Janeiro, Associação Excola works to empower youth living on the streets to make long-term positive changes in their lives.
  4. Homeless Children’s Playtime Project-Located in the District of Columbia, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project nurtures healthy child development and reduces the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs.
  5. The Associate of Children and youth with Disabilities- Based in Moldova, this organizations provides direct support for children with multiple disabilities through an annual integration summer camp.
  6. Maison de la Gare St. Louis (MDGSL)- A child-oriented organization located in Senegal that works to promote the social and economic integration of talibés, young boys who are sent by their families to urban areas to study the Qu’ran but often end up being subjected to conditions akin to slavery and forced labor

 

We’re thrilled that our loyal fans helped us award these organizations with such a meaningful donation. Tea Collection supports the Global Fund for Children because they also work to celebrate cultures around the world.   How do you give back? Share your thoughts about charitable giving in the comments section below.

Learn more about Tea’s work with the Global Fund for Children.  Proceeds from our Little Citizens line are donated to the Global Fund for Children.