Category: Behind the Scenes

Real Kids in Tea

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Here at Tea, we go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To connect. We want to open up the world for all little citizens – whether it’s exploring a new place or having a new experience in your neighborhood. This Spring, when it came to casting for our catalogs, we didn’t reach out to our usual agencies, instead… We reached out to our Bay area neighbors. We wanted to connect and meet our local little citizens. We wanted to give them the opportunity to have a new experience right here in their own city! We met some pretty adorable and imaginative kids, and today we’d like to introduce them to you! Meet a few of faces you’ll see in our catalogs this season.

Real Kids Wear Tea

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Here at Tea, we go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To connect. We want to open up the world for all little citizens – whether its exploring a new place or having a new experience in your neighborhood. This Spring, when it came to casting for our catalogs, we didn’t reach out to our usual agencies, instead… We reached out to our Bay area neighbors. We wanted to connect and meet our local little citizens. We wanted to give them the opportunity to have a new experience right here in their own city! We met some pretty adorable and imaginative kids, and today we’d like to introduce them to you! Meet a few of faces you’ll see in our catalogs this season.

Behind the Scenes: Soccer on Set

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From on location to on set in the studio, soccer balls were by far the most popular prop we had for this fall’s photo shoot. Soccer (or fútbol rather) is the number one sport in South America, so we knew the sport needed to be incorporated into our shoot one way or another. The kids were thrilled when they learned they’d be running around playing soccer all day and we had to catch the pure joy in a candid fashion…

Get Design Tips From Emily

After many years of traveling the world, Tea co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Emily Meyer, has acquired an eye for worldly design. Her Palo Alto home, which she shares with her husband, Hilton and two children, Clement (6) and Georgia (4) is living proof! In their April issue, Family Circle featured Emily and her family in their eclectic space – Don’t miss her design tips!

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With each trip Emily takes, whether it’s scouting inspiration for the next Tea season or visiting family abroad, she makes sure to find bazaars to search for treasures to bring back home. “I love pulling a design scheme together with exotic objects and textiles.” says Emily. Their home, built in 1908, has been transformed with a bold palatte, peppered with well-traveled finds – a Turkish Ikat pillow, a Mailan coverlet.

Styling Tips for Crazy Legs

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Our new printed leggings deserved a full spread in our first spring catalog. We decided to really play up the colorful chaos of India for this shot… the final result? A legging mandala! Metallic tattoos, tasseled bracelets, beaded anklets, pom-poms and chalk dusted feet all played a part in making this happen. Here’s how you can get the look… 

Our Trip Down the German Alps

At Tea, we believe in a healthy sense of adventure – the kind that gets you up and out and exploring. So when we visited Germany, of course we had to hit the slopes! We strapped on skis in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian town just north of Zugapitze, Germany’s highest mountain.

We discovered so much that inspired our winter collection: the sporty style of German skiers and snowboarders, vintage ski posters and the towering snow-covered Alps themselves! Here are a few of our favorite photos from our day on the slopes. Have you ever skied the German Alps?German Alps German Alps German Alps German Alps

 

Noah the Dromedary

Noah is a 17-year-old dromedary who played a big (literally, big!) part in our catalog shoot. Often called one-humped camels, dromedaries – or Arabian camels, are most commonly found in Northern Africa. Both male and female dromedaries stand over 6 feet tall and live to be about 45 years old weighing up to 1,322 pounds (600 kg). They eat all types of leafy plants – even the thorny ones! Their hump stores about 80 lbs of fat, which gets broken down into water and energy when food and water are limited. Dromedaries have a very fast rate of rehydration, drinking up to 5 gallons of water per minute! Fun facts:

  • Dromedary camels are much more common than two hump Bactrian camels.
  • Baby camels are born without a hump.
  • Dromedaries can close their nostrils to prevent sand from entering inside their nose during dust storms.