Whenever we travel to a new destination, we strive to completely immerse ourselves in the local culture as it’s the best way to gain the most authentic and well-rounded experience. We eat where the locals eat, shop where the locals shop and talk to as many people as we can to make real connections. While visiting La Paz, Bolivia, we were immediately drawn to the allure of the mercados (or markets). Early each morning, the streets of La Paz begin to buzz with activity. As the sun rises, women from the indigenous tribes (called cholitas) living in the hills surrounding the town, head towards the city. Dressed in brightly colored traditional clothing, the cholitas set up their shops along the street. They sell everything from produce, handicrafts, souvenirs and meals. We watched as people from different parts of the city came to the town center to shop for their daily meals and household goods. Shopping in La Paz as a tourist can be a hectic experience, but exploring them is a great way to feel like a local. Here is a roundup of the markets we visited and tips on when to go and what to find.
Season after season you continue to make our graphic tees a bestseller! We work hard to create tees that mix and match for easy layering, but we also put a lot of time into the creation of the graphics themselves. Behind each graphic there’s a story to tell… continue reading →
While most of our personal photos are snapped on iPhones these days, we never travel abroad without our “big” cameras (a name fondly created by our own children). They help us capture the special details we find along our travels that inspire entire collections. With each SLR camera comes a unique camera strap. Ask our travelers about their camera straps and you’ll hear all types of stories… some were passed down through family members, some were bought during college travels and others were made by hand.
While on our trip through Argentina and Bolivia, we were quick to take note of the embroidery that were carefully stitched through many of the textiles. We came across these embroidered belts knew we had to bring them back to share with the team for inspiration. How do you give life to an old embroidered belt? You give it a new use and turn it into a camera strap!
Follow the instructions below for an easy 4-step DIY camera strap, inspired by the belts we found in Bolivia!
Summer has only just begun and layers and flannel may be the last thing on your mind. But one thing is certain, we’re sure you have plans to head out on a road trip this summer; to the beach, the lake, to a friend’s house or maybe grandma’s. This Fall, we’re crossing the equator to do what we do best—explore! We set out on a road trip of our own, through Argentina and Bolivia, and came back with armloads of inspiration. We want to share this feeling of wanderlust with you and your little citizens! See these back-to-school styles inspired by the road less traveled. It’s never to soon to swoon.
At Tea, we travel the globe in search of inspiration, bringing the beauty of other cultures home with the hope of making the world a little smaller and the foreign a bit more familiar for all little citizens of the world.
For our Fall and Winter 2015 collection, we traveled to Argentina and Bolivia, and we can’t wait to share our stories with you! From the European flavor of Buenos Aires to the indigenous pride of La Paz, our newest collection pays homage to the people of Argentina and Bolivia. The sophisticated style of the gauchos and traditional elegance of Cholitas. The passion of tango musicians to the wild color of las mascaras for Carnaval. A whole new world awaits!
At Tea, we have a mantra: “We Go There.” And we mean it. Every six months, our designers literally go out into the world to discover the beauty that inspires each of our clothing collections. This year, for our India collection, we decided to embrace “going there” in a whole new way… with our children! For the first time ever, Emily and her family followed in the designers footsteps and traveled across the globe with her husband Hilton and two children, Clement, 6, and Georgia, 4 (and grandma too!). Throughout the month of May, Tea will be sharing Emily’s journey with you. We will have many stories, new products, and lots of beautiful imagery (her experience was captured by Hideaki Hamada) and lots more! Here are just a few highlights from the trip… continue reading →
Khadija Gurnah was born in Kenya and her husband is Puerto Rican. Together they have three children, a son who is 10 and two girls aged 4 and 2. She came across Tea when she was looking for clothing that reflected the diversity of her family.
“My kids are multiracial and I had a hard trying to find things for my children’s rooms that had a mix of modern American with a global aesthetic, so I found global artisans and started my own company, Safiya’s Room. The company I use in India for quilts is a multigenerational operation that has worked with me to mix traditional designs with modern colors.”continue reading →
I didn’t go to India expecting to meet a hero. But that’s exactly what happened when I visited a small village in Rajasthan.
The first two days in India were eye opening. You arrive, you see shantytowns on your drive to the hotel, you go shopping in busy markets, tour the City Palace and ride painted elephants. It’s very clear that this is another life, one far different than what you know. But you don’t really understand just how different until you get outside of the Pink City and past Amer Fort. It’s not until you meet someone, you meet people – who have been working for over 25 years to make a difference here. You drive an hour outside of the city with these people, down dirt roads further than you’re comfortable with until you reach villages with no electricity, no real housing, no drinking water. You are welcomed with warm smiles and nervous laughter, because these people have never met anyone from the United States before. It’s awkward at first, and hard and emotional. But you sit and you take it in and you return these warm smiles and nervous laughs and in this moment, you realize while everything seems so foreign, we’re all the same. At the core of it all, we’re human beings — with feelings and needs and we just want to be happy and healthy.
I had no idea what to expect from this particular day in Rajasthan. That morning, I didn’t even know what kind of transportation to expect from our hotel to the GBS office — and while I’m being honest, I had no idea what GBS stood for. I did know that through The Global Fund for Children, LaDonna and I were able to visit one of their grantee partners that worked to empower young girls and women. I knew that we would be visiting a few of the villages this organization worked with and I knew we were in good hands.
The ride from the hotel to the GBS office was an anxious one for me. The prior two days were a whirlwind. I had never been so far from home and in such a foreign place. Everything was new and strange and jet lag only caused a haze. But on that third day in India, as soon as we walked inside Gram Bharati Samiti’s office and shook hands with Bhawani (the GBS founder), my anxiety disappeared and I felt at home. The chaos of India seemed to slow down around me and I was immediately certain that indeed, we were in good hands and to trust that the day would pan out just as it should.
Kids love to wear our graphic tees for any and every occasion. And because our graphics are playful and special, they fit right in everywhere they go. Learn more about the graphics on our favorite tees this season… continue reading →