Category: Our Destinations

Meet the Makers: Tea’s Take on Harris Tweed

Lewis and Harris Blackhouses

On the magical Isle of Hebrides, under cozy thatched roofs of traditional “blackhouses”, crofters have been hand-weaving Harris Tweed for centuries. See how our designers found inspiration in age-old techniques.

Meet the Kios

The Kio Family

The Kio family has been outfitting its little citizens in Tea for years. So we were thrilled to have them join us on our Scottish adventures. It was an incredible journey, and the whole Kio clan immersed itself in the culture, customs and fables of this charming country.

Ebenezer (Eben), Jill and their four children—Benjamin (8), Elijah (7), Anna (5) and Naomi (3)—traveled to Edinburgh with Tea for adventure, exploration and a bit of a photo shoot as well.

Inside Scotland’s Fairytale Castles

Image by David Ross Photography/Britain Express

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA collaborates with citizens from across America to preserve Scotland’s legendary beauty and cultural heritage. Follow Executive Director, Kirstin Bridier, on a tour of Scotland’s fairytale castles.

Meet Our Makers: Tea’s Take on Traditional Fair Isle

Tea Designers Shetland Islands

We are makers. Twice a year, Tea designers pack their bags and set off to a new destination in search of inspiration. They immerse themselves in the culture and customs of foreign worlds, taking in all the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions, and seeking to make them familiar. What they come back with? A deep appreciation for the local people who preserve the country’s unique history, tell its stories, and practice its time-honored traditions.

They arrive back in our San Francisco headquarters with suitcases filled with unforgettable memories, experiences, and a genuine passion and understanding for this newfound place. Then they get to work, translating it all into globally inspired, thoughtfully-made clothing to be shared and experienced by little citizens everywhere.

Follow our talented team of designers to the rugged and remote Shetland Islands, where local artisans have been spinning and knitting virgin wools into colorful Fair Isle knits for centuries.

Tea in Shetland Islands

Farmyard Friends: Spot Scotland’s Furry Faces

Baby Girl Uan Sweater

Furry faces are everywhere in Scotland…in fact there are more flocks of sheep than there are Scots! Away from the busy streets of urban Edinburgh, lies miles of cozy,  rural countryside where hill farms are the way of life and counting sheep is near impossible. We learned a lot about Scottish farm life on our visit, and made many farmyard friends along the way. Here are a few fun facts about our favorite cuddly creatures. 

Eastside Farm

Eastside Farm - Scotland

Ten miles from the gray stone streets of Edinburgh, the wind rushes over rolling green hills, carrying with it the songs of birds and new lambs.

This hill sheep farm might be a tourist’s dream straight from the pages of every Scottish guidebook, complete with picturesque stone cottages you can rent year-round.

But it’s also a working sheep farm that has been a part of the Cowan family for four generations.

Alistair (Ali) Cowan takes a rare break from work to lean against a lichen-covered stone wall and talk about the 1,750 Scottish Blackface sheep who live at Eastside.