Category Archives: Our Destinations

July 11, 2014

A Back-To-School Tradition

Kindercone Long ago, German parents told their children they would know it was time to go to school when the fruit was ripe on the Schultütenbaum (school cone tree). The “fruit” was actually  bright paper cones called schultüte (“shool-too-teh”) that parents filled with sweet treats and hung on a metal tree at their child’s school.

More than 200 years later, this fun back-to-school tradition is still going strong. Today’s schultüte (or KinderCone) can be as big as 35 inches tall and contain practical school supplies as well as treats. In honor of this long-standing back-to-school tradition, local Tea retailers are hosting a KinderCone event you won’t want to miss.

For four days beginning Friday, August 8th, we’re asking you to give back to your local community. Donate unused school supplies to participating retailers (think of it as filling up a giant schultüte for someone’s school) and you’ll receive an exclusive Tea offer.

Check back soon for a list of participating stores near you!

June 25, 2014

Cat Club

 

Tiger Mask Tee

Tiger Mask

Destination: Japan
Fall/Winter 2009

Tiger Mask is a Japanese manga (comic) series written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Naoki Tsuji. First released in print in 1968, Tiger Mask was later adapted into an anime series in 1969. After 105 episodes, the series ended in 1971. In both the manga and anime, Tiger Mask was a feared wrestler in America who was ruthless in the ring. However, he became a face (“good guy”) after returning to Japan when a young boy told him he wanted to be a villain like Tiger Mask when he grew up. The little boy lived in an orphanage… the same one that Tiger Mask grew up in during his childhood. Frightened that the boy would idolize a villain, Tiger was inspired to be a heroic wrestler.

Korean Tiger

Siberian Tigers

Destination: Korea
Spring/Summer 2010

In Korean culture, the tiger is considered to be a guardian that drives away evil spirit and brings good luck. The tiger is the symbol of courage and power. Korea’s national creation myth tells of a tiger and a bear who asked the son of the ruler of Heaven if he would make them human. He agreed, but only if they could endure 100 days in a cave eating nothing but garlic and mugwort. Determined, the bear made it through the hundred days and became a beautiful woman, who gave birth to Tangun, the legendary father of Korea in 2333 BCE. The tiger, however, grew very hungry and impatient. He left the cave unable to cope with the hunger and has been slinking through the Korean mountains ever since.

Sadly, hunting and habitat loss pushed the Korean tiger over the brink of extinction in the wild in South Korea and with it, went an important symbol of Korea’s identity. Today, the Korean tiger is known as the Siberian or Amur tiger and current estimates place the wild population at up to only 529 individuals, virtually all living between the far eastern Russian regions of Khabarovsk and Primorsky, which border China and North Korea. Did you know these tigers can weigh up to 675 pounds?

Barcelona

Destination: Catalonia
Spring/Summer 2011

For decades, Barcelona has been a canvas for street artists. Showing up in all forms (graffiti, stickers, stencil, etc.) the street art in Barcelona is alive and thriving. We came across this tiger stenciled art during our trip and thought an abstract mosaic version would be perfect for a graphic tee. Want to see more of Barcelona’s street art? Check out this Pinterest page. During your next trip to Barcelona, be sure to book a street art tour – not only will you see hidden art in unexpected places, it’s almost guaranteed you’re guide will share local dining tips along the way!

Cheetah

South African Cheetah

Destination: South Africa
Spring/Summer 2013

Did you know that cheetah’s can run as fast as 75 mph in short bursts? That’s faster than any other land animal! Although cheetahs do not roar, they rank among the most vocal felids. They’re known to chirp when looking for their cubs, churr or stutter during social meetings, growl when annoyed or faced with danger and purr when content. Listen to a chirping cheetah here!

Chinese Tiger

China Tiger

Destination: China
Fall/Winter: 2013

The South China Tiger is native to Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi in southern China and has been classified as critically endangered since 1996 and possibly extinct in the wild. No records of wild South China tigers have been made since the early 1970s. Throughout Chinese history, the tiger has sparked awe and admiration. The tiger is full of life an embodies the spirit and drive to achieve and make progress.

 

photo credits: tiger mask left, tiger mask right, siberian tigers, cheetahs, south china tiger

June 24, 2014

Made In Morocco

Morocco

Moroccan style. It’s warm and welcoming. It’s often hand made and always timeless. With the increased popularity of Moroccan style here in the United States, it’s important to remember that while the modernized versions are beautiful, it’s the hand loomed blankets and intricate embroidery that started it all. The fusion of Arab, Spanish, French art deco and Berber style sets Moroccan style apart from the rest.

Moroccan Tiles

The time these artisans take to chip each tile, paint a piece of pottery and hand stitch woven totes makes the authentic pieces so wonderfully unique and original.

Art Naji

Did you know boucherouite rugs are woven in asymmetrical patterns? They’re incredibly beautiful and lush in design. Made with rags or pieces of clothing, no two rugs are ever the same. Again, this hand woven process is what makes these items so special.

Moroccan Rug

We’ve rounded up ten products that are made in Morocco and available for purchase from the comfort of your home… of course, if you’re able to make the trip… there’s no better way to experience true authentic Moroccan style!

MADE IN MOROCCO

(from left to right, starting at the top) Pom Pom Blanket // Stuffed Elephant // Book // Shoes
Boucherouite Rug // Leather Pouf // Tiles // Tunic // Handbag // Baby Moccasins

April 22, 2014

Valley of Roses

Every year in the town of El-Kelaa M’Gouna, Moroccans celebrate the rose harvest with The Festival of Roses. The souqs are packed with rose-scented gifts that fill the air with their floral fragrances. Children hand out lei garlands, traditional Berber music plays through the streets and a Miss Rose is crowned for her beauty and talents.

Inspired by this tradition we threw our own mini-festival, complete with rose flavored snacks and handmade paper leis!

Tea Collection's Moroccan Rose Festival

Tissue paper flower garlands hung from the ceiling and real roses filled the room. Photos were snapped in front of our mosaic rose backdrop and a good time was had by all! Soon, you’ll have your chance to celebrate this Moroccan tradition at a store near you. On May 10th, over 50 Tea retailers across the nation will each host their own Rose Festival and we can’t wait to see your #TeaRoseFestival photos! Stay tuned for details.

Want to throw your own Rose Festival?

February 20, 2014

New Arrivals: Jardin Bleu

Tea Collection Destination Morocco

 In the middle of Marrakech, there is a magic garden. With walls of brilliant blue and tiled pathways that meander through statuesque palms and sculptural cacti, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most-visited sites in all of Morocco. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent 40 years of his life creating this enchanting oasis. The clothes in this catalog are inspired by the garden’s signature cobalt shade, by it’s peaceful pools and twittering birds, by luxurious blooms and the creeping chameleons, too.

Come explore the Jardin Bleu.

New Arrivals

 

 

February 5, 2014

The Music of Morocco

Music of Morocco via Tea Collection

Music follows your every step in Morocco; it’s an important part of every day life. Grab your headphones, turn up your speakers, and grab a cup of mint tea – let these 15 Moroccan songs transport you.

January 23, 2014

Destination: Morocco

Emily Meyer in MoroccoMorocco is a land of such color and wonder, you begin to expect a bit of magic around every corner.

Amazingly intricate tiling on walls and walkways in Fes. Bold, mod-flavored fabrics hanging all over Marrakech medina. Delicately embroidered jellabas and tripod Berber wraps. Audaciously exuberant art by contemporary artists like Hassan Hajjaj.

We were completely entranced. So we brought it all home to you in pop florals, bold shapes, mod tile motifs and delightful color combinations.

Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the magic of Morocco. Go there with us!

January 17, 2013

Behind the Design: Vilakazi Henley

Vilakazi Street sign in Soweto.

Vilakazi Street- where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived.

Here’s a history lesson that not only is short and sweet but fun to say.  We bet you didn’t know that our Vilakazi Henley was named after the only street to once have housed two Nobel Prize winners.  Nelson Mandela, one of  the most famous anti-apartheid activists and President of South Africa, lived at 8115 Vilakazi.  Mandela’s former home is now the Mandela House- a museum that preserves his story as he fought for equality.  Just down the street, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu still lives with his wife.  Desmond as he is fondly known aided to bring an end to apartheid in South Africa.    During his quest to bring the fall of apartheid, he coined the term ‘Rainbow Nation,’ when speaking about his beloved South Africa and its ethnic diversity.  It is said that Desmond can still be seen strolling down Vilakazi.

Our designers were so inspired by their trip to Vilakazi Street that they wanted to share it with you.  Bring a piece of our experience home with you, shop from our boys’ tees.

Boy in Vilakazi inspired henley

Get your little citizen suited up in stripes.

Image courtesy of SouthAfrica.net.