At Tea, curiosity is at the heart of everything we do. Twice a year, we set off for a new country in search of new inspiration and new experiences. We seek out the foreign, immersing ourselves in the customs, colors, tastes and sounds of distant cultures. We relish in the wonder and uniqueness of our discoveries, and venture to find familiar, common threads.
While it’s always exciting to explore faraway places, there’s so much beauty and diversity right here in our own backyard. This year, we’re staying close to home and getting to know our neighbors all over the US—a nation that’s as diverse in its geography as it is in its citizenry. From sea to shining sea, people are what make this place so extraordinary. Inspired by first nation peoples and immigrants from all corners of the globe, our 2018 collection celebrates the cultures and creative spirit that make us all uniquely American. This land is our land—come explore!
Last weekend, the Tea team packed their bags (and their Vans) and headed to sunny San Diego to co-host a very special event with Skate Rising. Run by Exposure Skate, Skate Rising is an Encinitas based all-girl youth program dedicated to teaching compassion and empowerment through skateboarding. Calli Kelsay, the brainchild behind this awesome program, happens to be a long-time Tea customer. So we leaped at the opportunity to team up and sponsor one of their events.
Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the Hawaiian Islands for their paradise charm. And while the surreal white-sand beaches, lush jungles and mesmerizing sunsets make for an incredibly relaxing escape, there’s so much fascinating culture to experience as well.
Hawaii’s rich native culture has its origins in the Polynesians who, over 1,000 years ago, voyaged from the Marquesas Islands in handmade canoes. Today, Polynesian influence can be seen everywhere from art and dance, to traditional delicacies. See how some of these traditions made their way onto our latest designs.
Just a few more months until school’s out and summer’s on! While we love our teachers and textbooks, we’re ready for a welcome break with sunny skies and some quality hangtime with friends and family.
When June hits and class is dismissed, what will your tweens spring for first? Will they run straight for the pool, the park (or skate park… skater girls unite!), to the beach, or down the street to the neighborhood hangout for a popsicle picnic?
Rest assured, summer plans are already being plotted. Whatever their visions hold, our new beach-to-street styles are ready to hit the road for adventure! Gather her gal pals and sift through a few of our style recommends.
The West Coast is made up of so many different micro-climates. From the northernmost part of Washington to the border of Baja, it’s a magical Mediterranean environment. Think sweeping coastal beaches full of marine life, and seasonally mild temps. However, venture inland and you’ll find yourself amidst a unique combination of surroundings—snowy, towering Sierras and redwood covered forests, flat, rural farmlands, and eventually a hot, dusty desert landscape. With such a rich and varied ecosystem, it’s no wonder the Pacific Coast is a welcoming habitat for so many wonderful plant and animal species.
Meet Natalia Welsh, Vancouver mom and long-time Tea customer who recently returned from a sunny spring break trip with the family to the Southern California coast. Follow along as she shares their west coast adventures.
When the weather is warm and the days are long, there’s nothing like a cool shoulder and a best friend. Cold shoulders made a serious comeback for fall and we loved the look so much that we decided to give it a summertime twist.
A casual continuation of the popular 80’s off-shoulder trend, the cold shoulder is a bit more bohemian than its dramatic bare shoulder sister. Cut-out versus cut-off, this stylish design gives a relaxed look to tops and dresses. Plus its thin, subtle strap turns a trendy piece into a play-ready staple.
Summer style is always heavy on the bold and brights, but this year trends called for a flashback to 80’s electro-pop colors. So, we’ve taken all of your favorite sunny palettes and amped up the intensity to bring you flashy neon accents that will instantly liven up your little citizens’ outfits.