In Japan, it’s tradition to write your prayers or wishes on small wooden plaques and place them outside the Shinto shrines around Japan. These wooden plaques are called ema. You may also see paper fortunes tied to tree branches. These are called omikuji. When we visited the shrines in Japan, we loved seeing all of ema plaques and omikuji fortunes hanging outside. We even had a chance to write our own wishes for Tea on an ema. Learn more about the tradition of the ema and omikuji and see our special Tea ema!
Kananzawa is a town in Japan known for its castles, shrines, amazing Museum of Contemporary Art and production of gold leaf. The glittering gold that surrounded us in Kanazawa, actually sparked inspiration for this year’s holiday collection. The city alone produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf production thanks to its excellent quality of water and masterful craftsmen who have been practicing the art of gold leafing for hundreds of years. When we visited this magical place, we marveled at how many buildings, ceramics, and varieties of food were adorned with gold leafing.
Tea is a drink shared in nearly every culture around the world. Over a cup of tea, people can find a moment of connection and understanding. Tea is something we all have in common. (That’s why we made it our namesake.) Learn about the different teas enjoyed around the world, illustrated by Wednesday, one of our fabulous in-house artists!
Like many families living in urban areas, the families we met in Tokyo often leave the city on weekends or holidays, seeking fresh air. They love spending time immersed in nature. When we traveled to Japan to shoot our catalog, we knew we needed to capture the spirit of the rugged outdoors that inspired our fall styles. Taking a trip to Mount Takao was the perfect way to do so.
Mocchi Mocchi has long been an inspiration to our designers. Their mix of modern and traditional aesthetic and their use and love of animals, landscapes and nature is very similar to the things we are often inspired by, no matter what destination we are in. When we learned we’d be traveling to Japan for our Fall 2016 collection, we knew we had to get in contact with these lovely sisters, Sachiko and Junko. Not only did we have a chance to interview them, but we also had the opportunity to collaborate on a very special graphic tee. Learn more about Mocchi Mocchi and see the style we collaborated with them on!
Think you’re skilled with chopsticks? Meet Jiyu, our friend in Tokyo who at the young age of 3, has mastered the art. In Japan… ramen, udon and soba are three popular kinds of noodles kids eat throughout the week. Learn more about these yummy noodles and get our recipe for a kid-friendly for ramen, just like the dish we enjoyed in Tokyo.