The Bavarian and Black Forests of Germany are famous for fairytales, quaint villages and cuckoo clocks. For folksy Old World paintings and charming cottages.As the Expressionist art movement took shape in the early 20th century, many German artists went into the woods to draw, to paint, to find inspiration.
This season Tea celebrates the creative spirit. We’ve taken both modernist art themes like those of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) as well as traditional Bavarian motifs and made them entirely Tea!
Most likely, your family has a potato salad recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Take a second to recall your family’s favorite recipe… is it served cold or hot? Does it have a mayonnaise or vinegar base? The type of recipe you have probably depends on where your family hails from.
Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?
German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?
If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!
Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the art, color and energy of Germany. We travel from the blue harbor of Hamburg to the bold and bright streets of Berlin, from the fairytale feel of the Bavarian forest to the steep slopes of the German alps. Sparkling snowflakes and gilded opulence, cozy fireplaces and Bauhaus color theory – we brought it all home in classic silhouettes, primary colors, vintage prints and modern style.
Keep an eye on our inspiration pagethroughout the season. With each new delivery, we’ll update this page to share the stories behind the designs!
Think of Germany and you might picture fairytale forests and snow-covered slopes. Bratwurst and flaky apfelstrudel. Multicultural cities and ancient stone castles. Here’s something to add to the top of that list: Artists whose explorations changed the world.
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.
A deep dive into five of our favorite big cat graphic’s from past destinations…
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.
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.
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!
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.