Back in college I took a film class and made a documentary comparing gorillas to my fellow college students. Guess who was more civilized? Anyway, I spent a lot of time getting to know the lovely family group at the Pittsburgh Zoo and really fell in love. Since then, I’ve become really interested in great ape conservation. So when my friend sent me the above postcard from Barcelona I was pretty stoked to learn about an albino gorilla. Snowflake was one of the most popular residents at the Barcelona zoo. He has become a beloved icon of Barcelona and the embodiment of gorilla conservation. As soon as I learned we were doing Barcelona as a destination, I set out to design a shirt in tribute to a very special gorilla.
Watch the PBS special on Snowflake at HULU.
Check out these resources to learn more or contribute to gorilla conservation:
Sita Murt is a contemporary Spanish fashion designer. Born into a family of leather tanners, she now is the head of Esteve Aguilera (a designer knitwear company). Sita’s whole life has been surrounded by fashion, and as soon as her four children were grown she began designing her own line. Her women’s designs are young and airy, using lightweight fabrics.
Above is a film from Sita’s blog showcasing a dress from her latest line to celebrate spring. In her words, it is “a film that portrays, with all the simplicity, the immense power of spring, the driving force of life.”
This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!
With the clocks turned ahead, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring. And for those of you taking a spring break (or just thinking or wishing for warmer weather), we’ve put together our favorite must-have looks for girls and boys.
Check back with us in a month or so and we’ll have lots more summery clothes from our new Costa Brava collection to add to the list. Summer at Tea will be all about maritime style with a vintage vibe, made modern. Until then, happy spring travels!
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate. Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:
100 cacao beans
2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
a handful of anise
1 vanilla pod
2 ounces cinnamon
12 almonds or hazelnuts
achiote to taste
Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.
photo by Lisa at spicy ice cream
Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.
One of our local tourist attractions in San Francisco are the parrots of Telegraph Hill. Feral and free-flying, these Cherry-Headed Conures are often seen (and heard!) in flocks over Coit Tower and the North Beach neighborhood. Originally from Peru and Ecuador, these parrots are believed to be descendants of escaped or released pets. In 2004 there was a film made about them, titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.
Another flock of wild parrots can be found in Park Guell, in Barcelona Spain. A gorgeous park filled with architecture by Gaudi and rolling gardens, it also is home to a large flock of Monk Parakeets.
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Baby Bliss6721 Snider PlazaDallas, TX 75025
Bambini of Bend1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102Bend, OR 97701(541) 385-1806
Bambini’s World22 South Main St Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 230-4572Bella Boo
32 N Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Busy Bees1544 Laskin Road #216Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Cassis819 W. Idaho St.Boise, ID 83702
City Sprouts6303 Delmar Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63130
Clothes Pony111 North College AvenueFort Collins, CO 80524
Crackerjacks4009 Piedmont Avenue,Oakland, CA 94611
Cupcake641 4th Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Epiphany Children’s Boutique 290 West Main Street Northborough, MA 01532(508) 393-5437Fiddlesticks508 Hayes StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102
Gaga Chic712 West Shaw Suite BFresno, CA 93704(559) 226-0462Itty Bitty307 West 8th StreetColumbia, TN 38401
Jumping Jellyfish107 S. Fair Oaks Ave Suite 107Pasadena, CA 91105
Kairos533 Main StreetGrand Junction, CO 81501
Lil’ Lamb Shop167 Jennifer Road Suite QAnnapolis, MD 21401
Mako the Children’s Shop732 NW 23rd AvePortland, Oregon 97210
MamaBaby4029 Southeast Hawthorne BoulevardPortland, OR 97214
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique1917 Central StreetEvanston, IL 60201
Milk and Honey Kids3303 Bath PikeBethlehem, PA 18017
Mulberry Road46 Gloucester St,Boston, MA 02115
Nurture433 Massachusetts AvenueIndianapolis, IN 46204
O Child101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108Bloomington, IN 47404
Over the Moon38 W Main StreetAvon, CT 06001
Petit Armoire156 E. Main StreetSpartanburg, SC 29306
Posh Boutique809 NW 11th Ave.Portland, OR 97209
Pout Baby Boutique4325 13th Ave S # 6Fargo, ND 58103
Preggers900 N. Michigan #L5-21Chicago, IL 60611
Rocky Mountain Kids2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12ABoulder, CO 80302
Seal & Co.410 Springfield AvenueSummit, NJ 07901
Shima105 Main Street,North Adams, MA 01247
Small Frys3022 Birney AveScranton, PA 18505
Style Child1070 University AveSan Diego, CA 92103
Sweetbriar Fair443 Highland AveAugusta, GA 30909
The Kid’s Court1724 E Battlefield StSpringfield MO 65804
The Lollipop Shop4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160Macon, GA 31210
The Lolly Garden2046 Utica SquareTulsa, OK 74114
The Nest Denver2808 East 6th AvenueDenver, CO 80206
The Picket Fence1108 Carter Street Vidalia, LA, 71373
Tiny Toes4 N. Main StreetBel Air, MD 21014
Tulips5817 Kavanaugh BoulevardLittle Rock, AR 72207
Wild Child5 Medford St.Arlington, MA 02474
A Woman’s Work2401 Rice Blvd.Houston, TX 77005
Y & Z Kids711 W Hillgrove AveLa Grange, IL 60525