Artist Collaboration: Rita Petruccioli

Rita Petruccioli

Meet Rita Petruccioli, the artist behind the beautiful mermaid design on one of our newest tees. In Rome, we were able to meet with Rita and instantly fell in love with her work. We were thrilled when she agreed to design a graphic for our Italy Collection.

Treasured Objects

Stella and Alexis sea shells

Take a stroll along the Italian coastline and there’s no doubt you’ll find a few gems — tiny pieces of ceramic tile, seashells, sea glass and driftwood — a treasure trove of things to collect! Stella’s favorite thing to do while she was in Italy was collect smooth stones, bits of tile and unique rocks.

Ceramics of the Amalfi Coast

ceramics

Ceramic pottery, one of the oldest crafts in Italy, dates back to the XV century. From Ravello to Positano and most famously, Vietri Sul Mare, the towns along the Amalfi Coast are known for their intricately designed ceramics. Ceramic pottery is a handicraft tradition, passed down through many generations and perfected along the way. In little alleys, on main streets and even along the water, you’ll find ceramic shops everywhere you go. We had a fabulous time popping into all of the shops, meeting their spirited owners, many of whom are third, fourth or fifth generation ceramic shop owners, and hearing their stories. We’re sharing our favorite ceramic shops, so make sure to take note in case you find yourself on the Amalfi Coast.

A Lemon Recipe for Every Meal

lemon olive oil cake

Lemons – like olives and grapes – are an iconic Italian crop. Travel through the Amalfi coast and you’ll see lemons everywhere. From lemons at fruit stands to painted lemons hidden in beautiful ceramic pottery, they seem to be everywhere you turn.  Italy is the world’s largest lemon producer and this fragrant, sour fruit plays a big role in the countries cuisine. From limoncello – a lemon liqueur mainly produced in the South of Italy – to salad dressings, marinades, seafood dishes and even desserts, this do-it-all fruit can be found in much of Italy’s famous cuisine.

Fáilte!

Classroom

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when your mom owns a globally-inspired clothing company? Our friend Matthew, age 7, loves the background of Tea — how we travel the world for inspiration for each collection — and he loves telling his friends all about it, like his friend Luke. Luke’s mother is from Ireland. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, these first graders had an idea. Matthew wanted to learn more about Ireland and the Irish culture and he knew their classmates would love to create something of their own. With the help of Luke’s mother, this first grade class had a lesson on designing clothes, the tea way… and destination Ireland was created.

Family Is Everything

Family in Italy

I once read that the main ingredient in an Italian dish is enjoying it with family and friends. In Italy, la famiglia is everything. And family gatherings are at the center of it all. You may have visions of what an Italian family dinner looks like from friendly stories or perhaps something you’ve seen in a movie, but you cannot truly grasp the bond between family members until you join them for a meal.