A post from Tea Collection CEO and co-founder, Leigh Rawdon.
This is Rudi. Age 11. Loves reading. Loves music, especially listening to his parents and their friends singing and playing piano or violin or bass. He generally gets along with his brother, and he appreciates the home his parents have made for their family.
Rudi Friedrichs, Age 10. Berlin, 1937 or 1938
Rudi is proud of his dad, a doctor, who served in the first World War as a medic, taking care of fellow Germans. He enjoys the family’s traditions such as the humor from the annual search for matzah at Passover. He has a lot in common with most kids we know.
I’ve seen this picture and heard these stories, and I always put myself in Rudi’s shoes. But now, as a mother of a ten-year-old, I see myself in Rudi’s mom.
We make globally inspired clothing for little citizens, and twice a year we travel to a new destination for inspiration, adventure and lots of photos of super cute kids decked out in our newest styles. This season, our collection comes all the way from Australia. We trekked across this wild, wonderful country with some awesome local children. From Sydney to the Outback, the rainforest to reefs, we explored, learned, made new friends and laughed (a lot) – plus, we got some great photos to share.
We believe in making connections across the street as well as across the world, and we also went to Austin, TX for a second spring/summer photoshoot. We held a casting call at our first ever pop-up shop at TOMS Roasting Co., and met tons of amazing little citizens and their families!
“Alright, kids! Let’s get going. Remember, do everything I do. And make sure you walk around the emu poo!” And with that, Ranger Karen and her intrepid band of young explorers head off into the Aussie bush. Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Sydney, is a wild and wonderful place where you can hang out with free-roaming wallabies and grey kangaroos, meet salty crocs and spiny echidnas and even pet a huge coastal carpet python named Yamba.
We love seeing how our customers wear Tea. Real kids, doing real kid things like running through the yard, playing in dirt or having quiet moments at home. From your Instagram photo to the ones you upload through our Kids Love Tea gallery, it makes our day to see your little citizens, laugh, play and explore in Tea. In celebration of the weather warming up and being able to wear the newest spring styles (outside!), we partnered with Tea customers to see how they could wear our newest styles in their everyday life.
Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Sydney in Australia, is a wild and wonderful place where you can hang out with free-roaming wallabies and gray kangaroos, meet salty crocs and spiny echidnas and a fat fuzzy wombat named Hippo.
Each month, we’ll be sharing a guest post by Andrea Fellman of Wanderlust Living, Andrea’s set out to interview global moms + dads who are very “Tea” – they look for adventure in their lives and strive to make the foreign familiar for their families through travel and curiosity! A long time Tea partner and a woman who truly embodies the Tea spirit, we’re thrilled to have Andrea as a foreign correspondent (she lives in Barcelona!). In Andrea’s third guest post, we’re introducing you to Wendy, who lives with her family in Oahu, Hawaii. Read on to learn more!
During their time together in Australia, our #teapenpals, Lu and Lara visited the Healesville Animal Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. The sanctuary is a working health center for injured native Australian animals, a rehabilitation facility for those on the mend and a research center for conservation medicine. They offer many hands-on exhibits including observation bays where visitors can watch the vets at work as well as interactive exhibits for visitors to get an up close look at tons of native animals like parrots, dingos, pygmy-possoms, bilbies and more.
Lu and Lara spent a full day here, exploring, learning and playing vet. Here, we’re sharing a video from their time at the Future Vet station – a play space dedicated to inspiring kindness in kids through caring for animals in a mini wildlife hospital! They got to take x-rays of stuffed koalas and wombats, diagnose injuries and even bandage the little dingos up. How cool!?