Summer has only just begun and layers and flannel may be the last thing on your mind. But one thing is certain, we’re sure you have plans to head out on a road trip this summer; to the beach, the lake, to a friend’s house or maybe grandma’s. This Fall, we’re crossing the equator to do what we do best—explore! We set out on a road trip of our own, through Argentina and Bolivia, and came back with armloads of inspiration. We want to share this feeling of wanderlust with you and your little citizens! See these back-to-school styles inspired by the road less traveled. It’s never to soon to swoon.
Inspiration can stem from anything; an inanimate object, a person, a taste, smell or a sound. When inspiration stems from art, it has many layers. An artist is inspired and creates a beautiful piece, which a viewer in turn can be inspired by. This was the case when our team traveled to India. Our designers saw the works of a Madhubani artist and fell in love with the technique and design. Madhubani painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region in Bihar, India. The painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, or matchsticks!
We are proud to partner with the Global Fund for Children and have the opportunity to give back to communities near and far. Last October, we kicked off our Global Giving Thursday campaign where each third Thursday, we automatically match all donations made at checkout. In December 2015 we decided to take our efforts one step further in the spirit of the holiday season and launched a Buy One, Give One program that directly benefited one of the Global Fund for Children’s grantee partners, The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, located in Washington, D.C.. During this time, when you purchased one of our holiday styles, we set aside a similar style to donate to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. We were blown away by the results of this campaign and humbled to know our customers share our passion of giving back.
On March 21st, 2015, Tea Collection in conjunction with the GFC and the HCPP, were able to donate 7,000 pieces of clothing… because of you! The event took place at DC General shelter, a converted hospital where hundreds of families live at any given time. Teams of volunteers spent the morning creating a “clothing closet” for the families and sorted all of the individually wrapped clothing into gender and size. The vastness of all the products spread out onto multiple tables that lined the hallway, with extra in boxes, ready to go if need be. As the event began and the closet opened, the families at the shelter streamed in eager to be able to come and pick out brand new outfits for their kids. continue reading →
Goa is a coastal gem found in west India bordering the Arabian Sea. As the smallest state in India, over 80% of Goa is compromised of beaches with swaying palm trees, deep blue water and sandy beaches. Both locals and tourists make the trip to discover the beaches many different attractions. Check out our newest swim styles inspired by these beautiful beaches! continue reading →
Kids love to wear our graphic tees for any and every occasion. And because our graphics are playful and special, they fit right in everywhere they go. Learn more about the graphics on our favorite tees this season… continue reading →
Modern India takes great care and pride to retain the extraordinary refinement of its many palaces, old temples and ancient forts. We’ve fondly named our newest delivery, Paisley Palace. From the stunning marble dome of the Taj Mahal to the ornate arches of the Mysore Palace to the spectacular paintings that adorn the Amer Fort, there is no lack of inspiration in the architecture in India. Many of our designs in this collection are named after these great palaces! Take a look at the history of these great sites to better understand the story behind the design.
The Amer Fort was built by the conqueror Raja Man Singh who ruled from 1590-1614 AD. On our visit here, we rode painted elephants and admired the red curtains that framed the fort. We were inspired by the elaborate painted motifs on the walls and ceilings in the Jaipur City Palace.
I have painted on many surfaces over the years: clay, canvas, wood, buildings, streets, sidewalks, fabric, faces. None of this prepared me for painting on elephants. This is definitely something I never even dreamed of doing. I had mixed feelings going into it. I always awed at the beauty of the photographs of painted elephants in magazines and online, but was worried about what all that meant for the elephants. Weren’t they meant to be in the wild? Would these elephants be treated well?
I read all about Elefun before we went. It had good reviews and people had good things to say about how they treated the elephants. Our amazing trip planner, Gouthami, checked in with some of her local connections who also had good things to say about Elefun. Elefun is an elephant village dedicated to creating a safe and natural environment in order to conserve elephants. In Indian culture, elephants are revered, loved, respected and protected.
My first impression was that the elephants were MASSIVE. Being an animal nerd I knew that Indian elephants are one of the smaller varieties, these were anything but small. They introduced us to the elephants, had us pet their trunks. Showed us how to feed them bananas. They ate entire bunches of bananas at once, in what seemed like one giant bite. continue reading →
Every culture has different traditions surrounding the birth of a little one, each celebration being unique but with a central theme of love and happiness. In the Hindu religion, many Indians practice the ceremony of Naamkaran, in which a new baby is named. In Sanskrit, “naam” means name and “karan” means to create. Traditionally, Naamkaran is held anywhere from the eleventh to twelfth day after the baby is born and before the baby’s first birthday. Family members and friends gather to celebrate the baby and the women are central figures in the ceremony and they carry many of the main rituals. A baby’s name is very important and parents usually take many things into consideration before settling on a name. Some parents look at the day and time of the baby’s birth, or look to astrology, numerology, music and mythology. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate the birth of the new baby and to welcome and bless it with a prosperous life. We named many of the pieces in our new collection after traditional Indian names. Learn more about the names of some of our baby and newborn pieces below! continue reading →