New Year’s Eve is celebrated across the world. In many places across the world, people stay up late to see the old year out and the new year in. In Sydney, Australia, London, England and New York City, crowds of happy people fill the streets. A countdown to midnight starts at 11:50 PM as a way to say goodbye to December 31st and hello to the first day of the New Year at 12:00 AM. Fireworks go off, people share a kiss and toast to the year that was and the year to come. This is probably the celebration that you’re most familiar with, but that doesn’t mean it is the only way the new year is celebrated or the only time of year!
At the very southern end of South America, spanning all of Argentina and part of Chile, lies a sparsely populated region called Patagonia. To the west you’ll find the Andes mountains and Pacific Ocean, to the east the steppes and grasslands and Atlantic Ocean. We visited Patagonia, trekked the frozen blue wonderland of the Perito Moreno Glacier and explored the wild steppe with an intrepid guide names Julian, who showed us lots of Criollo horses, wild herds of guanaco, super-fast jackrabbits and a gigantic Andean condor. Come on a journey with us as we share stories of trekking a glacier, riding in a jeep over the barren grasslands of the Patagonia steppe and finding inspiration in the smallest details.
We travel all over the world for inspiration, and we always find such unique beauty each culture. Long ago in Japan, we fell in love with furoshiki (“foo-roe-sh-kee”)—a traditional wrapping cloth used to carry gifts or clothing. Modern Furoshiki can be made from a variety of fabrics and colors. After years of our furoshiki only available in Tea’s signature brown, we’re so excited to announce that you will now find the cloth in three new colors — navy, light blue and red! We love furoshiki as an elegant, versatile and earth-friendly way to wrap or transport a gift. It can even be re-used as a scarf, a kerchief, a headband, a cape!
Have you ever thought about wrapping gifts in something other than paper? During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. Wrap your gifts the eco-friendly way with our signature Furoshiki Gift Wrap, inspired by the artful Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth. Your giftee can re-use and re-purpose the cloth gift wrap any time of year. Read on to learn how to wrap your presents 5 different ways (in all shapes in sizes!).
This holiday season, we’re introducing sweater knits in the softest Alpaca-blends crafted in Peru. Have you ever heard of Alpacas? Alpacas are a South American camelid, the same species as a llama. Alpacas were raised by the Incas in South America more than 6,000 years ago, and clothing made from their hair was so special, it was worn by only Incan royalty. To this day, alpaca wool is a high quality wool used to make super cozy clothing around the world. We feel lucky to be able to share these special styles with you!
This season, Tea is partnering with The Global Fund for Children to give back to several organizations located in South America. This month, we’re featuring the Fundación Ph15 Para las Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learn more about this wonderful organization below.
On nearly every block in Buenos Aires, you’ll find a panaderia, or bakery. The most popular pastries at the panaderia are facturas. Bakeries are filled with all different kinds. In the mornings, the bakeries open at dawn to prep for the breakfast rush, the sweet smells of pastries waft into the streets. Many Argentine’s will line up first thing in the morning to grab a dozen pastries before work.
Tango and roses seem to go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that when we set out to shoot our holiday catalog, our set was filled with flowers. Their beauty brings you to the tango halls of San Telmo, Buenos Aires and evokes the romance and spirit of the music and dance. Inspired by the propped roses, we decided to take our original spiral roses one step further and create a wreath! Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a rose-covered wreath in no time.