Tea travels the world. We truly go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To explore the wonder of the world around us, across the globe and across the street. Since 2002, we’ve traveled, always inspired by the people we met and the places we see. Wherever we go, from Bali to Norway, West Africa to Morocco, we take in all we can and bring it back to design globally-inspired clothing for your little citizen. Here’s a look at where we’ve been and an exciting announcement on where we are headed to next!
In Turin, Italy, my sons Adam (9) and Matthew (7) arrived in the same van to play in the same Citizens FC tournament, but they did not arrive in the same mindset. They are two very different kids, after all.
As soon as he walked through the gates, Matthew spotted a lone Italian kid juggling a ball on the field. He looked quickly at me for reassurance, which I gave him, and then he shot off to go play. Within minutes the two kids from two different sides of the world were speaking the common language of football.
We founded Tea to celebrate the beauty in cultures around the world. Our tagline from the first day was “for little citizens of the world.” From the beginning, we were committed to our own citizenship as well. We didn’t want to simply be another children’s clothing company. We wanted to be a children’s clothing company that could do good. We want to break down barriers and open minds. To show kids that no matter where we live or what language we speak, we all care about the same things.
Our newest Baby Boy graphic tees feature some pretty adorable animals that we know your little citizens will love. From the deep sea surrounding Japan to the thickly wooded forest, these animals in our playful graphics are fun to wear and pretty cute, too. See a round up of our favorites and print out two graphics for your little citizen to color in!
The ancient art form of origami has been handed down from parent (or relative) to child through many generations, all over the world. The word origami comes from the Japanese words “ori” which means “folding” and “kami,” which means “paper.” To make origami, paper is folded in many different ways to form beautiful creations. Origami art is a highly revered art form in Japan. It was once taught in schools, but today, children learn the craft at home.
Origami served as inspiration for our newest collection, particularly on our Boy’s Origami Graphic Tee. The graphic on this tee is of a origami crane. The crane is perhaps the most well-known origami model. It is also the international symbol for peace. While it may look hard, origami just takes some practice! Learn how to make an origami crane and pass the art form down to your little citizen.
You’ll notice that a lot of our newest styles feature graphics that have a mixed media look to them – especially our panda graphic on our Baby Girl Kiri-e Panda Graphic Tee. Our designers were inspired by Japanese postcard art when they were designing this adorable panda. While it’s easy to wear a style that features a mixed print graphic (we love it!), mixing prints on multiple pieces of clothing can be a daunting task. We’ve made it easy for you to mix-and-match our newest baby girl styles. Follow along to get some inspiration…