Bolivia is a country filled with deeply-rooted people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. There are over 36 different indigenous tribes that make up the population of Bolivia, indigenous meaning they are native to Bolivia, making it the highest percentage of indigenous peoples in all of South America. Most of these tribes have lived in South America for thousands of years.
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 UBECI in Quito, Ecuador. Learn more about this wonderful organization below.
At Tea, we believe that every day is an adventure. We live to explore, to discover, to travel—around the globe and across the street. And we want you to go there with us! This year we will… take you on a journey to a whole new destination – Argentina & Bolivia! This year we will… ask you to share your adventures with Tea!
Ask your little citizens about their plans for this school year and use #TeaAdventurer to share your poster with us on Instagram. You’ll receive a poster in your order, but you can download our This Year I Will poster here too. Don’t have Instagram? Not a problem! Upload your photo here.
We are thrilled to announce a very special giveaway – one that is near and dear to our hearts! Tea is partnering with the Chicago-based Endangered Species Print Project, to give away three art prints, by a Tea Collection textile designer, Katy Tanis. The Endangered Species Print Project was founded in 2009 by two artists, Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer, who strive to match their artistic talents to directly support conservation efforts and biodiversity for the Earth. ESPP offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species, with 50% of the sales donated to the conservation efforts of the animal featured in the print. The number of prints offered for sale, depends on the number of plants or animals remaining in the species. When you purchase a print, you know exactly where your donation will go and the animal it will benefit!
At Tea, we’re print obsessed. When traveling to a new destination, our designers spend days pouring over print techniques that are native to the country we are in. We love finding new and interesting designs to share with you! For this summer’s Citizen Blue collection, we designed our Sunprint Garden V-neck Dress with a design of a dandelion. Learn how to make a sun print, in your own backyard! continue reading →
For our May catalog, we had a very special guest artist, Megan Lynn Kott, who drew our product illustrations. The beautiful designs come to life in her drawings, from the animal graphics on our boy’s tees to the beautiful intricate woodblock designs on our baby girl rompers — we are truly amazed by her work!
After many years of traveling the world, Tea co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Emily Meyer, has acquired an eye for worldly design. Her Palo Alto home, which she shares with her husband, Hilton and two children, Clement (6) and Georgia (4) is living proof! In their April issue, Family Circle featured Emily and her family in their eclectic space – Don’t miss her design tips!
With each trip Emily takes, whether it’s scouting inspiration for the next Tea season or visiting family abroad, she makes sure to find bazaars to search for treasures to bring back home. “I love pulling a design scheme together with exotic objects and textiles.” says Emily. Their home, built in 1908, has been transformed with a bold palatte, peppered with well-traveled finds – a Turkish Ikat pillow, a Mailan coverlet. continue reading →
We were very luck to find Gouthami for our trip to India. Before she started her own travel company – Travel Another India – she spent 20 years working in social development and had made many great connections with craft people all over India. Gouthami introduced us to so many artisans and we had the pleasure of meeting many President Award winning craft people in remote villages. Here, she shares her knowledge on crafts in India with our readers!
Craft is the second largest employer in rural India after agriculture. In most villages you will find some form of craft – the potter, the weaver, the basket maker. It is still a way of life rather than an art to be practiced for its own sake.
In this picture you see just that. I visited the village of Nuapatna in the state of Odisha in Eastern India with the Tea Collection team.
Nuapatna is famous for its intricate Ikat weaving. In the background you can see the spindles of yarn casually stuck into the pile of sand, while the woman in the picture is wearing a hand-woven ikat sari as she goes about her daily chores. continue reading →
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 →
Here at Tea, we’re always looking for ways to recognize remarkable moms. In 2012, we created our Inspiring Mom Awards to celebrate 10 years of our globally inspired children’s clothing—and to honor moms who embrace the world, too. This year, we’re awarding moms in the following categories: Encouraging Entrepreneur, Philanthropic Pioneer and Global Connector.
The nominations were extraordinary. We were so very touched by the stories shared; so many women are working tirelessly to make a difference in the world. Teaching their children that they too can make a difference near and far and everywhere in-between. You voted on our finalists and we are thrilled to announce this year’s Inspiring Mom Award winners…
ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEUR // She founded or plays a key role at a company and helps make a difference for its customers. While she is passionate about her business ventures, she still makes her family a major priority in her life.
Kendra Robins from California
“Kendra left her job at a prestigious law firm 10 years ago to start a charity called Project Night Night that now provides over 25,000 care packages for children entering homeless and domestic violence shelters. Each package has a blanket, a stuffed animal and a book – often the first book the children have ever owned. By creating comfort for these children in a time of turmoil, as well as enhancing literacy, she is able to be a positive influence on tens of thousands of children a year. She manages this business while raising two bright, happy children who know what it means to give back. She is an inspiration to our all-women board of directors and the hundreds of adult and children volunteers across the country who help to make Project Night Night such a success.“
PHILANTHROPIC PIONEER // She stays connected to her community by volunteering her time and energy. Whether it’s helping achieve her local PTA goals, tutoring kids with less resources or making blankets for the homeless, she’s part of a solution to issues that lie close to home.
Corinne Cannon from Washington DC
“Corinne founded, and now runs, DC Diaper Bank, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing diapers to babies in need in the metropolitan area. Over the past three-plus years, DC Diaper Bank has distributed over 900,000 diapers to families and has forged partnerships with local community service organizations to get diapers out to those who need them most. Every month DC Diaper Bank helps over 2,400 families. Diapers are an important need for babies and toddlers, but are very expensive and most government programs (such as food stamps and WIC) do not cover them. Families living in poverty are sometimes forced to make difficult choices – food or diapers? Medicine or diapers? – that they should not have to make. DC Diaper Bank strives to meet this demand so that all babies and toddlers in the DC area can have what they need to thrive. Founding and running a non-profit is no easy task, but Corinne has turned DC Diaper Bank into a very successful organization in a very short time. She works countless hours for no pay (although she is the Executive Director, she does not take a salary), all while raising two kids. Corinne has made a direct impact on the lives of thousands of DC-area families, and her enthusiasm and passion for the cause will help the DC Diaper Bank grow to serve even more families in the region.“
GLOBAL CONNECTOR // She thinks big and strives to make a difference in the world at large. She might teach English abroad or fundraise for global initiatives from her own home. Whatever her specialty, she shows her kids the importance of being little citizens of the world themselves.
Christy Horton from Missouri
“Christy Horton inspires by example, globally and locally. Christy has been involved with Ninos De Mexico since 2010 and now serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ninos De Mexico is a mission non-for-profit which operates four children’s homes in Mexico City and serves 80+ orphaned children. Christy has visited Ninos 3x and will travel with a mission team in July 2014. Her family sponsored three children from Ninos and recently one of those grown children moved to Iowa and got married (and they were able to assist with wedding planning). In addition, they sponsor a girl from Rwanda and a little boy in Ethiopia who they were able to meet in 2012. In December 2012, their son arrived home from Ethiopia. During her travels to Ethiopia to complete the adoption, Christy led a fundraising effort to raise $1200 to build a playground at her son’s orphanage and support families in Wuchale, Ethiopia. Locally, Christy volunteers as the PTA Treasurer at her sons’ elementary school which allows her to assist in fundraising. She also helped build a partnership between the school and her church for a canned food drive. The school collected 1200 cans to give to the church. In her church, Christy taught the children (ages 5-14, 500+) the importance of missions, giving to others, and assisted the children in raising in excess of $2,000 for a mission organization. Lastly, Christy has made a career change choosing to follow her heart and majoring in Social Work at a state university so she could help those that need services. Christy is such an inspiration and leads by example, inspiring her sons to continue her awesome legacy.“
And congratulations to Jen Kelly. You were randomly selected as our $250 gift card winner!