Sydney is a city full of design inspiration. On their trip, our designers were inspired by the world around them, from the shapes and colors of the local architecture to the food, flowers, greenery and animals. They were also drawn to the work of Australian artists whose work they saw throughout the cities murals, museums and shops.
With amazing views and a 12-foot-deep bowl, the Bondi Beach Skate Park in Sydney is any skater’s dream. The park got its start in 1991 as two skate ramps. The current incarnation was built in 2004 thanks in no small part to John Fox—a former skater who volunteers to take care of the grounds and keep the bowl tag-and trash-free. The park is painted swimming pool aqua blue in a nod to the dry backyard pools of Venice Beach, CA, that were the best place for young skaters to get their wheels under them back in the Dogtown days of the early 1970s—a scene that inspired Aussie skaters like Fox.
I first found the Kelsays earlier this year while scrolling through our #teacollection photos on Instagram. The photos of their little citizens wearing Tea dresses while skating on a half-pipe instantly caught my eye. Our Australia spring collection was just about to launch and I knew the adventurous spirit of our collection would resonate with this family. I had to connect with them!
Down on Bondi Beach, the rain has cleared up, the waves are rolling in, and a tousled blonde Aussie named Jake stands in front of a row of eager young grommets (a grommet is a kid who surfs).
“Ok, everybody hop on your board and let’s practice,” Jake says as his co-coach Lucy moves in to help.
Before they ever hit the water, surf camp students straddle their boards on the sand and learn the basics of paddling, pushing up, standing up, and—most importantly—falling off. (The technical term is “dismount.”)
“Basically, you just starfish,” Jake throws out his arms, “and fall backward.”
Special occasions can happen anywhere—at school, at church, at grandma’s house and often times right at home. When your family and friends are together, so many special moments can be had and food is certainly always almost a part of it. It can be tough to find meals that please everyone, but with the help of a few of our Tea Ambassadors, we’ve put together a spring menu perfect for all occasions. Here are some fresh, healthy and kid-friendly recipes for you!
On the set of our spring catalog shoot in Australia, we planned to set up a table fit for a spring celebration. As we unpacked pillows, plates and everything in between, the kids couldn’t wait to get things ready. Excited for their party, they jumped in and had a blast helping get everything in place. The key to helpful little ones? Make prep fun! Here are some ideas on how to get your kids involved with party planning.
Here at Tea, we continuously strive to be mindful and responsible in everything we do. We care so much for the little citizens all over the world, near and far. We want to make real connections—and a real difference. But we can’t effect change everywhere. Although the refugee crisis is happening half a world away from our little office in San Francisco, we continue to support them.
As the Global Citizen organization notes, “Sometimes words alone can make a difference. They can brighten someone’s day, change someone’s mind, and unlock your own emotions.”
That’s why, we’re standing with Global Citizen to say we haven’t forgotten you. We’ve written a letter to the refugee children and we’re asking you to do the same. Head on over to GlobalCitizen.org and write a letter to a refugee man, woman, child group or family and let them know you are supporting them, too. Global Citizen will compile all of the notes into a book to provide to refugee agencies to share your messages with those that need to hear them the most.
Learn more about our giveback efforts supporting The Global Fund for Children’s grantees that work with refugee, migrant and displaced children and youth around the world.