In 2002, Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon launched a clothing company with a focus on their love for travel and different cultures. They called their company Tea, since the beverage is enjoyed in nearly every country around the world. In the company’s own words, Tea is “Globally-inspired children’s clothes for little citizens of the world.”
Meyer and Rawdon merged their complementary educational and corporate backgrounds and their love of travel to form their business venture. Meyer, a Texas native, attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and has worked as a designer for Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Esprit and Gymboree. Rawdon, born in Memphis, Tennessee attended Davidson College and received an MBA from Harvard. While Meyer’s official title is Chief Creative Officer, focusing on the design part of the business, Rawdon is Tea’s CEO and takes care of managing the monetary aspect of the business and also the employee base.
Just two years after Tea made its debut with three pima cotton baby sweaters, the company secured a deal with Nordstrom to distribute its clothes. In 2005, the cover of People magazine showed Julia Robert’s twin babies sporting Tea wears and the company continues to grow steadily with the introduction of a website a year later and Tea’s first catalogs – made out of recycled paper - seeing the light in 2007. The company’s hard work and excellence in design and ethical corporate practices is recognized both in its surge as a social media darling with an extensive following in Facebook and an official award in 2012 from Cribsie for “Best all-around children’s wear for stylish tots.”
The entrepreneurs, both San Francisco residents - where their company has its headquarters - share a love for traveling and exploring the world. This love for world journeying takes the Meyer and Rawdon on trips around the world a couple of times a year to garner inspiration for their clothing designs, motifs, prints and colors.
Tea’s clothing for babies, kids and women is designed drawing inspiration from colors, prints and shapes found in cultures and countries around the world.
The clothing company focuses on inspiring design and also on great prints and durable fabrics that will make its products last. The quality of Tea’s clothing is important to the founders, who want to make sure the company’s customers can pass the clothing along from one child to the next and then to other kids as well. The clothing is also designed to be layered, so many items can be used around the year by simply adding another layer or subtracting it.
This focus on quality is very rare in lines that are reasonably priced, as it is the case with Tea, where you can find rompers, sweaters and hoodies for babies for about $30 and less.
The line of dresses for girls have prints inspired by flower fields in Germany, art galleries, seaside locations and Moroccan motifs. The selection of graphic t-shirts for boys include surf and animal themes and also designs inspired by cool cities around the world, like Tea’s “Street of Marrakech” graphic shirt.
Rompers, dresses, shirts, hoodies, pajamas, shoes and accessories compose the lineup of items available for sale from Tea. The children sizes range from Newborn to 12 years old and there are dresses and tunics in a variety of sizes for the women’s line of clothing.
Clothes that dress and teach our kids about the world? Sign us up! Tea’s designs represent a variety of cultures and aesthetic trends from all over the world. When our kids wear these designs, they can also learn about the culture that inspired a particular pattern or graphic design on a t-shirt.
The company’s 2014 collection is inspired by Morocco and the designers drew from a variety of sources to find that inspiration, from colors and patterns found in native clothing to the shapes and forms of local architecture, artists or bazaars.
The designs are explained in detail on the company’s website, with examples and photographs of the items and the people that prompted each particular pattern or color in each item of clothing on the collection.
We love unique clothing that is reasonably priced and well made and Tea meets and exceeds all these requirements, so we had to give this company 5 Stars out of 5.