Emily Meyer grew up in Texas and found her way to New York City by way of Parsons School of Design. Having spent time designing for Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Esprit, and Gymboree, it seems only perfect that apparel is where she landed. In 2002, Meyer co-founded Tea Collection, a globally-inspired children’s clothing company that celebrates different cultures, where she is the Chief Creative Officer. The company’s designers trek to different parts of the world twice a year and so far they’ve hit 17 countries to date, gathering inspiration from around the world to create new clothing collections. Want to see where this children’s fashion maven finds inspiration? Take a look at this week’s Friday Five.
1. Using my passport
For my family and for Tea, I believe in the importance of cultural awareness and global connection. Through learning comes understanding – we all have much more in common that we think.
2. Ethnic textiles and objects
I love Japanese textiles, Indian textiles, the list goes on. The textiles in this photo are from Mali, West Africa – the indigo blues are so rich and the quality is raw yet sophisticated. I love following Sri Threads gallery on Instagram!
3. Creative fashion
Dover Street Market New York takes retail to a new level. The fashion, fixtures and floor plan inspires me.
4. Creative interior design
The use of scale, texture and proportion at the COUP D’ETAT showroom in San Francisco astounds me. I love seeing the inventive use of materials and integration of furniture as artwork by the designers featured here.
5. Art with my kids
I enjoy sharing creative outlets with my children. That could include teaching them to sew or painting with them in our basement play space. We use brooms and mops as brushes to capture large scale gestures – really providing them with creative freedom.