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Friday Five with Emily Meyer of Tea Collection
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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.

Photo by Tea Collection

Photo by Tea Collection

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.

Photo by Tea Collection

Photo by Tea Collection

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!

Photo by Rodin Banica via WWD

Photo by Rodin Banica via WWD

3. Creative fashion
Dover Street Market New York takes retail to a new level. The fashion, fixtures and floor plan inspires me.

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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.

Photo by Jen Siska

Photo by Jen Siska

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.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.