Tea Collection

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Tea Collection
IndustryRetail (Apparel)
Area served
Key people
Emily Meyer
Leigh Rawdon
ProductsChildren's Clothing
RevenueUS$40.3m (2014)[1]
Number of employees

Tea Collection is a globally-inspired, San Francisco-based children's clothing company co-founded in 2002 by Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon. The clothing line is available through their e-commerce website as well as department stores and clothing boutiques worldwide.[2]


Tea Collection was co-founded in 2002 by Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon through funding from angel investors. The inspiration came after a trip Meyer took to Brussels, Belgium. "I found was pink bunny-themed clothing. I wanted something more sophisticated and modern. (No offense to pink bunnies.) That experience inspired me to envision a brand that celebrates the beauty of world cultures through fashion and lifestyle products. I called it Tea, because tea the drink is something shared by all cultures. It evokes warmth, wisdom, and timelessness—values that I wanted for the collection."[3]

Since 2012, the company has had a 24 percent compound annual growth rate and seen its headcount more than triple. Revenue in 2014 was more than $40 million, nearly a $10 million increase from the year before.[4]

Giving Back[edit]

Tea Collection supports The Global Fund for Children and their mission of advancing the dignity of children and youth around the world. Tea's support takes many forms - Each year, two exclusive pajama sets are designed and all proceeds are donated directly back to the GFC. Tea also holds regular Give Back events during which they donate a portion of all online sales to the organization.[5] in addition to funding a photography fellowship in 2010.[6]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Co-founder Leigh Rawdon received the Visa Technology Award from the San Francisco Small Business Network in May 2010.[7]

Since 2007, Tea Collection has been in the Inc. (magazine) list of top 100 consumer products and retail companies.[8]


  1. ^ "Small to Big: Tea Collection's Worldly Clothing for Kids - Bloomberg Business". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  2. ^ "Tea Company Overview". businessweek.com. 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ "ONE Badass Mom: Emily Meyer of Tea Collection puts a global spin on kids' clothes". one.org. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  4. ^ "Founders of Tea Collection forge global connections through fabric - Bizwomen". bizjournals.com. 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  5. ^ "Tea Collection Website". teacollection.com. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  6. ^ "Global Fund for Children Global media Ventures". globalfundforchildren.org. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  7. ^ "2010 SBN Awards". sfsbn.org. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  8. ^ "Inc. 500 – 5000 Company Profile". inc.com. Retrieved 2011-04-24.

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