Plain Tiger Curates: The High Tea Edit
Put your pinkies up
By Renee Fortune
The concept of high tea (or afternoon tea) wsa invented by Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, who, as one writer explains: “plugged her peckishness by filling the gap between luncheon and dinner with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks brought to her rooms.”
Others argue that high tea was a working class phenomenon, brought on by the fact that manual labourers had to have their tea time snacks while standing up or sitting on tall stools.
Every country seems to have its own spin on it. In Morocco, you can enjoy high tea on silver platters filled with savoury delicacies, bite-sized, nut-infused cookies, lemon vanilla almond ghriba and mint tea. In Australia, you’ll be served buttermilk scones with clotted cream, fruit preserves and mandarin profiteroles with tea and maybe even a glass of bubbly. Travel to Spain and you could enjoy lemon-flavoured tea cookies that were once served to King Alfonso XIII in an ornate tea room glistening with crystal chandeliers and marble tables. Whatever its origins, high tea has turned into quite the affair.
Whether you’re off to high tea or pretending to be off to high tea and looking for any excuse to dress up and turn heads, here are some of the high tea essentials you’ll find on Plain Tiger:
Throw some serious shade with these sunglasses from South African brand, BALLO. These unisex shades are crafted from cork, making them lightweight, durable, flexible and most importantly, sustainable. What’s great about these shades is that they are designed to protect your eyes from the blue light on screens. Overexposure to blue light can strain your eyes, affect your sleep and result in headaches. These are the shades to wear when you don’t need prescription lenses but still want that classic “I can do algebra” look.
Vegan leather is a vibe. If you agree, then this could very well be your next must-have accessory. This handbag is crafted from 100% vegan, textured eco polyurethane with a lining that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. We love the story behind these bags, which pay homage to the famous New England CottonTail rabbit, a species that is now nearing extinction. CottonTail Rabbits are storybook favourites (as seen on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) and this range of bags is dedicated to these beautiful creatures, which for many represent youthful playfulness, a sense of child-like imagination and a healthy dose of mischief.
Posy Earrings by Quazi Design
You’ll find that these Posy Earrings will add the perfect finishing tough to your high tea look. These beauties are handmade out of paper pulp and brass, with an oh-so-pretty petal design that’s unmistakably elegant. The paper and brass used for these earrings are 100% recycled, created from waste. Quazi Design is a brand that was born out of a partnership between a designer and a local magazine distributor in order to create much needed employment in Eswatini, South Africa. Quazi Design’s small team consists of women from the local community, who are skilled at transforming waste material into beautiful pieces of wearable art.
Here’s something special for the men. A tailored, oh-so-slick pair of pants designed by Addo African Clothes, a South African brand. These pants are vegan approved and made from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton, according to the sustainable and ethical design approach of the brand’s founders. Like all Addo African Clothes garments, this pants is made by local South African entrepreneurs in local communities, giving you an alternative to fast fashion that supports the livelihoods of a number of talented artisans.