Month: March 2011

The Designs of Sita Murt

Sita Murt is a contemporary Spanish fashion designer. Born into a family of leather tanners, she now is the head of Esteve Aguilera (a designer knitwear company). Sita’s whole life has been surrounded by fashion, and as soon as her four children were grown she began designing her own line. Her women’s designs are young and airy, using lightweight fabrics.


Above is a film from Sita’s blog showcasing a dress from her latest line to celebrate spring. In her words, it is “a film that portrays, with all the simplicity, the immense power of spring, the driving force of life.”

Random Acts of Inspiration: Ink Calendar

This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!

Una Luz Diminuta Surgió De La Nada


We found this beautifully illustrated children’s book on our trip to Spain. I wish I could tell you what it’s about, but it is VERY long and all in Spanish. I made up my own story based on the illustrations: There was a quirky scientist, who loved the beauty of nature and machinery. He discovered a way to create creatures that were half machine and half nature – but not in a freaky sci-fi kind of way – in a perfect symbiosis.

We especially loved these tables of some of his creations.



We decided to create our own creatures. We played the idea of a stilt walking tiger and a gear horse:


But finally decided that a heli-phant was the best choice.


Elefante Romper

Elsa Schiaparelli and Dalí’s: Lobster Dress

Elsa Schiaparelli was a prominent Italian designer who was heavily influenced by surrealism. She collaborated many times with Salvador Dalí.


Their most famous collaboration was the Lobster Dress (above), which has inspired a new generation of lobster dresses.


The Rodnik Band (2011)


Betsey Johnson (2010)


Heal Fashion Lab (2009)


Alexander McQueen (2009)


David Szeto (2004)

Subconciously Inspired by Surrealism

I had a hard time figuring out how to draw inspiration from Surrealism while designing this line. I thought it was especially important to touch on surrealism as two of Spain’s most influence artists were surrealists – Dalí and Miró. I designed a turtle and tiger graphic, but in the end I didn’t feel they were really representing surrealism. But months later I found artwork by Dalí that was really similar to the graphics I designed!  I was not familiar with any of these works, and they aren’t in the style I would typically associate with Dali:


Above: Dalí’s The Mock Turtle’s Story and Tea’s Tortuga Graphic Tee.


Above: Dalí’s Cinqenta, Tigre Real, Tea’s Tigre Graphic Tee

By looking at so much Spanish artwork, I was influenced of all the broken tiles and the fragmented shapes of Cubism; perhaps that’s what inspired Dalí’s work as well!

What is Surrealism?

Surrealism is my favorite art movement (so far). Based mainly out of Europe and Latin America, Surrealism began in the 1920s, and spanned across multiple mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, and theater. Often referencing the unconscious and subconscious, Surrealist art has a strange dream-like quality, pushing the boundaries of “normal” situations and combining images and scenes that are not often encountered in one space.

left to right: Salvador Dali, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, (second row) Renee Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Jean Miro, (third row) Leonora Carrington, Man Ray, Leonor Fini

This season we have several pieces influenced by both modern and historical surrealist art, which Katy will post about this week.

Spring Break Must-Haves

With the clocks turned ahead, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring. And for those of you taking a spring break (or just thinking or wishing for warmer weather), we’ve put together our favorite must-have looks for girls and boys.

Spring Break Must-Haves for Girls:

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from left: We have our butterfly-adorned Mariposa Top, paired with our classic Paperbag Shorts. The Marisol Hoodie is a perfect warm layer for windy evenings on the beach, over the Racerback Stripe Tank in asparagus green, and comfy French Terry Shorts. The Songbird Banded Dress can be dressed up or down, and the Citron Flora Playdress encourages adventures anywhere, anytime. Pair anything and everything with our brightly-colored Espadrilles and you’re ready to go!

Spring Must-Haves for Boys:

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from left: Our Goril Graphic Tee gives strength for all expeditions, and the Cut Off Cord Shorts and Sidewalk Surfers in Dark Brown or Grey are a perfect match. Mix and match outfits with our Tortuga and Barcelona Tees over Long Cargo Shorts. Instead of traditional layers, roll up and down when the weather changes with our Slub Polo and Painter Roll Up Pants.

Check back with us in a month or so and we’ll have lots more summery clothes from our new Costa Brava collection to add to the list. Summer at Tea will be all about maritime style with a vintage vibe, made modern. Until then, happy spring travels!

Speaking of a closely-related Tea Family…

Here’s a picture of Emily, our co-founder and chief creative officer with her daughter Georgia James. Georgia came into the office for a visit not long ago and we just had to capture the moment. We think Em and Georgia look resplendent and warm in their Tea clothes! By the way, Emily’s wearing the Mila Sweater and the Modernista Tee in Medium Heather Grey.

Emily and Georgia James

We’ll be sure and post more pics of Tea people (and their kids) in Tea. And as always please feel free share your own pics here or on Facebook. Happy Tuesday!