Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 29, 2011

Modern Mexico Inspiration Video

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing.

To start off our new Behind the Design Wednesdays and to kick off our new Modern Mexico collection for girls and boys, we thought we’d post a video of footage shot while our designers were traveling around Mexico.  We’ll release more of this collection in the coming weeks! We hope you feel as inspired as we do.

 

June 28, 2011

Activities with Dad

For Father’s Day this year Tea hosted a great giveaway with Bonobos and Diaper Dude.  During the entry process we asked “What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?”. Some of our favorite responses are below.

I just love being with my kids period.  We everything from sitting around laughing and telling each other stories to going to farmer’s markets, to taking hikes. – Dan S.

Being a military dad requires me to be away be away from my 4 kids for long periods of time so being able to kiss them good night would be at the very top of my list.  Our favorite thing to do together as a family is hop into our surburban and take road trips. We love to explore new cities and towns but the beach is always our favorite destination. – Aaron M.

Fossil Hunting – Greg D.

I really enjoy helping her learn new things and observe how she does them.  My daughter is 15 months old and in such a great stage in life.  Showing her the world and things in her life is a special job that I love doing. – Juan T.

I take my daughter running -we’re preparing for our first 5k stroller race together.  But that’s not my favorite – I’m a much bigger fan of kiss attacks and upside down conversation time. – Benjamin W.

Our favorite thing to do together is to go to the beach.  We just walk around, look for shells, and check out the tide pools to see what animals are in them. – Paul P.

Putting them in the bike buggy and riding to farmers market or pancakes on Saturday while their mom sleeps in. – Penn B.

When my daughter is born, I’m gonna have fun teaching her how to change a tire and check the oil in her car. I’m going to love teaching her how to stand up on a surf board. But before all that, I think I’ll just enjoy watching her sweet face as she lays in her crib, sleeping. – Parker B.

Go on a bike ride and look for bugs and animals. Make them pancakes and popsicles. Play fort in the house. Work out in the yard on our vegetable garden. – Dave H.

I love watching how happy my 2 year old son is when I put on Superman theme music and “fly” him around the kitchen. – Joseph C.

My daughter is a single mother.  She has two little girls-a newborn and a 5 year old.  I help her out by taking her 5 year old, Carina, to hula lessons.  Since I am from Hawaii, this is part of me, my culture, our culture that I can share with and pass down to my granddaughter.  It’s our bonding moment.  We also like to take walks around our neighborhood.  I love it when Carina shouts, “Come on Papa, let’s go walking!” – Michael N.

June 27, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: A Day at Oscar de la Renta

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

A few weeks ago we featured a post about Oscar de la Renta’s 2012 Resort line. Recently I came across a series of photos taken the day of the runway show. It’s always wonderful getting a glimpse behind the scenes of events where the final results appears so flawless.

June 24, 2011

A Little Bit of Everything in Paris

Today we have a guest post from Ana, who works in Graphic Design at Tea. Every year Tea employees receive a dividend from Tea to use towards international travel. On Studio T we’ll be sharing travel stories of our employees as they travel around the world.

This year my international travels took me to Paris to meet my first niece Sofia. She is a gorgeous half French half Venezuelan healthy baby girl. So for this particular visit to the City of Lights, it was all about family time and not about sightseeing. I’m excited to see her grow up in a mix of cultures, and right now I’m undecided about a little detail… do I want her to call me Tia Anita? Tante Ana? Or Auntie Ana? French and Spanish will definitely surround her, but in me she has a very American aunt! So she will have a little bit of everything I guess.

Ana and Sofia

There are different things I would love to share from this trip, and I have a hard time selecting which ones to share. But I’ll share highlights of my favorite things!

This trip was not about the Eiffel Tour or Champs Elysees; it was about spending quality time with Sofia and my family. So on a Saturday, my mom, dad and I walked to a local market: Saxe-Breteuil Market in the 7th arrondissement. It was a bit overwhelming because it was crowded and the locals have their way of navigating their way through their market… and there were so many different things that you just didn’t know where to start! From cheeses, to hand-made Italian pastas, to jewelry and hats… you could find anything you wanted. On this visit we got a variety of raviolis and fresh vegetables to make pasta for lunch, and of course a cheese platter for dessert.

One afternoon, my mom and I took a walk on Rue de Sèvres and visited the Hermes store there. Amazing. My family had told me about how beautiful it was inside and the minute I saw the window displays I knew I was in for a treat! The entrance had a flower section with orchids and mini flower arrangements on one side and on the other it was all about horses and the classic Hermes scarf. But what really drew me in was once you started walking down the stairs into the main floor this enormous three pear-shaped tee-pees made out of wood and in each of them a different theme: beach, home linen and home china. My eyes were flying all over every detail. The floors, the leather handles on the staircase with the wood… forget about the product the experience of being in the store was just perfect for inspiration! And right next to the Hermes store there is a children’s bookstore: Librairie Chantelivre that I definitely recommend checking out. We were lucky enough that a Chinese illustrator was signing his books and he didn’t just sign the books–he drew illustrations with ink and brush on the spot. I think the parents were more excited than the kids to see the man at work!

The highlight I could go on forever about is Roland Garros. My hobby is tennis. I’ve been playing since I was a kid and now in my free time I play competitively (and for fun of course).  So to get to sit in the stand of Philippe Chatrier during the 40th anniversary of Roland Garros was an amazing treat.  I was only able to go to one day, but the tennis I saw was amazing: defending champion Francesca Schiavone, Novak Djokovic – winning his 38th straight win in 2011! For a tennis fan this was one lucky day to get all this great tennis on the first round of the open. I wish my pictures could show how amazing the tennis was, but my main focus was to capture the tennis form of the players so that I could improve my game!

The last little thing I’d love to share is that on one of the walks to the metro to go from our place to my sister’s place, there’s a little park across the street from Le Bon Marché…as we were walking by I spotted a trailer and my mind clicked: they’re having a photo shoot at the park! I’ve been doing a little bit of photography at Tea and now I can’t help but pay more attention to photography so I had to go check it out. I’m a little bit shy so I didn’t go and talked to anyone, but I did take a minute just to see them work. I have no idea what they were shooting for; there were two very tall models that looked like they were wearing something straight out of Lagerfeld’s sketchbook:

June 21, 2011

Drawing Lessons from Picasso

picasso flower floral child drawing

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” -Pablo Picasso (this quote is featured on our Daisy Graphic Tee)

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

I loved the above Picasso quote, because it was exactly what I needed to do when I was designing our Spring 2011 Catalonia collection – reconnect with the artist of my youth.  This was a great lesson for me and something I hope stays with me over time.  I try to instill these ideas in my younger cousins who I often have drawing/art sessions with.  The younger of the two is  5 and she fully embraces her inner artistic child. She draws with no fear and complete creativity.   The 12 year has started having doubts.  He’s constantly self critiquing his work and wants to be able to draw more realistically. He has the desire to grown and learn and I want to encourage that.  I do my best to encourage them and to hopefully lessen the fear of failure.

Here’s some things I do to help them feel special about everything they do:

1.  Frame their artwork. Kid’s love this.  It makes it feel like their piece is really appreciated.  My grandma would do this with everything we painted.  We wouldn’t bring any art home until it was framed – which made us so proud to show them off!

2. Ask for help. I often admire the way they draw and ask them to show me how to draw like that.  I’m an adult, they have the impression that I know what I am doing, so when I ask for help they know they must be doing something really unique if I can’t do it.

3. Turn their art into something.  Last year I had them both design t-shirts.  I took their drawings and got print on demand t-shirts with their designs. They were so excited when the shirts came in. I remember the younger showing it off to my aunt, “Look grandma it’s a REAL shirt!!!.”

How do you encourage the young artists in your life?

children art decorating

An example of how great decorating with your children’s art can look! – found on Pearl Street

June 20, 2011

Welcome to Modern Mexico!

Welcome to our Fall 2011 collection,  inspired by Modern Mexico! Our designers traveled to Mexico City, Oaxaca, and San Cristobal, and immersed themselves in the culture to gather inspiration for this new line.  Loving the bright vivid colors, intricate embroidery, and bustling marketplaces, they returned to San Francisco to design our latest collection.  We have a small release and preview of what’s to come up on our site, so head over to check out our latest girl’s and boy’s clothes.

For the next few weeks on Studio T we’ll be wrapping up our Barcelona-inspired summer collection, and moving into the festivities of Modern Mexico. We look forward to taking this journey with you.

June 17, 2011

A Perspective on Fatherhood by the Diaper Dude

In celebration of Father’s Day this weekend we asked Chris Pegula of Diaper Dude to guest post about his company, his style, and his perspective on being a dad.

Becoming a dad was a life changing experience for me on a number of levels.  For instance, if someone were to tell me 11 years ago that I would launch a company called Diaper Dude and design gear for dads, I would have told them they were nuts!  Go figure.  But I have my kids to thank for that.

It’s crazy how the role of dad has changed dramatically since I was a kid.  My dad was a successful businessman. On any given day, he would be seen wearing a  suit & tie and dress shoes.  I, on the other hand, have totally rebelled against this more conservative style.  My typical attire consists of jeans (usually from AG), a pair of Converse (red leather is my absolute favorite) which I’ve actually had custom made:

I’m usually wearing a T-shirt (often from Aviator Nation) and a hooded sweatshirt.  If I need to dress it up a bit, I throw on a navy pinstripe sport coat.  Perhaps 12 years of a suit and tie in catholic school had a negative effect on me?

Currently living in Los Angeles, I assume a much more relaxed lifestyle than the one in which I was raised. Weekends consist of heading to the beach with my family for the day or hiking the Santa Monica Mountains.  Of course that is when baseball, volleyball or soccer games do not interfere.  Skate boarding the neighborhood or biking to the park is another past time I enjoy with my 3 kids.

It thrills me to acknowledge that my life is even more enriched since my 3 children were born.  I always feared that it would never be the same when I became a dad, and that a part of me would be lost in this new role.  I quickly discovered that was not the case.  I think it’s similar to the fear most guys experience when they get married. It’s “say goodbye to the old life and prepare for the new role of husband”.  I have to say the new life has been way more exciting than the old.  I had this idea that parenting meant being serious and playing this grown up role that was all work and no play, but in reality it’s just the opposite.

Allowing the kid in me to surface when I’m hanging with my kids makes parenting a piece of cake.  Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are a definite must as well as positive discipline.  But I find that when I’m more relaxed and having fun with my kids, I cannot imagine being anything other than a dad.

So as Father’s day approaches us this weekend, I encourage you to summon up the inner child in you and have some fun!  I’m sure you’ll soon discover (if you haven’t already) that there’s no better job than being a dad.

June 16, 2011

Collective Design Unconscious?

Sometimes I feel like there is a collective design unconscious, a subset of Jung’s collective unconscious.  There are unfortunately the obvious cases of designers blatantly ripping off other designers/artists, but then there are times when multiple designers come up with totally different versions of similar ideas.  We are all obviously inspired by trends and events going on in the world,  but sometimes it’s just crazy how different designers can come up with the such similar designs.

This seasons Tigre Graphic tee is a perfect example.  I remember designing this.  I didn’t see any kind of fragmented tiger that inspired it (at least not till after I designed it).  I was seeing the trend of triangles in design and was just doodling shapes and thought  “ooh I could make a cool tiger out this!”  I thought my fragmented tiger was a totally unique idea I came up with in my head.  Wrong! At the same Tea’s fragmented tiger shirt came out, two other children’s clothing companys came up with fragmented tiger tees!  CRAZY!  Has anyone else had this experience?

Fragmented Tiger tees from left to right: H&M, Soft Gallery, Tea Collection.