Monthly Archives: June 2011

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.

 

June 13, 2011

Tea’s Fall 2011 Open Studio

Last Thursday we launched a brand new event for Tea -  we invited local bloggers and media to our headquarters in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, to give them a sneak peek of our Fall 2011 Back to School line before it’s released later this summer.

Our invite list included fashion bloggers,  parenting bloggers, writers for local media like Red Tricycle and SFGate, and representatives from local mother’s groups such as Southern Marin Moms. We welcomed them to our showrooms to share margaritas with us and meet some of the team at Tea. They chatted with the founders of the company, and had the opportunity to hear the design inspiration and outfitting messages of our Fall 2011 line directly from our designers and merchants.

And we all had a blast! It was a great opportunity to network and meet people face-to-face whose blogs we all read and love.

(above) Alix from Modern Kiddo explores our new line

(above) Amy Graff from SFGate shows off an outfit she styled

We made a lot of new friends and loved the opportunity to show off our upcoming collection, which will be appearing in stores and online in the next few weeks. The destination hasn’t officially been announced yet, but if you look closely at the photos above and below you may be able to guess where we went…

(above) Maria from Geekymummy and Nancy Davis Kho from Normalarkey talk to Leigh Rawdon, co-founder of Tea

(above) Megan Flatt and Jessica Edelen from Southern Marin Moms

Michelle and Nuala, organizers of Tea’s Open Studio

To all the bloggers who attended the event – we loved having you! Thank you for helping us make our first Tea Open Studio a huge success.

June 8, 2011

World Oceans Day

Today is World Ocean’s Day!  Show your commitment to protecting the oceans by sporting tees featuring our favorite marine animals:

ocean shirts

images credits: Pelican, La Pelica Graphic Tee, Cangrejo Graphic Tee, Crab Swimming in Blue Water by Sami Sarkis, Turtle in the Sea, Tortuga Graphic Tee, Tiburon Graphic Tee, Tiger Shark by Roger Horrocks

What else can you to help the oceans?  It’s easy, just remember the 7C’s (Seven Seas, get it? ha!):

1.)Commit to making a real difference

2.) Conserve in my home

3.) Consume consciously

4.) Communicate my interests and concerns

5.) Challenge myself daily

6.) Connect in my community

7.) Celebrate our Ocean!

Here are some great ideas to get kid’s involved!