Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 31, 2011

Quality Children’s Clothes, Soft Children’s Clothes…

We asked: What would you tell a new mom about Tea? And, surprisingly your answers were quite alike, boiling down to the most used adjectives, adverbs, and nouns displayed in the word cloud below.


 

Some of our favorite responses included:

 

“The patterns are original and get the “wow” factor from others .”
“They are comfy and soft and unforgettable for photos”
“Unique, comfortable, adorable, stylish, washes up great, true to size & worth every penny!”
“No other clothing has the kind of comfort, versatility, and style that Tea does.”

 

As we embark on 2012, be sure your child starts the new year in style, in comfort, and in clothes that will last until 2013. Happy New Year!

 

December 30, 2011

How to Shop Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

Tea just launched our best semi-annual sale ever, with discounts up to 60% (or more!). We wanted to provide you with some pro insider practices to getting the most out of our super clearance.  Below is our top 3 helpful tips for shopping our semi-annual sale.

1) While you shop, think about what events you have coming up and purchase your outfits on sale ahead of time.  We think our Cactus Flower Dress would make a perfect Easter dress.  Or our Corzo Chambray Tunic would be a cute Valentine’s dinner outfit for mom.  What holidays, birthday parties, or events are you anticipating needing an outfit for in 2012?  Buy a new style for each while the prices are low!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Buy in bulk!  Do you love how durable our boys Workwear Cargo Pants are?  Do your girls love how comfortable, yet stylish our Skinny French Terry Cargos are?  Great! Stock up on these bottoms now while they’re discounted.  Buy one in each size for your child to grow into.  When their favorite pants no longer fit, you can be the best mom in the world when you surprise them with the next size up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Hurry! Urgent! Selling out!  We sometimes see these messages and ignore them.  Then when our size is gone or there is only one color option left, we’re upset.  The best way to get what you want during a semi-annual sale is to buy early and often.  Don’t wait until your favorite pair of pants is only available in one size.  Shop now!

So enjoy our sale while it lasts and happy shopping! What are your tips for shopping Tea’s semi-annual sale?

 

December 28, 2011

Behind the Design: Mexico’s Dragon

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

While Mexico, doesn’t necessarily have a traditional dragon, per say, it does have some very dragon-like creatures that have become very important to Mexican Culture.

images credits (left to right and top to bottom): Pyramid of Feathered Serpent, Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic by Diego Rivera, Diego Rivera Illustrations, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic Detail, Diego Rivera Illustration

The Feathered Serpent is a dragon-like deity important to many mesoamerican cultures. In Aztec culture he is known as Quetzalcoatl. Like many dragons in Asian cultures, the feathered serpent has a snake-like body, however it is not covered in scales like most other cultures’ dragons.  The feather serpent is covered with feathers, which gives it the ability to fly, even though it does not have wings. [fun fact: the Korean Dragon can also fly and does not have wings] The feathered serpent appeared in many of Diego Rivera’s works (pictured above). Do you recognize the frog in Diego’s mosaic?

mexico dragon shirt

Tea’s Aztec Serpent Shirt

images from inspiration trip photos

Many alebrijes take form as dragons or dragon-like creatures.  I suspect since alebrijes are a modern Mexican craft, crafters were exposed to influences from many different cultures. A dragon is a logical choice for an alebrije since they are usually fantasical creatures.

Tea’s Alebrije Shirt

December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions: East Meets West

This post was written by Cindy Young, the manager of technical design at Tea.

Cindy and her family

I came to the United States from China when I was 9 years old. Growing up in San Francisco, a city with diverse cultures and a large Asian population provided me with great comfort while assimilating into the new American culture. My first exposure to Christmas came through school, where we celebrated togetherness, exchanged gifts, decorated the room with lights and ornaments, listened to joyous music, and enjoyed lots of festivities and yummy treats; very similar to Chinese New Year actually. The jolly ole Saint Nick character was different though …

My family continued to celebrate Christmas to share in the experience with our American friends. Six years ago, I married my husband Brent, who is an American from Scottish/English and Greek descent.  His family is not religious and predominantly follows the American traditions for the holiday spirit.  They have a set of consistent traditions with the main focus being on family.  Generally, they aim to do fun and meaningful, but traditional, activities together such as decorating the tree, enjoying a nice formal dinner at home on Christmas Eve, going to Christmas plays or concerts, and laughing while frantically wrapping any last minute presents. On the big day, they take turns opening stockings and gifts before enjoying a hearty and delightful brunch with a delicious spread of food and Stollen (a traditional German loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with powdered sugar). They then call family and friends to wish them Merry Christmas, share stories from the morning, and catch up from when they last spoke.  Fully spent, everyone then takes a nap to re-energize for an evening of enjoying each other’s company while watching movies and eating popcorn at home.

So, it seems like my husband’s family traditions are not very different from my own. They are just different ways of celebrating with families and friends.  We have two toddlers now, and it wasn’t until last Christmas that I began to really dive into the meaning of Christmas. To us, Christmas is now about creating wonderful memories and fun experiences for the kids, in addition to connecting with family and friends.  It’s about doing things with the kids, helping them feel the Christmas Spirit through Santa Claus, and creating excitement and suspense about coming downstairs to find lots of presents under the tree.  To help our kids get involved with preparing for this Christmas, I created an Advent Calendar (pictured on the right) with their help. I did most of the sewing of course, but they put sticky numbers on the pockets and helped give lots of design feedback. A new twist to the classic set of ornaments, we incorporated some ornaments that reflect my Chinese heritage, such as felt crafted fortune cookie, wooden block with the brush stroke character “JOY,” a wind chime, and origami stars.  Since December 1st, my kids have been alternating in taking the ornament out of each pocket to hang on the calendar.  They get so excited to do it every morning and sometimes fight over whose turn it is to do it again.  It was a bigger project than I thought, and finding the miniature ornaments that would fit into the pockets wasn’t easy, but seeing their excitement in participation is rewarding and priceless.  I plan to recreate new editions of the calendar when they are old enough to experience more of the process in making it, and I look forward to learning and creating more traditions with my own family and teaching our kids the beauty of cultural differences and the true value of family traditions. 

December 23, 2011

Holiday Traditions

The shopping is done and presents are wrapped (hopefully!) so now it’s time to embrace the holiday spirit!  At Tea, we all have different ways that we celebrate the holidays.  Below some of our staffed shared their favorite festive traditions.  Some are funny, quirky, or sweet, but all reflect the season’s spirit of family and charitable giving.

“My Nonna would always take us to the toy store to pick out presents for children at an orphanage her church worked with. Even though I did not know these children, I remember being super concerned about whether or not they would like the presents. I put a lot of care and effort into picking out just the right toys. We’d also carefully wrap each present, which was equally as important to me. I hand colored all the wrapping paper and made sure each present looked ‘perfect’.” Katy, Designer

“Every winter my family makes Chinese Winter Balls. These are balls of dough that you eat with a cabbage broth. The production and consumption of these winter balls happens right when it starts to be winter so a Winter Solstice- like tradition. Making these balls is a huge production, you have people mixing dough and kids running around with sticky hands, but all the work is worth it. Nothing says winter like eating Winter Balls. There is also a dessert version of the balls with peanut butter or seasame paste injected inside the balls that you drink with a sweet/sugary broth.” Priscilla, Customer Service

“Every year, we arrange the little snow village up on top of the piano decked with all the tiny porcelain houses, figurines and snow covered trees as possible. My sister and I also like to watch White Christmas and sing along to it.” Isabelle, Tech Designer

“Every year we have a Mexican Feast for Christmas dinner.  We also make our own wrapping paper, either by carving and printing stamps or hand drawing it.” Amber, Textile Designer

“My family prepares a traditional Polish meal every Christmas Eve. The recipes have been handed down from generations and consist of potato and cottage cheese filled pierogi and a mushroom borscht soup which takes 2 days to prepare. Yum! I can’t wait to eat it soon.” Laura, VP of Design

“We just started to have a special brunch on Christmas, just the 3 of us, me my husband, and my son, a couple of years ago.” – Eva, Product Development and Production

“Christmas Eve we sit down with the kids and read about the meaning of Christmas and giving, read “Twas the night before Christmas” and sing carols. Then leave cookies and milk out for Santa and carrots out for the reindeer.” – Cristina, Tech Designer

“My husband’s family is from Uruguay so we make cookies called alfajores as gifts for the holiday season. Alfajores are a sweet sandwich cookie featuring a layer of dulce de leche, in the middle of two sweet biscuits and coated with chocolate or sprinkled with powdered sugar.” – Tracy, Head of Production & Technical Design

We hope you enjoyed learning about the yearly traditions that our staff cherishes.  We wish you a holiday filled with cheer, warmth, and lots of great memories.

Please share with us below, what’s your family’s favorite holiday tradition?

December 21, 2011

Behind the Design: Highland Holiday Colors

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

from Tea’s inspiration trip photos

Deep purples, rich blues and pops of bright pink may not scream holiday to everyone, but we loved this festive color palette proudly worn by the people in the village of Chamula. These are the colors of the traditional dress in this region of Chiapas. We were so inspired by the color, we couldn’t even wait till we got home to sport this beautiful palette. One generous women we met even let us try the clothes on that she was wearing. I hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we do.

mexico holiday clothing inspired by chimula

some of the styles from our Highland Holiday collection: girl styles, boy styles, women styles

December 20, 2011

Mexico in Green and Red

mexico in green and red mexican christmas poinsietta

from Tea’s inspiration trip photos

While we decided to go with a less traditional color palette for our holiday collection this year, Mexico was still filled with red & green inspiration that we wanted to share with you. Come back tomorrow for the inspiration behind our Highland Holiday color palette.

Did you know the poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico, where they call it “Noche Buena,” meaning Christmas Eve? The association of the poinsettia with Christmas began in Mexico. Can you see the poinsettia influence in some of the Mexican floral motifs?

December 15, 2011

Tea Launches our iPad App!

We released our iPad app so you can now shop Tea on-the-go!  Fans can now connect to and interact with our inspired designs on a new platform. 

 

Some of the features of the Tea app include:
*Ability to create your favorite look in our virtual dressing room.
*View and scan entire collections.
*Use zoom functions to see the unique detailing and patterns on our items.
*Visit our inspiration board and go behind the design

Download the Tea app today!

Our new app is powered by Revel Touch, a technology innovator that is defining tablet commerce for retailers and consumers.

December 14, 2011

Behind the Design: Lucha Libre Masks

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


The photo above was taken on our by one of our designers on our Modern Mexico Inspiration trip.

Luche Libre is a Mexican wrestling style characterized by the colorful masks the participants wear. The first Lucha Libre mask was worn as a gimmick in order to excite the audience and develop an alternate persona for the wrestler. Since then, the sport has become defined by the characters and colors the wrestlers’ masks exhibit.

We couldn’t help but include some colorful Lucha Libre masks in our boys graphic tees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please share with us in the comments below: what color would your Lucha Libre mask be?