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July 6, 2011

Marvelous Marimbas

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

Have you heard of the marimba instrument? First developed in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala, marimbas were influenced by an instrument similar to the xylophone called the balafon, which originated in West Africa.

Similar to a xylophone, marimbas have keys that the player hits with mallets. Traditional marimbas have gourds attached underneath as resonators (see above), but more modern versions have carved wooden resonators to better control the pitch. The instrument has a fun beat, and is either played solo or with other instruments. Our designers loved the playful music the marimbas makes, and designed our Marimba Mini Dress with dancing in mind!

Our Marimba Mini Dress comes in two colors – a light surf turquoise or a dark indigo blue. The flower design down the front was inspired by some of the intricate artistic carvings done along the sides of marimbas.

So what does a marimba sound like? Any ABBA fans out there may recognize marimbas at the beginning of their song Mamma Mia – one of its more famous pop appearances. Traditional marimba musical styles vary on the region and player, but below is a great example of the range of the marimba, and some history about its origins in Mexico and Guatemala:

 

Bird of Paradise Dress

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

Have you ever seen a bird of paradise flower? I never had, until I moved to California. They flower everywhere here, lining gardens and growing like weeds in front of stores. Sometimes I forget about them until I have visitors from out of town, who can’t believe how easily they grow in California.

Birds of paradise are popular in Mexico as well, and we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to create a dress influenced both by the flower and its namesake bird. In a mercado in Mexico City we found a woman’s shirt (above right) that became the inspiration for our Bird of Paradise dress (above left).

Lightweight poplin cotton, this dress is perfect for hot summers, and can be layered over our radish-colored leggings for cooler evenings.

Do you have a favorite bird or flower you’d like to see on a Tea dress?

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 22, 2011

Peacocks

Salvador Dali Peacock Joan Miro Peacock Art Nouveau Peacock

Peacocks were popular in the Modernisme and Art Nouveau movements (right).  We especially loved these lesser known drawings of peacocks by two of Spain’s most famous artists (left), Salvador Dalí (top) and Joan Miró (bottom).

We paid tribute to all these in our fun summer Peacock Graphic Tee.

peacock girl's shirt

April 27, 2011

Loving Slub

One of the things we love about our clothes here at Tea is our commitment to cotton. Soft, cozy, stretchy for running and jumping, easy to wash and long-lasting, cotton is in every item we make. One type of cotton fabric we’re celebrating this season is our slub jersey:

left to right: Playa Playdress, Abuelito Cardigan, Surfista Tee

Slub is made through weaving uneven threads of yarn into fabric. Called “slubs”, each bump in the yarn was historically viewed as a mistake when hand weaving yarn, but today slub has become an intentional modern aesthetic.  At Tea we love slub fabric for its subtle texture and lightweight summery feel.

above, La Rambla dress in Black Plum (left) and Olive Drab (right)

To see all our items that are currently made of slub cotton click here.  We hope you love them as much as we do!

March 17, 2011

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!

August 13, 2008

can’t wait for fall weather

I have to admit I am suffering from “summer dress fatigue,” and I am really ready to put some new colors on my little girl! There are too many gorgeous new styles available in Daily Tea to wait for cold weather so I scooped up a few pieces to get me through the next few weeks. Lizzie debuted her Fall Daily Tea ensembles this past weekend to rave reviews! The amethyst paper- cut print comes in a short sleeve top that is a great match back to the dry rose legging. Even though it’s still warm here, the leggings are perfect for playground and indoor gym play. Lizzie still stumbles and needs to protect her knees! I also had to get the new short sleeve dress style, which is great to wear-now, and to hold onto for colder weather, with the addition of the re-designed Daily Tea layering tee (slim fit and stretchy rib to be layered under all short sleeve styles) and those cute leggings.