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About Tea Collection

Katy designs graphics and textiles for Tea and is a self-proclaimed wildlife conservationist. She loves discovering beautiful things and finding inspiration in unexpected places. When she is not working on one of her too many creative projects she enjoys rollerblading to musicals, pretending she can surf and watching Disney movies. Katy has traveled around the globe to work with creatures that have lost their homes to rainforest destruction. Her most memorable trip was to Malaysian Borneo working with orphaned orangutans, next up is sloths in Costa Rica, and hopefully one day Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

April 22, 2012

Earth Day with the Red Panda Network at Oakland Zoo

Last Saturday the Oakland Zoo celebrated Earth Day with their “Take Action for Animals” event.  Conservation organizations from all over came out to teach little citizens about animal awareness and protection. I’ve been working with the Red Panda Network for nearly five years now. While Red Pandas have been gaining popularity in the last few years, most people still don’t know about them. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular our booth was.

top left picture: Pinju, one of the red pandas available for adoption via the Red Panda Network

middle right picture: Master Shifu via ShareTV

all other pictures from the day of the event

Most children were shocked and excited to learn that Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda was actually a red panda. The children, as well as many parents, were curious and enthusiastic to be learning about an animal they had just heard about for the first time. We had over 200 future conservationists come to our table to create a Red Panda mask. To learn about Red Pandas visit:  The Red Panda Network. They also have a great program Red Panda Ranger program for children who want to learn more about Red Pandas.


April 18, 2012

Behind the Design: Sanur Floral Print

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.

Ever wonder how the Tea textile designers get that hand-printed look for dresses like our Sanur Floral Sporty dress?

Yes, we actually take the time to carve out linoleum blocks to achieve the perfect look. Pictured above are photos of our talented textile designer Amber and her work as she developed the graphic for our Sanur Floral Sporty dress.  Pretty cool, huh?

April 9, 2012

Summer Fashion Report: Rompers

Summer is all about fun, and what’s more fun than easy, breezy rompers!

(From left to right, top to bottom: 1) Hair Envy 2) Adriano Goldschmied 3) Rory Beca 4) ASOS 5) Dolce & Gabbana 6) Betsy Johnson 7) Marc by Marc)

To see more, visit our fashion romper Pinterest board.

From a beach cover-up to an evening dinner jumpsuit, these rompers surely fit the spirit of summer. Easy to wear and accessorize, these one-pieces make looking on trend simple.  Check out Tea’s twist on rompers for girls.

With heels, piles of jewelry or over a bathing suit- how would you fashion your romper? Tell us in the comments section below.

March 19, 2012

Spring Fashion Report: Pastels

There’s something about spring fashion that softly whispers: pastels. This ultra feminine trend feels oh-so-pretty and can make a (soft) statement when paired with the right accessories, like a flower headband.

1) thesphinxandthemilkyway.com 2) thestylerookie.com 3) Bjork in Dazed 4) Hikari Shimoda 5) Vogue 6) Unknown 7) Sally King Benedict 8) cocilaelle.com 9) Juliak Ostreva 10) Jennifer Davis 11) Basso & Brooke and Fred Butler 12) insidetheloop.tumblr.com 13) Louis Vuitton

Will you indulge your feminine side and wear a touch of pale pink or soft yellow?

March 13, 2012

FASHION REPORT: IKAT

On our Bali inspiration trip, we met lots of Ikat artists and were overwhelmed with beautiful textiles and designs we saw.  So you can imagine how overjoyed we were to find out how on trend Ikat patterns are for Spring.

from left to right, top to bottom: 1) Bunny, Cheer Up! 2) Unknown 3) Dries van Noten 4) Balenciaga 5) Paul & Joe 6) Tea Collection 7) Marie Claire

See more of our Ikat inspiration on our “hello ikat” board on Pinterest.

From high-fashion to light-weight, summer dresses, there are many ways to wear Ikat. How will you be wearing Ikat this season?

March 7, 2012

Cultural Connections: Flowers Heads

As we visit many different cultures around the world, we begin to see connections across many cultures. You can see more of our cultural connections here.

The flower head fashion has been around for years and adorned by many different cultures.


1: Japanese geisha’s often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Japan for our Fall 2009 Collection.

2: While, I am unaware of any tradition around wearing flowers in your hair in Korea, it certainly seems to be a popular trend in Korean Vogue. (see more images from Vogue Korea and Vogue Girl Korea on our Pinterest board)

Tea visited Korea for our Spring 2010 Collection.

3. Brazilian, Carmen Miranda adorned her turbans with fruit and flowers.

Tea visited Brazil for our Spring 2009 Collection.

4: In Mexico, women wear flowers in their hair for special occasions and celebrations. Here is an image of our style muse Frida Kahlo, who is always pictured with flowers in her hair.

Tea visited Mexico for our Fall 2011 Collection.

5. Traditional women in Hungary wear flower headpieces on their wedding day. Hungarian dancers also wear floral headpieces.

Tea visited Hungary for our Fall 2010 Collection.

6. In Bali, legong dancers wear floral head pieces. It is common to see Balinese women wearing flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Bali for our Spring 2012 Collection.

7: In Spain, Flamenco dancers often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Spain for our Spring 2011 Collection.

8. Peruvian women wear Monteras, traditional hats. Modern day women often buy the hats at the market and decorate themselves with flowers.

Tea’s Fall 2007 collection was inspired by Peru.

Do you know any traditions around wearing flowers in your hair?

March 5, 2012

SPRING FASHION REPORT: FLOWER HEAD

What could be a more feminine look than adding some flowers to your hair?

flowers in hair fashion trend

From left to right, top to bottom: 1) Unknown 2) Elliot & Erick Jimenez for Material Girl 3) Agata Pospieszyńska 4) Unknown 5) Unknown 6) Edie Campbell

We were overwhelmed by all the great images for this post. It seems to be everywhere, and every images is more pretty than the next. Make sure to check out our Pinterest board to see all the other great floral hair pieces.

What do you think? Will you be adopting the flower-head style? Tell us in the comments section below.

February 29, 2012

Behind the Design: Tiger Jungle Tee

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.

bali jungle tiger boys shirt

For our Tiger Jungle Shirt, I imagined a time where the Balinese jungles were filled with tigers. I drew the design in a very primitive hand & then carved it out of a linoleum block to create a tribal look.

Sadly, in our time, we will never see even a single tiger in the Balinese forests. This is the only picture you will ever see of the Balinese Tiger. The last tiger in Bali was shot and killed in 1937 and the subspecies went extinct. The drawing below by Russian artist, Evgenia Barinova recapturing that sad event.

While this seems a little more somber than our regular “behind the design” posts, I feel its extremely important to teach our children to protect our fragile wildlife. There is still hope for the last of 3 subspecies of Tiger in Indonesia – the Sumatran Tiger. Their population is frightening small, estimated at less than 300 individuals. The best way to help is to pass this knowledge to our children and raise a generation of mindful, passionate little citizens who want to protect all the creatures of this beautiful planet.

“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” – Jane Gooodall

National Geographic is currently running an amazing campaign, Cause an Uproar, to help with big cat conservation. They have a great kid’s section to get children involved in the conservation efforts.

How do you teach your little citizens about wildlife preservation? Share with us in the comments section below.

February 16, 2012

Spring Fashion Report: Photoreal Florals

Nothing says Spring more than some photoreal florals. We cultivated the best of the best below for your viewing pleasure.

floral botanical photo real dresses tunic tops

from top to bottom, left to right: Karen Walker, Stella McCartney, Tea’s Jungle Flower DressDries Van NotenPrada, Mary KatrantzouBasso & Brooke, Peter Som, Jill SanderPeter Som, Jill Sander. View more photoreal prints on our Pinterest.

Liven up your wardrobe with these bright prints. For the bold stylistas, mix your florals with prints and colorful solids.  If you’re a little scared of this trend, pair your floral tops with black skinny jeans or a nude pencil skirt. Either way, you’re sure to make a fashion-forward statement with these photoreal prints.

What’s your take on photoreal florals? Share your thoughts about how you’d wear this style in the comments section below.

February 15, 2012

Behind the Design: Sunprints

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.

My very talented partner in design, Amber got really creative with the way she created prints for Bali. We loved the photo real trend we were seeing in prints and graphics. To catch the light and airy feel of Bali, she used sun prints to recreate the gorgeous botanicals we saw on our trip.

botanical floral sun print

sun print tunic shirt dress

These designs just feel like Spring.  We imagine wearing them on a stroll to your neighborhood boutique or playing with your kids in the park.  How will you be wearing this style? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.