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About nuala

Nuala Sawyer works in Social Marketing at Tea. She enjoys bicycling, cooking with New Mexican green chiles, animals, and running through Golden Gate Park. She grew up mostly in New Mexico and Colorado, but has also lived in Belgium, England, Wales, Greece, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and now San Francisco. She has a degree in photography from Hampshire College. A few life goals include visiting the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles, owning a dog, and perfecting the art of soufflé.

August 26, 2011

Inside Studio T: Sample Sale

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea. This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

Last week we hosted a Tea Sample Sale at our offices to clear out stock from previous seasons. Before we opened the doors to the masses (who were lined up around the block), I took a few shots of some girl’s and women’s clothes that were hanging on the racks. I love our Sample Sales for the opportunity to see patterns and styles from past seasons that I loved, and have forgotten about.

And there’s another Sample Sale this weekend, at our offices in San Francisco! $5 entry, with all entry fees going to the Global Fund for Children. Details are as follows:

Location: 117 Wisconsin Street, San Francisco 94107

Days: Friday August 26th, 9am – 3pm and Saturday August 27th, 9am – 1pm.

August 25, 2011

Fall 2011 Stylista Contest is Open!

Our second Stylista contest of the year is officially open for submissions! Does your child love fashion? Do they enjoy creating and styling their own outfits? You may want to ask them if they’re interested in participating in our Stylista contest. Winners will receive a trip to San Francisco, and a photoshoot in Tea’s Studio. You can see photos of our last Stylista finalists here, and the winner here.

To Enter:

1.) Submit 1 photo of your child styling at least 2 pieces of our Fall 2011 collection. Have a great time with accessories and props!

2.) Visit one of our amazing participating stores for assistance with styling & photography or take your own photos and enter online.

3.) All entries must be received by Tea no later than 11:59 PT on September 30th.

Read all official rules before applying.

Enter now online, or find participating stores in your area.

 

 

August 23, 2011

Alexander McQueen at the Met

If you’ve been reading any form of fashion media in the past couple of months you may have heard about the stupendous exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s work at the Met in NYC. We at Tea love Alexander McQueen, but when I was in NYC two weeks ago the lines were too monumental to make it into the show:

line for Alexander McQueen show by Charles Kessler

Luckily Garance Dore was able to take some gorgeous pictures of the exhibition, so we can all get a taste of what was on display:

Were you able to make it to the show? What were your impressions?

August 19, 2011

Inside Studio T: The Pond

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea. This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

We have two offices at Tea, right across the street from one other. Our home base is located at 1 Arkansas Street, where we do all our thinking, designing, marketing, merchandising, and customer care. The second, affectionately called “T2″, is used for big meetings, hosting fun events for retailers or bloggers, and photo shoots. We love that T2 is in a building that mainly caters to architects, as it includes a huge landscaped courtyard garden. And in that garden? This pond, filled with goldfish. I love walking by it when commuting from office to office. Wouldn’t you?

August 18, 2011

weeDecor’s Tea-Inspired Wall Motifs

We’re happy to announce a new partnership – with our local friends weeDECOR! weeDECOR makes wall decals for nurseries and children’s rooms. Our designers collaborated with them to create the wall decals above (clockwise:  Whimsical Birds, Origami Elephant, Tori Bird & Flower, Origami Bird).

“Tea, a leader in children’s fashion, is well known for their gorgeous and sophisticated prints and colors. We are thrilled to turn those prints into wall decals for children’s rooms”, said Pam Webber, CEO and founder of weeDECOR.  “We are especially honored to work with a fellow San Francisco company to offer parents more eco-friendly decorating solutions in the prints and palettes they have known to love from Tea.”

All weeDECOR products are made with a biodegradable fabric, and are reusable if you want to move them from room to room.

We’re totally charmed by them – arem’t you?

August 17, 2011

Tea and Google Catalogs

We love our catalogs at Tea – preparing for them, deciding on a artistic direction based off of our destination, and working with our talented team of models.  Our print catalogs have evolved hugely over the past few years, and we are now taking the next step by offering digital options. At Tea we are all about being green, and what better way to do that than offer a web-based catalog for iPad users?

So without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce our new relationship with Google Catalogs (which just launched yesterday). Google Catalogs offers an innovative new approach to exploring catalogs. You can zoom in to see products up close, create collages of your favorite items, share products with friends, and subscribe to our catalog to be the first to see what’s being newly released.

 

Are you intrigued? We are. Visit Google Catalogs to learn more, and play with our new Fall Modern Mexico catalog in a whole new way. Happy shopping!

August 16, 2011

Lucha Libre Interior Design

We’re loving this Lucha Libre inspired nursery, made for little Kahlo Noel!

Kahlo’s mother Erika wanted to design a room that reflected her husband’s Mexican heritage, and that wasn’t all about animals like many nurseries. In her words “I think the hardest part, and it still is, is holding back from buying anything and everything with a luchador printed on it. I wanted the luchadores to be present in the room but not completely take over.”

Don’t you think our Lucha Libre hoodie would be the perfect match for this new little citizen?

found via the lovely ohdeedoh