Category Archives: Behind the Design

August 25, 2015

3 Ways to Wear our Destination Denim

15JAS_W_02_250Very little is as sturdy and universally stylish as denim. The classic blue hues, rustic rivets and easy buttons go with just about anything and everything. Once you find a good pair of jeans, you know you’ll always be able to rely on their versatility and ease. We want little citizens to feel this way about our denim, so this fall we are introducing Destination Denim! Our styles are not just limited to jeans… We have overalls, a jacket and even a denim skirt! She’ll always be in style and feel at ease no matter where her travels take her. From the first day of school to picture day to monkey bars, she is sure to look great! See how we dress our denim…

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August 5, 2015

Behind the Design: Bolivian Embroidery

F15_TripPic_MH_ 2647It’s all in the details… take a close look! Our August designs were inspired by the markets of La Paz, Bolivia – a city filled with beautifully embroidered clothing. Everywhere you turn, you see brightly colored shawls, skirts and sweaters. We couldn’t believe how intricate every day wear was. We also had the chance to see traditional folk costumes worn during celebrations. These pieces too were embroidered with beautiful floral designs. Take a look at some of our girl’s pieces that feature our take on Bolivian embroidery.

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Not Your Average Hoodie

15JUL_W_B04_088The mesmerizing motorcycle. The thrill of zipping through streets… the leather jacket and shiny helmets… the patches and graphics… the loud noises! Whenever we see someone riding a motorcycle, we revert back to that child-like state and the same rush of excitement gets us every time.

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August 4, 2015

Baby Styles Inspired by La Paz Markets

IMG_4275The inspiration behind our sweet baby girl prints and graphics stem directly from the street markets of La Paz, Bolivia. We were inspired most by the embroidered folk costumes sold in the mercados and worn by the locals. Each garment has extraordinary detail… embroidered flowers in every color of the rainbow with gilded finishes. We wanted to bring this uniqueness back to our collection, here you’ll see how it shines through our baby girl prints. Learn more about the inspiration behind our pieces below.

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July 30, 2015

What do you know about Llamas?

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While traveling through Argentina and Bolivia, you’re sure to see llamas! We found them roaming the Andes Mountains, on far away farms and throughout tiny towns. Llamas are native to South America have been a friend to people since the time of the Incas when they were first used as pack animals, carrying goods and wares over the rough terrain. They have a soft wool coat that keeps them warm throughout the winter which is often used to make soft luxurious sweaters and hats! Llamas are also guardians for sheep and goats, protecting them against many predators. In honor of the many llamas we found along our way, you’ll find several llama inspired pieces this fall – from a photoreal tee to a sweet print for baby, there’s a type of llama for everyone. We’ve rounded up fun facts you might not have known about llamas and don’t miss this fall’s inspired designs!

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July 15, 2015

Inspiration Behind Our Graphic Tees

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Season after season you continue to make our graphic tees a bestseller! We work hard to create  tees that mix and match for easy layering, but we also put a lot of time into the creation of the graphics themselves. Behind each graphic there’s a story to tell…  continue reading

July 8, 2015

An Inside Look at the Design Process

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Did you know that all of our designs are created in-house? On any given day, you can wander through Tea’s design department to find designers busy at work; drawing, painting or sketching graphics for upcoming collections. Above, you see one of our textile designers, Katy Tanis, painting wildflowers that became the print on our girl’s Flores Silvestres Graphic Tee.

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July 6, 2015

Behind the Design: Rio Gallegos Dress

IMG_1179This July, our collection is inspired by a road trip through Argentina and Bolivia and all we saw along the way. As we drove through Argentina, we were in awe of the ever changing landscapes and views. From the high peaks of the Andes Mountains in Bolivia to the vast plains of Argentina. As we neared the southern tip towards Patagonia, we stopped as this view of a valley in between a mountain range, took our breath away. These oxeye daisies sprang up among the rolling green hills and immediately caught our eye.

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June 10, 2015

Nautical Styles For Your Explorer

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This June, we feature our Citizen Blue collection that draws on inspiration from travels on the sea. We put a spin on classic stripes with playful graphics or a bow tie. We were inspired by all things nautical like sand dollars, anchors, sea gull and submarines.  We envision our Tea little citizens putting on these fun styles and going out to the backyard to play pretend. Live by the seashore ? Take these styles for a spin on the boardwalk or for an afternoon sail!

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