Category: Behind the Design

Behind the Design: Venetian Lace

Colored houses in Burano

In the lagoon that surrounds Venice lies an island named Burano, bespeckled with colorful houses. There’s a legend of an ancient betrothed (engaged) fisherman, who was fishing in the lagoons surrounding the Burano island. On his trip home, he came upon a siren who wouldn’t let him pass and attempted to entice him with her singing. He refused, staying faithful to his love back home. Enchanted by his faithfulness, the siren queen thumped the side of the fisherman’s boat with her tail, creating a wave of foam from which a wedding veil developed. The fisherman brought the veil back home and gifted it to his fiance on the day of their wedding. She was admired and envied by all the young ladies of Burano, who all set out to imitate the lace of the veil. This is the story of how the intricate Burano lace designs were born.

Behind the Design: Scooter Pajamas

Designers scooting in Rome

During our stay in Rome, we explored the cobblestoned streets just like a local would, by scooter! Zipping in and out of alleys and around cars was not only thrilling, but also the quickest way of getting from place to place. Vespas, scooters and motorbikes are everywhere in Rome. They truly are the locals choice of transportation. And who can blame them? As a nod to the vespas we hopped on in Rome, we hand-illustrated scooters for a few of our newest styles.

An Inside Look At Our Swim Design

16SP1_L_G07_01

Over the years, our swim styles have captured the attention of our customers for many reasons; the original silhouettes, SPF 40 coverage and most importantly (we think!) our prints and patterns. The very Tea prints you love shine in our newest swim styles inspired by Italy. Our Fiorella, or “little flower“, print is a Tea favorite. Get an inside look at the process of designing our Fiorella swim print.

Art in Nature

S16_TripPic_JC_#2_0179

If you’re an avid Studio T reader, you’re probably aware that our Tea designers draw inspiration for our prints and graphics from a myriad of sources, art and nature being a very popular one. In Italy, we found inspiration everywhere; in familiar places like museums and architecture but also in some new places, too. 

Behind the Design: Ceramica Almafi

Ceramica PDP

This spring, our distinctive prints and unique color palette pay homage to modern Italian art and design. Bold, beautiful and endlessly wearable, these colors bring life to every outfit. One of our favorite prints this spring are the stripes on our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie. With it’s vibrant colors and modern stripes – these styles are sure to become quick customer favorites. Learn how a ceramic vase became the inspiration for the design of our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie

Things That Go Fast!

16SP1_E_045

This past fall, inspired by our designers’ discoveries and excited to kick off our new Citizens FC program, Tea co-founder and CEO, Leigh Rawdon, embarked on an Italian adventure with her family. Like little boys (and girls!) everywhere, Leigh’s sons, Adam (9) and Matthew (7), were in awe of the many things in Italy that went fast. From vespas to high speed trains and everything in between, the boys got to see the inspiration behind our newest graphics first hand.

Animal Graphics & A Coloring Activity!

15DEC_S_BB02_0034

Our newest Baby Boy graphic tees feature some pretty adorable animals that we know your little citizens will love. From the deep sea surrounding Japan to the thickly wooded forest, these animals in our playful graphics are fun to wear and pretty cute, too. See a round up of our favorites and print out two graphics for your little citizen to color in!