Category Archives: Behind the Design

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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June 5, 2015

Citizen Blue: The Sea Between

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We’re excited to kickoff the summer with the launch of Citizen Blue – a semi-annual collection that celebrates the magical spots we stop along the way to somewhere else. Rooted in rich indigo hues, Citizen Blue revisits heritage Tea styles and favorite prints from places we’ve already been and offers new designs inspired by places we’ve seen only glimpses of. Citizen Blue is a voyager, a nautical nomad. Not quite here or there, the collection draws inspiration from the journey and all of the magical spots we stop along the way to our final destination. It is truly globally inspired. No matter the type of adventure you have planned this summer, our Citizen Blue collection is packed full of grab-your-suitcase-and-go styles for your little citizen.

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May 29, 2015

Behind the Design: Sea Glass Print

beach 1A gift to beach combers who are lucky enough to find it, Sea glass is a real gem of the ocean! Many many years ago, sea glass was often called mermaid tears. It was said that every time a sailor drowned at sea, mermaids would cry and sea glass was their tears washing ashore. continue reading

May 4, 2015

Behind the Design: Mithila Tree

Inspiration can stem from anything; an inanimate object, a person, a taste, smell or a sound. When inspiration stems from art, it has many layers. An artist is inspired and creates a beautiful piece, which a viewer in turn can be inspired by. This was the case when our team traveled to India. Our designers saw the works of a Madhubani artist and fell in love with the technique and design. Madhubani painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region in Bihar, India. The painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, or matchsticks!

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Our team was lucky enough to get in contact with the artist, Pradyumn Kumar. He allowed us to use his tree design on our Mithila Tree Graphic Dress and even custom designed the artwork on our Madhubani Floral Graphic Tee. continue reading

April 14, 2015

Behind the Design: Monkeys!

Monkey 5Monkeys are everywhere in India! But beware, not all are as cute and friendly as they may seem. Some monkeys have been known to swipe your jacket or hat when you aren’t looking. These mischievous monkeys were the perfect inspiration for our playful graphics on our boys and little girls tees. See the story behind the inspiration… continue reading

March 23, 2015

Tea Swim Styles Inspired by Goa Beaches

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Image of Agonda Beach courtesy of Goindia.com.

Goa is a coastal gem found in west India bordering the Arabian Sea. As the smallest state in India, over 80% of Goa is compromised of beaches with swaying palm trees, deep blue water and sandy beaches. Both locals and tourists make the trip to discover the beaches many different attractions. Check out our newest swim styles inspired by these beautiful beaches! continue reading