Category Archives: Behind the Design

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

March 2, 2015

Paisley Palace

Modern India takes great care and pride to retain the extraordinary refinement of its many palaces, old temples and ancient forts. We’ve fondly named our newest delivery, Paisley Palace. From the stunning marble dome of the Taj Mahal to the ornate arches of the Mysore Palace to the spectacular paintings that adorn the Amer Fort, there is no lack of inspiration in the architecture in India. Many of our designs in this collection are named after these great palaces! Take a look at the history of these great sites to better understand the story behind the design.

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The Amer Fort was built by the conqueror Raja Man Singh who ruled from 1590-1614 AD. On our visit here, we rode painted elephants and admired the red curtains that framed the fort. We were inspired by the elaborate painted motifs on the walls and ceilings in the Jaipur City Palace.

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February 27, 2015

Honk! Honk! Lorry Truck

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In India, trucks are called lorries and they can be found zooming along streets and highways. Driving in India is a bit hectic… the streets are a symphony of constant horn blowing and busy cars. The lorries are painted in all kinds of crazy colors. The idea is that if you’re loud and bright, everyone will see and hear you coming and get out of your way! We found it all to be beautifully chaotic. continue reading

January 30, 2015

Ralli Quilts to Ralli Bikes

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Literally translated ralli means to mix or connect… and that’s exactly what ralli quilts do in many different ways. Made from scraps of fabric (usually cotton), ralli’s are an expression of the makers behind them. You’ll find these quilts in three basic styles: 1) patchwork made from pieces of torn cloth squares and triangle stitched together 2) appliqué made from intricate cute out patterns 3) embroidered quilts where the stitches form patterns on solid colored fabrics. No matter the style, you’ll always notice the bold diagonal placements of blocks and embellishments. continue reading