Category Archives: Behind the Design

January 10, 2011

Artist Patches

Did you notice the fun little patches on our El Artista Layered Tee & El Toro Graphic Tee?



Some fun facts:

-Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

-Everyone knows Picasso was a talented painter, but he was also a well-known sculptor and draughtsman. In fact, he was quite secretive about his sculptures and did not release them to the public until the 1960’s.

-Bulls are a popular subject of many Spanish artists including Miro, Picasso and Dali.

December 20, 2010

Picasso and his Stripes

Welcome to Catalonia, Spain! We are so excited to share our discoveries of this unique region of the world with you, and what inspired us to create our new collection.

“Viva el Artista” is the name we gave the first delivery of clothing for this season, which is greatly influenced by the abstract and artistic beauty of Barcelona. Inspired by the architecture and buzz of the city, our designers also found themselves being drawn in again and again to the work of one of Barcelona’s most famous residents – Pablo Picasso.

This season we have several items that reference not only to his work, but also his fashion sense. Picasso was known for his love of striped shirts, as some of the most famous images of him prove:

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This style of stripes, either in black and white or navy blue and white, are a timeless icon, often associated not just with Picasso but with 1960s fashion across Europe.

We have two pieces this season that reference Picasso’s stripes – a comfy knit sweater for boys, and a chic and playful tunic for girls. And ladies if you like stripes, keep an eye out for our brand new Catalonia-inspired women’s items that will be premiering soon….


You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Picasso this season, and how his work has influenced different pieces in this line. We look forward to sharing this exciting new destination with you. Stay posted!



December 10, 2010

Bucharest Floral Dress– the Outfit for the Holidays!

For this Holiday season, we were inspired by the Maramures people of Translyvania. Located in the northwestern region of Romania, the Maramures live in villages where countless century-old traditions are still encorporated into daily routines.

During celebrations, the Maramures wear their traditional costume, which is primarily black and white with hints of red. We love this classic outfit because of the mix of plush textures and the heavy embroidered embellishments.

While this influence is found throughout our entire Hungarian Holiday collection, the Bucharest Floral dress reflects our true love of these Maramures traditional outfits. With an elegant embroidered pattern and texture on plush velvet, the Bucharest Floral dress is the perfect party dress!

Bucharest Floral Dress

Bucharest Floral Dress

To share our love for these Maramures traditions, we are now offering the Bucharest Floral dress at the great price of $49.50!  Regularly $85, this promotional price is available on our website and at participating retailers [see below]

Ladybugs & Lizards Children’s Boutique 

1389 E. 15th Street Suite 128

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 348-2121

Donna Ryan Photography and Boutique

5218 42nd Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136

(206) 909-0189

The Lolly Garden

2046 Utica Square

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 742-6300


533 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 241-0460


1324 Foothill Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801) 583-2229

Kustum Kribs

147 North NW Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-5742

Style Child

1070 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-0480

Lil’ Lamb Shop

167 Jennifer Road Suite Q

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-3303

Jumping Jellyfish

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave 
Suite 107

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-1838

Stuhlbergs, Inc.

1801 Queen Anne Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 352-2351


819 W. Idaho St.

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-5501

Red Balloon

5407 N. Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 989-8500,

Red Balloon

2060 N. Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

(877) 969-9800,

Tiny Toes

4 N. Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 420-6727,

Rocky Mountain Kids

2525 Arapahoe Ave # H12a

Boulder, CO 80302-7867

(303) 447-2267,


508 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-0508

Baby Blossom

2623 Montrose Ave

Abbotsford, BC Canada

(604) 556-4993

My Little One

123 Waite Ave North

Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 253-4141

November 24, 2010

Our Latest Manhole Cover Inspiration

At Tea we love coming across interesting manhole covers while on our travels. Many of our circular designs on our boy’s clothes originate from manhole covers we’ve discovered on our journeys, such as as our Nanaos Dragon Pullover, which we blogged about here.  Our latest inspiration from manhole covers came from the manhole image on the left, which we used on our Side Stripe Pants.


For more manhole covers in Budapest check out some photos here.


November 23, 2010

The Kassai School of Horseback Archery

Today’s Guest Post is by Sandra Tyan from Tea:

I’ve been shooting since I was about 10 years old and was super excited when I saw that Katy was developing an archery graphic.  I can’t help but smile whenever I see archery references pop up (except in Lord of the Rings because Legolas’ form is so awful it makes me cringe every time I watch him shoot).  One of my friends from college always joked that I could learn how to ride a horse and be a horseback archer, but I always laughed it off.  Little did I know that horseback archery is an art form and competitive sport in Hungary!

The Kassai School of Horseback Archery, founded by Kassai Lajos about 25 years ago in Hungary, is the inspiration behind the Archery Tee.  Lajos also founded the Horseback Archers World Association and developed modern horseback archery competitions.  In a short amount of time, his teaching style has spread to various countries throughout Europe and North America.  Lajos has extensive training grounds in Hungary called “The Valley” in the village of Kaposmero where people from all over the world travel to attend his training camps, history lessons including bow making, and martial arts seminars.

There are different skill degrees that horseback archers can test into, much like martial arts, and different colored kaftans and belts represent the skill level.  For example, a blue kaftan and black belt means someone is a beginner that has demonstrated competency in both shooting and riding.  Here are some horseback archers of varying skill degrees:



Competitions are about shooting as quickly and accurately as possible within a certain amount of time.  Each archer gets 9 passes or gallops along the 99m course.  The archer receives points for hitting the different rings on the target, and also for how quickly he/she can ride through the course.  Rides are timed; each person has 20 seconds to complete the course.  After all passes, the person with the highest point total wins.



In modern target archery competitions, archers shoot at different distances depending on their age/gender.   The official Olympic distance is 70m for both men and women.  While each end is timed, the archer has a set number of arrows to shoot so there’s no pressure to shoot as many arrows as possible.  I have a lot of respect for horseback archers.  It’s hard enough to shoot a target while standing still, I can’t imagine the amount of skill required to shoot a target from a moving horse while the distance to the target constantly changes, and especially without an aiming device!

Check out the results of our inspiration from the Kassai School of Horseback Archery:


November 18, 2010

The Lion on Széchenyi Chain Bridge


The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest spans the Danube river, connecting the Western and Eastern  parts of the city. Opened in 1849, the bridge is named after Count István Széchenyi, who financially and politically supported its construction. Made of beautifully intricate wrought iron, the bridge was greatly damaged during the Siege of Budapest during World War II , and was partly rebuilt.

While exploring Budapest our designers came across a magnificent lion gracing the abutments at the end of the bridge.


He is a smaller stone replica of the famous bronze Trafalgar lions, guarding Nelson’s Column in London. and was installed on the bridge in 1852. Inspired by his noble features, our designers created this stylish shirt:


Know any little lions in your life? You can find this shirt here.