Category Archives: Behind the Design

March 7, 2012

Cultural Connections: Flowers Heads

As we visit many different cultures around the world, we begin to see connections across many cultures. You can see more of our cultural connections here.

The flower head fashion has been around for years and adorned by many different cultures.


1: Japanese geisha’s often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Japan for our Fall 2009 Collection.

2: While, I am unaware of any tradition around wearing flowers in your hair in Korea, it certainly seems to be a popular trend in Korean Vogue. (see more images from Vogue Korea and Vogue Girl Korea on our Pinterest board)

Tea visited Korea for our Spring 2010 Collection.

3. Brazilian, Carmen Miranda adorned her turbans with fruit and flowers.

Tea visited Brazil for our Spring 2009 Collection.

4: In Mexico, women wear flowers in their hair for special occasions and celebrations. Here is an image of our style muse Frida Kahlo, who is always pictured with flowers in her hair.

Tea visited Mexico for our Fall 2011 Collection.

5. Traditional women in Hungary wear flower headpieces on their wedding day. Hungarian dancers also wear floral headpieces.

Tea visited Hungary for our Fall 2010 Collection.

6. In Bali, legong dancers wear floral head pieces. It is common to see Balinese women wearing flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Bali for our Spring 2012 Collection.

7: In Spain, Flamenco dancers often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Spain for our Spring 2011 Collection.

8. Peruvian women wear Monteras, traditional hats. Modern day women often buy the hats at the market and decorate themselves with flowers.

Tea’s Fall 2007 collection was inspired by Peru.

Do you know any traditions around wearing flowers in your hair?

March 5, 2012

SPRING FASHION REPORT: FLOWER HEAD

What could be a more feminine look than adding some flowers to your hair?

flowers in hair fashion trend

From left to right, top to bottom: 1) Unknown 2) Elliot & Erick Jimenez for Material Girl 3) Agata Pospieszyńska 4) Unknown 5) Unknown 6) Edie Campbell

We were overwhelmed by all the great images for this post. It seems to be everywhere, and every images is more pretty than the next. Make sure to check out our Pinterest board to see all the other great floral hair pieces.

What do you think? Will you be adopting the flower-head style? Tell us in the comments section below.

February 29, 2012

Behind the Design: Tiger Jungle Tee

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

bali jungle tiger boys shirt

For our Tiger Jungle Shirt, I imagined a time where the Balinese jungles were filled with tigers. I drew the design in a very primitive hand & then carved it out of a linoleum block to create a tribal look.

Sadly, in our time, we will never see even a single tiger in the Balinese forests. This is the only picture you will ever see of the Balinese Tiger. The last tiger in Bali was shot and killed in 1937 and the subspecies went extinct. The drawing below by Russian artist, Evgenia Barinova recapturing that sad event.

While this seems a little more somber than our regular “behind the design” posts, I feel its extremely important to teach our children to protect our fragile wildlife. There is still hope for the last of 3 subspecies of Tiger in Indonesia – the Sumatran Tiger. Their population is frightening small, estimated at less than 300 individuals. The best way to help is to pass this knowledge to our children and raise a generation of mindful, passionate little citizens who want to protect all the creatures of this beautiful planet.

“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” – Jane Gooodall

National Geographic is currently running an amazing campaign, Cause an Uproar, to help with big cat conservation. They have a great kid’s section to get children involved in the conservation efforts.

How do you teach your little citizens about wildlife preservation? Share with us in the comments section below.

February 15, 2012

Behind the Design: Sunprints

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

My very talented partner in design, Amber got really creative with the way she created prints for Bali. We loved the photo real trend we were seeing in prints and graphics. To catch the light and airy feel of Bali, she used sun prints to recreate the gorgeous botanicals we saw on our trip.

botanical floral sun print

sun print tunic shirt dress

These designs just feel like Spring.  We imagine wearing them on a stroll to your neighborhood boutique or playing with your kids in the park.  How will you be wearing this style? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

February 8, 2012

Behind the Design: Bali Rocks

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

Have you seen our fun “Bali Rocks” shirt yet? It features, the gamelan, which we saw and heard throughout our Bali trip. Our guide Agun stressed the importance that the notes were “ning, nang, nung” in that order, so we were sure to add that to our shirt.

Here are some of the gamelan players we met on our trip. Josh, from our graphic design team, couldn’t be left out of the action. He joined the band playing a musical turtle (or at least that is what it looks like to me).

February 2, 2012

Behind the Design: Print Mixing

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

On their inspiration trip, our designers experienced bold patterns and vibrant colors throughout the Balinese culture.

bali print mixing

The photos above were taken from our Bali inspiration trip.  To view more inspiration photos, visit our Flickr page.

Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, so when it’s not raining it’s very dry and humid.  Therefore the locals wear lightweight cotton and silk which they’ll drape into sarong styles.  Their wardrobe isn’t limited to matching, as they’ll mix prints in order to style multiple bright colors and patterns.  In the Balinese culture, elaborate and ornate textiles symbolize status so the more eye-catching print mixing, the better!

With print mixing as this season’s latest trend, our designers jumped to the task of creating designs that incorporated the colorful Balinese spirit with the lovely patterns and textiles into our Spring collection.

poleng girls skirtPasar Vines Girls Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How inspired are you? Will you be including print mixing in your Spring wardrobe?

January 25, 2012

Behind the Design: Legong Dancers

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

Our Celuk Embroidered Top was inspired by the ceremonial necklaces of the Legong dancers.

images credits (clockwise): Tea’s Trip Pictsblogbaliwwwcelebrate life lah!dances of bali

 

Our Balinese Dancer Top and Lengong Dancer Tee were also inspired by the lovely Legong ladies. We loved the style of the paintings we saw in Bali and used that as inspiration for creating these tops. To get the same feel I actually took out my paint and got to painting. See how Bali’s paintings inspired our artful take on the Legong ladies below.

 

Which Legong-inspired design is your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below.