Category Archives: Behind the Design

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.

January 20, 2012

Spring Fashion Report: Neon is in!

Spring fashion is filled with pops of neon shades from pinks to greens to purples and yellows.  We saw fashion runways everywhere explode with new ways express this bold statement.

Neon

Photo collage compiled from Pinterest.

We turned on the light and had a bright idea, so we filled our Spring collection with neons for every style. Our neon pink girls leggings will surely excite the fashionistas in your home, while our subtle green neon graphics will fit the cool style of your little guys. Whichever your taste, be sure to electrify your wardrobe with these fluorescent pops of color.

What do you think of the new neon trend? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

January 17, 2012

Behind the Design: Poleng Cloth

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.

As the national color of Bali, poleng, a black and white check design, is one of the most reoccurring patterns our designers saw on their inspiration trip.

They viewed this pattern tied to trees and statues, on sarongs and flags, and more; everywhere they turned, they saw poleng.  They finally asked a police officer clothed in the poleng pattern, why he wore it.  He informed them that he wore it for protection; the black and white checked pattern represents the yin-yang which depicts balance as the pattern always has equal amounts of white to black.

Looking for balance and protection in you child’s wardrobe? We interpreted the poleng pattern in our Spring preview through our boys shorts and girls dresses and skirts.

How would you wear the poleng pattern of balance and protection? Share with us below in the comments section.

December 31, 2011

Quality Children’s Clothes, Soft Children’s Clothes…

We asked: What would you tell a new mom about Tea? And, surprisingly your answers were quite alike, boiling down to the most used adjectives, adverbs, and nouns displayed in the word cloud below.


 

Some of our favorite responses included:

 

“The patterns are original and get the “wow” factor from others .”
“They are comfy and soft and unforgettable for photos”
“Unique, comfortable, adorable, stylish, washes up great, true to size & worth every penny!”
“No other clothing has the kind of comfort, versatility, and style that Tea does.”

 

As we embark on 2012, be sure your child starts the new year in style, in comfort, and in clothes that will last until 2013. Happy New Year!

 

December 28, 2011

Behind the Design: Mexico’s Dragon

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.

While Mexico, doesn’t necessarily have a traditional dragon, per say, it does have some very dragon-like creatures that have become very important to Mexican Culture.

images credits (left to right and top to bottom): Pyramid of Feathered Serpent, Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic by Diego Rivera, Diego Rivera Illustrations, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic Detail, Diego Rivera Illustration

The Feathered Serpent is a dragon-like deity important to many mesoamerican cultures. In Aztec culture he is known as Quetzalcoatl. Like many dragons in Asian cultures, the feathered serpent has a snake-like body, however it is not covered in scales like most other cultures’ dragons.  The feather serpent is covered with feathers, which gives it the ability to fly, even though it does not have wings. [fun fact: the Korean Dragon can also fly and does not have wings] The feathered serpent appeared in many of Diego Rivera’s works (pictured above). Do you recognize the frog in Diego’s mosaic?

mexico dragon shirt

Tea’s Aztec Serpent Shirt

images from inspiration trip photos

Many alebrijes take form as dragons or dragon-like creatures.  I suspect since alebrijes are a modern Mexican craft, crafters were exposed to influences from many different cultures. A dragon is a logical choice for an alebrije since they are usually fantasical creatures.

Tea’s Alebrije Shirt