Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

December 19, 2012

DIY: Wintery Scarf

Tea model in diy wintery scarf

Learn how to make this wintery scarf.

Did you see the scarf on page 4 of our Holiday 2012 Catalog and wonder where you could find one of your own? Our prop designer created ours by shredding a rug and twisting the strips together.  You can make one yourself following the steps below.  We bought thick gauge acyclic yarn and used scissors to craft our own scarf.

Skein of Yarn and scissors.

Easiest diy scarf.

1. Unwind the yarn to desired length.  Ours was around 6.5 ft to 7.5 ft long.  We used the entire skein of yarn and had exercise weights as an extra set of hands.  See the picture below.

Yarn measuring using weights.

We used weights to help measure the precise length of yarn.

2. Snip the yarn at half length (where the weight is positioned).
3. Divide the half into 2 even sections.  Start twisting to one side.  Then twist the other half  to the same side (both in or both out).  Then twist both previously twisted sides together.  Tie a knot at the end.

Two hands twisting a scarf.

Twist the halves in the same direction.

4. Repeat for the other side.
5. Twist the 2 twisted halves together and knot it at the end.  Knot where you want the tassels to begin.

A finished twisted scarf.

Our final product- a warm and cozy twisted scarf.

Look how easy it was to twist your own scarf.

*Please note that this activity should be for kids 3 years and up.

Happy twisting!

 

November 19, 2012

Tea and the Global Fund for Children in action

Kids in Tea clothes in China

GFC distributing Tea clothes in Feng County.

Over the past few years, Tea has worked hand in hand with the Global Fund for Children (GFC) to donate money and resources to grassroots organizations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.  This past summer Tea sent clothes to GFC to donate in China’s Feng County.  Many children in this area of rural China are considered “invisible” because they are neglected by the government and unaccounted for.  It takes dedicated grassroots organizations to find and help these forgotten kids.

Boy in donated Tea clothes.

One reason we keep giving. Do your part today.

You too can help GFC reach more needy children.  Every holiday season, Tea and GFC collaborate and create the Little Citizens Holiday Pajamas.    All proceeds from the purchase of these pajamas go towards the Global Fund for Children, so they can help children around the world learn, grow, and thrive.

Tea Collection's Little Citizen Pajamas

Dress your little citizen up for the holidays!

 

September 23, 2012

Lily at the Emmy’s in Tea!

The following is written by Emily Meyer, Tea Collection’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

How awesome is Modern Family the TV show?!  It’s so funny and I just love the weave of contemporary themes and some of the most socially relevant story telling. It turns out that the actress that plays Lily, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is a huge Tea fan!

I met Aubrey’s mother, Amy Anderson Emmons, at the Mom 2.0 bloggers conference in May … she was super friendly and spoke about managing the social media audience for Aubrey’s fan base.  I introduced myself and she said they knew Tea, that Aubrey even had a couple of pieces … I mentioned that we would LOVE to dress Aubrey for any special occasions.

Well … I was travelling overseas just a few weeks ago and received an email from Amy – she says Aubrey is going to the Emmy’s and asked if we would be interested in dressing her?  Of course!!  What an awesome project and it would be an honor for us!

Marjorie, our designer, was traveling with me – we immediately started brainstorming in the courtyard of our hotel at 12:30am!! Marjorie sketched.  We started with our iconic wrap neckline styling and created a bubble in the skirt for fun, matching Aubrey’s playful personality.  Then we added a sash similar to one we had seen on the traditional Korean costume, called a hanbok.

Lily from Modern Family Wears Tea Collection to Emmys

Our amazing Technical Design team drafted the pattern and made a prototype before we returned home from the trip.  We found beautiful silk taffeta fabric at Britex in downtown San Francisco.  And then I went to LA to visit Aubrey in person to try on the dress.  The sash captivated Aubrey and the wrap neckline was gorgeous on her – elegant and youthful.

Lily from Modern Family wears Tea to Emmy's

Ana, Tea's photographer, with Aubrey as she tries on her Emmy's dress for the first time.

Marjorie traveled to LA herself to help Aubrey get dressed, including final touches, for the big event.

Marjorie helping Aubrey pick out the perfect shoe.

I am so proud of our team for making this happen so fast and so beautifully.  It’s literally the art of couture, globally-inspired, made with heart and soul.

 

July 23, 2012

How the (yarn) ball got rolling…

 

First Tea Collection Pima Cotton Sweaters

First Tea Collection Pima Cotton Sweaters

Who knew three Pima Cotton baby sweaters could launch a company?  Emily and Leigh knew that this no fuss style would keep babies warm and stylish.  For ten years, we’ve been traveling the world but still remain true to our roots with our Chinese Baby Sweater.  Get your little one bundled up in style and see where the world takes this little citizen.

February 21, 2012

Tea’s Top 5 Favorite Styles to Buy on Sale

At Tea, we’re passionate about design and style. We get excited to create new collections and to see our hard work come to fruition.  Though we love what each unique items brings to our collection, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we have some favorites.

Right now, we’re offering an extra 30% off sale, and we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on the best deals.  Below is a list of the top 5 staff picks from our Tea sale.

girls dress

1) Paso del Tiempo Dress- Easter is just around the corner, does your little girl have dress yet? We recommend our Paso del Tiempo Dress in Cornflower. This sweet style will only put you back $17, who could resist?

sneaker

2) Simple Sneakers- Truly a timeless sneaker in 4 different styles and colors.  At originally over $40 a pair, you can now get these hot kicks for less than $20 a pair during our extra 30% sale.  Stock up for summer and back-to-school, because let’s face it, your kids will always need sneakers.

boy's wardrobe set sale

3) Caballo Y 62 5-Piece Set- We currently have 3 boys wardrobe sets on sale.  With the extra 30% off discount, you and get these sets for about $60 each! Buy all three for next fall and have your son set for back-to-school in style.

women's sweater sale

4) Las Casa Cardi- If you walk into our Tea Studio on any given day, at least one person (if not more) is wearing our Las Casa Cardi.  This sweater looks luxurious enough to wear out to a party but is comfy enough you’ll want to wear it around the house.  Either way you wear it, you’ll be sure to fall in love with it.  And marked down from$220 to less than $80, this sweater is a steal!

girls sale poncho

5) Dulce Sarape Poncho- This style is multi-season and can be worn during Spring, Fall, and Winter.  Fashion it with short sleeved tops or long-sleeve turtle-necks- it can be worn whenever your little citizen is looking to make a statement.  At $37, this deal cannot be passed up.

Whatever you decide to purchase, be sure to act fast! Inventory is selling out quickly. Use promo code EXTRA30YAY in order to get an additional 30% off sale items. This offer expires Thursday at 11:59 pm PT. No adjustments on previous purchases. Explore our sale for girls: http://bit.ly/uWjrRV and boys: http://bit.ly/sB9xMf.

Share your all-time favorite Tea items in the comments section below.

 

December 30, 2011

How to Shop Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

Tea just launched our best semi-annual sale ever, with discounts up to 60% (or more!). We wanted to provide you with some pro insider practices to getting the most out of our super clearance.  Below is our top 3 helpful tips for shopping our semi-annual sale.

1) While you shop, think about what events you have coming up and purchase your outfits on sale ahead of time.  We think our Cactus Flower Dress would make a perfect Easter dress.  Or our Corzo Chambray Tunic would be a cute Valentine’s dinner outfit for mom.  What holidays, birthday parties, or events are you anticipating needing an outfit for in 2012?  Buy a new style for each while the prices are low!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Buy in bulk!  Do you love how durable our boys Workwear Cargo Pants are?  Do your girls love how comfortable, yet stylish our Skinny French Terry Cargos are?  Great! Stock up on these bottoms now while they’re discounted.  Buy one in each size for your child to grow into.  When their favorite pants no longer fit, you can be the best mom in the world when you surprise them with the next size up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Hurry! Urgent! Selling out!  We sometimes see these messages and ignore them.  Then when our size is gone or there is only one color option left, we’re upset.  The best way to get what you want during a semi-annual sale is to buy early and often.  Don’t wait until your favorite pair of pants is only available in one size.  Shop now!

So enjoy our sale while it lasts and happy shopping! What are your tips for shopping Tea’s semi-annual sale?

 

December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions: East Meets West

This post was written by Cindy Young, the manager of technical design at Tea.

Cindy and her family

I came to the United States from China when I was 9 years old. Growing up in San Francisco, a city with diverse cultures and a large Asian population provided me with great comfort while assimilating into the new American culture. My first exposure to Christmas came through school, where we celebrated togetherness, exchanged gifts, decorated the room with lights and ornaments, listened to joyous music, and enjoyed lots of festivities and yummy treats; very similar to Chinese New Year actually. The jolly ole Saint Nick character was different though …

My family continued to celebrate Christmas to share in the experience with our American friends. Six years ago, I married my husband Brent, who is an American from Scottish/English and Greek descent.  His family is not religious and predominantly follows the American traditions for the holiday spirit.  They have a set of consistent traditions with the main focus being on family.  Generally, they aim to do fun and meaningful, but traditional, activities together such as decorating the tree, enjoying a nice formal dinner at home on Christmas Eve, going to Christmas plays or concerts, and laughing while frantically wrapping any last minute presents. On the big day, they take turns opening stockings and gifts before enjoying a hearty and delightful brunch with a delicious spread of food and Stollen (a traditional German loaf-shaped cake containing dried fruit, and covered with powdered sugar). They then call family and friends to wish them Merry Christmas, share stories from the morning, and catch up from when they last spoke.  Fully spent, everyone then takes a nap to re-energize for an evening of enjoying each other’s company while watching movies and eating popcorn at home.

So, it seems like my husband’s family traditions are not very different from my own. They are just different ways of celebrating with families and friends.  We have two toddlers now, and it wasn’t until last Christmas that I began to really dive into the meaning of Christmas. To us, Christmas is now about creating wonderful memories and fun experiences for the kids, in addition to connecting with family and friends.  It’s about doing things with the kids, helping them feel the Christmas Spirit through Santa Claus, and creating excitement and suspense about coming downstairs to find lots of presents under the tree.  To help our kids get involved with preparing for this Christmas, I created an Advent Calendar (pictured on the right) with their help. I did most of the sewing of course, but they put sticky numbers on the pockets and helped give lots of design feedback. A new twist to the classic set of ornaments, we incorporated some ornaments that reflect my Chinese heritage, such as felt crafted fortune cookie, wooden block with the brush stroke character “JOY,” a wind chime, and origami stars.  Since December 1st, my kids have been alternating in taking the ornament out of each pocket to hang on the calendar.  They get so excited to do it every morning and sometimes fight over whose turn it is to do it again.  It was a bigger project than I thought, and finding the miniature ornaments that would fit into the pockets wasn’t easy, but seeing their excitement in participation is rewarding and priceless.  I plan to recreate new editions of the calendar when they are old enough to experience more of the process in making it, and I look forward to learning and creating more traditions with my own family and teaching our kids the beauty of cultural differences and the true value of family traditions.