Category: Behind the Scenes

Tourists in Our Own City

san francisco tourists with skyline

Last week it was too beautiful to stay inside, so a few of us snuck off for a little walk on our lunch break. It was such a nice view we asked a passer-by to take our picture.  He asked us where we were visiting from.  We told him we were from the bottom of the hill.

(pictured from left to right:  Erin, Katy, Laura)

Studio T is looking for Foreign Correspondents

Above, Tea explores Korea, Mexico, and Spain


At Tea we are all about bringing the world home. Each season we visit a different global destination, and share our inspiration and the stories of our travels. We are appreciative of the beauty we find and the countries we explore. We’re cultural adventurists, apparel designers and global travelers. We believe in the journey. In discovery. In caring and connection. In diving in. In experiencing life with every bit of our souls. We go there. Across the globe. And across the street.

And now we want to hear about YOUR adventures. We’re on the hunt for three Foreign Correspondents to share their experiences with us on our blog Studio T, between now and the end of the year.

If you and your children are traveling internationally in the near future, write to us! Email and describe the trip you’re planning on taking. Tell us:

– Where you are going, and for how long

– What the purpose of your trip is – is it to experience a specific culture, reconnect with family roots, or do community service?

– How you plan on maximizing your travel experience with your children along the way

Before you leave we’ll give you a $500 Gift Certificate to fill your suitcase with travel clothes from Tea.

Once you return, share your stories and photographs of the people you’ve met, the food you ate, the fashion you saw, and the landscapes you explored. Bring the world to us. Write five blog posts on or shortly after your trip with accompanying photos or short videos detailing your adventures. We’ll devote a week of our blog to showcasing the story of your travels.

We will review all submissions. Please recognize that we may get numerous submissions, which makes it difficult for us to respond to everyone individually. We can respond only to the submissions that we’re considering featuring. Thank you for sharing. Happy writing. And happy traveling!

Fundraising with Tea for Japan Disaster Relief

Japan has been a great source of inspiration to Tea since 2002. Our classic Kimono jackets are a favorite every Fall, and many of our baby clothes were inspired by Japanese textiles. In 2008 our designers visited Japan and created our Fall 2009 line, where every item referenced a part of their journey through the country. When we heard about the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the country on March 11th we, like many of you, asked ourselves how we could help.

On Tuesday April 5th we will be donating 20% of sales from participating customers to Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Effort. Shop online at Tea Collection and type “DONATE” into the Promo Code box in your cart when checking out. Tea will donate 20% of your order’s total to Give2Asia.

Give2Asia is a local San Francisco charity, and 95% of all donations raised for Japan’s Emergency Relief fund are divided among Japanese charities that are working on the ground to address disaster relief.  For more information you can check out Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Page here.

Speaking of a closely-related Tea Family…

Here’s a picture of Emily, our co-founder and chief creative officer with her daughter Georgia James. Georgia came into the office for a visit not long ago and we just had to capture the moment. We think Em and Georgia look resplendent and warm in their Tea clothes! By the way, Emily’s wearing the Mila Sweater and the Modernista Tee in Medium Heather Grey.

Emily and Georgia James

We’ll be sure and post more pics of Tea people (and their kids) in Tea. And as always please feel free share your own pics here or on Facebook. Happy Tuesday!

Our Fashionable & Tasty Neighborhood – Dogpatch

Tea is headquartered in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of SF. Our nearby neighborhood, Dogpatch is fast becoming full of creativity, food, wine and fashion! We can’t wait to check out this new multi-purpose collaborative destination featuring MAC, Blue Bottle Coffee, Piccino Restaurant and DIG wine bar at 1003 Minnesota Street. It opens March 14. I read about it here: 7× The Dogpatch: Your Next Shopping Destination?

Speaking of Dogpatch and food, it’s been a while since I posted about neighborhood food trucks. Kitchenette is like a food truck without a truck, operating out of a loading dock on Illinois Street. It’s tasty and the menu changes every day. Here are pics of our last visit. What are your favorite neighborhoods for food, fashion or fun?


Jeff & Jen outside Kitchenette

Even their sign has personality!

Even their sign has personality!

Rainboots for the Rain, Sun, and Maybe Snow?

Everyone in San Francisco is talking about one thing today. Strangers crossing the street will strike up conversations about it, and our local newspaper is abuzz with predictions. The question on everyone’s mind today is…


If so, it’ll be the first time snow’s hit our sea-level city since 1976. Temperatures are meant to reach record lows in the 30s tonight with strong winds, and while that might sound warm to you Midwest and East Coaster-ers, we’re all scrambling to gather layers to keep us warm. More used to rain than snow, our office today was chock full of rainboots:


from left (Maria, Megan, Laura, Katie, Lisa, Katy, Nuala)

We had a powerful rainstorm last night, and sun and bright blue skies all day. So will it snow tonight? Only time will tell.

Tea’s Stylista Project

A couple of months ago we heard a story about one of our former models, a girl named Francesca.  Francesca, we were told, has an avid interest in fashion–watching shows like Project Runway and What Not to Wear, devouring fashion magazines and constantly playing games of dress-up with her friends.

The stories of this little fashionista inspired us at Tea, and we decided to invite her to our studios for a photoshoot. How would a 9 year old style and fashion our line of clothes? We set up racks of our clothing, laid out accessories from previous photo shoots, and gave her free rein to design, style, and model her own outfits.

francesca 1

The result was a fun and energetic photoshoot, which gave us a whole new perspective on how Tea could be styled. Above: Francesca models our Fall 2010 Cord Cargo Pants, a Spring 2011 top (stay posted! coming out soon), Sanuk flip flops, and her grandfather’s cap. Below: She wears this season’s Painters Plaid Tunic, Fall 2010’s Stretch Slim Cord Pant, and Sidewalk Surfer Shoes.

francesca 2

The whole experience was so much fun, that we thought we’d  bring the challenge to you!

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Official Rules and Regulations, as well as a list of Participating stores can be found here.