Our Destinations Archive
Whenever our designers travel they take hundreds of photos – of flowers, gardens, buildings, people, fashion, textiles, markets, and signs. All of these images are brought back to our offices in San Francisco and used to draw inspiration from when designing our latest line of clothing. Photographing signs seems to be a
Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here. Have you ever tasted coffee from Chiapas, Mexico? Chiapas is located in the southern mountain range of Mexico, near the Pacific Ocean. Coffee beans from this region
In our Fall Mexico-inspired collection there are many pieces inspired by the artwork of both Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. Frida approached Diego initially in search of an artistic mentor. They fell in love and were married in 1929. Their marriage was fraught with difficulties, but their art flourished. Our
Are you familiar with Picasso’s work in clay? I didn’t realized that Picasso was so passionate about clay. His ceramic pieces ended up being some of my favorite. They inspired many of our graphics for our Catalonia collection. Novillo Romper, El Gato Graphic Tee, Daisy Graphic Tee, Pajarito Graphic Tee. All on
Peacocks were popular in the Modernisme and Art Nouveau movements (right). We especially loved these lesser known drawings of peacocks by two of Spain’s most famous artists (left), Salvador Dalí (top) and Joan Miró (bottom). We paid tribute to all these in our fun summer Peacock Graphic Tee.
Welcome to our Fall 2011 collection, inspired by Modern Mexico! Our designers traveled to Mexico City, Oaxaca, and San Cristobal, and immersed themselves in the culture to gather inspiration for this new line. Loving the bright vivid colors, intricate embroidery, and bustling marketplaces, they returned to San Francisco to design our latest
We loved these illustrations by César Manrique, Spanish artist and architect. They inspired the style for our Tiburon Graphic and Escarabat Graphic. He also made some amazing wind sculptures so make sure to check those out too.
Oscar de la Renta’s outdone himself with his latest Resort 2012 Collection. Drawing inspiration from Spain’s cubist artists such as Picasso, his line celebrates bold patterns and geometric shapes, much like Tea’s current Catalonia-inspired collection. We love the way he’s transformed this artistic movement into an edgy line of urban couture. Bright
In the spirit of our current destination Catalonia, and spurred on by one of my favorite food(ie) newsletters and sites, Tasting Table, my husband Tom and I went on an excursion to the Noe Valley restaurant Contigo for Calçots, a special variety of spring onion from Catalonia, Spain. We had first seen
We spent the day in the whitewashed coastal Catalan town of Cadaqués, Spain, taking in the spirit of the resort’s brilliantly beautiful seaside scenes and warm, clear air. It was even a bit surreal, did we just spot Salvador Dali watching the sailboat races? Maybe it was just a sign that we