Category Archives: Our Destinations

August 10, 2011

Outfitted: Back to School Continues!

One of the qualities we strive to incorporate into our clothes at Tea is the ability to play. Particularly in the Back to School season, clothes need to be stylish enough for kids to want to wear, comfortable enough to encourage play, and sturdy enough to handle tree-climbing.

Our friend Candace at Mamanista composed a fantastic post truly highlighting the outfitting capabilities of our Fall 2011 collection! Discover the outfits she created and enter a great giveaway featuring Tea Collection gift certificates! Outfitted:Back to School on Mamanista

 

August 9, 2011

Xoloitzcuintle

Have you ever heard of Mexican hairless dogs? The xoloitzcuintle (pronounced shoh-loyts-kwint-lee) is native to Mexico, with roots tracing back over 3,000 years, and are believed to be the first domesticated dog of the Americas.

Their hairlessness has many theories, the most popular being that it was a survival tactic in the hot tropical regions of Mexico. The Aztecs in particular were very fond of these dogs, with the belief that they were necessary to guide their owners through the underworld upon death. Xolos exude an exceptional amount of body heat and were valued during cold months as additional heat sources at night. Perhaps due to this, they also gained a reputation as being healers, and are still kept around today as superstition for fighting away sickness. Xoloitzcuintles are also appreciated for their guard-dog abilities and unwillingness to back down in a fight. They bond strongly to their owners and are a notoriously intelligent breed.

Our designers saw quite a few xoloitzcuintles on their inspiration trip to Mexico. The dogs above live in the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico city, in honor of the philanthropist’s love of the breed.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are among the most well-known fans of the xoloitzcuintle dog. Frida with two of her pets (above left), and in her self portrait with her xoloitzcuintle (above right).

What do you think of xoloitzuintles? Do you find them elegant and beautiful? Or strange and ugly? They unfortunately didn’t make the cut for any of our Tea graphics this year, but we’re still fascinated by them!

August 3, 2011

Otomi Embroidery

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.

mexican otomi embroidery puebla

We found this amazing Otomi embroidery in Puebla; it inspired our gorgeous embroidered Puebla Jacket.  The back of the embroidery is totally gorgeous as well.  Check it out!

back of otomi embroidery puebla

check out more Otomi embroidery over on our pinterest board

July 27, 2011

Nahual – Find Your Animal Spirit

mexican nagual or nahual spirt animal ceramic

all images from Nagual in the Garden: Fantastic Animals In Mexican Ceramics

The Nahual, pronounced [nah-wahl] is a mystical creature who acts as a spiritual guide in many Mesoamerican religions. While every person has a nahual, they need to seek out their spirit animal to connect with it.  Many believe the way to find your nahual is to find a isolated and peaceful place to sleep, and the animal that appears in your dream will be your spirit animal. The spirit animal can be any animal, or a mixture of animals.  It is often depicted as a lion-like creature with human features, like in the Mexican ceramics above.  We loved these creatures, so chose to make our nahual in a similar style.  We hope he’ll inspire you and your children to find your own animal spirit!

Nahual or Nagual - mexican spirit animal

Find your own spirit animal with Tea’s Equipo Nahual Tee.

July 26, 2011

Outfitted – Back to School

Outfitting Back to School continues! More than ever before, our Mexico-inspired line of clothing is about mixing and matching, layering and accessorizing. Jennifer James of the Mom Bloggers Club wrote a fantastic blog post showcasing our latest collection. Some outfits are already on our website, and some aren’t even out yet, so if you want a sneak peek of what’s in store head on over! In the meantime, here’s some photos of her gorgeous daughters modeling Tea:

Courtyard Tile Dress

Marimba Mini Dress

Dulce Sarape Poncho - coming soon!

Bird of Paradise Dress

July 20, 2011

Behind the Design: Amate Art and Tea

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.

Amate bark  paper-making is a Mexican craft that started in pre-hispanic Mexico. The craft risked being replaced entirely by more modern European paper production. When amate paper started getting attention from scholars, the Otami saw the opportunity to revive the craft. They began selling the paper in Mexico city where the Nahua poeple started a “new indigenous craft” by creating paintings with the paper.  Nahua paintings (above) are now one of the most popular crafts from Mexico.

amate art otami nahua mexico painting

images from Montgomery schools, Mexican Art Dealing

Our designers loved the style of this paper art, and you can see its influence all over our Modern Mexico collection!  The Amate Aves Raglan Dress (above) was inspired by this Mexican craft, as was the Amate Aves Layered Dress (below).

Finally, our sweet and subtle Mística Pajarito Tee which is perfect for Back to School layering over skirts, pants, or leggings.

 

 

 

July 19, 2011

Outfitted: Back to School

This season we are all about outfitting! More than ever before, our Mexico-inspired line of clothing is about mixing and matching, layering, and accessorizing. This concept is great for back to school. In August the weather may still be warm, so short-sleeved shirts and dresses are in demand. As fall sets in and the weather gets cooler, layering a long-sleeve tee underneath short-sleeve items adds a layer of warmth. And as winter approaches throw on some thick cotton leggings, legwarmers, and a hat and you’ve got an outfit that is good for playing regardless of the weather.

And what better way to demonstrate this than through our customers? We’ve asked a few of our blogger friends to showcase our Back to School Fall 2011 collection, and highlight their favorite outfits. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a few of these posts on Studio T.

The first blogger we talked to about this was Amy Turner of Mom Central. Her 3 year-old daughter Brooke is just starting to assert herself in regards to fashion, and has some pretty strong opinions about how she’d like to dress herself. In Amy’s words “She insists on picking out her own clothes and getting dressed all by herself, even if that means stripes matching up with polka dots and pink matching up with orange. And what gets me is her determination and strong voice. When I gently suggest a different option that may match better, she insists what she’s picked out is perfect and dismisses my opinion. Who can argue with that passion for flair?” Luckily with Tea Amy and Brooke were able to come to a happy medium – everything is made to mix and match, so there’s no clashing of colors and patterns. And hopefully those future conversations about clothes can be on hold until Brooke’s a teenager…

Brooke in the Courtyard Tile Dress layered over the skinny french terry cargo pants.

Stay tuned for more upcoming posts profiling blogger’s takes on our Back to School collection!

July 14, 2011

Signs of Mexico

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 common practice of the traveler. Living a few blocks from the Haight-Ashbury intersection in San Francisco, I see this touristy obsession with signs all the time. And yet…there is something quite beautiful about signs. Much like the coffee bags in yesterday’s post, our designers love signs as resources for gathering different typefaces and graphics to use on our tees.

Do you have any favorite signs that you see every day, or that you’ve captured photos of on your travels?

July 13, 2011

Chiapas Coffee Bags

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 are sought after for their delicate aroma and sweet, medium-bodied taste. Mexican farmers have been growing coffee beans for generations with limited technology, and due to the mountainous environment most coffee fields are small – between 2 and 4 acres large.

When visiting this region of Mexico our designers were bombarded with different brands of Chiapas coffee, each owned by a separate family company. Each bag had its own typeface and personality, some referencing vintage coffee bag aesthetics, while others were more bright and modern. Inspired by the graphics, our designers created our Jaguares de Chiapas Tee. Constructed out of our favorite slub cotton, this shirt references a rich agricultural history, and is perfect for playing sports and exploring!

Jaguares de Chiapas” is a professional soccer club from the Chiapas region. And why number 19? Chiapas is Mexico’s 19th state.