Category Archives: Our Destinations

June 1, 2011

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012

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 colors and textures are combined with simply-cut dresses to create a timeless collection.

There is so much inspiration to be drawn from art movements in Spain. Below are a few pieces of Tea’s interpretation of Cubism and Picasso’s art:

Above from left to right, Tea’s Picasso-inspired Songbird Banded Dress, Woodcut Bubble Dress, and Artista Wrap Dress.

Can you see the shared inspiration?

May 6, 2011

Foodie Friday – Catalonia Style

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 them picked, grilled and devoured “live” on the PBS Series, Spain…On the Road Again with Mario Batali, Mark Bittman, Gwynneth Paltrow and Claudia Bassols. Needless to say, when I got my Tasting Table email, I was salivating.

At Contigo, they came two ways – roasted on the grill and in a light tempura coating. The accompanying sauce, salvitxada, was amazing, kind of like a romesco, but a bit different (roasted red peppers, garlic, nuts and red wine vinegar).

I forgot to snap a photo, but here’s a pic to give you a sense of what calçots are all about:


We tried some other dishes, including the Catalan style chard and the flatbread. And we enjoyed our tour of Spanish wines. It was a transporting and tasty experience just a couple miles from our home. Proof that you can go there across the street.

Here’s a salvitxada recipe if you’d like to try the sauce on for yourself. I think I’ll grill some veggies this weekend and give it a go. Happy tasting and Happy Mother’s Day and love to my mom and all the moms out there!

April 24, 2011

Announcing Costa Brava!

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 felt right at home in the St. Tropez of Spain.

Back in San Francisco, we created a summer collection in hues of blue with accents of white, light green and sunny yellow. You and your kids will love the throwback style of our nautical graphics, cabana stripes and pastel patterns. Vintage nautical silhouettes, graphics and patterns are lent mellow modern touches throughout the collection.

Our Catalonia tile theme continues unabated here with prints reflective of tiles found on the seaside houses of Cadaques. We’ve also infused a number of floral artwork pieces with a distinctively Catalonian painted pottery flavor.

Go coastal with us this summer. We can’t wait to see you. And definitely bring your kids.

April 20, 2011

Costa Brava: Cadaqués, Spain

Costa Brava Cadaques, Spain

For our Costa Brava collection we were inspired by the colors and icons of Cadaqués – a coastal fishing village in Catalonia.  The town had a distinctive color palette of whites, blues and sunny yellows – which we used to create fun summery pieces. We love the vintage nautical feel, which inspired the silhouettes and graphics of the season.

April 1, 2011

Snowflake – Barcelona’s Albino Gorilla

Back in college I took a film class and made a documentary comparing gorillas to my fellow college students.  Guess who was more civilized? Anyway, I spent a lot of time getting to know the lovely family group at the Pittsburgh Zoo and really fell in love. Since then, I’ve become really interested in great ape conservation. So when my friend sent me the above postcard from Barcelona I was pretty stoked to learn about an albino gorilla. Snowflake was one of the most popular residents at the Barcelona zoo. He has become a beloved icon of Barcelona and the embodiment of gorilla conservation. As soon as I learned we were doing Barcelona as a destination, I set out to design a shirt in tribute to a very special gorilla.

Watch the PBS special on Snowflake at HULU.

Check out these resources to learn more or contribute to gorilla conservation:

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Wildlife Conservation Society

Gorilla Project

March 30, 2011

The Designs of Sita Murt

Sita Murt is a contemporary Spanish fashion designer. Born into a family of leather tanners, she now is the head of Esteve Aguilera (a designer knitwear company). Sita’s whole life has been surrounded by fashion, and as soon as her four children were grown she began designing her own line. Her women’s designs are young and airy, using lightweight fabrics.

 

Above is a film from Sita’s blog showcasing a dress from her latest line to celebrate spring. In her words, it is “a film that portrays, with all the simplicity, the immense power of spring, the driving force of life.”

March 28, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Ink Calendar

This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!

March 17, 2011

Spring Break Must-Haves

With the clocks turned ahead, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring. And for those of you taking a spring break (or just thinking or wishing for warmer weather), we’ve put together our favorite must-have looks for girls and boys.

Spring Break Must-Haves for Girls:

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from left: We have our butterfly-adorned Mariposa Top, paired with our classic Paperbag Shorts. The Marisol Hoodie is a perfect warm layer for windy evenings on the beach, over the Racerback Stripe Tank in asparagus green, and comfy French Terry Shorts. The Songbird Banded Dress can be dressed up or down, and the Citron Flora Playdress encourages adventures anywhere, anytime. Pair anything and everything with our brightly-colored Espadrilles and you’re ready to go!

Spring Must-Haves for Boys:

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from left: Our Goril Graphic Tee gives strength for all expeditions, and the Cut Off Cord Shorts and Sidewalk Surfers in Dark Brown or Grey are a perfect match. Mix and match outfits with our Tortuga and Barcelona Tees over Long Cargo Shorts. Instead of traditional layers, roll up and down when the weather changes with our Slub Polo and Painter Roll Up Pants.

Check back with us in a month or so and we’ll have lots more summery clothes from our new Costa Brava collection to add to the list. Summer at Tea will be all about maritime style with a vintage vibe, made modern. Until then, happy spring travels!