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December 20, 2010

Picasso and his Stripes

Welcome to Catalonia, Spain! We are so excited to share our discoveries of this unique region of the world with you, and what inspired us to create our new collection.

“Viva el Artista” is the name we gave the first delivery of clothing for this season, which is greatly influenced by the abstract and artistic beauty of Barcelona. Inspired by the architecture and buzz of the city, our designers also found themselves being drawn in again and again to the work of one of Barcelona’s most famous residents – Pablo Picasso.

This season we have several items that reference not only to his work, but also his fashion sense. Picasso was known for his love of striped shirts, as some of the most famous images of him prove:

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This style of stripes, either in black and white or navy blue and white, are a timeless icon, often associated not just with Picasso but with 1960s fashion across Europe.

We have two pieces this season that reference Picasso’s stripes – a comfy knit sweater for boys, and a chic and playful tunic for girls. And ladies if you like stripes, keep an eye out for our brand new Catalonia-inspired women’s items that will be premiering soon….

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You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Picasso this season, and how his work has influenced different pieces in this line. We look forward to sharing this exciting new destination with you. Stay posted!

 

 

December 15, 2010

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.

The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.

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For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.

 

 

Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:

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Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.

December 14, 2010

Living Things Series by Little Otsu

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I was holiday shopping last night and found a wonderful book in one of my favorite stores, Little OtsuThe Little Otsu Living Things Series Volume 1 is entitled “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife”.

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Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart, this little 16-page book is filled with intriguing and detailed drawings of animals, half in color, half in black and white. Some of the images resemble beautiful children’s book illustrations with little villages in the background, and others are more surreal:

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Want a copy of your own? I do too! But they won’t last long – there were only 1000 copies made. You can find them here.

December 8, 2010

I Wish This Was…

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Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.

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The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here.  I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.

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For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.

 

November 24, 2010

Our Latest Manhole Cover Inspiration

At Tea we love coming across interesting manhole covers while on our travels. Many of our circular designs on our boy’s clothes originate from manhole covers we’ve discovered on our journeys, such as as our Nanaos Dragon Pullover, which we blogged about here.  Our latest inspiration from manhole covers came from the manhole image on the left, which we used on our Side Stripe Pants.

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For more manhole covers in Budapest check out some photos here.

 

November 19, 2010

Frederika the Superhero

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Frederika was depressed. 91 years old and a native Hungarian from Budapest, she was forced to flee her country during World War II, and now lives in France. Knowing his grandmother had a fierce sense of humor, her grandson Sacha Goldberger had the idea of creating a photographic series portraying her as a superhero, to give her something to do.

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The project cheered up Frederika enormously. Now she has a huge following, including her own Myspace Page, where she receives messages saying things like: “You’re the grandmother that I have dreamed of, would you adopt me?” and ” You made my day, I hope to be like you at your age.” You can find more photos here.

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Who are the superheros (real or figurative) in your life?

November 18, 2010

The Lion on Széchenyi Chain Bridge

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The Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest spans the Danube river, connecting the Western and Eastern  parts of the city. Opened in 1849, the bridge is named after Count István Széchenyi, who financially and politically supported its construction. Made of beautifully intricate wrought iron, the bridge was greatly damaged during the Siege of Budapest during World War II , and was partly rebuilt.

While exploring Budapest our designers came across a magnificent lion gracing the abutments at the end of the bridge.

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He is a smaller stone replica of the famous bronze Trafalgar lions, guarding Nelson’s Column in London. and was installed on the bridge in 1852. Inspired by his noble features, our designers created this stylish shirt:

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Know any little lions in your life? You can find this shirt here.

 

November 10, 2010

The Paintings of Emerik Feješ

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Emerik Fejes was a Serbo-Croatian painter well known for his simplistic depictions of architecture and cities. Part of the “naive art” movement, Fejes’s work is almost childish in nature, using bold colors and thick solid lines. Unconventional in his techniques, he chose to use matchsticks to paint instead of paintbrushes.

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A button and comb maker, Fejes didn’t start painting until later in life, and drew much of his inspiration from postcards. When visiting Hungary you can apparently find many of his works in miniature, on postcards themselves! I really enjoy his work, and his use of cheerful colors and warped depths of field. Obviously slightly eccentric, he is also rumored to paint with a cat under one arm.  I love that when researching him, the only biographical photo I could find of the artist is this one below :

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