Our graphic tees have long been customer favorites – Not only for their original designs and bright colors, but also because of the direct tie in to the destination. From monkeys to tigers, cars to airplanes — our graphics tell a story. One thing you might not know is that the majority of our graphics begin as hand drawn sketches or paintings. Our newest graphics are inspired by Italian architecture and molto veloce (very fast) vehicles. Here we share our designer’s sketches that turned into the new bold, colorful and easy designs you see on today’s tees!
This spring, we celebrate the arrival of warmer days and spring festivities with a collection of twirly dresses, bold graphics and adorable rompers that owe their inspiration to the gilded canals of Venice and the blooming gardens of Rome. With so much in store this spring, we want to give you a chance to win your 3 favorite new styles from Tea!
This past fall, inspired by our designers’ discoveries and excited to kick off our new Citizens FC program, Tea co-founder and CEO, Leigh Rawdon, embarked on an Italian adventure with her family. Like little boys (and girls!) everywhere, Leigh’s sons, Adam (9) and Matthew (7), were in awe of the many things in Italy that went fast. From vespas to high speed trains and everything in between, the boys got to see the inspiration behind our newest graphics first hand.
The ancient art form of origami has been handed down from parent (or relative) to child through many generations, all over the world. The word origami comes from the Japanese words “ori” which means “folding” and “kami,” which means “paper.” To make origami, paper is folded in many different ways to form beautiful creations. Origami art is a highly revered art form in Japan. It was once taught in schools, but today, children learn the craft at home.
Origami served as inspiration for our newest collection, particularly on our Boy’s Origami Graphic Tee. The graphic on this tee is of a origami crane. The crane is perhaps the most well-known origami model. It is also the international symbol for peace. While it may look hard, origami just takes some practice! Learn how to make an origami crane and pass the art form down to your little citizen.
Each season, our in house artists create unique graphics for tees. They paint, sketch, stamp and piece together the graphics you love. We take pride in not only our design process, but in the story behind each graphic. Each destination we travel to, we work to represent a handful of native animals. We love to learn about their behavior and habitats. We know our little citizens love animals, too! Patagonia is a land rich with animals, many of them relatively unknown to our own little citizens. The animals in Patagonia and throughout South America inspired and influenced the design of our newest graphics. Read on to see the graphics up close and learn about the animals behind them.