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March 22, 2012

2012 Year of the Dragon

2012 marked the year of the dragon in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Each year, the Chinese Zodiac follows a 12-year cycle where they attribute an animal to the year. It’s said that those born during that year will embody the traits of that animal.

Chinese Animal Zodiac Calendar

Those born in the year of the dragon are said to have good health and be strong, helpful individuals. Tea has some dragon clothing options for those looking to embody the dragon’s powerful, courageous dynamic.

Dragon Boys Clothes

In the first row, we have our Daring Dragons One-Piece and our Daring Dragons Bodysuit, what could be a more perfect gift for a baby born in the year of the dragon?

Below our newborn items, we have the Dancing Dragon Pajamas and our Stone Dragon Camp Shirt. These items start in size 6-12 months and go up to size 12.

Do you know any little ones who will be born in the 2012 year of the dragon?

February 29, 2012

Behind the Design: Tiger Jungle Tee

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

bali jungle tiger boys shirt

For our Tiger Jungle Shirt, I imagined a time where the Balinese jungles were filled with tigers. I drew the design in a very primitive hand & then carved it out of a linoleum block to create a tribal look.

Sadly, in our time, we will never see even a single tiger in the Balinese forests. This is the only picture you will ever see of the Balinese Tiger. The last tiger in Bali was shot and killed in 1937 and the subspecies went extinct. The drawing below by Russian artist, Evgenia Barinova recapturing that sad event.

While this seems a little more somber than our regular “behind the design” posts, I feel its extremely important to teach our children to protect our fragile wildlife. There is still hope for the last of 3 subspecies of Tiger in Indonesia – the Sumatran Tiger. Their population is frightening small, estimated at less than 300 individuals. The best way to help is to pass this knowledge to our children and raise a generation of mindful, passionate little citizens who want to protect all the creatures of this beautiful planet.

“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” – Jane Gooodall

National Geographic is currently running an amazing campaign, Cause an Uproar, to help with big cat conservation. They have a great kid’s section to get children involved in the conservation efforts.

How do you teach your little citizens about wildlife preservation? Share with us in the comments section below.

January 26, 2012

The Monkey King in Balinese Dance

In Bali dancing isn’t just for ladies. The Balinese men have important roles in these traditional dances too. In the Ramayana Monkey Chant dance, the male dancers will depict an famous battle from Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit poem.  One of the most sought after roles in this battle dance is that of Sugriwa, the monkey king.

These are pictures that our designers took of the monkey king during their Bali inspiration trip.  To see more of our inspiration trip photos, visit our Flickr page.

As former king of the monkeys, Sugriwa heroically helped Rama save his wife Sita who was being held prisoner by the Rakshasa king Ravana.  He made an alliance with Rama that if he could successfully help Rama and Sita reunite, Rama would have to help Sugriwa return to the post of king of all monkeys, a title his brother viciously stole from him after a misunderstanding. Sugriwa was able to help Rama and Sita reunite safely and was returned to the post of monkey king.  We thought that Sugriwa’s heroism and kindness should be honored in our Bali Safari Spring Collection.

Feel like monkeying around? Check out our Monkey King boys graphic tee.

 

January 2, 2012

Welcome to Destination:Bali!

Bali is a little place with a whole lot of happy. Our designers immersed themselves in the Bali culture and traditions only to return to San Francisco overflowing with creative energy and excitement.  We funneled their enthusiasm into our Bali Spring collection.  It’s full of bright colors, lively graphics, and Bali spirit from the neon pinks in our Botanic Garden Playdress to the growling naga on the Growling Naga Zip Hoodie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the Spring, we’ll be posting on our Studio T blog multiple times a week about our new Destination: Bali.  Find out why we created several pieces using the Poleng cloth pattern, learn how-to create the art of batik, hear real stories from our design staff who visited Bali for inspiration, and more!  We also promise to post Bali-themed cultural activity printouts for you to download and design with your children too!

We’re going there.  Join us.  Discover Destination: Bali.

December 31, 2011

Quality Children’s Clothes, Soft Children’s Clothes…

We asked: What would you tell a new mom about Tea? And, surprisingly your answers were quite alike, boiling down to the most used adjectives, adverbs, and nouns displayed in the word cloud below.


 

Some of our favorite responses included:

 

“The patterns are original and get the “wow” factor from others .”
“They are comfy and soft and unforgettable for photos”
“Unique, comfortable, adorable, stylish, washes up great, true to size & worth every penny!”
“No other clothing has the kind of comfort, versatility, and style that Tea does.”

 

As we embark on 2012, be sure your child starts the new year in style, in comfort, and in clothes that will last until 2013. Happy New Year!

 

December 30, 2011

How to Shop Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale

Tea just launched our best semi-annual sale ever, with discounts up to 60% (or more!). We wanted to provide you with some pro insider practices to getting the most out of our super clearance.  Below is our top 3 helpful tips for shopping our semi-annual sale.

1) While you shop, think about what events you have coming up and purchase your outfits on sale ahead of time.  We think our Cactus Flower Dress would make a perfect Easter dress.  Or our Corzo Chambray Tunic would be a cute Valentine’s dinner outfit for mom.  What holidays, birthday parties, or events are you anticipating needing an outfit for in 2012?  Buy a new style for each while the prices are low!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Buy in bulk!  Do you love how durable our boys Workwear Cargo Pants are?  Do your girls love how comfortable, yet stylish our Skinny French Terry Cargos are?  Great! Stock up on these bottoms now while they’re discounted.  Buy one in each size for your child to grow into.  When their favorite pants no longer fit, you can be the best mom in the world when you surprise them with the next size up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Hurry! Urgent! Selling out!  We sometimes see these messages and ignore them.  Then when our size is gone or there is only one color option left, we’re upset.  The best way to get what you want during a semi-annual sale is to buy early and often.  Don’t wait until your favorite pair of pants is only available in one size.  Shop now!

So enjoy our sale while it lasts and happy shopping! What are your tips for shopping Tea’s semi-annual sale?

 

December 28, 2011

Behind the Design: Mexico’s Dragon

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

While Mexico, doesn’t necessarily have a traditional dragon, per say, it does have some very dragon-like creatures that have become very important to Mexican Culture.

images credits (left to right and top to bottom): Pyramid of Feathered Serpent, Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic by Diego Rivera, Diego Rivera Illustrations, Quetzalcoatl Mosaic Detail, Diego Rivera Illustration

The Feathered Serpent is a dragon-like deity important to many mesoamerican cultures. In Aztec culture he is known as Quetzalcoatl. Like many dragons in Asian cultures, the feathered serpent has a snake-like body, however it is not covered in scales like most other cultures’ dragons.  The feather serpent is covered with feathers, which gives it the ability to fly, even though it does not have wings. [fun fact: the Korean Dragon can also fly and does not have wings] The feathered serpent appeared in many of Diego Rivera’s works (pictured above). Do you recognize the frog in Diego’s mosaic?

mexico dragon shirt

Tea’s Aztec Serpent Shirt

images from inspiration trip photos

Many alebrijes take form as dragons or dragon-like creatures.  I suspect since alebrijes are a modern Mexican craft, crafters were exposed to influences from many different cultures. A dragon is a logical choice for an alebrije since they are usually fantasical creatures.

Tea’s Alebrije Shirt

November 30, 2011

Behind the Design: Alebrijes Graphic Tees

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.

Mexican artists continually represent the creatures of their imaginations in alebrijes, which are brightly-colored sculptures of fantastical creatures.  We saw alebrijes throughout our Mexico trip; some were small enough to fit in the size of our palm while others spanned the length of the street!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Modern Mexico children’s clothes line is filled with our interpretations of alebrijes.  Check out these ones hiding out in style on our graphic tees!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which alebrijes Tea creation is your favorite?  Check back tomorrow for a fun children’s alebrijes cultural activity printout.

Explore all of our graphic tee options for girls and boys.


October 26, 2011

Behind the Design: Mas De 62 Tee

62 languages Mexico

I saw this shirt in a shop in Seattle with some friends last weekend. They were joking and asking what “62” had to do with Mexico, not actually expecting a response.  I told them that there were more than 62 languages spoken in Mexico and they were rather impressed I had an interesting answer. They wanted to know where they could go to learn that kind of information about our designs.  I told them to stop being bad friends and read my blog posts!

People often ask me how long it takes to design a graphic. There is no straight forward answer for this.  Some graphics take days.  This one is one of those serendipitous graphics that took about 5 minutes and just worked.  Our designers happened to take a picture of hand painted house number “26” during the Mexico inspiration trip.  We loved the numbers and the concrete created a perfect texture. All I had to do was swap the order of the numbers and done!

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.

September 7, 2011

Ándale Ándale!

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.

There are countless creative ways to get around Mexico – by truck, vespa, motorcycle, bus, tractor, and even donkey. At Tea we always love experiencing all of these different forms of transportation when we travel on our destination trips, and Mexico was no exception. Taxis come in many forms in Mexico, such as the two examples we found above. The most commonly seen taxis however, are the brightly-painted green Volkswagon beetles that zoom around the streets of Mexico City:

Our designers were so inspired by the bright green cheerful taxis that they incorporated them into our Andale Taxi Tee:

What’s your favorite way to travel in other countries?