We’re introducing guest blogger Pam Geller, a freelance marketing consultant, who traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with her three kids, Kayla | 7 yrs, Drew | 6 yrs, and Jenna | 3 yrs, who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.
When we visited our tour guide Daniel’s Kraal (Maasai rural village, visible in the background of the photos above), we were invited to witness their lion dance which includes jumping.
Maasai jumping is a tradition done at celebrations like a wedding. The highest jumper gets the most ladies (of course)! They were kind enough to invite us to try. Check out of the video of us taking part in the Maasai jumping tradition.
The photos above are from our children’s clothes designers’ cameras. Whenever they travel abroad for inspiration, they take many, many photos which they later use to reflect upon when developing patterns and graphics for each collection.
Our fall 2012 children’s clothes line will be inspired by Scandinavia, a region with bright colors, clean designs, and whimsical graphics. We’ll be exploring Nordic design with some fresh Finland cuts and colors, a touch of the Swedish scene and modern Danish fashion. Fall is going to be packed with style, check back with us tomorrow at teacollection.com to view the fall collection preview.
Share with us below, what do you love about our new fall destination?
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.
Have you seen our fun “Bali Rocks” shirt yet? It features, the gamelan, which we saw and heard throughout our Bali trip. Our guide Agun stressed the importance that the notes were “ning, nang, nung” in that order, so we were sure to add that to our shirt.
Here are some of the gamelan players we met on our trip. Josh, from our graphic design team, couldn’t be left out of the action. He joined the band playing a musical turtle (or at least that is what it looks like to me).
Our Balinese Dancer Top and Lengong Dancer Tee were also inspired by the lovely Legong ladies. We loved the style of the paintings we saw in Bali and used that as inspiration for creating these tops. To get the same feel I actually took out my paint and got to painting. See how Bali’s paintings inspired our artful take on the Legong ladies below.
Which Legong-inspired design is your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below.
We turned on the light and had a bright idea, so we filled our Spring collection with neons for every style. Our neon pink girls leggings will surely excite the fashionistas in your home, while our subtle green neon graphics will fit the cool style of your little guys. Whichever your taste, be sure to electrify your wardrobe with these fluorescent pops of color.
What do you think of the new neon trend? Tell us in the comments section below.
In late November of 2011, Tea donated one item of clothing for every order placed to the Global Fund for Children, an organization that helps advance the dignity of at-risk children by supporting and strengthening grass root groups and effectively utilizing media to highlight the disparities experienced by this demographic. Our response was amazing, and thanks to you we were able to donate over 2,500 clothing items to at-risk children throughout the world. The Global Fund for Children was so overjoyed with this donation that they sent us this lovely card, pictured below.
Thank you for continuing to help us support this wonderful organization. Learn more about our partnership with the Global Fund for Children on our website. Or, shop our Little Citizens line where proceeds from these items benefit the Global Fund for Children.
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!
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?
frog drawings and mosaics by Diego Rivera, monkeys from Frida Kahlo’s self portraits
Diego thought he looked like a frog and Frida would often paint monkeys throughout her work. The artists started to use the Spanish pet names La Rana (frog) and El Mono (monkey) for each other. We think that’s pretty adorable.
How about you? What are your pet names for your loved ones?