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.
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!
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!
Here’s a picture of Emily, our co-founder and chief creative officer with her daughter Georgia James. Georgia came into the office for a visit not long ago and we just had to capture the moment. We think Em and Georgia look resplendent and warm in their Tea clothes! By the way, Emily’s wearing the Mila Sweater and the Modernista Tee in Medium Heather Grey.
We’ll be sure and post more pics of Tea people (and their kids) in Tea. And as always please feel free share your own pics here or on Facebook. Happy Tuesday!
A couple of months ago we heard a story about one of our former models, a girl named Francesca. Francesca, we were told, has an avid interest in fashion–watching shows like Project Runway and What Not to Wear, devouring fashion magazines and constantly playing games of dress-up with her friends.
The stories of this little fashionista inspired us at Tea, and we decided to invite her to our studios for a photoshoot. How would a 9 year old style and fashion our line of clothes? We set up racks of our clothing, laid out accessories from previous photo shoots, and gave her free rein to design, style, and model her own outfits.
The result was a fun and energetic photoshoot, which gave us a whole new perspective on how Tea could be styled. Above: Francesca models our Fall 2010 Cord Cargo Pants, a Spring 2011 top (stay posted! coming out soon), Sanuk flip flops, and her grandfather’s cap. Below: She wears this season’s Painters Plaid Tunic, Fall 2010′s Stretch Slim Cord Pant, and Sidewalk Surfer Shoes.
The whole experience was so much fun, that we thought we’d bring the challenge to you!
Official Rules and Regulations, as well as a list of Participating stores can be found here.
We’re always looking for new ways to style Tea. This season a few of Tea’s employees found inspiration in some of our Catalonia-inspired kid’s items, and found a whole new style for these pieces:
Michelle (above), who works in Graphic Design for Tea, is rocking the girl’s Picasso Bowtie Shirt in size 12. The shirt ran a little short, so she layered an H&M camisole underneath. Jeans are by RVCA, Cardigan is Madewell.
What’s your favorite way to style Tea?
There’s nothing like dressing for the part in comfy and casual Tea clothes when making and creating. This season we’re celebrating everyone’s inner artist. We compiled some of our favorite art-inspired and art-friendly pieces above to get you started.
As for art projects, the sky is the limit! We listed some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY projects below.
For a quick art fix, print out our Coloring Book Pages of Tea Collection graphics!
Our Semi-Annual Sale begins today with up to 50% off seasonal favorites! Shop now online: http://www.teacollection.com/clothing-sale
Also, save an additional 10% on already reduced sale prices when you shop in participating stores! A comprehensive list of the participating stores can be found below.
Be sure to print out the following image and present it to a participating store to receive the additional 10% discount. Offer is good until January 2, 2010.
Retailers Participating in the Additional 10% Off Promotion:Baby Bliss 6721 Snider Plaza Dallas, TX 75025 (469) 759-7831 Bambini of Bend 1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102 Bend, OR 97701 (541) 385-1806 Bambini’s World 22 South Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 230-4572 Bella Boo
(717) 509-5700 Busy Bees 1544 Laskin Road #216 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 425-2337 Cassis 819 W. Idaho St. Boise, ID 83702 (208) 345-5501 City Sprouts 6303 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 (314) 726-9611 Clothes Pony 111 North College Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 (970) 224-2866 Crackerjacks 4009 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 654-8844 Cupcake 641 4th Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 579-2165 Epiphany Children’s Boutique 290 West Main Street Northborough, MA 01532 (508) 393-5437 Fiddlesticks 508 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 565-0508 Gaga Chic 712 West Shaw Suite B Fresno, CA 93704 (559) 226-0462 Itty Bitty 307 West 8th Street Columbia, TN 38401 (931) 380-5434 Jumping Jellyfish 107 S. Fair Oaks Ave Suite 107 Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 578-1838 Kairos 533 Main Street Grand Junction, CO 81501 (970) 241-0460 Lil’ Lamb Shop 167 Jennifer Road Suite Q Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 266-3303 Mako the Children’s Shop 732 NW 23rd Ave Portland, Oregon 97210 (503) 274-9081 MamaBaby 4029 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214 (503) 233-8130 Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique 1917 Central Street Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 866-6292 Milk and Honey Kids 3303 Bath Pike Bethlehem, PA 18017 (484) 821-1399 Mulberry Road 46 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 859-5861 Nurture 433 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 423-1234 O Child 101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108 Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 334-9005 Over the Moon 38 W Main Street Avon, CT 06001 (860) 676-9599 Petit Armoire 156 E. Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29306 (864) 585.3222 Posh Boutique 809 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 478-7674 Pout Baby Boutique 4325 13th Ave S # 6 Fargo, ND 58103 (701) 356-7688 Preggers 900 N. Michigan #L5-21 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 943-6262 Rocky Mountain Kids 2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12A Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 447-2267 Seal & Co. 410 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 277-1777 Shima 105 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 346-1055 Small Frys 3022 Birney Ave Scranton, PA 18505 (570) 344-6565 Style Child 1070 University Ave San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 220-0480 Sweetbriar Fair 443 Highland Ave Augusta, GA 30909 (706) 738-8386 The Kid’s Court 1724 E Battlefield St Springfield MO 65804 (417) 889-4427 The Lollipop Shop 4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160 Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-0609 The Lolly Garden 2046 Utica Square Tulsa, OK 74114 (918) 742-6300 The Nest Denver 2808 East 6th Avenue Denver, CO 80206 (720) 287-1372 The Picket Fence 1108 Carter Street Vidalia, LA, 71373 (318) 336-7155 Tiny Toes 4 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014 (410) 420-6727 Tulips 5817 Kavanaugh Boulevard Little Rock, AR 72207 (501) 614-7343 Wild Child 5 Medford St. Arlington, MA 02474 (781) 483-3566 A Woman’s Work 2401 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005 (713) 524-3700 Y & Z Kids 711 W Hillgrove Ave La Grange, IL 60525 (708) 579-1507
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:
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….
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!
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.
For more manhole covers in Budapest check out some photos here.
It’s time to start thinking about Holiday travel! To make it a little easier (and more fun) our good friends at eBags are giving one lucky Tea fan a Caribbean Joe 3 piece hardside luggage set - perfect to take you to family gatherings throughout the season (and beyond).
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To enter, please share your favorite ebags.com bag, backpack, or piece of luggage as a comment on this contest post. Be sure to tell us why you love it and include the link to your favorite item in your blog comment. The contest runs for two days–from 11/10-11/11. The randomly selected winner will be announced on Friday morning.