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.
Isabelle (above) does Product Development for Tea, and is sporting the boy’s Picasso Stripe Sweater in size 12. Her scarf is from Nordstrom, and her short boots are by Rachel Comey.
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.
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 Bliss6721 Snider PlazaDallas, TX 75025
Bambini of Bend1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102Bend, OR 97701(541) 385-1806
Bambini’s World22 South Main St Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 230-4572Bella Boo
32 N Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Busy Bees1544 Laskin Road #216Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Cassis819 W. Idaho St.Boise, ID 83702
City Sprouts6303 Delmar Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63130
Clothes Pony111 North College AvenueFort Collins, CO 80524
Crackerjacks4009 Piedmont Avenue,Oakland, CA 94611
Cupcake641 4th Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Epiphany Children’s Boutique 290 West Main Street Northborough, MA 01532(508) 393-5437Fiddlesticks508 Hayes StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102
Gaga Chic712 West Shaw Suite BFresno, CA 93704(559) 226-0462Itty Bitty307 West 8th StreetColumbia, TN 38401
Jumping Jellyfish107 S. Fair Oaks Ave Suite 107Pasadena, CA 91105
Kairos533 Main StreetGrand Junction, CO 81501
Lil’ Lamb Shop167 Jennifer Road Suite QAnnapolis, MD 21401
Mako the Children’s Shop732 NW 23rd AvePortland, Oregon 97210
MamaBaby4029 Southeast Hawthorne BoulevardPortland, OR 97214
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique1917 Central StreetEvanston, IL 60201
Milk and Honey Kids3303 Bath PikeBethlehem, PA 18017
Mulberry Road46 Gloucester St,Boston, MA 02115
Nurture433 Massachusetts AvenueIndianapolis, IN 46204
O Child101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108Bloomington, IN 47404
Over the Moon38 W Main StreetAvon, CT 06001
Petit Armoire156 E. Main StreetSpartanburg, SC 29306
Posh Boutique809 NW 11th Ave.Portland, OR 97209
Pout Baby Boutique4325 13th Ave S # 6Fargo, ND 58103
Preggers900 N. Michigan #L5-21Chicago, IL 60611
Rocky Mountain Kids2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12ABoulder, CO 80302
Seal & Co.410 Springfield AvenueSummit, NJ 07901
Shima105 Main Street,North Adams, MA 01247
Small Frys3022 Birney AveScranton, PA 18505
Style Child1070 University AveSan Diego, CA 92103
Sweetbriar Fair443 Highland AveAugusta, GA 30909
The Kid’s Court1724 E Battlefield StSpringfield MO 65804
The Lollipop Shop4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160Macon, GA 31210
The Lolly Garden2046 Utica SquareTulsa, OK 74114
The Nest Denver2808 East 6th AvenueDenver, CO 80206
The Picket Fence1108 Carter Street Vidalia, LA, 71373
Tiny Toes4 N. Main StreetBel Air, MD 21014
Tulips5817 Kavanaugh BoulevardLittle Rock, AR 72207
Wild Child5 Medford St.Arlington, MA 02474
A Woman’s Work2401 Rice Blvd.Houston, TX 77005
Y & Z Kids711 W Hillgrove AveLa Grange, IL 60525
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.
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).
Caribbean Joe Malibu Luggage Set
The Caribbean Joe Malibu 3 Piece Hardside Luggage Set protects your belongings with the enhanced durability of the 4-corner riveted protective shells. The set includes 20”, 24” and 28” cases made from flexible ABS composite material in eye-popping colors. The 4 wheel spinner system provides the smoothest and most effortless movement for your life on the go.
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.
Maramures is an old county in Northwestern Romania. Largely rural and agricultural, Maramures has held onto traditional farming and lifestyle methods, choosing to use manual labor to plow their fields and harvest their crops. Fine detailed handiwork is valued – and results in stunning embroidered fabrics, beadwork, carpet weaving and wood carvings. The cultural traditions of the Maramures region date back to before the Renaissance era, and have been carefully nurtured and preserved, and handed down through generations.
This season our designers were greatly influenced by a common item of traditional dress worn by Maramurian women and girls – a traditional red and black striped dress or skirt.
Honored as traditional garb for girls and women of all ages, you will still find variations on this style and pattern across the region.
This season our designers took a modern approach to this inspiration, and created our Maramures Dress:
With its bold black and red stripes, and its ability to be layered with warm leggings and cozy mocknecks, this dress is perfect for the winter and holiday season.
Though we love designing and creating inspired children’s clothing, children’s education is one issue that is always top of mind, as parents and citizens of the world. This is why we continue to support the efforts of The Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world.
The graphic below speaks directly to the issue of global education and serves as a reminder of the progress that still needs to be made throughout the world. We hope you find it as interesting as we do and continue to support organizations like the Global Fund for Children and other non-profits that help the little citizens of the world.
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