Tag Archives: random acts of inspiration

August 23, 2011

Alexander McQueen at the Met

If you’ve been reading any form of fashion media in the past couple of months you may have heard about the stupendous exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s work at the Met in NYC. We at Tea love Alexander McQueen, but when I was in NYC two weeks ago the lines were too monumental to make it into the show:

line for Alexander McQueen show by Charles Kessler

Luckily Garance Dore was able to take some gorgeous pictures of the exhibition, so we can all get a taste of what was on display:

Were you able to make it to the show? What were your impressions?

August 15, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: My Mom, the Style Icon

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Have you seen the blog “My Mom, the Style Icon“?  Amazing! It really makes me want to go through all my mom’s old photos – the ones I made fun of as a kid. Please share your favorite pictures of your moms!

ps Fellow San Francisco company Chronicle Books just released the My Mom, the Style Icon book.

August 8, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Of Another Fashion

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Of Another Fashion” is one of my regular weekly reads these days. Created by Minh-Ha T. Pham, it’s a collection of women of color sporting fashionable outfits, from the 1920s through 1980s. In Pham’s words it is “an alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color”.


To see more beautiful images click here.

August 3, 2011

Otomi Embroidery

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.

mexican otomi embroidery puebla

We found this amazing Otomi embroidery in Puebla; it inspired our gorgeous embroidered Puebla Jacket.  The back of the embroidery is totally gorgeous as well.  Check it out!

back of otomi embroidery puebla

check out more Otomi embroidery over on our pinterest board

August 1, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Disposable Cameras

Have you heard of the Disposable Memory Project? A group of people have released 346 disposable cameras in 71 different countries for people to pass along to one another. The hope is that they will eventually be returned home with photos from all over the world. So far 99 have been found! The process of transferring cameras from person to person is really fun, and the project logs every step that they can:

Camera 146: Left in the silkscreening lab at Otis College in Los Angeles by David T.

When cameras are returned they usually have a whole range of photos taken by different people, often in different countries. Camera 159 went on a long journey – from Wales to Greenland to Antarctica to Chile, and finally ended up in Ireland before being mailed back to the Disposable Memory Project to be processed:

Camera 308‘s journey was much shorter – it was passed to a man selling juice on a beach in Gambia, and passed around the village before it was returned:

Interested in participating? Learn the steps of starting your own disposable memory camera here. We’re so inspired by this project that we’re considering sending disposable cameras with our designers on their next inspiration trip!

July 29, 2011

Inside Studio T: Flowers and Cacti

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea.This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

vintage photo effect courtesy of instagram (very popular amongst tea employees)

There always seems to be pretty flower and plant arrangements floating around this office.  These guys have been sitting down by the lunch table this week.  Aren’t they sweet?


July 25, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Jazmin Berakha

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Jazmin Berakha is an Argentinian textile artist who embroiders delicately simple sketches. Whimsical and subtle, we love how she plays with texture and patterns to create these 2-d fashion sketches.

To see more of her work visit her website.

July 18, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Cardboard Boxes

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Growing up is hard. With all of the freedoms that we earn – staying out late, eating what we want, making decisions about our own lives and futures, life’s realities often replace playful imagination. What is it about kids and their imaginary worlds that is so innate? And why do we let go of it when we become adults? Let’s take their imagination as inspiration to reignite our own.

 

 

video by studiocanoe

July 11, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: The Boy’s Brain

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

boys brain dinosaur lions robots bears

I love this illustration by Grady McFerrin. Since I design most of Tea’s boy’s graphic tees this is also what my brain looks like most days – dinosaurs, robots and bears!  Check out McFerrin’s website, full of tons of great stuff. He also does a lot of fun stationary for our fellow San Francisco company Chronicle Books.