Discover the inspiration behind one of our favorite boys tops, the Black Mamba Tee.
At the end of our South Africa adventures I went to visit Thula Thula – the game reserve owned by Lawrence Anthony, author of the Elephant Whisperer – a book I decided to reread on our trip. The first night I was there – I was literally the only guest. I went to dinner and on the nightly safari drive with the staff and as it turns out, a few of the people from the book I was reading. It was a little scary sleeping in your own little house by yourself with no one else around. I heard a few creatures around my room throughout the night – but just kept telling myself they were only geckos so it was no big deal.
The next day in between a morning bush walk and lunch, I went back to my room/cottage to read. I’ve never been especially squeamish around snakes – I watched a lot of crocodile hunter and “knew” how to deal with the poisonous ones. Then I get to the section in the book where one of the staff at Thula Thula gets bit by a black mamba, because he tried to grab it – crocodile hunter style. So then they talk about how you have 30 minutes to get anti venom but they can’t keep it on site because it goes bad too quickly. They have to rush this staff member to the nearest hospital – 45 minutes away. The math is not adding up to me and things aren’t sounding good for this poor guy. It was now time for lunch so I put my book away and glance up at the top of my mosquito net – and what do I see? A smiling black snake looking down at me. Well crap, now I am scared of snakes, or at least this snake. So while still in the safety of my mosquito net I try to get as close as possible to the door of my room. But every move I make the snake follows. I finally get the courage to brave it and leap for the door.
I went and found a ranger. He and the manager came back to my room to identify what kind of snake it was. Obviously, he was no longer in the same spot when they got there. But I wouldn’t let them leave till we found him because logically, I assumed the snake was going to hide in my luggage and wait to make surprise attack back in San Francisco. So we are all looking around my room and finally we spot the snake. But we are all pointing in different directions, because apparently it was a entire family of snakes that was lodging with me.
Well it turned out they were just a friendly black house snakes, so I was safe. But the experience inspired me to design our Black Mamba Tee. Black mambas actually do look quite friendly, so I made him a little scarier so his look better matched his reputation as the “deadliest snake in Africa.” Like what you see here? Check out all our new boys outfits.
Who do you think looks more friendly? The house snake is on the left and the Black Mamba is on the right.
Horses have played a major role in the development of all cultures, maybe because they proved reliable creatures and friends. For the past three holiday seasons, we have featured horses on our girls’ tees. Take a trip down memory lane with us.
2. Modern Mexico Flying pony inspired by Mexican alebrijes Fall 2011 collection.
We made a printable coloring page so you can create your own holiday horse ornaments!
Triangle prints hit the runway for fall style. We couldn’t be more thrilled as we saw tons of geometric pieces to inspire our fall collection while on our inspiration trip for Nordic Design.
Above: From Tea Collection’s trip pics
Will you be following this fall trend? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
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One of the many inspiring artists we discovered in Scandinavia was Swedish ceramicist, Lisa Larson. We loved how Larson, played with flower and leaf shapes to create creatures (pictured above). We wanted to use the same idea of creating a Scandinavian creature out of plant elements. I collected a variety of internet images and actual plant pieces that I scanned into the computer. Then came the fun part, arranging the elements to create an animal. The pieces I had worked nicely to make an owl. I then traced the owl I created with sharpies to make our Blomma Owl Girl’s Graphic Tee.
We thought it’d be a fun idea to collect leaves and flowers with your children and see what kind of creatures you can create. I found these amazing leaf creations (below) by kokokoKids over on My Barn Owl.
Just the other day I found these awesome leaf cut cars on The Art Room Plant.
We want to see what you create with your kids? Post them on our facebook page!
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Last Saturday the Oakland Zoo celebrated Earth Day with their “Take Action for Animals” event. Conservation organizations from all over came out to teach little citizens about animal awareness and protection. I’ve been working with the Red Panda Network for nearly five years now. While Red Pandas have been gaining popularity in the last few years, most people still don’t know about them. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular our booth was.
top left picture: Pinju, one of the red pandas available for adoption via the Red Panda Network
middle right picture: Master Shifu via ShareTV
all other pictures from the day of the event
Most children were shocked and excited to learn that Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda was actually a red panda. The children, as well as many parents, were curious and enthusiastic to be learning about an animal they had just heard about for the first time. We had over 200 future conservationists come to our table to create a Red Panda mask. To learn about Red Pandas visit: The Red Panda Network. They also have a great program Red Panda Ranger program for children who want to learn more about Red Pandas.
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.
Ever wonder how the Tea textile designers get that hand-printed look for dresses like our Sanur Floral Sporty dress?
Yes, we actually take the time to carve out linoleum blocks to achieve the perfect look. Pictured above are photos of our talented textile designer Amber and her work as she developed the graphic for our Sanur Floral Sporty dress. Pretty cool, huh?
Summer is all about fun, and what’s more fun than easy, breezy rompers!
To see more, visit our fashion romper Pinterest board.
From a beach cover-up to an evening dinner jumpsuit, these rompers surely fit the spirit of summer. Easy to wear and accessorize, these one-pieces make looking on trend simple. Check out Tea’s twist on rompers for girls.
With heels, piles of jewelry or over a bathing suit- how would you fashion your romper? Tell us in the comments section below.
There’s something about spring fashion that softly whispers: pastels. This ultra feminine trend feels oh-so-pretty and can make a (soft) statement when paired with the right accessories, like a flower headband.
1) thesphinxandthemilkyway.com 2) thestylerookie.com 3) Bjork in Dazed 4) Hikari Shimoda 5) Vogue 6) Unknown 7) Sally King Benedict 8) cocilaelle.com 9) Juliak Ostreva 10) Jennifer Davis 11) Basso & Brooke and Fred Butler 12) insidetheloop.tumblr.com 13) Louis Vuitton
Will you indulge your feminine side and wear a touch of pale pink or soft yellow?
On our Bali inspiration trip, we met lots of Ikat artists and were overwhelmed with beautiful textiles and designs we saw. So you can imagine how overjoyed we were to find out how on trend Ikat patterns are for Spring.
From high-fashion to light-weight, summer dresses, there are many ways to wear Ikat. How will you be wearing Ikat this season?
As we visit many different cultures around the world, we begin to see connections across many cultures. You can see more of our cultural connections here.
The flower head fashion has been around for years and adorned by many different cultures.
1: Japanese geisha’s often wear flowers in their hair.
Tea visited Japan for our Fall 2009 Collection.
2: While, I am unaware of any tradition around wearing flowers in your hair in Korea, it certainly seems to be a popular trend in Korean Vogue. (see more images from Vogue Korea and Vogue Girl Korea on our Pinterest board)
Tea visited Korea for our Spring 2010 Collection.
3. Brazilian, Carmen Miranda adorned her turbans with fruit and flowers.
Tea visited Brazil for our Spring 2009 Collection.
4: In Mexico, women wear flowers in their hair for special occasions and celebrations. Here is an image of our style muse Frida Kahlo, who is always pictured with flowers in her hair.
Tea visited Mexico for our Fall 2011 Collection.
5. Traditional women in Hungary wear flower headpieces on their wedding day. Hungarian dancers also wear floral headpieces.
Tea visited Hungary for our Fall 2010 Collection.
6. In Bali, legong dancers wear floral head pieces. It is common to see Balinese women wearing flowers in their hair.
Tea visited Bali for our Spring 2012 Collection.
7: In Spain, Flamenco dancers often wear flowers in their hair.
Tea visited Spain for our Spring 2011 Collection.
8. Peruvian women wear Monteras, traditional hats. Modern day women often buy the hats at the market and decorate themselves with flowers.
Tea’s Fall 2007 collection was inspired by Peru.
Do you know any traditions around wearing flowers in your hair?