Category: Behind the Design

Behind The Design | The Celtic Knot

Scotland is steeped in Celtic culture and tradition. So when our designers went on their trip in search of inspiration, it’s no surprise that they drew a great deal of artistic influence from the ancient Celtic art that adorns the country. From traditional textiles like tartan and tweed, to the decorative motifs found in Pictish and Viking stone carvings, you’ll notice a strong sense of heritage and lot of classic Scottish elements playing through our fall and winter collections.

One of the prominent motifs featured in our latest back-to-school graphic styles for girl, boy and baby is the Celtic Knot. An intriguing symbol of Scottish pride, learn more about this ancient decorative art form and the meaning behind its various interwoven patterns.

Gales, Whales and Sea Tales | The Seafaring Spirit of Scotland

With 790 islands and 6,200 miles of coastline, the Scots seaside is a world of crashing waves, windswept shorelines and picturesque fishing villages. Surrounded by water on three sides, and home to thousands and thousands of lochs (lakes), it’s no wonder Scotland takes its fish and ships seriously. For hundreds of years, local lads set out to sea in search of a catch, in hopes of returning home with a hold full of “silver darlings”, as herring—a fish of legend and song—were called.

Today, fishing is still very much a way of life for Scotland’s age-old coastal communities. As long as the sea still beckons, the traditional legend and lore of salty sea-dogs who had spent too much time at sail, lives on. And it’s this salty air, seafaring spirit that inspired so many of our favorite fall prints and graphics.

Call of the Wild: An Inside look at our favorite Aussie birds!

Cool new graphics are a thing here at Tea. Each season, our designers work tirelessly to bring you beautifully (often hand-drawn) designs that emanate the feeling of our destination. This season with Australia, you’ve seen some amazing graphics. Everything from animals and flowers to sport and transportation. With our new summer styles, we’re very excited about our Lorikeet Skirted Dress. This dress features hand painted prints of wild parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets (all birds!) that call Australia their home. Here’s a look at these birds, in real life!

Behind the Design: LaPointe Graphic Dress

Sydney is a city full of design inspiration. On their trip, our designers were inspired by the world around them, from the shapes and colors of the local architecture to the food, flowers, greenery and animals. They were also drawn to the work of Australian artists whose work they saw throughout the cities murals, museums and shops.

Behind the Design: Our latest Graphic Tees!

Boy42Always up for an adventure, our newest tees were inspired by all the wild and wonderful things we saw in Australia. Follow along as we share a behind the scenes look at the inspiration for our graphics! 

Behind the Design: Japanese Kites

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Kites have always played a large role in Japanese culture, traditions and celebrations. These beautifully painted and decorated kites can be seen in shrines, museums and in homes. During the Edo period in Japan, kite making grew to be very popular and different regions of Japan created their own style, featuring characters of Japanese folklore, mythology and symbolic meaning. While the most common use for kites is during celebrations, like Boy’s Day on May 5th or harvest festivals, large kites were also used for practical purposes like construction where they were used to lift tiles up to the rooftops.

Kitsune Masks

16wtr1_s_01_535The kitsune (fox) mask is one of the most famous traditional masks in Japan. Masks have been a part of Japanese song, dance, religion and celebration for hundreds of years. Lately, they have also become popular in pop culture, seen throughout Japanese TV shows and anime. Learn more about kitsune masks and download a mask DIY activity for your little citizens.