Meet Rita Petruccioli, the artist behind the beautiful mermaid design on one of our newest tees. In Rome, we were able to meet with Rita and instantly fell in love with her work. We were thrilled when she agreed to design a graphic for our Italy Collection.
Our graphic tees have long been customer favorites – Not only for their original designs and bright colors, but also because of the direct tie in to the destination. From monkeys to tigers, cars to airplanes — our graphics tell a story. One thing you might not know is that the majority of our graphics begin as hand drawn sketches or paintings. Our newest graphics are inspired by Italian architecture and molto veloce (very fast) vehicles. Here we share our designer’s sketches that turned into the new bold, colorful and easy designs you see on today’s tees!
As soon as we arrived in Rome, we dropped off our bags and hopped on vespas to explore the city. Our latest graphic tees tell the story of our Roman adventure. Come along as we take you on a tour!
Don’t let the name fool you, scientific florals are a true work of art. Inspired by renown children’s book illustrator, Vittorio Accornero, our newest spring print sets out to capture the magic of his signature style.
In the lagoon that surrounds Venice lies an island named Burano, bespeckled with colorful houses. There’s a legend of an ancient betrothed (engaged) fisherman, who was fishing in the lagoons surrounding the Burano island. On his trip home, he came upon a siren who wouldn’t let him pass and attempted to entice him with her singing. He refused, staying faithful to his love back home. Enchanted by his faithfulness, the siren queen thumped the side of the fisherman’s boat with her tail, creating a wave of foam from which a wedding veil developed. The fisherman brought the veil back home and gifted it to his fiance on the day of their wedding. She was admired and envied by all the young ladies of Burano, who all set out to imitate the lace of the veil. This is the story of how the intricate Burano lace designs were born.
During our stay in Rome, we explored the cobblestoned streets just like a local would, by scooter! Zipping in and out of alleys and around cars was not only thrilling, but also the quickest way of getting from place to place. Vespas, scooters and motorbikes are everywhere in Rome. They truly are the locals choice of transportation. And who can blame them? As a nod to the vespas we hopped on in Rome, we hand-illustrated scooters for a few of our newest styles.
Over the years, our swim styles have captured the attention of our customers for many reasons; the original silhouettes, SPF 40 coverage and most importantly (we think!) our prints and patterns. The very Tea prints you love shine in our newest swim styles inspired by Italy. Our Fiorella, or “little flower“, print is a Tea favorite. Get an inside look at the process of designing our Fiorella swim print.