Category: Behind the Design

An Inside Look at the Design Process

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Did you know that all of our designs are created in-house? On any given day, you can wander through Tea’s design department to find designers busy at work; drawing, painting or sketching graphics for upcoming collections. Above, you see one of our textile designers, Katy Tanis, painting wildflowers that became the print on our girl’s Flores Silvestres Graphic Tee.

Behind the Design: Rio Gallegos Dress

IMG_1179This July, our collection is inspired by a road trip through Argentina and Bolivia and all we saw along the way. As we drove through Argentina, we were in awe of the ever changing landscapes and views. From the high peaks of the Andes Mountains in Bolivia to the vast plains of Argentina. As we neared the southern tip towards Patagonia, we stopped as this view of a valley in between a mountain range, took our breath away. These oxeye daisies sprang up among the rolling green hills and immediately caught our eye.

Nautical Styles For Your Explorer

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This June, we feature our Citizen Blue collection that draws on inspiration from travels on the sea. We put a spin on classic stripes with playful graphics or a bow tie. We were inspired by all things nautical like sand dollars, anchors, sea gull and submarines.  We envision our Tea little citizens putting on these fun styles and going out to the backyard to play pretend. Live by the seashore ? Take these styles for a spin on the boardwalk or for an afternoon sail!

Citizen Blue: The Sea Between

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We’re excited to kickoff the summer with the launch of Citizen Blue – a semi-annual collection that celebrates the magical spots we stop along the way to somewhere else. Rooted in rich indigo hues, Citizen Blue revisits heritage Tea styles and favorite prints from places we’ve already been and offers new designs inspired by places we’ve seen only glimpses of. Citizen Blue is a voyager, a nautical nomad. Not quite here or there, the collection draws inspiration from the journey and all of the magical spots we stop along the way to our final destination. It is truly globally inspired. No matter the type of adventure you have planned this summer, our Citizen Blue collection is packed full of grab-your-suitcase-and-go styles for your little citizen.

Spotlight: Guest Artist Megan Lynn Kott

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For our May catalog, we had a very special guest artist, Megan Lynn Kott, who drew our product illustrations. The beautiful designs come to life in her drawings, from the animal graphics on our boy’s tees to the beautiful intricate woodblock designs on our baby girl rompers — we are truly amazed by her work!

Behind the Design: Mithila Tree

Inspiration can stem from anything; an inanimate object, a person, a taste, smell or a sound. When inspiration stems from art, it has many layers. An artist is inspired and creates a beautiful piece, which a viewer in turn can be inspired by. This was the case when our team traveled to India. Our designers saw the works of a Madhubani artist and fell in love with the technique and design. Madhubani painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region in Bihar, India. The painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, or matchsticks!

Mithila Tree Graphic Dress

Our team was lucky enough to get in contact with the artist, Pradyumn Kumar. He allowed us to use his tree design on our Mithila Tree Graphic Dress and even custom designed the artwork on our Madhubani Floral Graphic Tee.