Behind the Design: Venetian Lace

Colored houses in Burano

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.

The Historic Looms of Luigi Bevilacqua

Luigi Bevilacqua on Tea Collection's Studio T Blog

The morning we met Alberto Bevilacqua was a dark, cold and rainy one. Huddled together under the covered portion of the water taxi as we made our way to Murano and Burano for the morning, our guide listened as we explained to him the reason for our trip. He nodded and smiled, then excused himself to make a phone call. After a few minutes and just before we had exited the Grand Canal, he let us know that before we took off for the day, he wanted to take us to a fabric store for a quick stop.

The next thing we knew we were standing in front of large wooden doors with stained glass windows, ringing the doorbell of a charming Venetian building (aren’t they all that way though?). Alberto Bevilacqua opened the door and welcomed us in — We had no idea what we were getting into.

Behind the Design: Scooter Pajamas

Designers scooting in Rome

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.

An Inside Look At Our Swim Design

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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.