The Japanese city of Kanazawa is known for it’s production of gold leaf and use of it in many traditional and modern handicrafts. Artisans and craftsmen throughout Kanazawa have practiced gold leafing for hundreds of years. We saw many artifacts throughout museums and adorning ancient temples and buildings in this magical city. Gold leaf is also extremely popular in crafting and housewares today, throughout the world. You can even see a hint of gold on the logo of our holiday catalog front cover. When we traveled to Japan to shoot our holiday catalog, we took our new friends Tenley and Saju, to try their hand at gold leafing. Learn how you can do it too, right at home!
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.
Ceramic pottery, one of the oldest crafts in Italy, dates back to the XV century. From Ravello to Positano and most famously, Vietri Sul Mare, the towns along the Amalfi Coast are known for their intricately designed ceramics. Ceramic pottery is a handicraft tradition, passed down through many generations and perfected along the way. In little alleys, on main streets and even along the water, you’ll find ceramic shops everywhere you go. We had a fabulous time popping into all of the shops, meeting their spirited owners, many of whom are third, fourth or fifth generation ceramic shop owners, and hearing their stories. We’re sharing our favorite ceramic shops, so make sure to take note in case you find yourself on the Amalfi Coast.
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when your mom owns a globally-inspired clothing company? Our friend Matthew, age 7, loves the background of Tea — how we travel the world for inspiration for each collection — and he loves telling his friends all about it, like his friend Luke. Luke’s mother is from Ireland. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, these first graders had an idea. Matthew wanted to learn more about Ireland and the Irish culture and he knew their classmates would love to create something of their own. With the help of Luke’s mother, this first grade class had a lesson on designing clothes, the tea way… and destination Ireland was created.
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.
If you’re an avid Studio T reader, you’re probably aware that our Tea designers draw inspiration for our prints and graphics from a myriad of sources, art and nature being a very popular one. In Italy, we found inspiration everywhere; in familiar places like museums and architecture but also in some new places, too.
This spring, our distinctive prints and unique color palette pay homage to modern Italian art and design. Bold, beautiful and endlessly wearable, these colors bring life to every outfit. One of our favorite prints this spring are the stripes on our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie. With it’s vibrant colors and modern stripes – these styles are sure to become quick customer favorites. Learn how a ceramic vase became the inspiration for the design of our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie.