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The Art of Origami

5W22125-393The ancient art form of origami has been handed down from parent (or relative) to child through many generations, all over the world. The word origami comes from the Japanese words “ori” which means “folding” and “kami,” which means “paper.” To make origami, paper is folded in many different ways to form beautiful creations. Origami art is a highly revered art form in Japan. It was once taught in schools, but today, children learn the craft at home.

Origami served as inspiration for our newest collection, particularly on our Boy’s Origami Graphic Tee. The graphic on this tee is of a origami crane. The crane is perhaps the most well-known origami model. It is also the international symbol for peace. While it may look hard, origami just takes some practice! Learn how to make an origami crane and pass the art form down to your little citizen.

Behind the Design: Geometric Prints & Patterns

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Many of our prints and patterns in our newest collection were inspired by our trip to the southernmost tip of Argentina—our trip to Patagonia. A land of contrasting landscapes: mountains and valleys, glaciers, lakes and streams. Of browns and yellows, rusty pinks and the brightest blues. Florals and rock, grasses and ice. Shapes of all sizes. Everything we saw was inspiring. The prints and patterns on our girl and baby girl dresses are filled with the colors and prints we created from all of the inspiration. Here, we share with you photos from our trip that helped dictate the design of our prints and patterns on our newest styles.

DIY Hand Loom Designs

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The traditional craft of South American weaving has been passed down through generations of descendants. Today, the tradition lives on throughout Argentina and Bolivia… and the world! During our travels, we’ve seen hand-woven pieces in many countries. Our designers right here in San Francisco even do it as a hobby. Want to know how you can make these in your home? Follow our steps below to create your own hand-woven piece of art, DIY gift toppers and ornaments, just in time for the holidays!

A Detailed Look At Our Animal Graphics

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Each season, our in house artists create unique graphics for tees. They paint, sketch, stamp and piece together the graphics you love. We take pride in not only our design process, but in the story behind each graphic. Each destination we travel to, we work to represent a handful of native animals. We love to learn about their behavior and habitats. We know our little citizens love animals, too! Patagonia is a land rich with animals, many of them relatively unknown to our own little citizens. The animals in Patagonia and throughout South America inspired and influenced the design of our newest graphics. Read on to see the graphics up close and learn about the animals behind them.

All About Alpaca Wool

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This holiday season, we’re introducing sweater knits in the softest Alpaca-blends crafted in Peru. Have you ever heard of Alpacas? Alpacas are a South American camelid, the same species as a llama. Alpacas were raised by the Incas in South America more than 6,000 years ago, and clothing made from their hair was so special, it was worn by only Incan royalty. To this day, alpaca wool is a high quality wool used to make super cozy clothing around the world. We feel lucky to be able to share these special styles with you!

Behind the Design: Perito Moreno Photoreal Dress

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We know you love our prints and patterns and look forward to seeing the new ones roll out with each destination. One of our most exciting prints in our winter collection is the print on our Perito Moreno Photoreal Dress. The photoreal print on our dress is created from our designer’s actual photos snapped on their trip through the Perito Moreno Glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz, Argentina. The glacier is a 97 square mile ice formation and one of three continuously growing glaciers in Patagonia. Its immense size and colors are a sight to be seen!

Our Newest Graphic Tees Inspired By Patagonia

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Our newest baby boy graphic tee styles are inspired by the animals and landscapes we saw on our trip to the Southern most tip of South America. We took a road trip through the Andes mountains and ended in Patagonia, a land of magnificent views and glaciers. We saw guanacos (the cousin of the llama), condors, beautiful sunsets and glaciers galore. We came back so inspired by all we had seen and we think it really plays out in our graphics. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind our adorably cool graphic tees for our littlest citizens.