Tag: behind the design

Konnichiwa, Japan!

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Tea travels the world. We truly go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To explore the wonder of the world around us, across the globe and across the street. Since 2002, we’ve traveled, always inspired by the people we meet and the places we see. Wherever we go, from Bali to Norway, West Africa to Morocco, we take in all we can and bring it back to our home base in San Francisco to design globally-inspired clothing for your little citizen. The world is woven into every thread of Tea, with each collection featuring a new destination we’ve traveled to. This fall, we’re excited to announce that we’re off to Japan!

Africa’s Great Lakes Region: The Primate Capital of the World

To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! Katy, Tea’s t-shirt graphic designer, traveled through Uganda and Rwanda on a quest to see every primate. Here she shares her jungle adventures.

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Meet Our Tea Ambassadors: Lisa Jackson of Good On Paper

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Over the next few days, we’ll introduce you to a group of amazingly talented women. They are moms, small business owners and entrepreneurs, friends and all around good people (among many other attributes). We feel incredibly lucky to have them as our Tea Brand Ambassadors. We launched our ambassador program in early 2016 with hopes of connecting with customers who truly embody the Tea spirit. Starting small, reaching out to a few people we had met or worked with before on smaller projects. We’ve been blown away by how Tea shines through their every day lives. So, without further ado, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Jackson. Read on to learn about her family, her favorite Tea item — and don’t miss the recipe she’s sharing for her black bean polenta dish, it’s delicious!

DIY Mosaic Planter

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We love getting the inside scoop from our designers about their designs. From animals to geometric shapes, every graphic has a story behind it. We’ve learned about far away animals and traditional nordic weaving techniques. The Rainbow Rays Graphic Dress is no exception and inspired us to create our very own mosaic planter. Follow our instructions below to create your own design… It’s much easier than it looks!

Come For A Ride: Our Boat Trip Along the Amalfi Coast

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Some say that the Amalfi Coast is the most beautiful coastline in the whole world. We wouldn’t argue with that. While driving down its winding roads may appeal to some, we prefer the views from the Tyrrhenian Sea. To capture the Amalfi coast in all of it’s splendor, we hopped on a boat one afternoon to see it from a different perspective. Follow along as we take you on a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast. 

Behind the Design: Fish Tales

Fish Market in Italy

Being a peninsula, Italy is surrounded by beautiful turquoise seas. Fish and marine life play a major part in Italian culture – from the art to the cuisine. While traveling up the coast, we stopped at a fish market and marveled at how many different types of fish were for sale. We even had a chance to chat with a real fisher-woman! We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at some of our favorite graphic tees inspired by Italian sea life.

An Inside Look: Parco dei Principi Hotel

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Museums, markets, city centers, parks… These are all places you might find Tea designers out and about snapping photos and taking notes for our collections. Another place you may find them? In the lobby of their hotel. To make the most of each trip, we search high and low to find interesting places to stay. From boutique hotels outside of Jaipur to eclectic Airbnbs in Berlin, we make an effort to stay in places that are unique to that specific destination.

None of the places we’ve stayed have inspired us quite like the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, Italy. From the tiles seen throughout the hotel to the clean lines of the mid-century furniture in our rooms—we just couldn’t get enough. Here’s an inside look at the hotel that inspired dozens of the styles in our summer collection.