Tag: Destination: Argentina + Bolivia

DIY Advent Calendar with Petit Collage

lorena_advent_4We’ve long been fans of Petit Collage, the SF-based creators of “modern decor and playthings for homes the world over, all influenced by a mid-century aesthetic and healthy dose of playfulness”. Their products feature DIY masks, puzzles, toys, beautiful wall decor for nurseries and beyond! When we were first introduced to the founder, Lorena Siminovich, we knew immediately that she embodied the Tea spirit. This holiday season, we’re celebrating big gatherings, small moments and the traditions that connect us all. Originally from Buenos Aires, Lorena offered to share a holiday tradition she grew up with and continues with her daughter. Here, Lorena shares the story behind her holiday tradition of the DIY Advent Calendar.

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. We strolled through mercados and marveled at the many different patterns and colors of blankets, rugs and small housewares that had all been weaved on a loom. In our hotel in El Calafate, Patagonia there were handwoven throws and wall hangings everywhere. We loved seeing how this traditional handicraft is interwoven into everyday life and art. During our winter catalog shoot, our amazing prop stylists created weavings to use as gift toppers and ornaments—truly bringing home our inspiration to share with you! Want to know how you can make these in your home? Follow our steps below to create your own 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.

Our Expedition to Patagonia

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At the very southern end of South America, spanning all of Argentina and part of Chile, lies a sparsely populated region called Patagonia. To the west you’ll find the Andes mountains and Pacific Ocean, to the east the steppes and grasslands and Atlantic Ocean. We visited Patagonia, trekked the frozen blue wonderland of the Perito Moreno Glacier and explored the wild steppe with an intrepid guide names Julian, who showed us lots of Criollo horses, wild herds of guanaco, super-fast jackrabbits and a gigantic Andean condor. Come on a journey with us as we share stories of trekking a glacier, riding in a jeep over the barren grasslands of the Patagonia steppe and finding inspiration in the smallest details.

Tango With Tea

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Tango with Tea: Saturday, November 14th

 

We’re partnering with Nordstrom for a fun-filled day on November 14th. Join us at a participating Nordstrom for a day of dancing, crafting, face-painting, and more! The first 50 customers will receive a tango-inspired tote. Come dance with us!