Month: August 2011

Inside Studio T: Telephant

Every Friday we share a weekly behind-the-scenes photo taken in our offices at Tea.This could be anything – great employee outfits, our sources of inspiration, shots from our parties, or photos of us hard at work. For more sneak peeks behind the scenes at Tea click here.

The very first season I worked at Tea was for Japan.  The designers brought back this shirt for inspiration and it remains one of our favorites. I have it hanging on the board right across from me so I can always see it! It makes me happy. Can you see the influence in our boys’ graphic tees?

Dolores Olmedo

María de los Dolores Olmedo y Patiño Suarez was a well-known Mexican businesswoman. She studied law in the early years of the 20th century, and went on to own property and factories all over Mexico. Olmedo was also a philanthropist to the arts, and was good friends with both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Diego painted several portraits of her, the most famous of which was painted in 1955 after Frida’s death:

We love her traditional embroidered top and the classic Frida-style flowers in her hair!

Her biggest life achievement was the creation of the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City, which holds her massive art collection. Our designers visited the museum and loved the xoloitzcuintle dogs and peacocks that run wild in the gardens! To date the museum holds 145 paintings by Diego Rivera, and 25 by Frida Kahlo, as well as 6,000 pre-Hispanic figurines.

Dolores Olmedo died at the age of 93 in 2002, but her legacy of art appreciation continues. In her words “Following the example of my mother, a teacher, Prof. María Patiño Suárez widow of Olmedo, I live as she taught me: ‘share all you have with those around you’.  I therefore will this house with all my collections of art, product of a lifetime’s endeavor, for the pleasure and enjoyment of the People of Mexico.” It’s worth a visit if you find yourself in Mexico City.

Mariachi in Mexico City

Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. For more Behind the Designs click here.

We loved the vibrant patterns and fun designs of these Mexico City boats. We couldn’t resist going on a boat ride and we obviously had to hire our own mariachi band. We requested a female singer, which is less common (pictured above). A good time was had by all! This experience inspired our Mariachi en Barco Tee.  We hope you enjoy!

Outfitted: Back to School Continues!

One of the qualities we strive to incorporate into our clothes at Tea is the ability to play. Particularly in the Back to School season, clothes need to be stylish enough for kids to want to wear, comfortable enough to encourage play, and sturdy enough to handle tree-climbing.

Our friend Candace at Mamanista composed a fantastic post truly highlighting the outfitting capabilities of our Fall 2011 collection! Discover the outfits she created and enter a great giveaway featuring Tea Collection gift certificates! Outfitted:Back to School on Mamanista



Have you ever heard of Mexican hairless dogs? The xoloitzcuintle (pronounced shoh-loyts-kwint-lee) is native to Mexico, with roots tracing back over 3,000 years, and are believed to be the first domesticated dog of the Americas.

Their hairlessness has many theories, the most popular being that it was a survival tactic in the hot tropical regions of Mexico. The Aztecs in particular were very fond of these dogs, with the belief that they were necessary to guide their owners through the underworld upon death. Xolos exude an exceptional amount of body heat and were valued during cold months as additional heat sources at night. Perhaps due to this, they also gained a reputation as being healers, and are still kept around today as superstition for fighting away sickness. Xoloitzcuintles are also appreciated for their guard-dog abilities and unwillingness to back down in a fight. They bond strongly to their owners and are a notoriously intelligent breed.

Our designers saw quite a few xoloitzcuintles on their inspiration trip to Mexico. The dogs above live in the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico city, in honor of the philanthropist’s love of the breed.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are among the most well-known fans of the xoloitzcuintle dog. Frida with two of her pets (above left), and in her self portrait with her xoloitzcuintle (above right).

What do you think of xoloitzuintles? Do you find them elegant and beautiful? Or strange and ugly? They unfortunately didn’t make the cut for any of our Tea graphics this year, but we’re still fascinated by them!

Official Rules


“Back-to-School Sweepstakes”

with Tea & Chronicle Books




  1. SPONSORS: Tea Collection, 1 Arkansas Street, Studio B, San Francisco, CA 94107 Chronicle Books, 680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (“Sponsors”). Although the sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is administered through a Facebook interface, Facebook is not affiliated with this promotion and does not endorse or sponsor this promotion in any way.


  1. ADMINISTRATOR: Offerpop, 25 West 36th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10018 (“Administrator”).


  1. ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents in all of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who (1) have a Facebook account, (2) are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and (3) have Internet access. The Sweepstakes is void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, all other U.S. territories and possessions and wherever prohibited or restricted by law. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Employees of Tea Collection, Chronicle Books, and Offerpop and their respective parent companies, affiliated companies, subsidiaries and any of their agents, advertising, promotional and other agencies, and the immediate families (parents, siblings, children and spouse) and persons living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/directors/officers are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a Prize (each and collectively, “Prize(s)”).



  1. HOW TO ENTER: This Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time (“PT”) on Thursday, August 9, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PT on August 19, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”), according to Administrator’s time clock. To enter this Sweepstakes, please access the sweepstakes application at and complete the entry process. You may be required to “Like” the Tea Collection Facebook Fan page (if you have already “Liked” Tea Collection on Facebook, you will not be required to repeat this action).  You may alternately, or also be required to, input your name and email address on a separate form page. The order of these steps may vary. These steps will enter you in the “Back-to-School Sweepstakes.” You may also enter through a referral post/message/invitation on Facebook. If your entry (“Like”) is based on a referral from someone on Facebook, you must enter the Sweepstakes directly through the referrer’s Facebook post/message, and follow/complete the online entry process in order for the referrer to receive credit for your Entry. Only one Entry per email address and natural person is allowed during the Sweepstakes Period. Valid Entries must be submitted via the online method as described above. All Entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Period as determined by the computer time on Sponsors’ server. Any attempt by a participant to obtain more than the allowable Entries by using multiple/different e-mail addresses or Facebook accounts, identities or any other online methods will void all of that participant’s entries.

To be eligible to unlock the additional reward entrants must refer a minimum of three friends to enter the contest. Referrals must enter via a special link that will be generated by the Administrator’s app at the time of sign up. Entrants may share this link via Facebook wall post, Twitter tweet or email. Once a minimum of referred friends enter the contest, the original entrant may return to the sweepstakes to “unlock” their entry.


By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules including all eligibility requirements. Sponsors reserve the right to verify eligibility of all entrants. Illegible and/or incomplete Entries submitted by entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (including all requirements with respect to age and residence) are void. Sponsors, Administrator and their agents are not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected Entries, for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, for lost or unavailable network connections, or for failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or any human error which may occur in the receipt or processing of the Entries. Proof of entering information at website does not constitute proof of delivery or receipt. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the scheduling of the Sweepstakes without prior notification. Use of computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic, automatic and other similar means to enter the Sweepstakes is prohibited and may result in the disqualification of Entries and/or the entrant. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an Entry, the Entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account is registered on the date the Entry is submitted. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.


  1. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be selected in a random drawing by Tea Collection or their designee, the judge of the Sweepstakes, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes (“Potential Winners”). Winner drawings will happen on or about August 20, 2012. Each Potential Winner will be notified by email using the email address provided in the Sweepstakes Entry (“Prize Notification”) and each Potential Winner must respond by email within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the Prize Notification (the “Deadline”), with Potential Winner’s full name and a mailing address (“Mailing Information”), where Sponsor can send his/her Prize (if warranted), a Declaration or Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Documents”). The mailing address must be a street address (no P.O. Boxes). If any Potential Winner does not respond to the Prize Notification by the Deadline, such Potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner (for each unclaimed Prize) will be selected from all remaining eligible entries received for the original drawing. Once Sponsor or Administrator receives each Potential Winner’s Mailing Information, a set of Sweepstakes Documents will be sent to each Potential Winner via overnight mail or email. Each Potential Winner must sign and return the Sweepstakes Documents by email or postmarked within seven (7) calendar days of the date the Potential Winner received the Sweepstakes Documents, or the Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Potential Winner selected for each such unclaimed Prize. Sponsors and Administrator are not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of Potential Winners’ to receive their Prize Notification or for Sponsors or Administrator to receive Potential Winners’ response and/or Sweepstakes Documents. Return of any Prize Notification or Sweepstakes Documents as undeliverable, the inability of Sponsor or Administrator to contact a Potential Winner, the failure of a Potential Winner to contact Sponsor or Administrator in a timely manner, the inability of a Potential Winner to accept or receive the Prize for any reason, and/or the non-acceptance by a Potential Winner of any Prize for any reason will result in disqualification of such Potential Winner, and alternate Potential Winner(s) will be selected randomly from all remaining eligible entries received. Potential Winners who receive Prizes are known as the “Winners”.


  1. PRIZES:
Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”)
First Prize (1) $250 Tea Gift Certificate & $250 worth of Chronicle Books from the children’s section. $500
Top 5 Referrer Prize Each of the top 5 referrers will receive a wardrobe set of their choice from Tea & a book set from Chronicle Books valued at $75 from the children’s section. $225 Retail value 


Secret Prize $75 Tea Gift Certificate & a book set from Chronicle valued at $55 from the children’s section. $130



  1. PRIZE CONDITIONS: First Prize includes a $250 Tea Collection gift certificate and $250 worth of Chronicle Books.  The Tea Collection gift certificate is redeemable at only and can be combined with other offers.  Chronicle Books will work with the grand prize winner to determine which book set best fits their needs and age range. The top 5 referrers will receive the wardrobe set of their choice from Tea. Chronicle will work with the top 5 referrers to pick out a book set valued at $75 that best fits the referrers needs and age range. The secret Prize is a $75 Tea Collection gift certificate which is redeemable at only and can be combined with other offers. Chronicle Books will work with the secret prize winner to determine which book set best fits their needs and age range. Selection and specifics of all Prizes will be determined at the Sponsors’ sole discretion. All Prizes are subject to availability. Winners are not entitled to any surplus between the actual retail value of his/her Prize and its stated ARV; and any difference between the stated ARV and actual value of the Prize will not be awarded. No cash redemption or Prize substitution allowed. All Prizes are non-transferable. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. All Prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Acceptance, participation in and/or use of the Prizes are at the Winners’ sole risk and Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for damages whatsoever, including special, indirect, or consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the use and/or misuse of any of the Prizes. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to verify eligibility of all Winners. Prizes will be awarded by email, U.S. Mail, Federal Express, UPS and/or other shipping method, in Sponsor’s and/or its Prize suppliers’ sole discretion, using the information provided in the Sweepstakes Entry. All Prize Winners must complete and timely return the Sweepstakes Documents in order to receive his/her Prize. If any Winner is unable to participate in or accept a Prize or any portion of a Prize for any reason, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no further obligation to such Winner. Any and all activities related to each Prize are at the Winner’s own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern such activities. Referral Prizes will not be awarded to those Winners who are not referred entrants.


  1. TAXES AND COSTS RELATED TO THE PRIZES: All applicable taxes and fees and any license and delivery charges are the sole responsibility of the Winner. All expenses and incidentals and other applicable taxes or charges not specifically mentioned herein are not included and are solely the responsibility of the Winner. Each Winner may be issued a 1099 tax form for the ARV of the Prize.


  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in this Sweepstakes and/or by accepting a Prize, participants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules, the decisions of the Sponsors , Administrator and/or their designees, and the Privacy Policies of Tea Collection (, Chronicle Books ( and Offerpop ( (b) to release and hold harmless Sponsors and Administrator and their respective parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, together with their respective employees, directors, officers, licensees, licensors, shareholders, attorneys and agents including, without limitation, their respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging or administration of the Sweepstakes (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all claims, demands, damages, losses, liabilities, costs or expenses caused by, arising out of, in connection with, or related to their participation in the Sweepstakes and/or their participation in any Prize-related activities (including, without limitation, any property loss, damage, personal injury or death caused to any person(s) and/or the awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of any Prize or participation in any Prize-related activities); and (c) to be contacted by Sponsors and/or Administrator via e-mail. By accepting a Prize, each Winner consents to the use of his/her name and/or likeness (voice, biographical information, city and state of residence, statements, photograph, recordings, and any information available on their Facebook page) for advertising and promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, use on Sponsors’ web site and/or Facebook pages without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law). Sponsors reserve the right to make changes or additions to these Official Rules and/or extend the dates of this Sweepstakes for any reason at any time. Sponsors’ and/or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


  1. RELEASE. All decisions of Sponsor and Administrator are final and binding; and entrants agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. By accepting a Prize, each Winner agrees to release the Released Parties from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of Prize or participation in any Prize-related activities. Sponsors reserve the right to use the Sweepstakes for publicity purposes in any media, and to use the name, likeness, and hometown name and/or Prize information of selected entrants as part of that publicity, without any compensation or prior review unless prohibited by law. Any such use with respect to minors shall be subject to prior approval of parent or legal guardian. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of selected entrants, and selected entrants who are U.S. residents may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded Prize. This Sweepstakes is void outside the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii, and where prohibited or restricted by law, and subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or violating these Official Rules. The Released Parties shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, stolen, misdirected, postage-due, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries, communications or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone or computer hardware, software or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by the Prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of a Prize, or from participation in the Sweepstakes; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes. Sponsor and Administrator disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes, and reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s and/or Administrator’s control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor and/or Administrator may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning Prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other players or representatives of Sponsor and/or Administrator. Use of any automated system to participate is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.


  1. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: In order to participate in this Sweepstakes, participants will be required to supply certain information about themselves. Sponsor has specified which information is mandatory in order to participate in the Sweepstakes. This information will be used by Sponsor for the purposes of administering the Sweepstakes and for marketing purposes, but will not be sold or rented to third parties. The personal information will be collected, processed and used in accordance with Privacy Policies of Tea Collection (, Chronicle Books (, and Offerpop ( In addition, personal information may be used by Sponsors or Offerpop, on Sponsor’s behalf, to contact you after the Sweepstakes is over to provide you with special offers and information about other promotions.   Sponsor and Offerpop use commercially reasonable efforts to comply with Federal CAN SPAM laws and state laws regarding privacy.  You may unsubscribe to these email communications at any time by following the directions contained in the email communication.


  1. INTERNET: If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection due to computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, human error or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor and/or Administrator that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds who tampers with the entry process, operation of the Sweepstakes or web site, and to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes without notice and to select the winners from all eligible Entries received prior to the cancellation or termination. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, problems or technical malfunctions of any computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or Entry to be received by Sponsor or Administrator on account of human error, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or tampering with or hacking of website, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes.




  1. DISPUTES: Each entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Sweepstakes, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court in San Francisco, California; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys fees and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages (other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses), and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant, the Sponsors and the Administrator in connection with this Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of California.


WINNER’S LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: For a list of Winners or a copy of the Official Rules, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Tea Collection “Back-to-School Sweepstakes,” Winner’s List/Official Rules, to be received no later than August 24, 2012. Winners’ lists will be sent once all Winners have been verified and Prizes have been awarded.


Sponsored by Tea Collection, 1 Arkansas Street, Studio B, San Francisco, CA 94107 & Chronicle Books, 680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.


Random Acts of Inspiration: Of Another Fashion

Every Monday at Studio T we showcase fashion and art projects we find inspiring. Have a look at our previous Random Acts of Inspiration here.

Of Another Fashion” is one of my regular weekly reads these days. Created by Minh-Ha T. Pham, it’s a collection of women of color sporting fashionable outfits, from the 1920s through 1980s. In Pham’s words it is “an alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color”.

To see more beautiful images click here.