Category: Behind the Design

A Parade of Prints: Discover Fresh Styles and Big Easy Flair

New Orleans

There’s something truly magical about New Orleans that captivates the hearts of all who visit. Maybe it’s the southern hospitality and Parisian ambiance, or that the streets are always dancing with the sounds of soulful beats and the smell of Creole spice and hot jambalaya… or perhaps it’s the revelry that ignites the city come any big win or celebration. There’s this ‘anything goes’ attitude that makes you feel right at home. And just to make sure you feel extra welcome, the city allows anyone to throw their own welcome party parade! All you need is a quick permit, a brass-band and the perfect parading ensemble.

Tees that Tell Tales: The Legend Behind the Graphic


Tribal Tales Tees

The United States is home to a unique blend of cultures, each one with its own set of stories to tell. Indigenous tribes share a particularly rich oral tradition. Like many cultures, they’ve used storytelling to help explain the world around them. When science was not as advanced, ancient peoples often explained events like natural disasters as the work of the Great Spirit or the powerful connective forces of mother nature.

Though cultures and customs vary across hundreds of indigenous American nations, one thing they share in common is their belief that the universe is bound together by spirits of natural life—animals, plants, water, wind, sky, and even the Earth itself.

From powerful Hopi warrior spirits to the brave Cherokee water spider, let’s learn more about the empowering legends behind this season’s Native Artists graphic tunics and tees.

The Sky’s the Limit: Graphics To Spark Their Curiosity

Girls Galaxy Graphic Tee

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

Americans have always dreamed big. That’s why Neil Armstrong made it to the moon on July 20, 1969. 

Today, we are surrounded by innovation. With a growing database of facts and information at our fingertips, we, more so than ever, have the ability to defy limitations and pursue even the most far-reaching ideas. New technologies pave the way for new thinking, and ever greater possibilities. Just like the  innovators and inventors who came before them, your little citizens can do anything they set their mind to. We are all born curious, all it takes is a little imagination!

Let’s Indigo-Go-Go: Trending Blue Basics

Indigo Kids Clothes

Say hello to indigo! It’s no secret that America has a long-standing indigo obsession, and trending this season is a revival of this original American basic. From deep indigo to vintage denim, blues in every hue are popping up everywhere this spring!

Behind the Design: Introducing Native Artists x Tea Collection

Tea Collection Native Artists Collaboration Styles

The US is home to people of many cultures, identities, and walks of life. Some of us are here because generations ago our great grandparents and great, great grandparents left their home countries and set sail to a new land filled with promise of hope and opportunity. Others emigrated more recently. And then there are those whose ancestry traces back to the first people to call the US their home.

Our 2018 collection embarks on a journey across America, exploring its kaleidoscope of cultures and celebrating the communities that make each region so unique. Honoring America’s first cultures, this season, we collaborated with indigenous artists all over the country to create original art that’s true to tribal tradition and designed to inspire curiosity.

Learn more about the inspiration behind our exclusive Native Artists x Tea Collection designs.

Native Artists x Tea Collection: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Isleta Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture opened in 1931, with a mission to collect and preserve Southwest Native American material culture. On our visit, we were so inspired by the Pueblo pottery found in the collection that we felt passionate about bringing the patterns to life in our newest Tea designs. Antonio Chavarria—curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo—beautifully explains the importance pottery plays in the lives of Pueblo communities.

Native Artists x Tea Collection: Meet Martha Berry

Martha Berry

Born and raised in northeastern Oklahoma, Martha Berry is a renown Cherokee beadwork artist. Taught to use a needle and thread by her beloved grandmother, she made a career as a seamstress for a touring ice show at the age of 20. Years later, she turned her skill to the traditional beadwork of her Cherokee ancestors, leading the revival of this iconic Southeastern tribal art form. In 2013, she was designated a Cherokee National Living Treasure, and today she’s here to share her story with you.