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Behind the Design: Ceramica Almafi

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This spring, our distinctive prints and unique color palette pay homage to modern Italian art and design. Bold, beautiful and endlessly wearable, these colors bring life to every outfit. One of our favorite prints this spring are the stripes on our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie. With it’s vibrant colors and modern stripes – these styles are sure to become quick customer favorites. Learn how a ceramic vase became the inspiration for the design of our Ceramica Almafi dress and hoodie

Things That Go Fast!

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This past fall, inspired by our designers’ discoveries and excited to kick off our new Citizens FC program, Tea co-founder and CEO, Leigh Rawdon, embarked on an Italian adventure with her family. Like little boys (and girls!) everywhere, Leigh’s sons, Adam (9) and Matthew (7), were in awe of the many things in Italy that went fast. From vespas to high speed trains and everything in between, the boys got to see the inspiration behind our newest graphics first hand.

Real Kids Wear Tea

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Here at Tea, we go there. We travel to discover. To dream. To connect. We want to open up the world for all little citizens – whether its exploring a new place or having a new experience in your neighborhood. This Spring, when it came to casting for our catalogs, we didn’t reach out to our usual agencies, instead… We reached out to our Bay area neighbors. We wanted to connect and meet our local little citizens. We wanted to give them the opportunity to have a new experience right here in their own city! We met some pretty adorable and imaginative kids, and today we’d like to introduce them to you! Meet a few of faces you’ll see in our catalogs this season.

Animal Graphics & A Coloring Activity!

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Our newest Baby Boy graphic tees feature some pretty adorable animals that we know your little citizens will love. From the deep sea surrounding Japan to the thickly wooded forest, these animals in our playful graphics are fun to wear and pretty cute, too. See a round up of our favorites and print out two graphics for your little citizen to color in!

Behind the Design: Japanese Florals

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Our newest delivery – Citizen Blue – revisits heritage Tea styles and favorite prints while being inspired by the clean aesthetic and origami art of Japan. It features styles rooted in rich indigo hues with pops of color and graphics. For girls, you’ll find beautiful floral prints on both the dresses and tees. Here, we give you a peek at the inspiration behind our floral prints and graphics.

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.