Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tea: Children's Clothing and a Lucky Day Giveaway

I recently was contacted by a children's clothing company I had never heard of before: Tea.  They were familiar with my little blog and kindly offered me a $100 gift certificate to purchase some clothing for Beeper in exchange for offering a review of their products right here.  Now, you all know I do not usually do this here--but I have to admit that when I wandered out to their website to check out their clothing, I was pretty readily convinced that I would like to share it with you.  Let me start by telling you a bit about them...

Tea strives to bring together modern children's fashion and inspiration from locales around the world.    The design team at Tea actually travels to locations around the world, which later become the inspiration for their seasonal collections. They spend time absorbing the atmosphere and flavor of the place and then return and use this inspiration to shape a destination-influenced line of clothing for children from 0-12 years of age. They also make a point of using natural fabrics that are a little luxiurious while being durable. I am happy to attest to the quality of the fabrics after having felt them with my own hands--for instance, the t-shirts are a super-soft pima cotton with a nice heft that I am certain will stand up to my boy's head-first style of play.
What you see in all of the photos here are the pieces of clothing I recently purchased from Tea--initially, I thought I would just purchase a few things for Beeper, but when I took a peek into the girl's collection, well, I could not resist purchasing a dress for our little friend, Miss Bean (what you do not see here are the matching bloomers under her dress--so sweet!).   For Beeper, I chose some pants that  he can roll up for summer but then wear full length when he goes back to school. I was also instantly attracted to the beautiful blue plaid hooded shirt--just because it is more interesting than the standard tee or hoodie, while being less formal than a button-down shirt. Again, perfectly transitional for summer to fall when layered. And the worn-looking "el artista" tee?  Okay, this may have ended up in the order because I sort of wish I had one for myself in my own size because I would wear it with old jeans, boots and a casual patterned scarf looped around my neck--but still.
All of these clothes are from their Catalonia-inspired summer collection.  I would note that only a few pieces from the summer collection remain on sale--however, they do have a new fall collection inspired by Modern Mexico with clothing inspired by Mexican folk art and pop culture, sarapes, and Mayan graphics--which then make its way to designs on hoodies, tees and all manner of dresses.
From a pure parenting point of view, I am happy to tell you that their clothing sizes really seem to run true-to-size--I ordered all size 7's for my 7-year-old boy and, as you can see, they fit him perfectly with just enough room to grow through the next year. I also ordered a size 3 dress for Miss Bean and found the same to be true for her.  
Oh, yes, and now for the really, really good part--Tea has generously offered a $75 gift certificate to give away to one of you.  Yes, $75 to spend on anything your heart desires from their lovely new Modern Mexico collection.  And did I mention they also have a small women's collection?  Yep--I certainly wouldn't tell if you won the gift certiifcate and quietly tucked it away for you, all you.  All I ask is that you leave a comment here by the end of Saturday, August 13th, sharing something you like about their clothing, or what would be on your wish list of items to buy from Tea should you win--and I will announce the winners back here early next week (see how I slyly sidestepped committing myself to a specific date--I have learned that I cannot be counted on to meet my own deadlines...but I promise I will announce the winner sometime next week)
And you should know, both of the kids liked the clothes so much they did not want to take them off after they put them on for the first time--that's as close to a certifiable stamp of approval as you get from kids, right?
You can find all of Tea's wonderful clothing for boys, girls, babies and women here.  

96 comments:

whimsyvalentine.com said...

Oh I love Tea so much. Their clothes are so soft and gorgeous - and they LAST! All the pieces I have by them are hand-me-downs and they are are in amazing shape, even after 2 kids!

Jennyroo said...

My 3 boys need matching Happy Hoodies, in Cactus for the baby, Cinnebar for the middle child, and Salsa for my oldest! Tea Collection is amazing! Their boy's collections are the best - I especially love the bright colours.

Jessica said...

I'd have a hard time limiting myself to $75!! So many cute things! I'm salivating over this giveaway...

stacylubke said...

I get the tea collection catalog and have been meaning to order something for my 5 year old boy. Maybe this is my chance.
I like how they put the wardrobe sets together. I really loved all the barcelona collection but would also go for the viva zocalo set with the simple sneakers and the surf and turf shoes. The girls clothes are beyond adorable and the women's stuff looks great too.

Jennifer W. said...

Tea is the type of brand our grandkids are going to flip over some day when they find a piece at the thrift store or in a box of old clothes in the garage.

Kelly said...

I love the wardrobe sets for boys! I have a really hard time finding stylish, comfortable for my boys and these sets are cute!

Jillian said...

Wow - I'd never heard of this place, but what great stuff! I am expecting a winter baby this year and love the gravel Chinese Jacket sweater -- I could pair it with a lotus wrap one-piece and have a perfect winter outfit!

carla said...

I've been admiring their girls' clothes for a while, including the little dress you featured!

Candace said...

oh my goodness. I love Tea Collection. Such great designs & such great quality. I really love the Ancho Chile Stripe Dress in blue. Adorable!!

Dorothy said...

Thanks for the intro to Tea! This was my first encounter with them, and I love what they've got. I knew the moment I saw the Kimono Robe that it would be my first pick if I had a chance to choose something from them. Not so much because my little guy would love it (I am sure he'd be more than comfortable swaddled in its warmth) but more because I'd love to see him in it. Knitted goodness!

Living in the Bay said...

Their clothes look great! I especially liked the girls dresses. Two sweet nieces would be excited to wear them.

Kelly said...

Adorable! I can see my little nugget in some of those precious dresses!

Sarah G said...

I love Tea! The clothes are soft and as you mentioned - durable. It's also hard to find cute (non-cheesy) boy clothes and they have a great selection!

Folklure said...

I just love all the breezy dresses and blouses. My 2 year old would look just precious in the Dia de Mercado dress :)

-Amanda

folklureboutique@gmail.com

mrsrachel said...

I like the Happy Hoodies! So cute and practical for busy boys!

kediger said...

I have loved Tea for so long! Their clothing is beautifully designed and so well-made. It's wonderful to find boys clothing that is modern and sharp without being covered with trucks and sports. Such a great line!

BeccaH said...

I have loved the TEA collections since my daughter was a baby (she's now 3.5!) and still love their line! Good quality and I love the color combos / designs - girly, but not all princess! We're expecting baby#2 and I would love to pick up some new items for this little one as well!

Nicole Moore said...

I love all of there dresses. My little girl is growing out of everything and needs more.

Kristy said...

Wow!!! Lucky indeed! I adore the Flores Lindas Romper! Lovely and comfy looking.

Thanks for the chance!

Woodspritemama said...

What a treat and how fun! Love, love their super cute clothing :)

PeaceMama said...

wowza! love the red women's poncho, for sure. i hope to rock it this fall/winter. the girl's chambray dress and puebla poncho are also favorites. love, love, love tea clothing. we have a well loved striped shirt that has been worn by both my babes!

Woodspritemama said...

oops! forgot to mention the whole "like" thing :) well, i LOVE that their clothes look totally like nothing off the rack. Very artsy and fresh :)

Jessica said...

their clothes look lovely! would love the 'andale, andale' shirt for my little one.

Jamie said...

Love the Ancho Chile Stripe Dresses, my girls would look adorable in them. What a great clothing line!

Cecilia said...

The tea things for little girls looks amazing, I'd love to have some for my two

...and baby makes five! said...

Ahhh... I LOVE it when my Tea catalog arrives in the mail! My kiddos desperately need back-to-school clothing... my $75 would go straight to getting them a few items for their closet!!

Guerrero Law said...

Since my husband is Mexican and I am a Spanish teacher fascinated with all that is Mexican, I completely loved this line of clothes. I would pick the various lucha libre t-shirts for my little man since we always go see a match when we're in Mexico.

Jennifer said...

I love love love the Dia de los Muertos tee and the striped romper! They would be so cute on my little guy!

JJ said...

Fun, I love their clothing!

Olivia said...

Ooh! Would love to get a couple pairs of espadrilles for my twins! Super cute clothes.. love the rompers for the little ones also!

Michelle said...

Some of my son's favorite clothes are Tea Collection. They are so fresh- not your typical football/ truck/ cute monkey prints that adorn many other boy's things. Thanks for the chance to enter!

Caren said...

The songbird layered dress would look great on my little beauty! Oh my, so many great things - happy hoodies? Sign me up! :)

Alma Gutiérrez said...

Ok, the entire collection is beautiful, i remember the Mercado de San Juan de los Lagos...colorful; & i have three kids, the talavera dress is my favorite for my girl, or the Blue Demon tee for my boys

Paisley said...

I like how Tea has the sets with different pieces that all go together. An easy way for my twins to look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. :)

Anna said...

oh I love Tea. I love their clothes, I've been oogling the girls stuff forever, will be doing some fall shopping!! Thank you for the chance to win.

fern said...

I'd be ordering the Happy Hoodie! And probably the Chapultepec Polo for my wonderful son! They look fantastic!

Jo said...

I love the unique mix of colours - hardly any pinks in sight! I would get the Mercardo skirt for my daughter and the Casa Azul Ikat Skirt for me!

Elizabeth said...

I love how colorful and playful these clothes are! I could definitely spend $75 (and then some)!

Amber Graham said...

would so love to get some new goodies for my kids! love Tea!

sarah said...

I love Tea! I love them so...

bec said...

love the tea collection...love their dresses especially

Freya said...

Wow! Gorgeous clothing! I love the boys selection, especially the Hombres Stripe Henley and the Denim Look pants!

kelly said...

I love love their clothes! We have a few dresses and a skirt and they are so wearable! They always look stylish and hold up well to washings. I'd love to win!

The undomesticated scientist said...

So pretty, I don't know if this fab chance is international but if so please count me in. My 2 wouldove this stuff.

boomie said...

I totally dig the Cinco Senses Hoodie & the Capultepec Polo... Very nice collection!

Koivu said...

I love the mexican insiration for the collection particularly in the girls dresses. I love Frida Kahlo, she had great style and I find those little dresses reminisent of that. I wish they came in my size.

Goldie said...

I am also a fan of the mexican inspired line that you posted in the blog! I love how their clothes have a vintage inspired look to them! They also seem to be made very well! I would love to have the opportunity to try out their products!

formakingssake said...

I am a nanny for a family of 4 boys. They have some adorable Tea items, and they have held up through all four boys pretty well! I am loving all the women's tops, especially anything with a billowly sleeve!

Cindy said...

I've secretly loved Tea for a couple of years. Talavera Layered Dress is a current fav of mine and I've always liked the Kimono Robe sweaters.

toddandholli said...

I have loved Tea for a while and always look for it when we visit our family in Atlanta. I have a little girl and am always looking for non-pink classy clothes. Also what I like is that Tea does not look "grown-up" for little kids. I want my child to take her time being a child, not dress like a woman, or teen.

caralyn said...

Oh how gorgeous! I'd never heard of Tea before your post but I instantly fell in love with the Girl's Talivera & Marimba dresses. And the price is oh-so reasonable for girl's clothing too! I'm so impressed. Thanks for the giveaway!

zauber-a said...

Wow. Seeing Mexican-inspired clothing actually gave me a serious pang of home-sickness. I live in Germany, but grew up in the Southwest. I'm a sunbaby. :) Anyway, being in Germany means no Mexico. No Mexican food, clothing, nothing and seeing that line just made me happy. I love the boy's graphic tees, I love that Mercado striped skirt. I love the girls tunics and the bright colors. Thanks for sharing!

stacey said...

I love Tea! Such wonderful quality and I adore the Mexican inspired items!

Lynsey said...

I love the chambray dress and the mercado blouse! They would be so cute on my little girl!

mom3.0 said...

Omg I love that poncho

Elise said...

Awesome clothes, Not bad prices, i like how they have packaged a bundle of clothes that you can mix and match I would Totally put a gift card towards the VIVA ZÓCALO 5-PIECE SET for my handsom little man

Kristin said...

I love their fabrics! I bought a dress and leggings from a garage sale and couldn't believe how nice they were after being worn by another child for a full year. I love the layered dresses for girls!

Melissa said...

oh tea, how i love you. the tea collection pieces we have for my daughter are 1) COMFY - she loves them, 2) adorable (i love them) and maybe most importantly, they actually hold up really well to a million trillion washings.

skirtastop said...

I love Tea too - so comfy and VERY high quality. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany.TF said...

I love that you could wear their clothes out or in for a rainy day of lazy cozyness

~Heather said...

There's a lovely coloured lady's dress in there, but I think I'd have to go with something practical for my lads: their own hoodies.

mon ami said...

I love Tea clothing. My daughter has been wearing a dress of theirs for over a year and it has held up well and still looks cute!

Carla said...

I would let my boys pick their own clothes. As they're already getting picky (at age 7)... But I would definately get them hoodies...what alot of great colors & choices. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Yuri, Chris, and Aki said...

The Happy Hoodie is super cute!!! I would love to try their clothes for my little boy and #2 on the way! :D

Bridget said...

Uhm, can I just have all of the pieces in little girl clothing line? That would be great. K, thanks.

Dawn said...

Any of the books on their site would be a lovely new addition to our wee one's library. He is arriving in Nov...so new books, ones that haven't been chewed on or spit up on...would be just lovely.

Kelli said...

I would love the layered dresses for my girls!

Storm said...

This collection is so beautiful. I love all the rich colors and interesting designs. I would absolutely buy a few dresses for my niece (who we call, funny enough, Bean)specifically the Marimba Mini and the Amate Aves Raglan Dress. They are completely beautiful and her mom would be in love with the natural fabrics.

memmens said...

How fantastic! I love the boys clothing sets, my little boy would look great in these and also the pyjamas sets are so cool!
thanks for a super giveaway!

Gina said...

We are big fans of Tea Collection in this house! My daughter loves the soft dresses, and I adore their cute t-shirts for my son. I'd love to pick up some fall items for them!

Jill said...

I love how stylish yet comfortable Tea clothes are. I've found a few items second hand for my daughter and they've been my favorites of her wardrobe.

Monnette said...

I love Tea Collection! Especially the vibrant colors and the lack of sports/vehicle/character motifs. Would love to pick up a few new things for my son!

Lisa said...

I love Tea Collection! I have a couple hand-me-down pieces for my daughter, and they're such good quality.

Ramona Burke said...

I love the little details Tea puts in their dresses. SO lovely!

Gayle Himmelwright said...

I had never heard of this company, but their things are gorgeous! I love all of the soft dresses and leggings for little girls, especially the layered-look dresses!

Steph said...

My birthday is this week, so a little something from the women's collection would be quite timely!

I love how well the clothes hold up. I bought a size 18M dress for my daughter when she was 13 mos old. She wore it for two years and it looked as good as the day I bought it. A matching set (pants, dresses, top) I bought at a different time in a different color scheme held up just as well. Worth every penny!

moomi said...

i can't choose! i think i'd either get something for the boys or if they're being particularly naughty i might get something for ME! it's all gorgeous!
x candice x

Chandra said...

I recieved a few Tea items in a hand-me-down bag for my little girl and love them. The design is fun on the shirt and I love the print. Plus, they are so soft.

Amber said...

I love the colors and graphics on the t-shirts. My boys would be happy with anything, wouldn't that be nice! Thanks for the giveaway!

JS said...

oh, I love their Bird of Paradise Dress & Marimba Mini Dress! So adorable!

HeatherG said...

I really like the selection in the boys clothing, much more interesting than the usual for boys. I love the Hombres Henley and the Chapultepec polos. Nice giveaway!

Sarah and Jared said...

I loved all the bright colors! I find it hard to shop for boys clothes, so my son rarely gets new goodies....but their clothes are fun and the graphics on the tees are visually appealing (unlike most in stores). Thanks for sharing this post!

It's The Little Tings said...

Oh wow, what gorgeous kids (and mommy) clothing. I would be so thrilled to win this. Just beautiful - I love that it's not over done - just the right amount of cute. The yoke dresses are my favorite.

JakDeeandKids said...

Their clothes are so lovely -- My daughter would love some of their some of the dressess -- especially the Ancho Chile Stripe Dress! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley said...

I love the vintage feel that most of the pieces have. I would use the card to buy a 5-piece set of clothes for my boy - I previously have only been able to afford a few pieces (on sale!). Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Unknown said...

Tea clothing is so darling! I always love getting their catalog in the mail.

sarah said...

Oh. I love Tea. I drool over the catalog when it comes. Fingers crossed! sarahkieffer37(at)gmail(dot)com.

kristin said...

my boys would look so adorable in those Tea hoodies...

JC said...

I love the styling of Tea clothes--kiddos don't look like scrounges, but the clothes still look comfortable/durable without inhibiting play. Thanks for intro to a fun company! sorainima (at) gmail (dot) com

Carolyn said...

I bought Tea clothing for my first and even 2 years later they still look almost brand new for my second. Love the basics since they can pair with just about anything.

Joy said...

Love the Amate Aves Layered Dress and the Cinco Striped Dress. They have great collections!

-Joy

Kt said...

I love the feel of their cotton. It is so soft and comfortable. Just the way children clothing should feel!

Tracy said...

Saltwater Original Sandals for my darling!

Thanks!

tracyannhong[at]gmail[dot]com

Rhian Drinkwater said...

Ooh they have some gorgeous clothes! I think my favourite would be the Happy Hoodie in green, my son would look so cute in that!

Syntax and Salt said...

I love how wearable Tea's designs are; for kids and women alike. The wardrobe sets are a genius idea and their products hold up well.

Heidi said...

My son would get a huge kick out of the Day of the Dead skull and I'd the Cinnabar Happy Hoodie would look wonderful on him - his best color!