Monday, February 06, 2012
Our samples from Tea Collection's new Bali line have arrived, and I couldn't be more excited! Their boys' clothing is fun-loving and cool enough to appeal to 3Po and Jammy, but it's sophisticated enough for a grownup's sense of style. Even Alfie wishes they made everything in adult sizes! The latest collection is inspired by the jungles and temples of Bali, so everything is colorful and bold -- but it also has a vintage vibe that tones down the cartoon-y feel.
Their Monkey King tee was inspired by the Ramayana Monkey Chant dance. 3Po loves it because it's apple green (green is his favorite color), and I love it because of the monkey mask graphic.
Here are some ways to wear the Monkey King tee: layered over a lemon yellow shirt, or underneath a button-down shirt. The brown ticking stripe shorts are also part of the Bali collection, as is the Roll-Up Safari Shirt.
It didn't take Jammy long to figure out which one was his favorite item in the collection. The vehicle on Katut's Motorbike Tee reminds us of the little 50cc and 100cc motorcycles that putt-putt around the streets in the provinces of the Philippines.
We paired this tee with the Kecak French Terry shorts, also from the Bali collection. You might think the plaid fabric looks stiff and itchy, but these shorts are true to their name: they are made with soft, stretchy French terry (not terrycloth like in towels!) that feels so comfy.
If it gets cold out, ask your son to slip a Desa Stripe Hoodie underneath his tee. The outfit goes really well with the Ikat Ripstop shorts, which might look plain and boring, but if you click on the link and look closely, you'll see the fabric actually has a subtle Indonesian Ikat print.
One of the things I love best about this collection is how Tea has managed to infuse each piece of clothing with a bit of Balinese culture, whether it's the material, the print, the graphic or the name. You can read all about the rich cultures and environments all around the world that serve as Tea's inspiration for their clothing on their blog -- just head to the Behind the Design section and prepare to take a trip around the world!
Win a spring wardrobe from Tea
You've got 6 days to enter Tea's Get Set for Spring giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $250 gift certificate and a Bali inspired wardrobe set. For more details and to enter, head on over to Tea's Facebook page.
Tea, (www.teacollection.com), based in San Francisco, designs distinctive apparel collections inspired by the beauty they discover in their travels around the world -- engaging, modern and consummately wearable women’s and children’s clothing.
Tea offers a full collection of clothing for children aged 0-12 that is made to love, and made to last. Tea’s line of children’s clothing is available online, in catalogs, and at specialty and department stores, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more than 300 high-end boutiques in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Their all-new women’s line is available exclusively through Tea catalogs and the website.
Please visit www.teacollection.com to view Tea’s latest globally-inspired collection.
Disclosure: I received product samples from Tea to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.