Tea Collection, Fall 2011

Just in time for the new schoolyear, Tea Collection's late Fall collection is out in stores and on their website. Their latest collection is inspired by colors and the culture of Mexico, with its bold graphics and warm colors. I have always been a big Tea fan -- I think the day they extended their Children's Clothing line to fit kids up to age 12 should be declared a national holiday! -- and I was thrilled to be invited to preview some items from their Mercado Mexicano line.

Here's Jammy, all set for the first day of school in his new Tea outfit. He's wearing the Adios Bicicleta tee and Surplus Playwear pants in British Khaki. When it gets colder, he can wear the Zócalo plaid shirt on top in place of a jacket.

I love hooded shirts, and Tea's Happy Hoodie (in Cinnamon) gives a real "cool dude" vibe to 3Po's outfit. The green color of the Surplus Playwear pants goes really well with the spicy orange color of the Happy Hoodie; the size 8 is a tad large for him, but thanks to the adjustable waistband, I can cinch in the waist, roll up the pant cuffs and send him out to play.

You don't really think of blue as a fall color, but when it's used in a pattern like in Jammy's Chapultepec polo, it makes a beautiful contrast to the warm orange tones. Even though blue is Jammy's favorite color, he wasn't too sure about this one (Mama, it's too formal!) -- I convinced him that the retro look of the shirt would get him lots of compliments at his friends' birthday parties (if not from the kids, at least from the parents!).

The Boy's Clothing line is full of bold graphics that boys love -- skulls, bikes, lucha libre wrestlers -- and their moms will go wild for the beautiful warm fall colors. Those colors stay nice and vibrant, even after multiple washings, and the cotton fabrics just get softer and softer. 3Po and Jammy have always been very sensitive to how their clothes feel on their skin, so I've always loved how soft Tea's clothes are.

I like to complain about the state of kids' clothing in the US, and how I have to travel to the UK and Europe to find really unique, stylish children's brands -- but I have to admit that my complaints are completely unjustified when it comes to the Tea Collection. They are as hip and fashion-forward as anyone out there, and I'm thrilled that 3Po and Jammy will be starting the new school year in style!

About Tea
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 a selection of product samples from Tea's 2011 fall collection to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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