Parkour Time: 10 Questions with Max Henry

We’re introducing AEO Flex/Denim, an innovative new denim technology that moves with you in three different levels of flexibility — Core, Active, and Extreme — and we wanted to really put it to the test. So, we partnered with the amazing athletes of WFPF to showcase the revolutionary versatility of these jeans and what you can do in them. We featured three parkour athletes in our latest Flex/Denim video and were so impressed by their talent that we wanted to get to know them a little more. Read on for our first interview with Max Henry.

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AEO: Who are some of your heroes, and they do not have to be athletes?
MH: I have a lot of heroes! Most of them are fictional (lol) but as far as actual human beings go…I’m a big reader, so I have a lot of respect for my favorite authors and poets (J.R.R. Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, Jim Butcher, E.E. Cummings, and C.S. Lewis to name a few). I’m also quite into music, particularly bluegrass and hip-hop, so I’d call people like Shad (Shadrach Kabango) and Noam Pikelny heroes as well. And of course my mom and dad on the day-to-day level for always being there for me and encouraging my strange jumping habits!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot NYC

 

AEO: When did you become interested in Parkour?
MH: I found out about parkour through my best friend when I was 14 and started training later that day. I haven’t stopped since then so I suppose I’ve been interested since 2007. When I was really young I did gymnastics and constantly jumped around on everything I could see so I guess you could also say I’ve been into it even longer than that. I just didn’t know it had a name!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot action beachAEO: How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
MH: It depends on lots of variables but in the summer I try and train 5-6 days a week for a few hours a day. When you’re traveling and teaching it can be hard to stay consistent with it but ultimately it’s what I’m most passionate about so I always find it pretty easy to make time for training! But in the winter I usually go into hibernation mode and focus more on strength development through olympic lifting and other forms of cross-training. So it’s very seasonal!

AEO: What was your favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex Video?
MH: I had a really great time shooting the video so it’s hard to say! But the best thing to me was probably the general sense of camaraderie between everyone on set. It’s always great to work with people who are passionate about a project but also flexible and open to collaboration. It really seemed like everyone on set was willing to listen to other opinions to try and create the best video possible. That kind of atmosphere has been really rare in my experience, and was amazing to be a part of! The scenery was also really amazing.

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AEO: What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
MH: Well, I definitely try to keep the danger level down in my own training since being injured takes away from the time I can practice doing what I love. I’ve done some jumps at height with serious consequences most people would see as being dangerous but since I know my own abilities I wouldn’t say they are particularly dangerous for me! The whole concept of danger is something that’s really subjective, so something that seems life-threatening to someone who’s never done parkour before might seem simple to me because of my training. But yeah, I never go out with the intent of doing jumps I perceive as being dangerous because my own health and safety is ultimately my top priority!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot 5AEO: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
MH: Hmmm…well, I have a B.A. in Mathematics from Hofstra University. I also play banjo and sing baritone part-time with several professional choirs near my home on Long Island. Aaaaand I’m a huge comic and sci-fi/fantasy geek! But if you’ve ever seen me when I’m not training you probably already know that…

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot banjo Max the consumate musician

 

AEO: Greatest advice you’ve ever received in Parkour? And any advice for aspiring Parkour athletes?
MH: Fear is something that is always present in parkour when you get to a certain level and can be hard to overcome for a lot of people. But I’ve really learned from some very good friends and fellow athletes to trust my judgement and accept that you never have complete control in any situation. Being able to have faith in yourself and your will and preparation is important in parkour and life in general. Just ask Batman!

AEO: What was your favorite thing about the Flex Denim?
MH: I love how well they stretched and still maintained their fit, which seems super obvious, but is 100% true. I’ve had some other stretch jeans in the past that I’ve tried to train with and after a session or two of heavy training they always turned saggy or ripped. Not so with these bad boys!

Max Henry AEO WFPF shoot 1

AEO: Where else would you wear AEO Flex Denim to?
MH: Well, besides my pair of Flex jeans and some dress pants, my wardrobe consists mostly of sweatpants and basketball shorts so I wear them pretty much everywhere! Church, the mall, restaurants, bus/boat/plane rides…you name it!

AEO: Top 3 songs you are listening to right now?
MH: #1. Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive because I’m in love with Rachael Price.
#2. Tell Me True by Sarah Jarosz because she’s amazing.
#3. Seasons by Chris Cornell because it makes me strong when I squat!

Follow Max’s daily adventures here.

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How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Our new Extreme Flex Denim combines Dual FX & T400 yarns for our highest level of flexibility and comfort. Drew pairs our Slim Extreme Flex Jean with a basic tee and black jacket for the perfect amount of edge and simplicity.

Meet Drew: 
Drew is the director behind Imdrewscott.com and Imdrewscott video. Your daily dose of words, style inspiration and life comes from within the archives.How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

What Inspired Drew’s Look:
“DTLA is a fast paced yet stylish community of people. Finding inspiration from minimal silhouettes and unique textiles is my median. A simple white tee, nylon bomber and chunky boot adds the perfect amount of edge and comfort for my daily grind. Not to mention, that indigo twill we all know and love happens to be the perfect pairing for any outfit.”

How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Get Drew’s Look: Slim Extreme Flex Jean | Surplus Jacket (Similar) | Legend Crew T-Shirt | Hi-Top Sneakers (Similar)How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Show us how you style our Extreme Flex Denim with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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#Music Monday: August 2015 AEO Playlist

The beginning of the month always signals a new sound in AEO stores. Check out what you’ll be hearing this month while shopping for your favorite #AEOSTYLE. Want more AEO music access? Follow us on Spotify!

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  1. Push (featuring Andrew Wyatt) – A-Trak, Andrew Wyatt
  2. SummerThing!- Afrojack, Mike Taylor
  3. Catamaran- Allah-Las
  4. Crunches- Alpine
  5. Molecules- Single Version- Atlas Genius  
  6. Waiting for Love- Avicii
  7. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up- Bebe Rexha
  8. Everybody is Somebody- Chateau Marmont
  9. GFE- Class Actress
  10. Tonight (Young Hearts) – The Colourist 
  11. Thinking of Sunshine- Daniel Adams- Ray 
  12. In The Clouds- Diamond Youth
  13. Eighteen- Dive In
  14. Don’t Stop (Color The Walls)- Foster The People
  15. Body Talk- Foxes
  16. Written In The Water- Gin Wingmore
  17. California Rain- Goldroom, Nikki Segal
  18. Small World- Good Old War
  19. Wild Love- Gossling
  20. Dissolve- Hibou
  21. Sparks- Hillary Duff
  22. Lucky Day- Hunter Hunted
  23. Find Yourself- Jacco Gardner
  24. Forgive and Forget- The Kooks
  25. My Love- Kopecky
  26. You Always Make Me Smile- Kyle Andrews Remix
  27. Hurry Up- La+Ch, Coleman Hell, Jayme
  28. Fire Under My Feet- Leona Lewis
  29. Toys- Life of Dillon
  30. Don’t Just Sit There- Lucius
  31. Cirles- Machineheart, Vanic
  32. Every Day- Magic Man
  33. My Favorite Shirt Is My Skin- MOD SUN
  34. Around the World- Natalie La Rose, Fetty Wap
  35. Cheerleader- Felix Jaehn Remix- OMI
  36. Disintegrate- Painted Palms
  37. Wake Up- Parade of Lights
  38. Where the Sky Hangs- Passion Pit
  39. It Girl- Pharrell Williams
  40. Fun- Jerome Price Radio Remix- Pit Bull, Chris Brown
  41. Don’t Wait Up- Robert Delong
  42. My Type- Eau Claire Remix- Saint Motel
  43. Begging of the End- Samsaya
  44. Ozma- Shannon and the Clams
  45. Simple Song- The Shins
  46. Can’t You See- Skylar Spence
  47. Pusher (Featuring Anna Luone)- Sleepy Tom, Anna Luone
  48. Reflections on Youth- Sonny & The Sunsets
  49. Could Have Been- The Struts
  50. Drive Past My House- Summer Camp
  51. If I Died…- Sweet Baboo
  52. California Lovers- Tori Kelly, LL Cool J
  53. Still Sound- Toro Y Moi
  54. Got Love- Tove Lo
  55. Dream About Me- Trails and Ways
  56. Golden (featuring Sia)- Travie McCoy, Sia
  57. Come Back To Me (Vicetone Remix)- Urban Cone, Tove Lo
  58. Great Summer- Vance Joy
  59. Can’t Feel My Face- The Weekend
  60. Bros- Wolf Alice
  61. Shine- Years & Years
  62. So Cruel- Young Empires
  63. Lush Life- Zara Larsson 
  64. Beautiful Now- Dirty South Remix- Zedd, Jon Bellion
  65. Hypnotic- Zella Day

What songs would you like to hear in our September 2015 playlist? Tell us in the comments below.

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Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Summer is all about getting into the festival vibe. With giant line-ups in great cities all over the country, it’s no wonder music gets us going all summer long. This weekend, we’re celebrating good food, great vibes and awesome #AEOSTYLE at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Check out our super fun travel guide to ensure you’re experiencing the best parts that Chicago has to offer.

Wear:
Girls:
This season it’s all about going retro. Match a distressed pair of flare jeans with a crop top for effortless #AEOSTYLE. Add a hat, fringe bag and heel for boho inspired look and don’t forget to document your peace, love and #AEOSTYLE with your selfie stick!

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Shop the look:
AEO Denim X Boho Artist Flare
Fringe Crossbody Bag
Wide Brim Hat
Soft & Sexy High Neck Tank
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High (similar)
Ring and BraidLeather Belt.
Turquoise Flower Collar Necklace
Ombre Tinted Aviator Sunglasses

Guys:
This season it’s all about athletic inspired #AEOSTYLE. Pair your Joggers back to a short sleeve button down,  add a hat and sneakers for a look that screams sport to street.
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Shop the look:
Ribbed Cuff Jogger Pant
Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt
Chambray Baseball Cap
Tonal Lace Up Sneaker

Eat: 

Pequods: Chicago is known for their deep dish pizza. One spot we can’t get enough of is Pequods. Crunchy on the outside, cheesy gooeyness on the inside. Pro tip: Go with a hungry belly!

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Fork and knife required! Photo Credit: Kailley’s Kitchen

The Girl and Goat: Open 7 days a week, this restaurant offers a bold twist on dishes from around the globe. Bonus, they offer a great wine selection for the connoisseur.  Pro tip: Make a reservation as early as possible! This place is extremely popular.
Waffles Cafe: They have a hybrid doughnut waffle known as a wonut. Need we say more? Pro Tip: Get there early! Once the wonuts are sold out, they’re done for the day.

Photo Credit: Spoon University

OMG YUM. Photo Credit: Spoon University

See:
Alt-J: Any time we get a chance to see this Indie Rock band from England, we take it! From “Breezeblocks” to “Left Hand Free“, this band will have you hooked the moment they start playing.
Broods: This sibling duo from Nelson, New Zealand is definitely one to see. Their Indie Pop- Electronica sound encapsulates their listeners, making it hard to resist their style. We recommend “Bridges” and “Never Gonna Change.”

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Broods. Photo Credit: AlwaysJudging.com

The War on Drugs: This Indie Rock band from Philadelphia has been making it’s name in the music industry since 2005. We love them so much, we’ve actually used their songs in our previous marketing campaigns and in store playlists! Check out “Red Eyes” and “An Ocean In Between The Waves” for music you’ll want to put on repeat all day long.

First Aid Kits: Another sibling duo we’ve fallen in love with are Klara and Johanna Söderberg from Sweden. Their Indie Folk sound is not only powerful, it’s endearingly catchy and sweet.  We love “Stay Gold” and “My Silver Lining.”

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First Aid Kit. Photo Credit: Romi the Writer

Chicago is a great town filled with fantastic food, people and scenery. We hope your time at Lollapalooza is one to remember. Make sure you tag your AEO festival looks with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com and Instagram! We hope to see you there!

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How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

The new Denim X Boho Artist Flare combines our revolutionary high performance stretch denim with light destroyed details and an edgy released hem for a perfect harmony of style and comfort.

Francesca from Frank Vinyl pairs her flares with a flowy, boho top and platform wedges for a easy summer time look.

How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

Meet Francesca:
Francesca Felix is a fashion blogger, stylist and photographer from San Diego, California. She loves to share her outfits with her followers and show inspiration on how to combine different outfits and pieces.

How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

What Inspired Francesca’s Look:
“My favorite is anything that is California Boho but I love to mix and match styles. I styled my AEO jeans with some platforms, fringe bag and off the shoulder boho top for a easy summer time look. I love anything that is flirty, feminine and a slight casual feel. The 70’s look is very “in” right now but I have also always been a long time fan of anything  vintage and slightly nostalgic. I added fringe and platforms with big round sunnies to reference the 70’s vibes.”How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

Get Francesca’s Look: Denim X Boho Artist Flare Jean | Lace Off-The-Shoulder Shirt (Similar) | Leather Fringe Crossbody Purse (Similar) Strappy Ankle Wrap Wedge Sandal (Similar)
How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank VinylShow us how you style our Denim X Boho Artist Flare Jean with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

We can’t enough of our Fashion Tanks this Summer. Whether you’re into crochet, lace or even fringe, it’s all in the details.

Payton from Hustle & Halcyon styles our Braided Strap Tank with distressed denim and a wide brim hat for the perfect boho-inspired outfit.

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

Meet Payton:
“Payton Sartain is a student and lifestyle blogger from Fort Worth, Texas. Her blog, Hustle + Halcyon, chronicles her personal style, wellness tips, travel experiences, and more, all with an approachable, feminine edge. As a former military brat, Payton has passion for going new places and trying new things daily, and her inspiration and love for blogging has developed along the way. Hustle + Halcyon is a pretty little corner of the internet where girls can learn how to live a stylish, balanced life with ease. It’s all about finding the fun in the hustle.”
How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

What Inspired Payton’s Look:
“I’m SO obsessed with this feminine, versatile tank from American Eagle. Most of my days are filled with shoots, meetings, appointments, and lots of work, so my daily style is more ‘throw on and go’ than anything. This tank is PERFECT for the job! I love it paired with my wide-brimmed, felt hat, denim cut-offs, platform sandals, and these rad shades. The outfit couldn’t be anymore California: simple, laid-back, & so, so pretty!”

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

Get Payton’s Look: Braided Strap Tank | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Wool Feather Floppy Hat Buckled Gladiator Sandal

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

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Show us how you style our Braided Strap Tank with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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