Music Monday: Hunter Hunted Interview

For this week’s installment of our AEO Up Next series, we bring you the epitome of dream pop with LA-based Hunter Hunted. We sat down with Daniel Chang, one half of the duo, to chat about how he and Michael met and what inspires their sound. Check out their video for the single “Keep Together” and get to know them more after the jump!

AEO:  Tell me a little bit about how this band came together.

Hunter Hunted:  We started this project about a year and a half ago. Michael and I collectively had this desire to make a new sound that’s a little bit different from Lady Danville. And so a year after we just decided to branch off.

It’s funny because even as we grow up together. Our tastes and stuff still go kind of go hand-in-hand. So this project allowed us to explore different tastes and different directions together.

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Photo Credit: HunterHunted.com

AEO:  Did you grow up in Los Angeles?

HH:  No, I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Danville. Michael actually grew up in the same town but we met in college so we didn’t know that we grew up in the same town. We actually went to rival high schools.

But we met in college when we were auditioning for an acapella group.

AEO:  How would you say the area that you grew up in or the area that you lived in when you were in college affected the music that you make?

HH:  For me, I actually didn’t start playing music until I got to UCLA. And I was, ya know, a college kid with a guitar so a lot of my songs are sort of acoustic, singer-songwriter driven. Then when Michael and I got together, we were coming from the acapella world so a lot of our songs were very harmony-based because we were so used to singing together in harmony.

As far as how where we’re from informed our music, I guess, I don’t know. It’s funny because a lot of people identify our sound as having a sort of California-indie sound. Personally, I don’t know what exactly that sounds like but I guess I can kind of feel it.

AEO:  Yeah, that seems to be the difference between East and West coast artists. For some reason, the East is just a bit darker. Maybe it’s the weather.

HH:  True. Our songs have some darker meanings but I guess as far as how it comes across, the sound can be kind of a sparkly upbeat vibe. Some of the songs that have a darker meaning can be disguised with a poppy sound.

 

Now that you’ve learned about Hunter Hunted, get #AEOSTYLE similar to their look.

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1: Legend V-Neck T-Shirt
2: Icon Readers
3: Canvas Sneaker
4: Skinny Jean
5: Denim Workwear Shirt
6: Slim Straight Jean
7: Hooded Varsity Jacket

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The Denim Dish: Holiday Collection Sneak Peek

dd1Every season, we put together a press preview to showcase the latest American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie collections for fashion editors, bloggers and influencers in our New York City showroom. A press preview allows them to visit our showroom and see our new collection, talk to our PR team about what’s new at AEO and mingle with their peers.

Our latest preview was for our Holiday 2014 collection… and we did it this past July! That’s right… we were in a sea of wintery puffer jackets even when the rest of the world was rocking their AEO Festival shorties and Birkenstocks. Our showroom was beaming with neon lights flashing “Get Down” in a fun reference to our down puffer jackets that will be available this October.

We also gave our editors a sneak peek of the American Beagle Outfitters collection. ABO started as an April Fool’s Day joke to help rescue dogs in need, but thanks to your overwhelming response, we’re actually making the collection happen for Holiday 2014! Instagram star, @toastmeetsworld made a guest appearance at our event wearing American Beagle Outfitters, which was definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Every prop, backdrop and styled outfit on a form took a lot of attention to detail. We even got to have fun with food, incorporating the theme of the season throughout the menu and serving items ranging from mini frozen hot chocolate to mini French Toast in our signature AEO back pocket.

Below are some exclusive pictures of our Holiday 2014 event. Be sure to check out the collection, which hits stores in November.

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Tell us which pieces you can’t wait to rock this winter in the comments below!

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5 #AEOSTYLE Looks we love from this week

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. That’s why we’ve asked you to share your favorite #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured here and on AE.com. Check out our favorite looks below from this week’s roundup.

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Soft Sift Dress
Glory Hats by Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora
Slouchy Suede Bootie

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Plaid Button Down Shirt (shop similar)

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Hi-Rise Jegging

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Dark Denim Shortie
Romance Graphic T-Shirt (shop similar)

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Rugged Lace Front Boot (shop similar)
Classic Denim Jacket
Ribbed Knit Beanie (shop similar)
Semi-Rimmed Icon Sunglasses

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How to Make Studded Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fifth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is studded jeans which is one of the coolest trends for fall. Don’t just stop at jeans – you can stud shorts, canvas sneakers, denim jackets and more!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Jeans
Flatback studs in four sizes
Tape Measure
E6000
Paint brush

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What to do:

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Step One:  Measure and mark equal distances between where you would like each stud to be placed on your jeans.
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Step Two:  Put glue on the back of each stud with the paint brush, then place on the jeans. Start with the largest gems and work down to the smallest.
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Step Three:  Create pyramids down the seam of your jeans, decreasing the amount of gems as you reach the top.
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Step Four:  Let dry. Hand wash. Done!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Jegging
Canvas Anorak
Double Zip Bootie

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project, too!

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Trend Alert: On the Edge

Who says you have to play it safe? Not us. Start living life on the edge by pairing our street-ready Vegan Leather Circle Skirt with a Selfie Muscle Tee. Add a pop of color by wrapping our Shimmery Crew Sweater around your waist, Grunge style. And complete the look by throwing on a pair of our Dr. Martens 1460 Boots, because life is too short not to rock this iconic staple.

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Shop the Look:
Vegan Leather Circle Skirt
Selfie Muscle Tee
Shimmery Crew Sweater
Dr. Martens 1460 Boots

 

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Getting tired of your same old jeans and tee routine? Step outside your comfort zone with our Jogger Pant. With its relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, it can be dressed up or down. Pair with a timeless Vintage Denim Jacket and our Dr. Martens 1460 Boot for an ode to the 90s.

Shop the Look:
25 Graphic T-Shirt
Jogger Pant
Vintage Denim Jacket
Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

 

Show us your #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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Introducing: Artisan De Luxe for AEO

We’re excited to announce a brand new partnership at American Eagle Outfitters: Artisan De Luxe for AEO. Artisan De Luxe is deeply rooted in vintage spirit, specifically in denim. Every product is an expression of the American spirit, nodding to nostalgia with a passion for craftsmanship and artistry. Obviously a natural pairing for AEO. We had them design a special collection exclusively for us, all created from premium materials. If you love this collection, snap up your favorites while you can… every piece in this capsule is limited edition.

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The Cable Knit Pocket Sweater takes an icon to the next level with a chest pocket done in distressed denim and deliberately placed stitched details. It pairs perfectly with the Juliet Boyfriend Jean, which is finished with paint splatters and patchwork embellishments.

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Your go-to outfit this fall? Pair the Plaid Button Down Tunic, designed with contrasting plaid patterns and a longer back hem, with the Yvette Skinny Jean. We love that this jean is designed in soft coated denim with zippered details at the pockets and ankles.

0390_9546_001_4989The ultimate boho-inspired dress… the Fringe Dress, designed in a fit and flare silhouette with crochet and embroidery and long bell sleeves. It’s even fully lined, so no slip needed!
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Give your standard denim shirt an update with allover stitching. The Stitched Denim Shirt is designed with buttoned chest patch pockets and goes perfectly with the Shawl Cardigan (lent a heritage feel with leather buttons). Throw on the Destroyed Jean crafted in rugged cotton denim and you have a look that’s ready for any occasion.

Love this line as much as we do? Tell us about your favorite looks in the comments below.

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