AE Friends & Family: Meet Kelsey W.

AE Friends & Family: Meet Kelsey W.

You may recognize Kelsey from our Back to School marketing in stores, looking cute with her boyfriend Chase, or modeling in our Fall marketing. Read below to learn more about our newest cast member, Kelsey!

Kelsey and Chase behind the scenes during the Fall 2012 shoot.

What is your background?

I grew up in a town inland of Malibu called Calabasas. I then went to college in Santa Barbara where I lived downtown with my three girlfriends. I really enjoyed my time living there because I grew up as a person and learned a lot about myself. Plus, living on the beach didn’t hurt! I recently moved back home to Calabasas, and I will be attending Woodbury University in LA in the fall. I will have my fashion marketing degree completed by the end of next year and I am very excited to see where my career will finally take me! Currently, I’m working at a boutique in Malibu called Planet Blue. I started modeling for their company four years ago, then began working in the store. Working there has taught me a lot about fashion and marketing through their company and I have really enjoyed my collaboration with them.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be to have a design position for a clothing company. Designing is a passion of mine because it bridges my interest with art and fashion.

Kelsey working at Planet Blue.

What are your favorite AE products for Fall?

I am really into printed denim right now. Since my style is typically casual, printed denim adds a bit of funkiness without overdoing it. I like to pair the AE Printed Jeggings with a basic boyfriend tee, layered with lots of jewelry.

What was it like being a part of the AE Back to School shoot with Chase? We hear they loved you so much they put you in AE clothes and photographed you two together!

I went over to Chase’s house in Newport one day to hang out and watch the shoot. I introduced myself and as soon as I walked in the door the AE team asked me if I would shoot for them. As soon as I said yes, they swooped me off in hair & makeup and we shot for the day at Chase’s house. After that day, I got asked to be a part of the AE Fall Campaign. Shooting the campaign was a fun experience with a great team of people. I also loved that I was able to experience the whole thing with my boyfriend Chase!

Kelsey and Chase relaxing on the beach.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as beachy with a twist of city girl. I typically like to put things together that are opposites to balance each piece out. For example, I like to pair a blazer with denim shorts, or a floral dress with combat boots. I feel that it is important to always play with a look and think outside the box to create your own personal style staple. Jewelry is also always a must. I love lots of rings, bracelets, and chunky necklaces.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I like to find my inspiration through online blogs. Practically my whole bookmark bar is fashion and design blogs! I also have a Pinterest board that I am addicted to, constantly discovering and learning about new ideas and trends. Travel has also inspired me in many ways; not only with style, but also with the way I choose to live my life every day.

A couple of Kelsey’s favorite pieces.

What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?

Being a girlfriend of a professional surfer has its perks! I have gotten to travel to many beautiful places with Chase. My two favorite places I have traveled are Panama and Australia. Both places have beautiful beaches, friendly people, and a completely different lifestyle. I really think that travel is something that widens your worldview and helps you to grow as a person.

Do you have any cool hobbies or interests?

I have always enjoyed and appreciated art. I took art classes for years when I was younger and it somehow has always stuck. I am a creative person and I enjoy expressing it through drawing, painting, and designing. Having a love for art definitely connects my passion for fashion and style.

Meet the People: Romina

Meet the People: Romina

Over the past few weeks, we have been profiling each cast member from the Live Your Life campaign. The blog posts were written & photos were captured by Leanne F., who traveled with the crew during the shoot to document the experience.

A behind the scenes photo from Romina’s Live Your Life shoot.

Romina wants to be a journalist. She is just about to finish up her broadcast journalism degree at NYU and head out into the real world. Despite Romina’s pretty face, she doesn’t want to be in front of the camera, she wants to be behind it. It’s refreshing to see someone following their dreams that don’t involve being famous.  Romina is a sweetheart, soft spoken and quiet. She let us take over the apartment she shares with a roommate and even offered us coffee  when we arrived.

A behind the scenes photo from Romina’s Live Your Life shoot.

We started shooting in her cute little room, which was only big enough for a few of us to be in at a time. Afterwards, we headed out to her roof, but it was unreasonably cold. It was springtime in New York, but we all had our winter coats on. It’s extra cold for Romina, considering she moved to NYC from Miami, where she grew up.

Romina is prepped for her Live Your Life shoot.

Romina had just come into town from Los Angeles that morning, where she was visiting her brother. If she was tired, she certainly wasn’t showing it! But Romina seems like a pretty busy girl in general, so she is used to it. Romina interns at Nylon and Vogue.com, and is studying full time. She likes fashion a lot, especially writing about it and working with it.  She was wearing a really cute dress when we arrived that she found in an old vintage shop in her neighborhood.

Watch below to learn more about Romina:

 

Get to know Romina and see some of her favorite AE styles on our Pinterest board.

#AEDenim Twitter Chat With Clint and Helen

#AEDenim Twitter Chat With Clint and Helen

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 we had our denim designers Clint G. and Helen K. take over our Twitter account from 6-7 p.m. to answer our follower’s questions about all things AE Denim. Check out some of the highlights from our Twitter chat below.

@jochrisbanez: #aedenim What is the hardest thing about working with denim as a fabric?

@american_eagle: Hardest part is also the most fun part. There’s always an element of surprise because it’s such a science. #aedenim

From Jason on Facebook: Why are men’s jeans so ill fitted in the crotch and back? The pants always sag and cause guys to have no butt. #aedenim

@american_eagle: Guys often buy the wrong size. They tend to not want jeans to be as fitted as Women’s jeans. -CG #aedenim

@ZachFoley:  @american_eagle why did you discontinue the slim fit jeans for men? They were the only pants I wore. #aedenim

@american_eagle: The slim was discontinued to accommodate the new Skinny. Working on delivering a more updated Slim! -CG #aedenim

@HeyFash: @american_eagle How do Helen & Clint know what fits/washes are going to be in trend and sell well?? #aedenim

@american_eagle: As a designer, it’s part intuition and part research. But largely intuition. -CG #aedenim

@LeahMoreno@american_eagle What inspired the skinny kick jean? Does it look like boot cut and flare styles will come back in style?

@american_eagle: The idea came from questioning what else would the ‘Skinny’ girl want 2 wear besides the current fit & what shoes could -HK #aedenim

From Dorothy on Facebook: How do you find the perfect jeans for your body type? #aedenim

@american_eagle: The best way to do it is come into our store. Take each fit of your size & try them on. In-store experience is vital. -HK #aedenim

@american_eagle: Denim on denim.. yay or nay? #aedenim

@elhowarth: Canadian tuxedo – nay #aedenim

@american_eagle: There’s a way to do denim on denim. The most modern way to do it is take a light washed Chambray shirt with a pure rinse indigo -HK #aedenim

 

Watch below to find out more about Men’s Denim from Clint:

 

Watch below to find out more about Women’s Denim from Helen:

Where Has Your AE Been: South Korea

Where Has Your AE Been: South Korea

Bria. M and her husband Cliff traveled to Seoul, South Korea during Summer 2011. They both packed their AE clothes and had an amazing time on their trip. In the above picture, Bria is wearing shorts, shirt, and tank from AE at a palace outside Seoul.

Cliff M. wore his AE Graphic T and AE Shorts in the North Tower in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Show us where you have taken your AE clothes! Submit your photos to social@ae.com.

Meet the People: Ty

Meet the People: Ty

Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling each cast member from the Live Your Life campaign. The blog posts were written & photos were captured by Leanne F., who traveled with the crew during the shoot to document the experience.

This guy loves music. As we walked into Ty’s house in Echo Park, we were greeted by a serenade from Ty and a couple of his music buddies. Now, this is a good way to start a shoot: guitars and friends on the porch, beautiful California day, and smiles for miles.

 

Ty’s record collection.

Ty is a musician, writer, actor, revolutionary, biker, and the list goes on… This kid has passion and lots of dreams. It’s contagious and I couldn’t help but get excited just being around him. In fact, 20 minutes into arriving at the shoot, I was sitting on the porch with Ty’s band mate writing a song.

 

A behind the scenes shot from Ty’s Live Your Life shoot.

After shooting Ty in his house, we ran around his neighborhood a little bit, chasing him with a camera. Or in my case, I was chasing the photographer David, who was chasing Ty. Ty seemed totally in his element; AE side bag on, earbuds in, listening to some Julian Casablancas and having a LA kind of day. When we wrapped up shooting, Ty wanted to play us one of his songs. I left the shoot feeling like I had just hung out with old friends all day. Now that is a good day on the job!

 

Watch below to learn more about Ty:

 

 

Get to know Ty and see some of his favorite AE styles on our Pinterest board.

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