AE Friends & Family: Sarah L., Merchandise Business Strategy Coordinator

AE Friends & Family: Sarah L., Merchandise Business Strategy Coordinator

Meet Sarah L., American Eagle Outfitters Assistant Manager of Business Strategy and musician. Read below to find out about her musical career and her job at AE!

How did you get your start in merchandise business strategy?

When I was in high school I spent most of my time pursuing a music career, but put that on hold for college.  After I graduated from West Virginia University, I wanted to focus a bit more on music, but also needed a job, so I started working in retail part time.  My first job with AE was at the 77kids store in the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh and I loved it! I always knew I didn’t want to work at a store level long term, but it was then I realized I did want to stay with AE. I started exploring other areas within the company and Business Strategies seemed like the perfect fit.

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

My family is very close – my mom is the life of the party, my dad is the nicest man you’ve ever met and my sister is my best friend.  I always try to make them proud.

Sarah and her dog Pinky Pie!

Sarah and her dog Pinky Pie!

What is your dream job?

I’d love to spend my days writing music and my nights performing it around the world.  My current job isn’t too shabby though.

What is next on your ‘To Do In Life’ list?

I don’t have a “To Do” list or a “5 Year Plan” – that limits you. I just try to keep growing and improving in everything I do.  And try to have a lot of fun along the way!

How would you describe your style?

I try to be as up-to-date on current style as possible, but if it were up to me I’d rather be in jeggings, a fitted T-shirt and flip flops every day.

How does your work influence your style?

It’s so fun to work in an area where we have our eyes on the upcoming trends before they’ve even hit stores!

You have a passion for singing… will you tell us a little bit about your journey as a musician?

I sort of grew up on stage.  When I was 15, I saw an online banner for a girl group audition.  I had a feeling it was probably a scam, but I clicked on it anyway.   Turns out it was real and I beat out 8,000 other girls for a spot in a girl group called Trace.  We signed a contract with Warner Brother Records, recorded an album and started promoting it in the US and Europe.  Unfortunately, this was all happening at the same time that the music business was going downhill following September 11th, so our record never got released.  Sometimes I still can’t believe it all really happened – it was a crazy few years!

Sarah performing on the Maury show.

Sarah performing on the Maury show.

Where can our fans find your music?

The Trace album is only in the hands of a select few,  but I play around on the internet for fun.  I post covers on my Youtube page.  Nothing fancy; just me and my piano. I also recorded a solo album a few years ago.  You can download it here for FREE!

Where do you find your inspiration?

Musical inspiration most definitely comes from real life.   Sometimes I wonder if I should give the songs titles or just name them after the people who inspired them.

Where is the coolest place you have traveled for your job?

When music was my job we performed in Zurich, Switzerland.  It was such a cute and friendly place.  I’d love to go back!  With AE, we recently traveled to Palm Springs and it’s now easily in my top 5 favorites.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love working on the photo shoots.  Even though it is hard work and long hours, you get to meet so many new people, see places you might not otherwise get to and have some fun while doing it!

How did you discover your passion?

I don’t know if it’s something you discover.  I imagine every person has one thing that makes them the happiest – naturally that’s the thing you should pursue.  You hear it a lot, but I’m a big believer in “If you love what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work.”

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