AEO Associate Interview: Kai G.

At AEO, we have some pretty talented and amazing associates working behind the scenes to deliver the best  product to date. Senior Fabric Development Manager, Kai Gomes-Brown is no exception to this rule. Get to learn all about Kai and her daily responsibilities at AEO.

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Meet Kai, Senior Fabric Development Manager for AEO and aerie Knits.

Name:  Kai Gomes-Brown

Occupation:  Senior Fabric Development Manager – for AEO and aerie Knits

AEO:  Where are you from?
Kai: 
I’m originally from Fairfield, CT but I consider Queens my home!  I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years!

AEO:  Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do….
Kai:
  Growing up I always loved fashion!   My love for fashion began in the late 80’s when I started watching Style with Elsa Klensch, (a television show about fashion and design from around the world that aired from 1980 to 2001) with my parents on Saturday mornings.  I would watch the show to see designer runway shows presented during New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks.  I learned a lot about high fashion and the designers that created the collections.  In high school my favorite elective course was Home Economics where I learned to sew and then I attended F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) where I studied Merchandising.  I’ve worked in fashion since graduation for some of the most recognizable names in the industry. As a Fabric Developer it’s very important to stay in tune with the latest and upcoming trends in fabrics and silhouette so I am able to work with designers and fabric suppliers to interpret those trends into fabrics that are in line with the American Eagle Outfitter’s and aerie aesthetics and price structure.  Unfortunately, Style with Elsa Klensch is no longer on television but there are a number of resources like blogs and magazines that I use and are available to everyone to research the latest and upcoming fashion trends!

AEO:  What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Kai:  As I mentioned one of the most significant aspects of being a Fabric Developer is to research in order to stay in tune with the latest and upcoming trends. I work on weekly trend recap reports and competitive analysis reports to share with our designers and fabric suppliers.  Another important function of my day to day responsibilities is to maintain the fabric library that houses numerous types of knit fabrics including: jerseys, ribs, laces, waffles, jacquards and many more.  When a designer is in need of a fabric they can search the library to find a fabric that suits their needs.

AEO:  What do you love most about working with clothing?
Kai:  I love that what you wear is an expression of who you are. It’s really important to me that I develop fabrics that are great quality and on-trend so our customer feels confident when they wear our clothes.

AEO:  We’ve been hearing a lot about plush fabric. Tell us more!
Kai: I’m really excited about Plush!  This fabric is the softest fabric ever!  It’s super cozy and luxe but completely versatile to wear for both day and night!

AEO:  What differentiates plush fabric from other fabrics used in graphic t-shirts and tanks?
Kai:  The biggest difference is that Plush is a rib that is specially treated to get the cozy, plush surface whereas most (but not all) of the fabrics used for graphics, tanks and tees are jerseys with smooth surfaces.

AEO:  What are a few different ways that you can wear this plush fabric?
Kai:  Plush can pretty much be styled with anything!  A pair of AE distressed Hi-Rise Jeggings with AEO Buckle Strap Booties, a Sky High Suspender Skirt with AEO High Top sneakers or a pair of aerie printed Leggings with Riding Boots.  The styling combinations are endless!

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Introducing, Plush Fabric.

Shop the look:
Vintage Plush Heart Graphic T-Shirt
Ruffle Hem Skort
Shimmery Slip On Sneaker

AEO:  What are your top three items for this upcoming season?
Kai:  I can’t name just three!  My top four “most favorite, I can’t wait for fall” items are:  the AEO Sky-Hi Jegging and Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, aerie’s Skinny Jogger and of course, the Plush Long Sleeve T-Shirt!

AEO:  What’s your personal style like?
Kai:  I would describe my personal style as being relaxed, chic and edgy.  I get a lot of inspiration from runway shows and high end designers. I try to interpret that aesthetic into my look but within my budget through-my hair styles, clothing and accessories.  Some of my favorite places to shop are AEO, asos, Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, Barney’s and Alchemist in Miami.

AEO:  Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
Kai:  Blogs, magazines, fashion trend services and people watching!  Some of my daily blog reads include:   Stylesnooperdan, MajaWyh, TheyAllHateUs, WhoWhatWear and YahooStyle.  My favorite magazines are V, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Jalouse and Elle Decor.

AEO:  What is your favorite city that you’ve either traveled to or what to travel to?
Kai
:  My most favorite city that I’ve traveled to so far is Barcelona and I hope to visit Paris in the very near future.

Have you worn our new plush fabric yet? If so, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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#AEOSTYLE Bloggers and Editors Love.

From Cosmopolitan to Refinery 29, we’ve seen #AEOSTYLE featured in some of our favorite magazines and websites. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s Bloggers Editors Love.

Gone Girl’s Emily Ratajkowski was spotted wearing our Skinny Jeans. Also spotted in Cosmopolitan Magazine was our Knit Colorblock Crew Sweater in Fun, Fearless Finds under $50. Us Weekly showcased our Vegan Leather Moto Jacket spotted on Supermodel Lily Aldridge.

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Skinny Jean
Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Colorblock Crew Sweater

Refinery 29 featured our Quilted Moto Booties, a must- have for Fall.

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Shop the look:
Quilted Moto Booties

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Fall Edition

Fall is finally here! With the leaves changing and the temperature dropping, we’re getting super inspired by your autumn #AEOSTYLE. Check out our favorite fall looks submitted by you on Instagram and Twitter below in this week’s roundup.

Shop the look:
Tom Girl Jean
Heathered Raglan Crew Sweater (shop similar)

 

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Jegging Sweater

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Iconic V-Neck Sweater
Skinny Jean
Striped Button Down Shirt
Wingtip Shoe (shop similar)

Shop the look:
Slip On Sneaker (shop similar)
Jegging
Chambray Shirt

Shop the look:
Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Jegging


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3 Ways To Update Your Plaid #AEOSTYLE

Fall is in full force and one print that never goes out of style is, plaid. Check out the three looks below for outfit inspiration on how you can update your #AEOSTYLE with the much loved pattern of the season.

Look #1: For an edgy meets classic look, pair your plaid with distressed denim and loafers. Add our Canvas Anorak for fall ready #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the look:
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Hi-Rise Jegging
Canvas Anorak
BC Wild Imagination Wingtip Shoe


Look #2: 
Go classic with black and white. You’ll love our Box Check Flannel Shirt with Black Jeggings and Booties. Add a pair of Icon Glasses to elevate your look.

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Shop the look:
Box Check Flannel Shirt
Jegging
Icon Sunglasses
BC Stand Up Straight Boot

Look #3: Plaid can also be worn with dressier pieces like our Cropped Tank and Skirt Set. Add a graphic tank, fedora and booties for a super cute rocked-out look.

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Shop the look:
Cropped Tank and Skirt Set
Photo Graphic T-Shirt
Plaid Jegging Shirt
Stacked Heel Bootie
Glory Hats by Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora

Now that you’ve seen three ways in which we love to wear plaid, we want to know how you style it! Tell us your favorite way to wear plaid in the comments below.

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Coffee N Clothes

In lieu of National Coffee Day, we wanted to showcase our love for fashion and coffee. That’s why, we asked you to post your coffee and clothes pictures on Instagram and Twitter this past Monday for a chance to be featured on Instagram and the blog. Check out some of our favorite posts below.

Shop the look:
Jegging

Shop the look:
Denim X Jegging
Jegging Sweater

Shop the look:
Skinny Jean
Real Soft Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt

Shop the look:
Jogger Pant

Shop the look:
Boy Jean Crop

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#AEOSTYLE Trend Alert: Boho Beauty

From beautiful silhouettes to edgy accessories, Wild Beauty enraptures a free-spirited persona that not only has tons of feminine flare, it embodies a bit of mystery too. Check out one of our favorite look books of the season below and seek your #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the look:
Boho Button Down Shirt
Tomgirl Jean
Buckle Strap Bootie

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