Ultra Recap 2014

ultra

Last weekend we decided to head back to Miami – the site of our alternative spring break – to hit up Ultra, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the northeastern hemisphere. We danced, we shopped, we partied until the Miami sun came up, we ate some good Peruvian food, oh and then we danced some more. You could probably add “raged” to that list. There was quite a bit of fist pumping, hands in the air energy. In short, it was freaking awesome! Check out our photo diary and relive the moments of Miami Music Week with us.

Edit2

Edit 3

Not everyone at the massive Miami rave was a candy kid with fuzzy boots. We found AEO style everywhere we looked! And our Soft Cutout Bralette was a clear favorite amongst the ladies of Ultra.

Edit 1

Stopping at the Worldwide stage was almost inescapable as it was the first thing we ran into every time we entered the fest grounds. But with performances by GTA & Mat Zo, We didn’t mind one bit.

Edit 7

It was hot in Miami. Really hot. The go-to outfit for just about every festival girl was denim shorts and a bralette. 

Edit 4

While big names like Deadmau5 and Guetta topped the lineup of the mainstage, tucked away on a large patch of grass was the Underground stage where the crowd was doing anything but raging. The Dirtybird Players, Kill Frenzy, J.Phlip, Justin Martin & the boss man, Claude VonStroke all offered up their house stylings to a chilled out crowd of house-heads.

Edit 8

Yup. More bralettes. This fashionista danced the day and night away in our Floral Print Bralette.

Edit 6

The Main stage was where it was at for most of the festival. From Martin Garixx to Nicky Romero to a crushing performance from Hardwell, this is where we truly raged. Also, check out how many flags are in that crowd. Music aside, it was pretty cool to meet so many people from so many different continents!

Edit 9

You’ve no doubt seen plenty of scenic pictures showing off Miami’s gorgeous palm tree dotted skylines. But we had to throw at least one in for good measure. Can you blame us? This was taken from the festival grounds on the edge near the water. Anytime we couldn’t get Internet access – which is basically like water to us – we’d head over to that pretty spot, check our twitter feeds real quick, then head back to the party.

Edit 10

Few words can describe moments like these. Check out our Vine for some video footage. It’s worth it.

Edit 14

Before the insanity of Ultra, we headed to the Dirtybird party at Caffeina Wynwood Lounge to check out one of our fave DJs, J.Phlip. She brought the booty tech acid house just like we expected. And it was totally worth the pains of finding a cab to get home. But seriously, Miami cabbies. What gives with you guys?

Edit 11

Drum & bass, breakbeat, dubstep, UK garage, you name it, Chase & Status are pumping it. The Londoners have been playing raves since before most of you were old enough to know what one was. Consider them wise sages of the London underground. Respect!

Edit 12

Late night Sunday, the Underground Story Stage changed into the Ibiza stage and confused us. But we ended up checking out Ibiza veteran, John Digweed’s acid techno set, which ended up being a nice way to clear the brostep drops from rattling our brains too much.

Edit 13

We continued on that wave of atmospheric techno by visiting the Trance Stage. It was like nothing else we had experienced, something like the church of trance. We had a hard time even getting this shot of the stage because security kept telling us to move back. We managed though, ‘cause we love you guys.

Edit 15

There were tons of after parties going on in South Beach. They started long before we got there for the very music industry focused Winter Music Conference. We braved the angry cabbies and made our way out to LMNT Studies – actually in North Miami. And we caught the Boys Noize Records party, which featured the Detroit stylings of Jimmy Edgar; Bmore’s poster boy for rap, Spank Rock and the newest project from Skrillex called Dogblood where he partners with Boys Noize himself. You can check out our Vine for some cool footage of Jimmy Edgar killing it.

Edit 16

Beats Music Cocktail party with Poolside playing groovy house and disco cuts. One of our more chilled out moments.

Edit 17

We couldn’t possibly go to Miami without visiting our Lincoln Rd. store. Surrounded by fun and fancy shops, our AEO location there offers summertime duds year-round. It made us Pittsburgh folks wish we could relocate!

Edit 18

Edit 19

While we were there, we got to meet the lovely and talented Hannah. She’s the Lincoln store’s visual merchandiser, an expert stylist! She styled herself in our Soft Floral Jumpsuit, Western Bootie, Triple Chevron Necklace and Floral Bun Wrap. Cute, comfy & ready for any festival.

Edit 21

The last time we were in Miami, left our mark in Wynwood. This time around, we captured a lot more of the talented artists who also left their mark there. Below are some of our favorites. It was hard to choose, everything looked mesmerizing! This mural above is by Ron English and the below by RETNA.

Edit 24

Edit 23

Remember this? It hasn’t disappeared yet!

Stay tuned in to our Vine, Twitter, Instagram as well as our sister, Aerie’s social media for our next adventure in Indio, California! Or maybe we’ll see you there.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

Love our new Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters collection? Get even more inspiration with our photo diary from our trip to Italy, where we created and designed every piece in the line. Touring the countryside and city provided the perfect balance of beauty, edge and effortless style reflected in our exclusive collection made just for you. Show us how you’re wearing Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com.

A Day In Italy

A Day In Italy

A Day In Italy

A Day in Italy

A Day In Italy

A Day in ItalyA Day in Italy

A Day In Italy

A Day in Italy

Show us how you’re styling our new limited edition collection Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters and tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to featured on ae.com!

Tags: , , , , ,

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Introducing a new, limited edition capsule collection: Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters. Our new line is the perfect mix of effortless street style and edgy pieces that you’ll love to wear day in and day out in so many different ways. Read on to learn more and shop your soon to be favorite looks now.

From printed soft pants and camo muscle tees to graphic maxi skirts and monochromatic minis, you can see how the designers were inspired by the street style of Italy in every single piece of this limited edition collection. Whether you wear the pieces on their own or mix and match them together, your effortless style is sure to be unmatched. Plus, they’re all designed in one size for style that’s completely effortless… and the line is made especially for you.

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Want an even bigger glimpse into this exciting new line from AEO? We have behind the scenes interviews with its key stylists and designers just for you. Start out by watching our exclusive interview above with our Manager of Styling, Lauren R., to preview the new must-have pieces for spring and the inspiration that started it all.

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

“It speaks to this girl who is confident, chic. She’s overall stylish, but really looking for comfortable items, and we’ve got them here.” – Lauren R.

In addition, one of our design interns, Katrina P., had the chance to join our design team that traveled to Italy for the experience of a lifetime! When asked about the inspiration behind the line, Katrina said, “We wanted to create a line that made new fashion statements and new trends easy and accessible. We like to call them ‘no brainer’ pieces.”

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters

Show us how you’re styling our new limited edition collection Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters and tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to featured on ae.com!

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Earlier this week, American Eagle Outfitters was pleased to sponsor Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s Dance Party. The fundraiser was hosted by Jack Gleeson, who plays the tyrannical King Joffrey on HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones. Prior to the event, Jack visited the American Eagle Outfitters store at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh to be outfitted by our own Director of Styling, Preston K. and Senior Stylist, Coco Y. Check out the photos below for a behind the scenes look at his fitting.

Game of Thrones Actor Dress Head-to-Toe in AEO

Jack & Preston chat before the fitting.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Preston and CoCo begin to tailor Jack’s outfit for the event.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

Finding the perfect fit.

Game of Thrones Actor Dressed Head-to-Toe in AEO

The finished product! Senior Stylist, CoCo Y. and Jack Gleeson at PICT’S event.

Tags: , , , , ,

AE Friends & Family: Ashley R., Associate Fragrance Buyer

AE Friends & Family: Ashley R., Associate Fragrance Buyer

Meet Ashley R., Associate Fragrance Buyer for American Eagle Outfitters. She will spend nearly a year helping to develop and test each fragrance you find in our stores and online! Read on to learn more about her career at AEO.

How did you get your start with American Eagle?

I spent three years working for Bath & Body Works developing my love for scent. When I was approached by AE for a job in fragrance, I was thrilled.  AE was a brand I grew up loving and I couldn’t wait to be a part of the team.

What do you love most about being a fragrance buyer?

I’ve always had a passion for fragrance and beauty so being involved during the entire concept to reality process is just amazing.  When you see something that you’ve spent nearly a year developing hit the shelves – nothing can describe the feeling!  I’m like a proud mom!  Then, you just sit and hope that customers and associates love it as much as you do.

What’s your favorite AE scent?

My favorite Women’s scent is Vintage and my favorite Men’s is 1977.  I’ve worked on all of the fragrances that are currently in the store and LOVE them all but these are two are very special to me.  We go through a LOT of different fragrances before we narrow down and test scents with our customers.  When I first tried the Vintage scent I knew it was going to be our winner – it was amazing and so right for the AE customer!  For 1977, the camouflage print was very hard to achieve and we are actually some of the first in the beauty industry to be able to accomplish that type of finish on a rounded bottle.

What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled for your job?

I grew up in super small town Kansas (Home, Kansas to be exact) so moving to New York City was a big adventure.  I also loved my latest trip to Atlanta to help with in store fragrance testing.  It’s so amazing to hear feedback directly from our customers.

Where do you find inspiration in fragrance buying?

Everywhere!  I’m known for asking people on the subway what scent they are wearing.  When you are a buyer what’s next is always in the back of your head.  I could be at a cute shop in Brooklyn and see a cool bottle that could inspire the next finish on a fragrance bottle.

What’s your favorite AE jean fit?

The new Skinny Skinny Jeans, of course!  Painted on is the only way to go. Okay, not really.  My actual favorite jeans are the Skinny Crop in any of the darker washes.

What’s on your summer playlist?

I love all music but in the summer I’m totally into reggae!  Nappy Roots, Iration, The Expendables, The Roots, K’Naan and Rebelution are some of my favorite summer time bands.

What are your other interests and hobbies?

I love to try and experience new things.  My latest adventure was a trapeze class which was so much fun – I even learned how to do a back flip!  Other than that, I enjoy live music, exploring the city, running and going to the beach as often as possible.

Ashley learning how to do a back flip on the trapeze!

Ashley learning how to do a back flip on the trapeze!

What’s next on your “life to do” list?

I’m about to turn 28, so I’ve spent the past few months creating a list of 30 things I want to do before I’m 30 – “30 before 30”.  Some of the highlights that I will complete over the next two years will be a half marathon, a balloon holder in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a coast to coast road trip with my best friends, supporting a child overseas and freeing a lobster (I’m a vegetarian and it breaks my heart to see them at the grocery store in tanks).

Next on Ashley's to-do list? Run a half-marathon!

Next on Ashley’s to-do list? Run a half-marathon!

Tags: ,

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Merchandise Planning & Allocation and Finance Interns

AE Friends & Family: Meet the Merchandise Planning & Allocation and Finance Interns

American Eagle Outfitters welcomed 60 interns for Summer 2013. Meet ten interns currently working in Merchandise Planning & Allocation (MP&A) and Finance! Read on to learn more about the interns and what it’s like to work at American Eagle.

mpa_blog

Top Row (l-r): Brooke L., Will W., Eddie M., Brandon W., Erin K.
Bottom Row (l-r): Julie H., Gauri J., Kat M., and Brianna S.
Not Pictured: Kristin D, Abby E. and Jason T.

 

Why did you apply for an internship at American Eagle?

“I chose to do an internship with AE because my major is finance and I have a passion for retail. I think it’s a good mix of the two.” -Brianna S.

“I applied for an internship with AE because I really liked the company culture. I thought everyone was really welcoming and I thought it would be a good opportunity.” -Kristin D.

 

What did you hope to get out of this internship?

I heard about the AE internship from a friend at Georgetown that completed it the previous year.  She told me about her experience and it intrigued me.  After I went to the informational meeting held at Georgetown, I knew I wanted to apply for the planning internship.” -Jason T.

“I wanted an understanding of what the retail business is like and what a job in the corporate world consists of.”  -Julie H.

“Being a finance major, I wanted to see how the numbers are integrated into a corporate retail environment.” -Erin K.

 

mpa1

Interns Julie H., Alice F., Brooke L., Cameron B., and Brianna S.

 

What’s something about working at American Eagle that you didn’t expect?

I didn’t expect to be wearing jeans at work. It threw me off guard at first.” -Brandon W.

“I knew the culture was fun but it still surprises me how nice everyone is and how awesome and relaxed everyone is but also has that really good work ethic.” -Brooke L.

“The opportunity to meet a lot of people. The fact that we’re interns and we get to have open conversations with executives is pretty amazing and a great opportunity.” –Abby E.

“I didn’t expect it to be as easy as it is to speak with different people around the entire company.  I expected it to be more closed off than it is.  AE has really made an effort into putting the interns in front of a lot of different people.” -Jason T.

 

AE’s headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA—what’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the city so far?

I’ve really enjoyed the different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Just the way that you’re feeling, you can go to a different neighborhood and get a different experience there.”  -Brianna S.

“I really enjoyed going to the strip district for brunch at De Luca’s on the weekend and shopping at the really cool market. The Cathedral of Learning has a really cool view. And Schenley Park.”  -Kristin D.

“The coolest thing I’ve done in Pittsburgh is go to the Kenny Chesney concert.  It was a really sunny day filled with good music.”  -Jason T.

mpa4

Interns Rocky C., Brooke L. and Jason T.

 

How do you “Live Your Life”?

I live my life by trying out new things without hesitation.  I like to experience situations that I have never been in or seen before so that I can grow as a person.  I like to travel and go to places that are more unusual.” -Jason T.

 

What’s your favorite AE or Aerie item?

My favorite item is the AE Denim Festival Shorties. I love that they’re frayed and high-waisted.” -Briana S.

“I just bought a new pair of brown wedges from American Eagle. They go with everything. They’re awesome.” -Kristin D.

“Their briefs are really comfortable.” -Will W.

 

What’s one aspect of MP&A or Finance that surprised you?

I was surprised by how closely you work with other people outside your department.” -Will W.

“I was surprised by much you use Excel and how much you work with data, numbers and reports. It’s a lot of numbers.” -Julie H.

“The amount of time that it takes to make a merchandise plan. There’s so many moving parts and it takes bringing everyone together but you have to be so organized with your time. It’s all about time management.” -Erin K.

“One aspect of the MP&A department that surprised me was how quickly decisions have to be made in order for the website to be updated.  The turnaround from deciding on a new price and the price being updated on the website is extremely fast.” -Jason T.

 

mpa3

Interns Brooke L. and Erin K.

 

What’s been your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part has been meeting all of the interns and the full time workers at American Eagle and trying to integrate everyone together. I love my mentor Lindsey Y., senior inventory planner for women’s.” -Brianna S.

“Working with my mentor, Allen M., and the other people that he works with. He’s the senior merchandise planner.” -Julie H.

 

Did you receive any good advice during the internship?

I’ve been told numerous times to be very inquisitive and question everything and soak up as much information and get as much out of people as I can.” -Kristin D.

“Be hungry to learn.” -Brooke L.

“My mentor was an intern here and he told me to ask as many questions as possible and if there’s something I want to learn not in my department to reach out to people so I can get the most out of it.” -Gauri J.

 

mpa2

Interns Brooke L. and Kat M.

 

Any advice for future intern candidates?

Show your personality, show that you’re really interested in the company and show everyone that you’re really willing to learn.” -Kristin D.

“Be yourself and don’t focus so much on resume and the fact that it’s a job and it’s an internship, focus on your passion for the fact that you want to learn more.”  -Julie H.

“My advice for the future interns is to come in ready to actually do things and not be on the sideline.  It is a fun and fast-paced internship that will fly by.” – Jason T.

 

To learn more about American Eagle Outfitters’ internship program, please visit liveyourlifeloveyourjob.com.

Tags: ,