Designer Interview: Tamarah Ghourdjian

Bright, bold and colorful prints grab our attention every season. This season’s print… Global!  We wanted the inside scoop on what influences our design team to create these fun and trendy prints, so we caught up with our Senior Director of Women’s Concept, Tamarah to learn what things and places sparked her team to conceive this season’s collection.

Name:
Tamarah Ghourdjian

Occupation:
Senior Director of Women’s Concept

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 Tamarah in our New York Design Office concept work space

Where did you draw inspiration for the global prints?
We pulled inspiration from everywhere — Vintage [finds], traveling the world, blogs, books, paintings and more!

Can you tell us how you wear the global print trend?
I wear our black and white print mix jumpsuit with a military jacket.

What are your three favorite global print pieces from this season’s collection?
I love the black and white floral jumpsuit, the tropical romper and the black and white zig-zag soft shorts.

If you were to share what global print piece that every girl must have in her closet right now, what would it be?
My favorite is a jumpsuit or romper, whether it be an ethnic print or tropical. Both are on trend this season.

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 A few skateboards that our design team had printed with some of our global prints for Spring 2014.

How cool, right?

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue fashion design?
I grew up in a crafty family. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew, knit, dye fabrics, make jewelry, weave—you name it, they can do it all.  I started making clothes at a very young age, first for my dolls, and then later for myself and my friends.  As far as I can remember it’s always been a part of my life and I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather be doing.

What kinds of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Everything and anything — No one day is the same, but research is always part of my day.  I am always looking for new inspiration; a new brand, [fashion] blogs, [street] style, silhouettes, boutique finds, prints or a color that inspires me.

What three items will we always find in your purse?
Chapstick.
A hair tie.
My passport.

What inspires your style and how would you describe it?
Anything vintage, authentic, lived-in and casual inspires my style.
You could say it’s boy meets vintage girl or somewhere in between.

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Designer Interview: 10 questions with Natalie Malcolm

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We had a rapid Q&A with Senior Designer Natalie Malcolm of Men’s Swim and Outerwear. We fired off 10 questions to Natalie to learn what inspired this season’s swim trends and get a brief insight into her personal life.

Ready.Set.Go.

1. Where are you from:
Manchester, England

2. What are the trends for men’s swim this spring?
Neon brights, color blocking and shorter inseams lengths. Favorites include; beach photo real and galaxy prints.

3. Where did the inspiration for these trends come from?
California beaches, from festivals and runway shows.
We also loved the color and energy from the 90’s vibe.

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4. What do you love most about working in a creative field?
Endless boundaries and ever changing trends, keeping up with the latest and greatest.

5. Five words to describe you-
Honest, grounded, sarcastic, fun, optimistic.

6. Favorite destination:
Cote D’Azur with my family and friends.

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Cote D’Azur  (Photo Credit: smarttravelinfo.com)

7. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep your head up and put your best face on.

8. And the advice you’d offer aspiring designers?
Be open to criticism, accept advice, have thick skin and of course, dress to impress.

9. Three fashion staples every girl should have for spring:
Rompers, printed sundress, and shades.

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10. One swim trunk every guy should have on his wishlist?
Colorblocked Swim Trunk!

 

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Meet the Dog: Tippy

Meet Tippy, a happy tail-wagging pup. Tippy is one of the fierce models starring in our American Beagle Outfitters campaign. We wanted to learn more about Tippy, so we asked her mom Chrissy, to share the inside scoop on her daring daughter.

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Dog Name:

Tippy

Dog Age:

Two years old-ish (birthday is celebrated on Christmas, because she is a miracle)

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Tippy in the city

Dog Breed:

German Shepard Mix (but I’m pretty sure she’s a domesticated coyote)

Tricks for Treats?

Sit, Shake, Other Shake for turkey, chicken, bacon, and anything cooked in butter.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

She’s an adventurous and independent free spirit pup…SHE LITERALLY LIVES HER LIFE.

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Presque Isle, Erie Pennsylvania with her best friend Nellie the yellow Labrador. It’s the perfect combination of beach and woods.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She’s terrified of water.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

She ran into a stop sign once while checking out another German Shepard.

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 Ready for my close up

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Anything that’s easy-to-wear, she’s a T-shirt and jeans kind of pup.

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely! She has so many dog friends who love clothes. (especially her friend Ella)

Is your dog single or attached?

She’s kind of a babe. Doesn’t want to settle down anytime soon. She digs Pnewman, though.

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Tippy looking fine.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Walk in the park, as long as it’s off the leash.

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Relaxing in the grass at the park

Rope vs. Fetch?

Both, but loses attention quickly, she would rather hang out with her friends.

Favorite treat?

Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits or Tricky Trainers

What’s your best memory with your dog?

The day I adopted her.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

Those ears.

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

MAYHEM.

Is the dog an only child?

She has a step brother who lives in Columbus, OH (Ogi)

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

“What’s a mailman?” – Tippy

Nappers vs Players?

Perfect combination of both.

What words do they know?

Sit, stay, “no, no, NOOOOOOO!” “COME HERE!”

What tricks can they do?

Sit, shake, other shake, lay down.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Oh mud, for sure.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Pesty, nosey, vocal, out-going, happy

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

Andy, Nellie, Pnewman, Ogi & Ella

Where does your dog sleep?

She has no boundaries.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

If you want to sleep in, don’t wake the dog.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

She won’t eat vegetables.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

She doesn’t have cable.

What makes your dog bark?

Men.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Whenever someone gets up off the couch, she steals their spot.

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual, simple, active.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

W I L D F U R C H I L D

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

Outrageous + fun.

When you heard American Eagle was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

Initially I thought it was pretty wild, a dog clothing line?! I’m pretty excited that we can coordinate!

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

The sidewalk is her runway.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

She’s active just like me! We run a lot together. So anything that is versatile enough to look good and be functional to wherever our day leads us!

 Follow Tippy:

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Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

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Meet the Dog: Wilco

Introducing you to Wilco, one of the models for our new collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked his owner questions about Wilco so we could learn more about the crazy and mischievous dachshund starring in our campaign.

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Dog Name:

Wilco (Willie) Leedy

Dog Age:

Seven

Dog Breed:

Standard Dachshund

Tricks for Treats?

Will jump up for treats.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

I thought Wilco would be a good model for your newest line, because he embodies that everyday style that dogs all around are searching for.

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Wilco checking out his casting picture

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Wilco’s favorite place to hang out is in the kitchen.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

No, not really! Wilco likes to keep it real most of the time.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

Wilco’s most embarrassing moments are when he tries to hang with the bigger dogs, because although he is a tiny dog he tries to act like the big ones which never really works out.

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Wilco loves to relax in his hot dog costume!

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Already have.

Is your dog single or attached?

Neither, Wilco seems to attract lots of ladies.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Walk in the park

Rope vs. Fetch?

Fetch

Favorite treat?

Snausage

What’s your best memory with your dog?

My best memory is going to the beach with him and playing catch.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

My dad had a dream he wanted a dachshund so we knew it was meant to be!

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

It was so cute! Wilco was so tiny he could fit in the palm of your hand.

Is the dog an only child?

No! Wilco has an older sister Maggie.

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

He only barks, would never bite.

Nappers vs Players?

Wilco is most definitely a player!

What words do they know?

Sit (only if my dad says it), Potty, but most of all food!

What tricks can they do?

Wilco doesn’t know how to do much of anything besides eat.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Mud!

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Crazy, lovable, mischievous, stubborn, and criminal.

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

His sister Maggie.

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Besties on the set of the American Beagle Outfitters photo shoot

Where does your dog sleep?

In the bathroom.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

Don’t disturb me.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

Not at all!

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

He loves the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. (He loves seeing Jiggy on the big screen!)

What makes your dog bark?

Any loud noise!

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

One time he jumped up on the table and drank my dads rum and coke! lets just say he couldn’t walk straight for a while!

How would you describe your personal style?

“I like to be comfy and cute at the same time!”

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

He’s inspired by Preston [AEO's Director of Styling]! He would like to be Preston when he grows up.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

He loved his look.

When you heard American Eagle Outfitter’s was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

“What took them so long and it must have been Preston’s idea because he’s a genius.”

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

Around town, the kennel, the groomers and to his vet check ups.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog?

Jeans and a tank top.

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

 

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Meet the Dog: Carson

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Introducing you to Carson — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked his owner, Jessie, a few questions about Carson so we could learn more about this charismatic and affectionate puggle starring in our campaign.

Dog Name:

Carson

Dog Age:

Four years old

Dog Breed:

Puggle

Tricks for Treats?

He will do high fives for any treat/food.

Why did you think your dog would be a good model for our newest line?

He likes to smile.

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out?

Outside laying in the sun.

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

He likes to get tissues out of the bathroom garbage cans and string them throughout the house to get attention. He’s also deathly afraid of the vacuum cleaner.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

When we hosted the first thanksgiving dinner at our house, he peed on my mom’s leg at the dinner table.

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

His bow tie…it’s a low maintenance way to look classy.

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Of course. It’s stylish and at a great price!

Is your dog single or attached?

Single and ready to mingle.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Tough call! He likes both about the same.

Rope vs. Fetch?

Rope.

Favorite treat?

Cheese, apples, milk bones, granola bones – pretty much anything you put in front of him or anything that falls on the floor. It’s very hard to distinguish what he likes best.

What’s your best memory with your dog?

Cuddling with him when I first brought him home.

Why did you pick this specific dog?

I adopted him from the shelter and he was so sweet & cute. I also knew I wanted a beagle mix.

What was it like seeing him/her up for the first time after you purchased the dog?

Amazing! He was so scared and tame but that lasted for about one day and then he became crazy.

Is the dog an only child?

Yes and definitely acts like it.

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

No, only barks!

Nappers vs Players?

Napper!

What words do they know?

Sit, lay down, high five, bone, toy, kitty cat, (fill in the name)’s coming, let’s go on a walk, let’s go for a ride.

What tricks can they do?

Sit, lay down, high five…He has a pretty limited skill set.

Do they prefer mud or baths?

Mud.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Foodie, ditsy, affectionate, smiley, charismatic.

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Carson, all smiles, while hanging out with one of his besties, Hank.

Who are your dog’s best friends? Any neighborhood animals?

Well obviously myself (I’m his BFF). But also his Aunt MacKenzie & Morgan & Dudley (his cousin, a dog).

Where does your dog sleep?

In his own bed half the night, in my bed the other half.

What’s your sleeping style? Don’t disturb the dog, or don’t disturb me?

Don’t disturb me.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

He won’t come when called unless there’s food involved.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

Not that I know of….he pretty much falls asleep any time we put the TV on.

What makes your dog bark?

People (especially kids/babies), dogs, random noises like the ice machine in the refrigerator.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

He sits on the laps of strangers when I’m walking him. It can be funny or embarrassing.

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 Carson sitting on his friend Morgan’s lap

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual yet feminine.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

Preppy and comfortable.

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Carson and his mom Jessie, looking stylish for St. Patrick’s Day festivities

When you heard American Eagle Outfitters was coming up with a clothing line what were your first thoughts?

I couldn’t wait to go shopping!

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

The dog park, dinner dates, play dates, and special occasions.

What would be the perfect look for you to match your dog.

Preppy/trendy. I picture him in a button down with a bow tie and jeans.

Want to show off your dog’s style? Then use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to see your pup on AE.com.

 

 

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Designer Interview: Ernesto Fernandez

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Cargo shorts.. a must have staple for every guy’s closet for spring and summer year after year.  American Eagle Outfitters has so many fits and colors of the cargo short that it may be overwhelming to pick the perfect pair for you. So we reached out to our men’s shorts designer, Ernesto Fernandez to talk everything..cargo shorts!

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Ernesto Fernandez

Can you tell us about the history of our cargo shorts?

Cargo shorts are an interpretation of real military garments and have become a signature piece for AEO.

AEO is one of the leaders in the Market for Cargo Shorts, historically we have provided multiple fits, details and price points for a broad customer base. There is a cargo short for every one out there.

Has the fabric we used changed over the years? Can you tell us how?

We have used twill cotton cloth for cargo shorts and cotton ripstop for our ripstop cargo. Fabric has changed in weight, we are lighter now than where we have been before, moving with the [fashion industry] market trends.

Any cool prints or colors you love this season?

I love the new neutrals such as Honey, Khaki Uniform, Mushroom and Shooting Olive and our Officer Camo is just the right print to have.

What is your favorite cargo short design?

I really like our new slim fit light weight cargo short  because it has a more taper, slim leg. This will be new for July 2014.

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We also asked our Director of Styling, Preston to share his favorite shorts this season.

1. AEO77 Cargo Short

2. Camp Cargo Short

3. Americana Cargo Short

4. Belted Camo Cutoff Short

What is the styling inspiration behind cargo shorts?

Traditional military garments..now incorporating work-wear and utility influences as well.

Why are cargo shorts a staple year after year?

Because it is a short that is versatile and comfortable and accommodate to so many situations. Our guy can dress it down with a T-shirt or a tank or dress it up with a button down shirt.

If you could recommend the one cargo short that every guy should have in his closet this season, which one would you suggest?

I’d like that to be the new light weight Slim.

What made you want to pursue textile design?

I was always drawn to texture and detail and looks at clothes ever since I can remember…my fathers’ jacket’s or mom’s coats. Also, clothing is such a personal purchase decision…when a guy picks one of our designs, we actually touch his world and everyday life.

What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?

Designing and making sure our product looks right at every stage of the approval process…from concept to fit, to color, to great product in the store.

Describe yourself:

Passionate,  a bit too much into detail!

Favorite destination:

Greece…so far.

Favorite quote:

“Treat others the way you’d like to be treated”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Live life to it’s fullest because it’s too short and be happy.

Any the advice you’d offer aspiring technical designers?

Explore, be hands-on, challenge yourself, experiment and be true to yourself.

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