AEO Top Picks for July 4th Weekend

Cue the fireworks, BBQ and #AEOSTYLE! July 4th is almost here. Whether you’re gearing up to go on a picnic, cheer on a parade or go boating in your favorite style, AEO has got you covered. Check out our packing guide for what to wear for your July 4th plans.

You RSVP’d to a: Boat Party
Gals: You’re on a boat! Channel your inner Lady Liberty with a red one-piece suit, white twill shorties and a lightweight kimono. Add your something blue with our tie-dye beach towel.

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Shop the look:
Aerie Crochet One-Piece
Fringe Poncho
Twill Shortie
Tie Dye Beach Towel
Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Guys: Keep it causal with our 6″ Printed Swim Trunk, White Polo and red, white and blue filp-flops. Add a pair of mirrored sunglasses for a party ready look.

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Shop The Look:
6″ Printed Swim Trunk
Solid Polo
Leather Flip Flop
Mirrored Icon Sunglasses

You RSVP’d to: A BBQ with Friends 

Gals: Pack your Hi-Rise Festival Shorties, Soft & Sexy Tank and Birkenstock Arizona Sandals for all day fun in the sun. Add a Plaid Button Down, bandanna and sunnies for delicious #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Soft & Sexy V-Neck Tank
Plaid Boyfriend Shirt
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
Floral Patterned Bandanna- Similar
Half Frame Icon Sunglasses
Feather and Fringe Necklace

Guys:
BBQ’s are all about hanging out and having a good time. Celebrate America’s b-day with our ‘Murica Graphic Tank, 10.5″ Jogger Shorts, leather sandals and aviator sunglasses. Don’t forget to pack your Printed Beverage Sling for all day refreshments.
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Shop the look:
‘Murica Graphic Tank
10.5″ Jogger Short
Leather Flip Flop
Black Aviator Sunglasses
Beverage Sling

You RSVP’d to: The 4th Town Parade
Gals: Celebrate your independence in #AEOSTYLE! We suggest wearing our Hi-Rise Shorties, Tie Dye Ruffle Tube and Ankle Tie Gladiator Sandals. Add a pop of flare with our Crochet Lace Fedora.

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Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Tie Dye Ruffle Tube
Ankle Tie Gladiator Sandal
Crochet Lace Fedora
Embellished Black and White Bracelet Trio

Guys: Cheer on your fellow citizens in red, white and blue. We suggest our 11″ Cargo Jogger Short paired back to a Striped Pocket T-shirt, Canvas Sneakers and ‘Murican Baseball Hat. Want to show even more red white and blue pride? Add a bandanna for fun!
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Shop the look:
11″ Cargo Jogger Short
Striped Pocket T-Shirt
Canvas Sneaker
‘Murican Baseball Hat

How are you celebrating the 4th of July? Tell us in the comments below! Plus, check out our Men’s and Women’s July 4th Shops on AE.com for more red, white and blue inspiration.

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Love is Love 2015

Pittsburgh, Toronto, New York City and San Francisco are not only some of the greatest cities in the world – they also happen to be just a few of the many cities that support a cause that is near and dear to our hearts… Love.

For the third year, American Eagle Outfitters is proud to be a supporter of Pittsburgh Pride on June 13th taking place on the streets of downtown close to our Headquarters. Following Pittsburgh, a series of events will take place starting on June 19th to make up the WorldPride Festival in Toronto.  On June 28th, New York City will kickoff it’s pride events with a rally and on June 27th-28th, San Francisco will host it’s annual themed Pride Celebration. We wanted to support the cause too!  So we designed limited edition tanks and t-shirts for men and women and are selling them online and in select AEO stores!  To help ensure that these events continue to take place all over the globe, we will be donating 15% of the proceeds from every purchase to InterPride. Read on to learn more about InterPride, what they stand for and the amazing work that they do.

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InterPride is the international organization that ties Pride together globally.  Members of their organization are dedicated volunteers who organize and work to put on Pride events all over the world.  InterPride’s Vision is a world where there is full cultural, social and legal equality for all.  InterPride’s Mission is to increase the capacity of their network of LGBTI Pride organizations around the world to raise awareness of cultural, social and legal inequality, and to effect positive change through education, collaboration, advocacy and outreach. InterPride acts as a source of education and a stepping-stone to elevating community interaction for PRIDE events worldwide.  They promote Pride on an international level and increase networking opportunities and communication among Pride Organizations. Learn more at interpride.org.

If you are going to one of these events or live close by, check out the following United States and Canada stores that are selling the shirts: SoHo, Times Square, 34th Street, Union Square, San Fran Center, Ross Park, South Side Works and available in the following Canada locations: Queens Street West, Eaton Centre and St. Cats.

Going to a Pride event? Tell us where in the comments below.

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AEO Community Day Photo Diary Recap

Every year, hundreds of AEO associates from around the world take time out of their workweek to give back to their communities. From helping out in garden centers, to feeding animals and playing with students, AEO is making a difference. Take a look at our associates in action from Pittsburgh, to New York and beyond and start volunteering today.

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Photo Credit: Notorious17

 

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Photo Credit: Sarah B. Pittsburgh Associate

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Photo Credit: Elise F. Pittsburgh Associate

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Photo Credit: Heyyojorae

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Photo Credit: gingerlinds1

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Photo Credit: lisamrusc

How do you help out your local community? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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AEO x Make It Right

Reuse, repair, recycle, upcycle – every day brings a new list of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve resources. Most of us are happy to toss our plastic bottles and cereal boxes into a nearby bin – but Americans still produce three pounds of unrecycled garbage per person every day.

Part of the problem is that we don’t often see the end results of our efforts. Would we be more enthusiastic about recycling if we knew our trash was being used to produce something beautiful, useful or innovative? Maybe.

Make It Right is a non-profit organization building sustainable homes for people in need around the United States. Founded by Brad Pitt, Make It Right began by building homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. Today Make It Right works across the country – from apartments for disabled veterans in New Jersey to single-family homes for Native American families in Montana.

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Founder of Make It Right, Brad Pitt

And some of the products people recycle every day around the country end up in Make It Right homes. The countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms are made of 75% recycled content – things like glass bottles and broken porcelain dishes. Carpet is made of recycled carpet – and is recycled into new carpet when its reached the end of its use in a home. In some homes, Make It Right uses drywall made of recycled paper.

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A countertop made of recycled material

Together these products make well-designed, green homes for people in need of a safe place to live. When you choose to toss a bottle or a magazine into the recycling bin, your trash could end up helping build a home for a young person transitioning out of foster care, senior citizen, single mom, firefighter or veteran.

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 Families enjoying quality time together in their new home

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New homes made possible by Make It Right 

For Earth Day 2015, AEO is helping customers turn their old jeans into new homes. Used denim jeans can be turned into safe, sustainable insulation for homes. Better insulation increases energy-efficiency, leading to lower power bills for people in need.

More than 22.3 billion pounds of unwanted clothing, shoes and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills annually – 22.3 billion pounds! Wouldn’t you rather your favorite old jeans end up keeping someone’s home warm at night than ending up in a smelly pile of trash? Those jeans served you well – they deserve better!

It takes about 2.5 pairs of jeans to make a square foot of denim insulation. So grab your old jeans – and a friend – and bring them to your local American Eagle Outfitters store to start their new life. Even better, AEO will give you 20% off a new pair of jeans when you donate your old ones. Win-win, right?

This Earth Day your recycling effort really does make a difference to hundreds of families around the country.

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Meet the Cast: AEO Bunnies

Our latest models to hit American Eagle Outfitters are bouncing with energy and sweet as can be (probably because of all the carrot cake they’re eating). Check out their profiles below and learn more about how you can adopt them from the Western PA Humane Society.

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Meet Praline

Name: Praline
Age: 1 Year
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Rinelaunder
Special Note: I am bonded to, and must go home with Marshmallow.
Enjoys: I love eating hay with my best buddy Marshmallow. We hop to the beat of our own drum. I also love being pet by my favorite people and the company of other rabbits, especially Marshmallow.
Prefers not to: Be ignored- I mean, who does!
Family Match: Adults, calm and gentle children over 7 years old, and please no dogs.

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Meet Marshmallow!

Name: Marshmallow
Age: 1 year
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Rex
Special Note: I am bonded to, and must go home with Praline.
Enjoys: My BBFL (best bunny for life) is Praline. Everybunny says we’re friendly and sweet. I also like to nibble on hay, being pet and the company of other rabbits, especially Praline.
Prefers not to: Be ignored- I mean, who does!
Family Match: Adults, calm and gentle children over 7 years old, and please no dogs.

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Meet Bun Bun!

Name: Bun Bun (or you can call me Bunny)
Age: 6
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: Gap Lop Eared
Special Note: Doesn’t like dogs
Enjoys: Eating Timothy hay, chewing on things and long “hops” on the beach.
Prefers not to: I can be a bit shy from time to time and I need some time to warm up to people. With time, TLC and a patient owner I should adjust quite well! I’m still young so I have lots of time to bond with family.
Family Match: Adults and respectful children only please.

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Meet Jake!

Name: Jake
Age: 5 months old
Sex: Male
Breed: Florida White
Special Note: I am available for adoption but may need to be neutered before I can go home.
Enjoys: Eating Timothy hay and chewing on things. I love hip hop music.
Prefers not to: I can be a bit shy from time to time and I need some time to warm up to people. With time, TLC and a patient owner I should adjust quite well! I’m still young so I have lots of time to bond with family.
Family Match: Adults and respectful children only please.

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Meet Bezai!

Name: Bezai (I’ve been called Rabby.)
Age: 1 Year
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: English Spot
Enjoys: I enjoy being friendly, nibbling on hay, being pet by my favorite people and hoppin’ with other rabbits. I also like to dance… especially to the bunny hop!
Prefers not to: Be ignored- It makes me hoppin’ mad.
Family Match: Adults, and calm and gentile children over 7 years old.

Info for all the bunnies above:
Housing:
Indoors only! There are predators outdoors and its not safe for me. A cage and a bunny proofed area to explore are acceptable.
Bunny Bathroom: Litter box (one for inside the cage and one for the exercise area). AVOID cedar pine shavings- they are hazardous to my health.
Diet: Unlimited fresh water, timothy hay (alfalfa hay until 6 months), dark leafy greens and one quarter cut of pellets per 5lb body weight.
Handling: Rabbits are ground loving creates so not all rabbits tolerate being held.
Healthcare: Rabbits should have an annual checkup and may require teeth trims. A veterinarian specializing in exotic pet care is needed.
Adoption Fee: $50 for either a single rabbit or bonded pair.

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Behind the scenes: the making of the LOVE bracelet

It’s just before 7pm as the three of us watch the larger-than-life burnt orange African sun set on the edge of the Ngong Hills. Each of us covered head to toe in the deep red dirt of the Great Rift Valley, smiling from ear to ear and drinking down an ice cold Tusker beer. It’s been one of those days when you’ve worked so hard that your brain hurts and your body aches yet your face is shining because of the deep satisfaction from the day.

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Just over a decade ago I purchased a one-way ticket to Kenya. I had no idea when I got on that plane just how much the people of Kenya would change my life and what that change would create for many others. I knew very little about Africa then and about the world of international development. I was just a kid from Texas recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a heart on fire wanting to know more about my purpose in life, who I was, and where I fit in the world.

I am so grateful that I did jump on that plane, despite the well intentioned wisdom of so many who kept telling me to go to medical school first and then go help the people in Africa. I am thankful that I was too ignorant or stubborn or whatever it was to get on that plane. As a result I quickly realized it wasn’t about my helping the people of Africa, or about the people of Africa helping me, but about us learning how to love and appreciate one another. During that year of living in Kenya my understanding of the world broke wide open and for the first time I realized how intertwined our lives are to one another, even those we may never meet. My heart was shattered in such a beautiful way that I expanded and began to see how much I had to learn from my new friends and family in Kenya. For the first time I began to know the abundance of LOVE.

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And that brings us to the present moment, drinking a few Tusker beers, watching the sun set after a long day in the Kenyan wilderness overseeing the creation of our new product, the LOVE bracelet. Jeremiah, Jim and I had just spent the day visiting the 10 Maasai community groups totaling more than 400 women who had recently been employed as artisans through our collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). It was one of those work days that you couldn’t possibly dream up even if you tried. Three friends meeting with more than 400 Maasai artisans, talking with them about life, about what it means to them to hand-stitch LOVE each day with their friends as they sit under acacia trees near their homes.

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The LOVE bracelet was designed by my friend, Chrissie Lam, during a collaborative trip to Kenya with our fashion brand, LIFE Line. We had been in partnership for a few years and wanted to partner on a product that would continue to empower the people of Kenya through job creation. One of the key elements I have learned over the past decade is that much harm has been done in Africa under the intentions of doing good. The reason for this is that much of the Western worlds efforts to “help” Africa actually perpetuates a culture of dependency where African communities literally wait on Western aid to “help” them rather than give them opportunities to live empowered lives. I have found that the best way to do this is by creating jobs where people are able to take control of their own lives by becoming business men and women providing for their families just like any of us here in the West want for our own families.

I couldn’t be more excited about our latest partnership with American Eagle Outfitters and the launch of the LOVE bracelet. Over the last 3 months during the production of the LOVE bracelet AEO has empowered LIFE Line to create more than 400 jobs for Maasai women in the Great Rift Valley. Not only have we created jobs, but the Maasai women have made these beautiful bracelets through their ancient tradition of beading under acacia trees near their homes. These products were not made in a factory. They were literally hand-stitched under acacia trees by women community groups gathered in love to stitch LOVE for you!

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Together, we have empowered these women to earn a living, care for their children, and provide for their households. It puts a smile on their faces as they wake up, walk with their community of women to live into purpose-filled work of a quality product. Their efforts also connect us here in America to a powerful story of LOVE that we then get to share via the hashtag, #loveisproject.

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As the three of us sat there watching the sun go down we all smiled knowing that such a product handcrafted in the African wilderness would soon be front in center in the 1,000 American Eagle Outfitters stores across America. What an incredible feeling and what an amazing collaboration between The Supply ChangeLIFE Line and American Eagle Outfitters to believe in something greater than ourselves and to live that belief out loud across the world through LOVE. I hope you enjoy the LOVE bracelet and ask that you please share the love via the hashtag #loveisproject. Thanks to everyone for doing your part to open this door, including our personal TRIBE and the original #loveisproject backers, for believing in us and for seeing the opportunities created when we leverage the influence of fashion to empower lives though job creation.

Big LOVE,

Zane

More about LIFE Line: lifelinefashion.org and @lifelinefashion on Instagram

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