LIVE YOUR LOVE. Be a part of the Greatest Love Story Ever Told.

I worked in Concept Design for American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) just shy of a decade. It was an incredible job, allowing me to travel the world, searching for the coolest trends. In 2008, AEO supported my efforts during a 3 month sabbatical volunteering in Rwanda. That trip inspired me to follow my passion to merge design and international development. In June of 2012, I left AEO to start The Supply Change, an initiative that connects artisan groups with brands and creates products for collaborations. Everything has come full circle with AEO’s partnership of the Love bracelet I designed for Lifeline Fashion in Kenya. I couldn’t be happier.

Love is proportional to your will. It is an axiom.” The #loveisproject is a true testament to that and the exponential power of love. The dream is now a reality.

In April of 2013, I visited LIFE Line’s Maasai mums in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to design new products. Finding myself inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns of the tribe, we developed an idea to design a simple and bold message bracelet in their traditional beading.

love4

Just over a year later, with the LOVE bracelet in hand on a flight to Russia, I struck up a conversation with two perfect strangers, girls from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. On a whim, I asked them about love. Upon landing at the Moscow airport, inspired by their answers, I snapped and uploaded a photo of them wearing the LOVE Bracelet to Instagram. The #loveisproject had begun. Coincidentally, one of the girls, Shahlo (pictured below), wore American Eagle denim.

love2

Four months and 31 countries later, 330 people representing 75 nationalities have worn the first LOVE bracelet. Using social media to link their love stories together, what started as a personal passion project began to blossom into a global movement of love.

love6

love7

On my quest across the world searching for the meaning of love, tumultuous world events have unfolded simultaneously, juxtaposing  two passionate energies, love and hate. The profiles of people from the #loveisproject give voice to positivity rather than to the minority extremists dominating headlines.

love1

love3

 

To see more of Chrissie’s inspirational images of her journey around the world check out her instagram page @thesupplychange

I’m so thankful for American Eagle Outfitters’ support and partnership in launching the #loveisproject this Valentine’s Day.  AEO is the largest employer of Maasai in Kenya through this collaboration, creating hundred of jobs and in turn supporting thousands in the community through economic empowerment.

I’m grateful for my friend, Zane Wilemon, Founder of LIFE Line, and the LIFE Line team who ran a stellar Indiegogo campaign raising more than $33,000 with bracelets purchased in 30 countries. Love is a shared purpose – achieving things together that you never thought were possible. This is just the beginning. Let’s celebrate Love every single day. Please join us in creating the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. May the stories of love inspire you as they have inspired us. Dream on.​

To learn more about The Supply Change click here.

Tags: , , , ,

Valentine’s Day 2015 Playlist

This month, we’re feeling the love at American Eagle Outiffers. So much in fact that we’ve included a special playlist featuring some of our favorite Valentine’s Day themed songs. Head to stores from 2.7-2.14 to hear our latest playlist live and be sure to follow us on Spotify to access all of our seasonal playlists. What are your favorite V-day inspired songs? Tell us in the comments below.

20150202_vday_playlist

  1. B.o.B – Nothin’ On You (feat. Bruno Mars)
  2. Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold / Breakfast In America – Radio Mix
  3. Mat Kearney – Closer To Love
  4. Paramore – Still Into You
  5. The Shins – Simple Song
  6. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  7. John Legend – All of Me – Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix – Radio Edit
  8. Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
  9. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
  10. Beyoncé – XO
  11. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
  12. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  13. Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
  14. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors – Radio Edit
  15. Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
  16. Mat Kearney – Heartbeat
  17. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

Tags: , ,

8 Printable Valentine’s Day Cards For Every Personality

Valentine’s Day is February 14. Whether you’re single, dating or trying to win someone over, we’ve got printable Valentine’s Day cards for you to give that special someone. The best part is, we’ve sorted our cards by personality… so you’re able to find the perfect one! Plus, check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for great gift ideas to go with your cards.

Print if you’re: The Committed. You’re all about quality over quantity. You love everything about love and you’re in it for the long haul.

tt_vday1Print if you’re: Shopping Obsessed. Food, relationships, education… no matter what the topic, you can always relate it back to shopping.

AM valentines-egiftcards3

Print if you’re: The Realist. Let’s face it. Sometimes a direct response is just better. Let’s hope you wait to give this card until after V-day, though.

ECard_Patterns

 

Print if you’re: The Romantic. You’re a firm believer in love at first sight. Once you’re hooked, you’re really hooked. VM_VALENTINE2

 

Print if you’re: A Snuggler. Who doesn’t love a good snuggle? Cozy, cute and straight to the point!

CG_working

Print If You’re: The Bold. During truth or dare, you always pick dare. Challenges don’t scare you and the thrill keeps you going.
AM valentines-egiftcards4

Print if you’re: The Procrastinator. Sometimes life gets in the way and you forget about important things like homework, taking out the trash and days dedicated to your special someone. Don’t worry: we’ve got a card for that.

candyheart_oops

Print if you’re: All About Being Single. We get it. Not everyone is a fan of V-day. But you know what? Being single isn’t so bad. After all, you get to eat the entire box of chocolates without having to share!

AM valentines-egiftcards2

What card are you going to give this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below.

Tags: , , ,

How to Wear AEO Sateen X with Styled Snapshots

A girl can ever have too many pairs of leggings. Are we right? Of course, we are. Well our new AEO Sateen X Extreme Legging proves us right once again. With its innovative stretch technology, these legging keep their shape and add an extra level of comfort. Sounds like a win, win situation to us.

Our girl Kendall from Styled Snapshots shows us how she styles our favorite new legging below.

Meet Kendall:
Hi everyone! My name is Kendall and I am the voice and creator behind my blog, Styled Snapshots. I am a twenty-something year old, living in the Big Apple with my fiance and sweet cavachon puppy named Hadley. I am a Child Life Specialist by day, and Life and Style Blogger by all other hours in a day! The pages of Styled Snapshots, quite literally, are filled with snapshots of fashion and other things that inspire me and hopefully will inspire all of you to live a stylish life!

Sateen X Extreme Legging with Styled Snapshots

What Inspired Kendall’s Look:
I am always on the search for versatile pieces; ones that can easily be dressed up or down and work for numerous occasions. When the weekend rolls around, I like to be comfortably dressed, yet in an outfit that is still put-together and represents my style. These black leggings can effortlessly take me from day to night, while creating a simple, yet feminine look. They were absolutely perfect for a bite to eat with friends and exploring the town!

Sateen X Extreme Legging with Styled Snapshots

Get Kendall’s Look: Sateen X Extreme Legging | Jegging Sweater (Similar) Fringe Statement Necklace  (Similar) | Cutout Slingback Bootie (Similar) | Wide Brim Fedora (Similar)

Sateen X Extreme Legging with Styled Snapshots

Show us how you style the Sateen X Extreme Legging with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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

Every Girl Needs Her Best T

Let’s get real. Every girl needs her Best T. Whether you’re searching for the perfect every day tee or planning a casual-glam Galentine’s Day #OOTD, basics are always better.

Bloggers and real-life besties, Britt and Whit, show us how to style our favorite basic tee. With it’s soft, silky fabric and flattering fit, it’s a must-have in every girls’ wardrobe!

Meet Britt and Whit:
Britt+Whit is a San Francisco based fashion blog run by two best friends who love to play dress up! They chronicle their daily style including what they wear to the office and out on the weekends.Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Their Look:
“Being besties, we find that we always end up dressing alike!  The number of times we have shown up places wearing nearly identical outfits is astounding.  So when we set out to style our Aerie Best T Tees it was no surprise that we styled them in very similar ways, though still maintaining our own unique twist! The best things about sharing a blog with your best friend is that while we like similar looks and trends, we always incorporate and style them a bit to differently, so that means double the looks and outfits!”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Britt’s Look:
“I was inspired by a more sophisticated approach to the basic jeans and t-shirt look.  The v-neck cut of the tee is not only super flattering, but also gave me an excuse to add on a gorgeous statement necklace!  I love the contrast of the casual tee and ripped denim with the high heels and jeweled necklace.  Perfect look for a more casual night out with friends.”

Every girl needs her Best T with Britt + Whit

What Inspired Whit’s Look:
“I love a classic tee like this because it’s a great piece to dress down or up. While Britt went with a statement necklace, I added some fun statement earrings. With the cut of the v-neck I prefer a bit more delicate take on my necklace jewelry. I added a monogrammed W necklace Britt actually gave me! I added some black skinny jeans and classic black pumps to finish off my look.”

Show us how you style our Best Ts with #AerieREAL on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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

His & Her Valentine’s Gift Guide with Blogger Couple New Darlings

Who better to handpick Valentine’s gifts, sure to make your love swoon, than the cutest couple ever? We asked Robert and Christina, the husband and wife bloggers behind New Darlings, to share with us their favorite AEO gift ideas for this Valentine’s Day. And just as we expected, their picks are ridiculously adorable.

His & Her Valentine's Gift Guide with New Darlings

“With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, sweet little gifts and date-night outfits have been on our minds!  We usually keep Valentine’s Day super casual, either cuddled up at home with a favorite movie or getting some take-out and bringing it to our favorite park to watch the sun go down. So a comfy outfit that still looks pulled together is a must for us.  Lately we’ve been reaching for some simple basics from our closet; blue jeans are always a go-to, along with a classic button down for him and a girly top for her.  We put together a few of our favorite gift ideas for Valentine’s Day below, with everything from some cute lounge wear and a cozy blanket to some classic denim and a cute dress for a night out!”

His & Her Valentine's Gift Guide with New Darlings

Get Christina’s Look: Denim X Jegging Mirrored Embroidery Shirt Softest Lace Plunge Bralette |                                            Wide Brim Fedora (Similar) Cutout Slingback Bootie (Similar)

His & Her Valentine's Gift Guide with New Darlings

Printed Romper | Floral Full Length Romper | Montana Midnight Muse Hat | Mid-Rise Jegging Ankle | Printed Chiffon KimonoSleep Cami & Printed Boxer | Hidden Love Eau De Toilette | Lace Bralette | Vintage Lace Cheeky | Softest Lace Plunge BraletteSwing Tank Dress

His & Her Valentine's Gift Guide with New Darlings

Get Robert’s Look: Plaid Workwear Shirt | Skinny Jean | Leather Chukka (Similar)

His & Her Valentine's Gift Guide with New Darlings

Wear America Slim Straight Jean | Plaid Button Down Shirt | Solid Athletic Trunk | Ribbed Shawl Cardigan | Jogger Pant | Buffalo Check Button Down Shirt | Oxford Button Down Shirt | Pendleton Camp Blanket | Vintage Military Jacket | Black Icon Sunglasses | Vintage Denim Workwear Shirt

Show us your best Valentine’s Day outfit with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 341 other followers