Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

Get The Look: Tijuana Panthers

Photo Credit: paleyontology

Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

1: Signature Graphic T-Shirt
2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Dark Denim Jacket

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Meet the AEO PR TEAM

Hello from the AEO PR team! We’re so excited to bring you an inside look at the AEO Public Relations office in New York City. We’re responsible for giving fashion editors, celebrities and bloggers all the latest news about AEO and Aerie. I’m Syma, and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s new with the PR team and what we love at the moment. But first, we wanted to introduce ourselves! Keep reading to find out a little more about each of the members of the AEO PR team, how we describe our #AEOSTYLE and more.

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The AEO PR TEAM (L to R): Syma, Laurie, Colleen and Rachel }

Rachel:
I’ve been in the fashion biz for 25 years… and at AEO for almost 9! I have so many favorite parts of my job, starting with how much I love working with my AEO Team. They’re my second family and I often call them the “A” team. I am so happy and proud of the work we produce and the results we deliver. Seeing our products appear everywhere, from magazines and TV to celebrities and bloggers wearing them, is just so exciting. This business is so fast paced and ever changing—I truly don’t think I’ve ever had the same day twice! I love developing new relationships and encountering such talented and inspirational people daily. I’ve made so many great friends over the years! I love working for AEO because it reaches so many people… and I love seeing everyone wearing our jeans.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I personally am a denim girl at heart, and I believe living in AEO Jeans is the best way to live your life. Plus, I get to wear jeans to work every day. I love my Super Skinny, destroyed and Boy Crop jeans in white the most.

Laurie:
I’ve been with AEO for 8 and a half years. WOW, that’s sounds really long! I love working with the editors and forming new relationships, I love seeing the results of my work appear on the pages of magazines, and most of all, I love working with everyone on the AEO PR team.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I’m a denim girl for sure. I love my AEO black jeggings and boyfriend jeans. In the summer I live in my denim shorties. I love dainty details but I’m a tomboy at heart.

Colleen:
I’ve been at AEO for almost 6 years. My favorite part of my job is working with this crazy crew! I came to AEO from my family’s small business, so joining the team here was awesome—they’ve become my work family. The environment here breeds creativity. It’s exciting being part of expanding AEO’s exposure to the world, from magazines and cool online sites to bloggers. No day is the same. It’s always a challenge, with a lot of laughter and hard work.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I live in the Boy Jean in white—our best one yet!

Syma:
During my junior year in college, I interned in merchandising at AEO’s Pittsburgh headquarters. After I graduated and had a variety of internships, I took a chance on NYC and haven’t looked back since! I’ve been living my life in AEO Jeans for as long as I can remember and I love the energy of the brand. It’s pretty awesome to wear my favorite pair of destroyed jeggings to work. Our team is super fun and we work so closely—they’ve become my family in the city! I have always been obsessed with fashion and being a part of the PR team is a great mix of my interests.

What is your #AEOStyle?
The Hi-Rise Jegging and an easy, breezy tee, preferably in grey.

For more fun follow our team on Twitter & Instagram: @rachel_dicarlo (Insta) @racheldicarlo (Twitter), @lauriebibbo, @colltrugg, @symaspeaks and stay tuned for our monthly column: The Denim Dish!

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Celebs and Bloggers Show Off Their #AEOSTYLE

We find styling inspiration everywhere: the streets, our travels, our amazing associates and of course, celebrities and bloggers. Check out a few celebs and bloggers wearing their favorite AEO pieces below!

Jessica Alba wears our Aloha Tank.

Jessica Alba wears our Aloha Tank.

Get Jessica’s look:
Aloha Graphic Tank (similar)

Miranda Lambert wore our Sleeveless Button Down Tank and Jeggings.

Miranda Lambert wore our Sleeveless Button Down Tank and Jeggings.

Get Miranda’s look:
Sleeveless Button Down Tank (similar color)
Jegging

Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook wore our Denim Jacket.

Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook wore our Denim Jacket.

Get Wendy’s look:
Faded Denim Jacket

We want to be inspired by your style! Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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Designer Interview: Sarah Day

Bohemian, or as many refer to as boho, is a style that can sometimes be difficult to describe. Why? Because its can mean something different to everyone. It’s unique and that’s why we love it. Dubbed the “Boho Queen” by her team (for very good reason!) our Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts, Sarah sat down with us to discuss all things bohemian and where she draws her inspiration from.

Name & occupation:
Sarah Day, Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts

Where are you from?
Portsmouth, UK

Where did you draw inspiration from for the boho trend?
My life experiences – I love to travel. Everywhere I travel, I always buy clothing, accessories and things for my home. My home is my bohemian sanctuary full of treasures I find.

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Image Source: Harpers Bazaar (Stevie Nicks)

Shop the look:
1. Stone & Turquoise Bracelet Set
2. Huarache Flat
3. Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Coming soon in August!) Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress
4. Floral Button Front Slip Dress
5. Cutout Back Tank
6. Embroidered Yoke Maxi Skirt
7. Turquoise & Triangle Midi Ring
8. Macrame Thong Sandal
9. Chambray Shirt
10. Star Printed Bandana

The boho trend is known for being carefree and casual; can you tell us how you would transform this look from day to night?
Add a ton of accessories – you can never have too much jingle when it comes to jewelry! I personally can’t live without my collection of vintage Native American turquoise jewelry.  It’s always the finishing touch for all my boho clothing and I definitely use it to take me from day to night.

I always invest in jackets, bags & shoes. Great accessories and outerwear can make an inexpensive dress or outfit look more expensive and take your outfit from day to night. Boho is about pulling together pieces and putting it together in a different way. I love white feminine dresses worn with boots or a washed black favorite tee with destroyed denims and a ton of turquoise jewelry. It’s about pretty and tough – mixing lace with leather, mixing vintage and new.

The best way to describe bohemian style and taking it from day to night is – it’s about being unique, being yourself & putting outfits together in a way that lets the world see your personality through your clothing. You should never feel too done up or too put together. Boho should feel effortless and your choices in accessories can really make you stand out from the crowd.

What are your 3 favorite boho pieces from this season’s collection?
Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress)
Boho Embroidered Tank (Similar: High Neck Embroidered Tank) with Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Printed Pintuck Tank (Similar: Embroidered Crossback Tank)
All three styles coming soon in August!

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Sarah with Merchandise Manager of Dresses & Skirts, Robbin Choi and the Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What television show are you obsessed with at the moment?
I’m a sucker for talent shows! I love it when the underdog is really talented and win. At the moment, it’s America’s Got Talent, but my favorites are X Factor & American Idol.

If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you be doing?
Lion tamer! No, seriously, I’d work for the ASPCA to help rescue animals.

What are 3 words to describe your personal style?
Bohemian, feminine, western and turquoise jewelry. Sorry, I need 4!

Favorite place you’ve ever visited on vacation?
Tulum, Mexico (See my most recent visit above!)

If you hosted a dinner party with a favorite style icon, who would you invite?
Stevie Nicks

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Choose a job you love! When I was young my Dad encouraged me to pick what I love (clothes) and make it my career, which was the best advice ever. I LOVE designing dresses and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

For more Boho Beauty inspiration, watch our video below!

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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out our favorite looks from this week below!

Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Boho Embroidered Top (Shop similar)

Shop the look:
Original Straight Jean
Photo Real Graphic Tank
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Clarks Originals Desert Boot
Glory Hats by Goorin Jackson Fedora
Men’s Accessories

 

Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Lace Paneled Top (Shop similar)
Drawstring Cargo Vest (Shop similar)

 

Shop the look:
Acid Washed Girlfriend Shirt (Shop similar)
Real Soft Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean

 

Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Real Soft Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt
Real Soft Mix Stripe Cardigan (Shop similar)

 

Shop the look:
Denim Shortall
Tropic Graphic Muscle Tank (Shop similar)

 

Shop the look:
Denim Shortall
Lace Swing Tank (Shop similar)

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Slim

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all… so we put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits for you. This season, we’re highlighting real bloggers in each of our denim fits to give you styling inspiration.

Ryan Charchian from The Fashionisto Diaries is wearing our Slim Jean this season. Our Slim Jean is about to be your new favorite fit… lean, versatile and perfect for someone who prefers slim but not skinny.

What inspired Ryan’s look:
American Eagle Outfitters has a ton of great pieces to go back to school with. I paired this tribal print baseball tee with light wash slim jeans to show the contrast of the pieces. The slim jeans are also very comfortable if you aren’t in a skinny jean kind of mood for class. This backpack is really big and I’ll be able to carry my laptop and textbooks with me no problem.

At school, shoes make a statement. These camo-like New Balances really stand out with the bright “N,” which also matches the baseball tee.

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Shop Ryan’s look:
Slim Jean (Light Vintage)
Baseball T-Shirt
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker
Canvas Buckled Backpack

About Ryan:
Ryan Charchian is a military brat and started blogging to connect with old friends and show them new things happening in his life. Ryan’s blog turned into something more as he started to feature his style and his adventures in fashion. Fashionisto Diaries became what it is today when Ryan was in high school. Ryan started attending fashion week during his junior year and has attended every season of New York Fashion Week since.

During the Spring/Summer 2014 shows, Ryan was one of the bloggers Tumblr selected to attend fashion week and create content for the platform. This accelerated Ryan’s blog and his passion to create amazing content. During that same season, Ryan started to create YouTube videos. Currently he produces two videos a week: Mansome Mondays, which features men’s skincare and grooming, and Fashion Fridays, which features men’s fashion and style advice.

Ryan lives in New York and attends the Fashion Institute of Technology where he is majoring in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

Show us how you wear our Slim fit with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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