AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: TALIA HOLLIS-ELWELL, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.

 We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now, Talia, a district team leader, shares her journey, including growing up in rural Tennessee, coming out to her mother in 1998, celebrating her first Pride in San Francisco in 2002, and meeting the woman who’d become her wife – it was love at first sight!

 

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TALIA HOLLIS-ELWELL

District Team Leader in Tennessee

When I saw the AE windows for Pride this summer, I started crying. I was blown away with how all of AE will have this presentation. I called my wife and told her about it because I was so moved. We talked about our own history and disbelief that the world has come so far.

Our story started in the ’90s in rural Tennessee towns. I moved to Nashville for university and decided to come out to my mom in 1998. My wife came out to her family just the year before. At the time she worked as a high school band director and her principal asked her to resign. These were not easy times for our community.

Talia Hollis-Elwell

We met in 1999 and it was love at first sight. We will celebrate 20 years together this August. Our first Pride was in San Francisco in 2002. It was unbelievable to see a city come out in such force to support the community. I can’t describe the feeling, but it was joy and excitement mixed with a feeling of sorrow that we couldn’t be ourselves every day at home.

Talia Hollis-Elwell and wife

Fast forward to 2015, when SCOTUS passed gay marriage. I was working in rural West Virginia, teaching a business class to a group of store leaders, when I received a text message from another team member telling me gay marriage was now legal. I whooped with excitement and told the class. Then I sent a quick text to my now-wife, telling her the news and asking if she would like to get married in a month, on our celebrated anniversary. She agreed. In many states like Kentucky and Tennessee, there was controversy about giving out licenses and allowing courthouse weddings. We were so nervous the state would find a way to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision. Luckily that didn’t happen. We told our families of our plans and they came out to support us in full force, many flying in from far away to support us on our day.

Talia Hollis-Elwell's Wedding Day

To me, Pride, is knowing who I am, being who I am, and being comfortable talking about it. All I have ever wanted is to say “my wife,” and have that phrase understood and accepted. Every day now, I live that feeling I had at my first San Francisco Pride, and AE supports that feeling. Our value of “individuality” means just that to me as an AE employee.

We are all individuals. We are American Eagle.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

End of Summer Refresh: 3 Ways to Style 1 Essential Duvet

The IDEA of summer is amazing, but it’s actually kind of stressful, right? Whether you’re working, studying, or graduation-party hopping, these past few months have undoubtedly been jam-packed with all kinds of obligations.

Before you head into August, why not slow down and reset by giving your personal space a little refresh? A new comforter or duvet cover can totally change your bedroom’s vibe and can be styled so many ways by swapping out accent pillows and throw blankets.

Start with an airy, white duvet cover – the epitome of sophisticated simplicity – then layer on the accessories to turn the place where you dream into your actual dream space. Get inspired with these mix-and-match bedding ideas from our friends at Dormify:

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Dormify Bedding

MODERN METALLIC

If sleek and clean is more your vibe, these modern, metallic (marbled!!) accent pillows are gorgeous to look at, and the cool gray tones are soothing and fresh.

Dormify Bedding

LUXE FEMME

 Go for a soft, romantic feel with lots of different lush textures and a pale, tonal color palette.

Dormify Bedding

VELVET CRUSH

Nothing sets the mood quite like navy blue crushed velvet. These deep hues and textured accents channel a real sense of midnight serenity.

 

 

 

AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: ALY SILVER, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us. 

We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now, AE digital project manager Aly shares what she wishes someone had told her when she was younger: love surrounds you.

 

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ALY SILVER

Digital Project Manager

I haven’t always worked at AE, but I have always been a lesbian. I didn’t always know that I was queer, but I knew I was different from a young age. I remember asking my mother in middle school if she would still love me if I were gay. Instead of asking her, I wish I could have asked my future self.

Aly Silver, digital project manager of american eagle

I would have told myself that not only will your parents still love you, but you will find love from so many directions. You will find a partner who not only accepts you completely, but also helps you to stay true to yourself and bring out your best, real self. You will find many communities to surround yourself with, who will also love and accept you completely.

Also, you will be surprised to find yourself in an awesome career at a company that not only accepts you, but actively works to create a more accepting society by working with nonprofits to help kids like you feel loved and accepted.

Love surrounds you.
You are different, yes, but that’s what makes you, you!

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

AEO INTER(N)VIEWS: GET TO KNOW OUR SUMMER 2019 INTERNS

This summer, American Eagle welcomed over 50 interns to our Pittsburgh and New York offices. These stellar students from around the country have been hard at work in all areas of our business! We wanted to give you the chance to get to know them. And who better to share their experiences than the interns themselves? Insights and Strategy Intern Lisa Tripon and Design Intern Sarah Noll teamed up to interview their coworkers about what they bring to the AEO family.

EMMA BRUNO, AERIE MARKETING INTERN

Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

Studying: Marketing at Baldwin Wallace University

Describe your style: Vintage boho-ish.

What is a trend you love? I’m currently obsessing over our high-waisted cropped flare jeans.

Song of the summer? “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” by the 1975.

Favorite part of the internship so far? Getting to go to NYC on the jet for an Aerie REALTalk.

Favorite Quote: “Handle it with grace and choose kindness.”

 

PRACHI JHALA, TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION INTERN

Hometown: Originally from India, but I moved to Pittsburgh for school!

Studying: M.S. in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management at Carnegie Mellon University

Describe your style: Sophisticated utilitarian.

Coolest place you’ve been to in Pittsburgh? Allegheny National Forest.

Can you cook? What’s your specialty? I can make a mean pav bhaji. It’s a staple Indian dish.

What does AExMe mean to you? Individuality.

Fun fact: I am a jazz, blues, and classic rock vocalist. Back in India, I used to have my own jazz-rock duo. We were called Post.Script.

 

CONNOR PENN, FINANCE DEPARTMENT INTERN

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Studying: Finance at University of Dayton

One thing in your closet you couldn’t live without: Black jeans.

Favorite quote: “I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk

Favorite part of the internship so far? The challenges that come with the projects that we’ve worked on. I love solving problems and it’s super satisfying when something you’ve been stumped on for a few days finally comes together.

Can you cook? What’s your specialty? Steak done in rosemary, garlic, and butter, with buttery mashed potatoes and honey-roasted carrots on the side.

Fun fact: I can do a solid Mickey Mouse impression.

 

DANI RITTER, AERIE INVENTORY PLANNING INTERN

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Studying: Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University

Describe your style: I like to take everyday, basic, classic pieces and make them my own by adding statement pieces! I’m really inspired by vintage styles and street styles.

What is a trend you love? The fact that some vintage styles are making a strong comeback! Catch me in ripped Mom jeans and a vintage band tee looking like my mom from the ’80s.

Song of the summer? 100%, absolutely, “Juice” by Lizzo. Definitely a summer bop.

What does AExME mean to you? AExME is everything. A brand that not only cares about its customers, but stands behind and supports them. AExME wants everyone to be authentically, and unapologetically, themselves. That message drives my life and I could not be happier to work for a brand that feels the same!

Fun fact: I’m obsessed… and I do mean obsessed… with corgis. I legitimately cry anytime I see one.

 

ERIK AXELSON, INTERNATIONAL INVENTORY PLANNING INTERN

Hometown: Zionsville, IN

Studying: Finance and Accounting at Indiana University

Describe your style: Relaxed and casual.

One thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without: I have a silver MVMT watch that I wear all the time. I think of it as the finishing touch to most of my outfits as I can use it to dress up outfits for work, class, interviews, etc.

How would your friends describe you? Easygoing, loyal, and caring.

What does AExME mean to you? When I think of AExME, I think of it as an opportunity to contribute to the identity of our generation. I think of it not only as a voice for AE customers, but also a way for us to share ideas and learn more about one another.

Favorite part of the internship so far? I have to say the people/culture. People here care about me and my experience this summer.

 

TJ TURLEY, MERCHANSIZING (MEN’S BOTTOMS) INTERN

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Studying: Marketing and Entrepreneurship at University of Dayton

What is one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without? Jeans. Wear them all year round and they match back to almost everything.

What is a trend you love? Future sportswear. The movement to more active streetwear.

What is the coolest place you’ve been to in Pittsburgh? Coolest place is hard especially being from here. I’d say top three must-see places are PNC Park during a game, North Shore in general for food and scenery, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

What does AExME mean to you? Your unique form of expression is supported by more people than you know.

Which member of the AExME Council do you resonate with the most? Joseph Touma. His work with Bridge the Divide is inspiring. And with the polarization of societal issues today, we need more young people driving the force of change to bring our nation and the world together.

 

 

Want to learn more about the AEO internship program and other job opportunities around the country? Check out http://aeo.jobs.

 

 

 

AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Each month, a new limited-run trend collection. Just for you.

Every month, we’re dropping a NEW limited-run AE Studio collection featuring of-the-moment trends you know you wanna try. This month’s release – Endless Summer – is all about chasing the sun in chill, easygoing styles that keep that “bare toes, warm sand” feeling going all year round.

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AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Summery Silhouettes

Life’s too short for boring outfits. Go for the unexpected with flare pants in vibrant prints, bike shorts with sweet lace trim, bodycon skirts and dresses, and tops with open backs, high-low hems, and twisted and tied details that catch the sea breeze – or, you know, the regular breeze.

AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Fun Prints & Mellow Hues

The Endless Summer collection features collect-them-all styles in mix-and-match rainbow shades like mellow coral, tangerine, fuchsia rose, and dusty indigo, plus prints for your next great escape: leopard, snake, camo, and tie-dye EVERYTHING, including flare pants, a jumpsuit (iconic!), and cropped tees and camis.

AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Comfy Knit Fabrics

Breathe in. Breathe out. These soft, airy knits – including lightweight pointelle cotton – are as relaxed as you. The collection also includes your new fave fabric: cupro, which is luxe, breathable, and drapes like silk but is way more eco-friendly plus machine-washable. Yeah, we gotchu.

AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Throwback Accessories

Top off your ethereal look with delicate hoops, comfy sneakers or sandals, and a scrunchie (or three) for the ultimate in low-key style that says “summer is a state of mind.”

AE STUDIO: ENDLESS SUMMER COLLECTION

Show us your AE Studio Endless Summer outfits on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME @americaneagle, and you could be featured on our site, blog, or social media!

 

 

 

 

Get Outside in Style with Tailgate’s National Park Tees

There’s nothing quite like visiting a National Park and taking in all the iconic views, whether it’s your first visit to a national park or something a little closer to home like the state park you’ve been to a million times.

And if you’re wondering what to wear to a National Park or how to celebrate your fave outdoor oasis this summer, look no further. With these fresh summer styles, you’ll never run out of ideas.

Shop our Great Outdoors T-Shirt Collection, Men’s Shorts & Women’s Shorts to get started!

 

 

Bright & Bold Graphic Tees

Sure, when you’re planning to visit a National Park you need to make sure you’ve got the essentials (backpack to carry supplies, water bottle, bug spray, check!). But you also want to make sure you feel good about your rugged, outdoors style. Just pack your favorite Tailgate Great Outdoors t-shirt and you’re set to show off your love of the great outdoors while taking in the sights.

Super-Soft Materials

Tailgate’s graphic t-shirts are designed with rich colors and vibrant graphics so fellow nature lovers can tell what you’re all about. The super-soft materials, bright shades, and vintage washes make these shirts a must-have, whether you’re trekking the mountains or dreaming of your next adventure.

Graphics for Every Getaway 

National Park t-shirts feature classic scenes from across the U.S. so wherever you go, you can show your love by packing a tee that represents the park you’re visiting: Grand Canyon, Olympic National Park, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, the Smoky Mountains, Redwood National Parks & more. 

 

 

Denim Shorts to Complete the Look

Once you’ve picked a National Park t-shirt or two for your trip, make sure to pack jean shorts in fresh, summery washes.

 

 

Rugged Styles for Him 

Men’s shorts come in so many different lengths and styles, so you can always find an option you love. But for showing off your rugged, outdoors style, you can’t go wrong with jean shorts. Cutoffs are a tried-and-true classic, and with so many new colors and washes, you can always find a pair that feels like YOU.

  

 

High-Waisted & Mom Shorts for Her

For all your outdoor adventures, high-waisted short shorts are the way to go These women’s denim shorts are basically made for your next National Park roadtrip. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! Another option to pair with your National Parks graphic tee is the mom short, which takes the cool, relaxed fit of the Mom jeans you love, and turns them into shorts. With new colors and washes available all the time, you’ll never run out of options for your next outdoor getaway.

Ready to take on the great outdoors now that you’ve gotten some inspo? Show us how you rock your National Park t-shirt outfits by tagging us on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME or #AEJeans @americaneagle. You could be featured on our site, social media or blog!