AEO Designer Interview: Sarah Cassar

AEO Designer Interview: Sarah Cassar

It’s swim season — and we are loving the fun prints on our swimwear this season! We interviewed Sarah Cassar, one of our women’s swimwear designers in our New York Design Office to tell us what inspired the print trends for spring. We also got an insight into her style and what pieces she recommends for Spring.

Name:

Sarah Cassar

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Sarah enjoying the sun on her NYC rooftop

Occupation:

Associate Designer: Swimwear and Dresses

Where are you from:

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired all the swim trends this season?

I’ve always been an artistic and sporty person so designing clothing for young, fun active people is a perfect fit! I like to design things that I also want to wear. It’s great working for a company like American Eagle Outfitters, because it’s a lifestyle that I want to be a part of.

For swim, I like to have a few different suit options depending on what I am doing. I like scuba diving and my fiancé is teaching me how to surf so I need a couple suits that won’t fall off in a big wave. But I also love wearing a bathing suit as a layering piece in the summer even if you aren’t at the beach! So I need a couple fashion pieces that just look really sexy under a loose tank top.

The best way to get inspired for swim is to get out and do stuff! I like to see what people are wearing and how they are styling them. I’ve been to over 30 different countries so traveling has always been important to me. My recent beach trips have been to the islands off northern Columbia, Belize and the Cayman Islands.

This year we wanted to capture a few different stories. We have a tropical, festival, retro-femme, and black/white story to cover all the great trends that are happening. The best part of designing swim is working with our CAD (computer aided design aka pattern designers) team on the patterns. Swim patterns should always be bright, sunny, clean and cute! Swim is never serious, it always should be fun and happy. That’s the way I like to live my life-thinking about or being at the beach!

What do you love most about working in a creative field?

Our office! These people are the best to work with. Our production team, Kyla and Nia, always keep me laughing.

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Sarah and co-workers sporting swimwear at our New York Design Office

Any upcoming vacations planned that you are excited about?

I’m getting married this year and we are going on a Safari for our Honeymoon. We are still researching the best place to go in Africa. I’ve never been and there are so many options! I’d love to also go to Morocco and the Galapagos Islands.

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Sarah scuba diving with sea creatures 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Someone once said that our generation will have four different careers, so go ahead and try new things and don’t be afraid to start over. I switched from Merchandising to Design and it was the right move for me!

And the advice you’d offer aspiring designers?

Push the envelope with your designs then pull it back just one step.

Three items on your AEO wish list -

1. Our woven printed easy layering dress—it makes a great beach cover up that you can wear on and off the shore!

2. The lace crossback tank, its great to wear to a concert or festival.

3. AEO Swim! I love our tropical pineapple prints (in-stores in April), they are so fun and fresh!

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Five items every girl should have this season- 

1. A bottom layer that’s okay to show- Wear a swimsuit off the beach or one of our cute lacy bralettes that are made to be seen.

2. A match back outfit–doesn’t matter if it’s with a skirt, pants, or romper.

3. A flirty dress–it has to warm up sometime soon in NY!

4. Delicate jewelry–fine piece are very feminine.

5. Really good friends to spend the summer with!

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere: friends, blogs, Pinterest, travel and nature. It’s important to combine inspiration from all over! When I see something that’s amazing, I make sure to make it feel new. Either I bring it together with other elements that are unexpected or use it in a new way.

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Sarah getting inspired at a flower market in Columbia

Wedges or Flats?

It’s a coin toss! I have a closet full of heels but they just don’t work for a girl on the go.

Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram.

Handle: SarahIsMyNameo

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Meet the Dog: Pinkie Pie

Meet the Dog: Pinkie Pie

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Introducing you to Pinkie Pie — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked her owner, Sarah, a few questions about Pinkie Pie so we could learn more about this teeny-tiny sweetie starring in our campaign.

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 Pinkie Pie and her mama, Sarah

Dog Name:

Pinky Pie

Dog Age:

Nine

Dog Breed:

Chihuahua

Tricks for Treats?

Will sit, lay down, roll over (multiple times in a row), give paw and hi-five for beef dog treats

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

She’s itty bitty and everyone she meets seems to fall in love with her instantly. She’s super friendly and loves being around other people. She’s also used to being dressed up – she has tons of clothes and occasionally even wears nail paw-lish.

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 Pinkie Pie in her glory in a sea of clothes

What are your dog’s favorite places to hang out? Anywhere I am or where there is a pillow or blanket for her to cuddle up to.  She’s the best cuddler ever!

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She’s sneaky!!! If you take your eyes off of her for a SECOND she’ll do bad things – unwrap presents under the tree, tear up the garbage, eat thru a box of k-cups, eat half a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans! She can’t help herself when she smells food.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

Sometimes, I put boots on her and she hates them. She will freeze. Not even a treat can get her to move.

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

She’s a sweater girl. She likes to be cozy – especially if it’s pink!

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

OF COURSE. She’s so excited to be in the campaign with her friends Carson and Lottie Moon. They’re telling everyone they know.

Is your dog single or attached?

She’s a single lady.

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Car all the way! She loves going for long drives to visit her cousins in West Virginia. When we get close to their house she can tell and gets super excited!

Rope vs. Fetch?

Neither. Sleep!

Favorite treat?

Canine Carryout Beef Treats. Or any cat food she can sneak from her sister or people food she can weasel out of her mama.

What’s your best memory with your dog?

There are so many. She’s been around for all the big things – she went to college with me; she traveled to NY with me while I was recording an album, she traveled to Portland with me for an American Eagle Outfitters photo shoot and she was there when I met the guy I’ll marry this summer (she pooped in his shoe the first time she met him. She had to show him who was boss!!)

Why did you pick this specific dog?

She was so tiny and adorable and I couldn’t resist her big shiny eyes. She weighed one pound and fit in my hand when I first got her.

Is the dog an only child?

She has a sister named Coco who is a cat and they’re best friends. They cuddle together in bed (next to me of course).

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

Barks.

Nappers vs Players?

Naps, all day, every day!

What words does she know?

Sit, Laydown, Roll, Gimme Paw, Hi Five, Food, Treat, Go Outside, Go for Ride, Get up in Bed, Cagey, Under (what I say when I want her to get under the covers and cuddle up, Potty.

Does she prefer mud or baths?

Baths – she’s a girly girl.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Chill, Sweet, Cuddly, Protective, Alpha

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

She likes hanging out with Lottie Moon and Carson when they can fit it in their schedules. Emma and Murphy are her cousins she loves.

Where does your dog sleep?

Right next to me… as close as she can possibly get.

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

I’ll be uncomfortable if it helps her stay cozy. Sometimes though if I roll over and move the blankets, she tends to go flying across the bed. She’s so small.

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

She’ll do it but she doesn’t like swimming. She also hates the vacuum and hides every time.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

She watches a lot of Food Network with her mama; anything involving food is fine by her.

What makes your dog bark?

If she hears a noise while I’m home, she barks to protect me. If it’s vice versa and she’s home with AJ and I’m the one that makes the noise, she doesn’t even bother trying to protect him. She loves me most.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Her tongue sticks out when she’s super relaxed. It’s cute but ugly at the same time. I love it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Usually casual. I’m most always in denim and a tee or tank with flip flops (at least in the Spring and Summer since the weather here is nuts).

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

A little flashier than her mama’s – she loves dresses, embellished sweaters and anything sparkly. Bonus points if it’s pink.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

If I could’ve chosen an outfit for her myself that would’ve been the one. I love how trendy the jumper is – both the fit and the black and white print. And I love that this is something different for her versus her usual T or sweatshirt.

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Supermodel status

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

It’s such a fun idea. I love that I can shop for myself and come home with a present for her too.

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

Everywhere. Especially to the park or parties so she can show off her new style to her friends.

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

I’d love to see us both in destroyed T’s, jeans and sunglasses. That’s our favorite go-to look.

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.

 

#AEOStyle Roundup

#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. That’s why we asked you to share your personal look with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to show us how you live your life in fashion.

Shop the look:

Skinny Jean

Canvas Boat Shoe

Solid Oxford Button Down

Shop the look:

Chambray Boyfriend Button Down

Denim Shortie

Favorite V-Tank

Shop the look:

Soft Floral Jumpsuit

Shop the look:

Palm Trees Pocket Sweatshirt

Skinny Jean

Icon Sunglasses

Shop the look:

Crop Jean

Favorite V Tank

Ribbed Cardigan

How To Style Your Crop Top

How To Style Your Crop Top

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One of the biggest trends this season is the Crop Top. This flirty fit that cuts just above the belly button adds a bit of retro flare to your #AEOStyle. This trend is all about making a statement, so we’ve asked our Manager of Styling, Lauren to put together four looks based on your crop top personality and help piece together your next outfit.

Look 1: Laid Back Style

“This is your easy style girl, she is layered with her jewelry and her open card.  Her shoe is a cool slip on sandal.”

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Shop the look:

Soft Cutout Bralette

Hi-Rise Jegging Crop Pant

BC Slingback Sandal

Short Sleeve Open Cardigan

Look 2: Skater Girl

“This is your skater street girl, she has a beanie on and some killer sneaks.”

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Shop the look:

Soft Crop Tank

Hi-Rise Jegging Crop Pant

Slip-On Sneaker

Slouchy Beanie

Look #3: Grunge Star

“This is your edgy boho girl… She has a flannel around her waist and birkenstocks on. “

grunge_starShop the look:

LST & FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank

Hi-Rise Jegging Crop Pant

Birkenstock Madrid Sandal

Bright Plaid Girlfriend Shirt

 Look #4: Beach Chic

“This is your beach chic girl, she has a fedora on and a simple black sandal.”

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Shop the look:

Silky Cropped T-Shirt

Hi-Rise Jegging Crop Pant

Metallic Fedora

Studded Ankle Cuff Sandal

Meet the Dog: Lottie Moon

Meet the Dog: Lottie Moon

Introducing you to Lottie Moon — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked her owner, Lauren, a few questions about Lottie so we could learn more about this fashionista starring in our campaign.

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Dog Name: Lottie Moon

Dog Age: 5

Dog Breed: Cavachon

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

Because she is perfect. In every way.

What’s your dog’s most embarrassing moments?

Moon has had a few embarrassing moments…sometimes she runs into things or misses the couch when she trys to jump.

Moon and Lauren enjoying the sunshine. Photo Credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

Moon and Lauren enjoying the sunshine. Photo credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Moon loves her colorblock hoodie.

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely; cool silhouettes in fun bright and trend right patterns and colors!

Is your dog single or attached?

Technically, single.

Favorite treat?

Pupperoni!

What’s your best memory with your dog?

I love my little lady…every moment is memorable! But, if I had to pick one, I would definitely pick the time I took her on a hike in PA. We went with my boyfriend and Moon gave up half way and decided she would rather ride in Drew’s backpack and check out the scenery that way vs. walking.

Bath time! Photo credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

Bath time! Photo credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

Why did you pick this specific dog?

Moon picked me. She is a rescue and something just said we were meant for each other.

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

Moon has a troubled past. She was taken from a puppy mill and traveled in a semi truck from Missouri to Pennsylvania and settled with a local rescuer. I found her online and she came to my house completely shaved, six pounds underweight and scared. She needed her mom, and she got me!

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

Moon barks at the mailman and runs away.

What tricks does she do?

Sits, Turns Around, Gives Kisses, Gives Hugs, and definitely Stays.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words.

Best lady in the world.

All snuggled up! Photo credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

All snuggled up! Photo credit: @ellerourke on Instagram

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

The Office and Parks and Rec.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Moon has particular taste in music. She really doe not enjoy Rogue Wave….the song California. It makes her bark.

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

Well, I conceived the idea with Preston, so naturally we thought we were brilliant for the idea.

Meet the Dog: Ruby

Meet the Dog: Ruby

Introducing you to Ruby — one of the models for our newest collection, American Beagle Outfitters. We asked her owner, Julie, a few questions about Ruby so we could learn more about this feisty pooch starring in our campaign.

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Dog Name:

Ruby Jane

Dog Age:

Six

Dog Breed:

Boston Terrier

Tricks for Treats?

She will sit and lay down for bacon

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

She has a great toned physique- 25 lbs. of muscle!

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

Her bed

Does your dog have any shameful secrets?

She doesn’t like men

What is your dog’s favorite outfit to wear?

Her striped dress and pearls.

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Ruby looking stylish in her favorite outfit

Would you recommend American Beagle Outfitters to other dogs?

Absolutely, the collection is fabulous and the option to dress your dog in matching clothes – magnificent!

Is your dog single or attached?

Single for life

Ride in the car vs. Walk in the park?

Ride in the car, for sure.

Rope vs. Fetch?

Fetch

Favorite treat?

She is very high maintenance and will only eat Pup-a-roni, scrambled eggs, and bacon.

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What’s your best memory with your dog?

Every time we cuddle

Why did you pick this specific dog?

She’s a beauty.

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

She was so teeny and precious, I didn’t want to put her down.

Is the dog an only child?

Yes

Does your dog bite or lick the mailman?

BITE

Nappers vs Players?

Player- she plays with her ball — ALL day.

What words do they know?

Ball, squeaky, treat, outside, car, walk, and surprisingly and no joke- nails clipped.

Describe your dog’s personality in 5 words-

Sweet, timid, protective, playful, curious.

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

Molly the Maltese, Cuffs the Chihuahua, Maggie the Puggle, Baylee the Golden, Tux and Almond the Shih Tzu’s- and that’s it!

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Ruby hanging out with her clique, Almond, Baylee, Maggie & Tux

Where does your dog sleep?

In my bed

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

Don’t disturb the dog

Is there anything your dog won’t do?

Go for long walks.

Does your dog have any favorite TV shows?

Every show on the Disney Channel

What makes your dog bark?

Men.

What is the funniest thing that your dog does?

Pins me down and kisses me – and I love every second.

How would you describe your personal style?

Whimsical Elegance with a dash of Prep.

What is your dog’s #AEOStyle?

Colorful and laid back.

What do you think of your dog’s outfit?

Amaze, Bright and Cute and totally aligns with her playful side.

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

Genius.

Where would your dog wear American Beagle Outfitters?

To the vet, walks and vacation — basically everywhere!

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

One word - JEGGINGS

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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