Real Talk with Ban.do

When we set out to bring you some of the cutest gifts around, there was no question that Ban.do was a perfect match! Between their fun, cheery products and positive message, it’s no secret why we’re obsessed with this LA-based powerhouse. We sat down with our friends at Ban.do to talk inspiration, staying organized and what it means to be #AerieREAL.

Aerie: Tell us about Ban.do! How did the company get started?

Ban.do: We started making one-of-a-kind hair accessories (think: flower crowns before they were a trend) that sold out pretty much immediately. The thing is, since they were one-of-a-kind, once they sold they were gone. So we began to make things in multiples, which allowed us to create accessible price points for every girl, and ban.do was born! We’ve evolved a lot since the beginning, but we’ve always been built on strong branding and the desire to bring fun products to all girls everywhere. We’ve always been very serious about fun!

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: We’re obsessed with ban.do’s bright, fun aesthetic. What inspires the team on a daily basis?

Ban.do: Why, thank you! We find inspiration in a lot of places: Pinterest, Instagram, and our spectacular ban.do girl gang, to name a few. Connecting and collaborating with artists is one of our favorite things. We’re also inspired by our Los Angeles office, a.k.a The Ban.do Party House! There’s a disco ball wall, glitter wallpaper, and a pop up shop in the back: major creative fuel. When we’re not at the office, we love to explore LA by checking out museum exhibits, catching a movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or treasure hunting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: Staying organized can be tough at times! Do you have any tips for how to step up your desk game?

Ban.do: Totally! Our latest product line is all about creating the ultimate dream desk. The goal is to make your desk a place that totally works for you AND that you love looking at. Because if you’re not inspired, what’s the point? We love putting the “fun” in functional with cute desk accessories like pretty file folders and notebooks, bright markers and washi tape, and extras like colorful prints and tiny disco balls. Disco balls definitely increase productivity. Or at least remind you to have regular dance parties.

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: Our ban.do collection is amazing! We know it’s hard to choose, but is there one product you’re REALLY excited about?

Ban.do: You guys, that’s basically impossible. But OK! We’re super excited about the I Am Very Busy Agenda, which is packed with magical things like compliments, stickers, a secret code language, and fun, weekly to-dos. People are obsessing over our agendas and interacting with them in really cool ways (see: #omgbandoagenda on Instagram), and we want to pop champagne and jump up and down about the whole thing!

Real Talk with Ban.do

Aerie: It’s no secret we’re excited to partner with a REAL company like ban.do! What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Ban.do: To us, being #AerieREAL means being who you are without apology and with a lot of celebrating and confetti-throwing. One of the phrases in our agenda is “Do whatever, be weird, it’s OK!” and we pretty much live by that. We can’t get enough of the individuality of our customers, who are sparkly, edgy, preppy, and everything in between. We’re all about inclusion, because that’s what makes things fun. And we just really want to be friends with everybody.

Show us your favorite Ban.do products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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The coolest new partnership: AEO Flex/Denim x WFPF

If you asked the all-knowing Internet, “Internet, what is Parkour?” you’d likely get an answer describing it as “the activity of moving rapidly through any environment–typically an urban one–while running, jumping and climbing over obstacles.”

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Parkour Women’s Jam, Photo: Anya Chibis

If you asked a Parkour historian, you’d probably learn that this “new” sport’s roots go all the way back to the early 1900s, when French naval lieutenant Georges Hebert developed a training method that combined obstacle course challenges with what he considered to be a more “natural” way of moving.

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GCA Parkour WFPF/USAParkour gym, Photo: Matt FitzGerald

But if you asked any of us at the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF) that very same question, you’d receive a different (and definitely unanimous) response: Parkour is a way of life, a way of looking at the world and believing that there’s no obstacle we can’t overcome. Part martial art, part extreme sport, and part creative expression, Parkour’s unique physical and mental practice is truly a lifestyle–and one that continues to grow today, in almost every country around the globe.

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WFPF Instructor certification graduates at Scottsdale Parkour Freerunning

That’s where we come in. Founded in 2008, WFPF brought together some of the world’s most accomplished Parkour athletes in an effort to preserve the sport’s values while also developing it responsibly. Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of practitioners in over 50 countries. We’ve also partnered with a limited number of brands–usually those already rooted in the Parkour community–that share our enthusiasm for leading a positive, outside-the-box lifestyle.

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WFPF Athletes, Photo: Ewan Burns

So, when AEO came to us with their new AEO Flex/Denim line, we were curious… and when they told us that the jeans feature an innovative denim technology that allows for all kinds of extreme movement, we were excited.

We decided to put them to the ultimate test: Let’s see what some of the world’s top Parkour athletes can really do in them… and, hey, let’s film it too.

The result? Not only did we have an awesome time making the video, but, well, let’s just say you gotta see it to believe it. These jeans are the real deal.

 

Want to learn more about WFPF and what they do? Check out WFPF.com and USAParkour.org. And watch more WFPF videos here.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Shop AEO Flex/Denim now!

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5 REAL Faves

Check back every Monday for our roundup of the week’s best looks, events and more!

1)  Gotta love a little luster…
New undie alert! Our latest fave is our all-new Shine Undie with Vintage Lace Trim, in Cheeky, Boybrief and Thong fits.

5 REAL Faves

2) Wake up, sunshine! It’s brunch time.
Brunch, it’s kind of a big deal. NYC is famous for its delicious bagels, so if you’re in the mood for a quick fix, David’s Bagels on 1st Ave is the place to be! Tell us what your favorite brunch spot is in your area.

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3) Meet our new bestie.
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Ban.do! From gift and tech items to stationery and fashion accessories, these girls make them all. Now available online and in stores.

5 REAL Faves

4) They’re back and better than EVAH.
Meet the new and improved Katie and Hannah! These lightly lined bras have comfier fits and fresh new details.

5 REAL Faves

5) This weekend’s forecast calls for NAMASTE.
If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, join us at One Whirl Yoga Fest Saturday the 25th at Point State Park! Yoga is great for the body and soul, so no matter where you are, take some time this week to find your inner ohm.

We’ll see you next week, Aerie girls! Be sure to check back for our next round of REAL Faves. xo

 

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How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

Our love affair with Denim X continues with the new Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging. With its revolutionary high performance stretch and heavy destroyed details, you can show off your assets all day (and night).

Paola from Blank Itinerary styles her new favorite pair of destroyed denim with a flowy, off-the-shoulder top and taupe sandals for the perfect summer look.

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

Meet Paola:
Paola Alberdi is a fashion influencer, stylist, designer and creative director of Blankitinerary.com. She comes from a Mexican/Spanish background, which enables her to communicate with so many people around the world. She started Blank itinerary, a bilingual blog, in hopes of creating an online destination were woman could come together and get inspired and enjoy what they love most, fashion, beauty, and travel! She currently lives in San Diego but works constantly out of Los Angeles, Mexico City and New York.

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

What Inspired Paola’s Look:
“Boy, do I love my denim! I consider myself a connoisseur of denim, if I may say so myself, and these Denim X Hi-Rise Jeggings, are my new favorite! What’s not to love about a HIGH WAISTED (perfect for figure) JEGGING, (soo comfy!). I decided to pair them up, with a white, off-the-shoulder blouse and heeled sandals, since we are in mid summer! These jeans are perfect for a day to night outfit, and since my days are always jam packed with meetings, I love being able to change from flats to heels and viola! I am ready to go!”
How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

Get Paola’s Look: Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging | Lace Off-the-Shoulder Shirt (Similar) BC Footwear Cougar Wedge Sandal (Similar)

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank Itinerary

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with Blank ItineraryShow us how you style our Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Back To School Edition

From Cosmopolitan to Teen Vogue, we’ve spotted some of our biggest and best products this Back To School season in our favorite magazines. Check it out!

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Shop the look:
Cosmopolitan: Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
InStyle: Slip On Platform Sneaker
Teen Vogue: Wide Brim Hat (coming soon!) | Button Front Skirt (coming soon!)| Denim X Boho Artist Flare Jean
Style Watch: Slip On Platform Sneaker | Faux Suede Button Front Skirt (coming soon!)
In Touch: Lace Back Babydoll Dress
Life & Style: Side Slit Maxi
OK!: Side Slit Maxi
Star: Side Slit Maxi
People Style Watch: Side Slit Maxi

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Summer Edition

Not only does summer bring warm weather and adventure, it also brings out seriously amazing #AEOSTYLE. Check out a few of our favorite looks submitted by you in this week’s roundup.

Never stop exploring in #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look:
Boho Artist Flare Jean

Let your sole shine through with AEO Sandals.
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Stitched Slingback Sandal

#AEOSTYLE with a cherry on top.
Shop the look:
Soft & Sexy Pocket T-Shirt

True blue #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look:
Sateen X Hi-Rise Jegging

Distressed Jeans are perfect for summer days.
Shop the look:
Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging

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