6 Tips for Accessorizing This Fall

This fall is all about accessorizing. From super chic sunnies to funky fedoras, AEO has everything you need to add the finishing touches to your #AEOSTYLE. Check out Manager of Styling, Lauren’s favorite fall accessories as well as her tips and tricks for pulling them off.

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Shop the look:
Glory Hats by Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora
Tortoise Shell Round Sunglasses
Embroidered Zipper Tote Bag
Stacking Ring Set
DV by Dolce Vita Knee High Suede Boot
Rose Gold Chain Cuff

Have you had a style moment that you recently felt amazing in?  Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery, Instagram, Tumblr or on our blog!

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Wear America X The Urban Smith.

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Please introduce yourself, your business name, and where you’re from.
Hello!  My name is Molly Cruit, and I am The Urban Smith, located in the heart of The Mission district in lovely San Francisco.

Tell us a little bit about your passions and how they’ve influenced your work.
It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.  I love what I do, and it was only in my dreams that I could spend everyday working with my hands to create what was in my head.  That dream started as something that I played with, and it became my drive.   When I am not designing and creating, I am learning.  I am passionate about figuring things out, and taking a spark of an idea and turning it into reality.  I want to live my life with the knowledge at my fingertips, and a hammer in my palms.

What’s it like starting your own business?
When something is your passion and the mere thought of doing it is the fuel to that creative fire, it is so fun what can you do! You don’t need a multi-million dollar budget, just an idea, a little creativity, and motivation.  I really was able to let the business evolve into who what it is today, and allowing it to grow naturally led to some amazing discoveries along the way.  Down time is nonexistent, but when it’s your own business you never turn it off.  It all gets tangled up together, and when you love it- it’s always worth it.

How did you get your start in designing jewelry?
I was that kid who was always doing something.  I always loved figuring things out, and absorbed any sort of “how-to”, I could.  I had no idea that I could do this for a career, it was always just a hobby for me.  When The Urban Smith began, it was a table at a flea market.  When I started selling at craft shows, I began to see what people were drawn to and I responded.  At one of the shows the nameplate necklaces I had made (I think 100 of them), had tangled into a large indistinguishable ball.  After hours of trying to untangle, I figured there had to be a better way.  Sometimes that idea light bulb is literally a tangled mess of chains.  I decided to hang my fun necklaces on a card, then into an envelope, then when it all came together the envelope completed the necklace.  It was a merging of so many things that I had learned, metal smithing, graphic and product design, and that became The Urban Smith.


How does it feel to see an idea come to fruition and progress into a fulfilling business?
It is something I have to pinch myself everyday about.  I still get giddy when I think of people I don’t know wearing my product.  It has evolved into a true brand now, and when I get orders from places like all over the US and then Dubai, Japan, and Singapore — for little old me, it still floors me!   I have been building my brand for over three years and have loved seeing it evolve and take shape.  I began the brand very grass roots, lots of samples to friends, lots and lots of trade shows, and many late nights! Knowing who my brand is, and showcasing that vision through my designs is something that is not only gratifying, but just plain awesome.

How does it feel to be able to see a piece of metal turn into a beautiful and meaningful product because of your talent?
It’s the true form of Alchemy — the process of transforming something simple into something special.  I hand cut, sand, and drill each piece that I make, and when it’s all finished and tied up pretty with a bow it still makes me smile.

Each order is custom made, what have been some of your favorite requests?
The Urban Smith is a brand forged from creativity and delicate simplicity, with a little bit of a naughty streak.  This allows me to have fun with the product, the packaging, and the brand identity.  I do everything from custom nameplates, rings, bracelets, and custom handwriting necklaces.  The handwriting necklaces are so personal and special, and capture a part of history in gold.  I really love when people make the items from the heart!  One of my favorites was when a group of 20-something boys got together to find a wedding gift for their gal friend from college.  They contacted me to see the best way to put the wedding date on the gold nameplate.  We added an arrow, the date and then one of them decided to add the Lat/Long of the wedding to the back.  I mean, how cute, right!  It truly makes each gift unique and from the heart.

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Molly Cruit, The Urban Smith

Where do you pull your inspiration from?
I pull inspiration from everywhere.  I love combining fun pop culture references with high end materials and fun graphics.  I am obsessed with packaging and love merging my designs with packaging that makes it sing.  Just being aware of what’s around me and drinking it in, and then of course being able to turn it into something tangible.  I enjoy the challenge of design and creating, and that is so inspiring for me.  When you let go of what the final outcome might be and just dive into that creative process, you never know what can happen.

You talk about the creative process being beautiful to you on your website. Explain!
The beauty in the creative process to me is the process.  I find such simple joy in creating something from that spark of an idea, and find the evolution to an actual product so beautiful.  The trials and errors, the successes, and then something will just click. Exploring playfully with words, graphics and materials has lead me to the work I do today.  I try to give that energy and process into every piece I do, and allow people that order my product that same exploration.  They get to choose their materials, the sayings, the cards, and then get to give or get something that is uniquely their own.  It is really fulfilling and fun!

How has building your business in the US become important to your brand?
The Urban Smith is a small company, attempting something big.  Being American Made is a badge of honor that The Urban Smith rocks proudly.  My brand is a throw-back to the days of working with your hands and the elements.  It’s an homage to the Smith’s of decades past, with a modern twist.  All my jewelry is hand-made in the USA, and all the items are created in my studio in San Francisco.  Being able to use all US made materials and to make each item right here in the US gives me a broad creative freedom and sense of pride in my product.  ( Insert USA-USA chant here :) )

What is your favorite product from The Urban Smith on ae.com?

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#AEOSTYLE Bloggers and Editors Love.

From Cosmopolitan to Refinery 29, we’ve seen #AEOSTYLE featured in some of our favorite magazines and websites. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s Bloggers Editors Love.

Gone Girl’s Emily Ratajkowski was spotted wearing our Skinny Jeans. Also spotted in Cosmopolitan Magazine was our Knit Colorblock Crew Sweater in Fun, Fearless Finds under $50. Us Weekly showcased our Vegan Leather Moto Jacket spotted on Supermodel Lily Aldridge.

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Skinny Jean
Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Colorblock Crew Sweater

Refinery 29 featured our Quilted Moto Booties, a must- have for Fall.

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Quilted Moto Booties

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Original Straight Pant

Our Original Straight Pant is the every guy, every day khaki. Sits low on waist and a perfect match with your favorite T-shirt.

We asked three menswear bloggers: Saul from Trend Styled, Roderick from Uniform Journal and Chimed from NxStyle to take our Original Straight Pant and make it their own.

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What inspired Saul’s look:
A classic never goes out of style. I love these AEO Original Straight Khaki’s because they are just that. Either dressed up or dressed down, these are the khaki’s you’ll be wearing daily so invest in multiple colors!

Meet Saul:
A Texas born transplant living in NYC. Saul is a style and grooming lifestyle blogger and photographer.

Get Saul’s look:
Original Straight Pant
Heritage Flannel (similar)
Hoodie T-Shirt
Canvas Sneaker

What inspired Chimed’s look:
The Original Straight Pants were extremely comfortable to wear so the confidence I had while wearing them came naturally. I tried not to overload colors by focusing on two main colors for the entire outfit. It was little warm out, so I rolled up the pants for some extra breathing room and style points.

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Meet Chimed:
Chimed is a DC-based menswear blogger. His blog, NXSTYLE was founded in 2011 and it eventually grew into a me fashion blog with his partner in crime, Zolo.

Get Chimed’s look:
Original Straight Pant

What inspired Roderick’s look:
I’m all about simple outfits that take little to no time to put together, are comfortable, and classic… There’s nothing better than a pair of khaki’s and a button down shirt. Of course, I had to cuff the pants and roll up my sleeves!

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Meet Roderick:
Roderick Hunt is a fashion blogger based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s worked for multiple fashion brands specializing in visual merchandising and styling. Roderick is passionate about fashion, photography, and writing. He’s constantly editing his personal style and blogging allows him to instantly share all of his interests with the world.

Get Roderick’s look:
Original Straight Pant
Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
Canvas Sneaker (similar)

Show off your #AEOSTYLE in our Original Straight Pant. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery, Instagram, Tumblr or on our blog!

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3 Ways To Update Your Plaid #AEOSTYLE

Fall is in full force and one print that never goes out of style is, plaid. Check out the three looks below for outfit inspiration on how you can update your #AEOSTYLE with the much loved pattern of the season.

Look #1: For an edgy meets classic look, pair your plaid with distressed denim and loafers. Add our Canvas Anorak for fall ready #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the look:
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Hi-Rise Jegging
Canvas Anorak
BC Wild Imagination Wingtip Shoe


Look #2: 
Go classic with black and white. You’ll love our Box Check Flannel Shirt with Black Jeggings and Booties. Add a pair of Icon Glasses to elevate your look.

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Shop the look:
Box Check Flannel Shirt
Jegging
Icon Sunglasses
BC Stand Up Straight Boot

Look #3: Plaid can also be worn with dressier pieces like our Cropped Tank and Skirt Set. Add a graphic tank, fedora and booties for a super cute rocked-out look.

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Shop the look:
Cropped Tank and Skirt Set
Photo Graphic T-Shirt
Plaid Jegging Shirt
Stacked Heel Bootie
Glory Hats by Goorin Francis Fratelli Fedora

Now that you’ve seen three ways in which we love to wear plaid, we want to know how you style it! Tell us your favorite way to wear plaid in the comments below.

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Music Monday: De Lux Interview

For our final installment of AEO Up Next, we bring you the post-punk stylings of the LA-based duo, De Lux. The 22-year-olds, Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco met while skateboarding and after experimenting with a different band, decided to form the Talking Heads influenced project, De Lux.

Get to know more about how they met and what they thought of opening for Calvin Harris.  And be sure to check out the video for their song “Better at Making Time“.

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Sean Guerin and Issac Franco from De Lux

AEO: Can you name one album or artist that truly affected your path in music?

Sean: David Bowie’s “Low”

Isaac: I’m gonna have to go with, Television’s “Marquee Moon.”

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AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

De Lux:  Our first show together? It was at this café in Echo Park. We actually promoted the show as a different name, as Speedboat. That’s kind of like our secret name. It was a really small place. We had seven guys playing with us so it was really jam packed in there. It was really fun. There were like 50 people or something.

AEO:  Very cool. How long ago was that?

De Lux:  Our first show was probably just a little over a year ago.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how you found each other and started making music together?

De Lux:  Well, we met in high school. And Isaac was making hip-hop beats. But after high school was when we really started making music in my basement. And he would come over and record a little bit. Then I started a band with a girl and had Isaac play bass with us. Then maybe two years into that band, we just kind of started making the De Lux kind of stuff.

AEO:  Can you tell me the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date?

De Lux:  So we were in France, and we were playing a show opening up for Calvin Harris. And some dude came into our room. We were chilling in the green room after we played and the guy was like, whatever you guys are doing, when I call your name, you have to drop what you’re doing and go meet Calvin. And we were like, “ah, no. It’s cool.” And we just left.

Now that you’ve gotten to know De Lux a little bit better, get their #AEOSTYLE too!

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#AEOSTYLE inspired by De Lux

Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |

1: Legend Henley T-Shirt
2: Dark Denim Jacket
3: Men’s Skinny Jean
4: Leather Strap Watch
5: Leather Belt
6: Denim Workwear Shirt
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Skinny Jean- Tinted Red Overdye
9: Legend Crew T-Shirt

Want even more De Lux action? Check out their in-store curated playlist on Spotify.

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