AEO Associate Interview: Kai G.

At AEO, we have some pretty talented and amazing associates working behind the scenes to deliver the best  product to date. Senior Fabric Development Manager, Kai Gomes-Brown is no exception to this rule. Get to learn all about Kai and her daily responsibilities at AEO.

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Meet Kai, Senior Fabric Development Manager for AEO and aerie Knits.

Name:  Kai Gomes-Brown

Occupation:  Senior Fabric Development Manager – for AEO and aerie Knits

AEO:  Where are you from?
Kai: 
I’m originally from Fairfield, CT but I consider Queens my home!  I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years!

AEO:  Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do….
Kai:
  Growing up I always loved fashion!   My love for fashion began in the late 80’s when I started watching Style with Elsa Klensch, (a television show about fashion and design from around the world that aired from 1980 to 2001) with my parents on Saturday mornings.  I would watch the show to see designer runway shows presented during New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks.  I learned a lot about high fashion and the designers that created the collections.  In high school my favorite elective course was Home Economics where I learned to sew and then I attended F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) where I studied Merchandising.  I’ve worked in fashion since graduation for some of the most recognizable names in the industry. As a Fabric Developer it’s very important to stay in tune with the latest and upcoming trends in fabrics and silhouette so I am able to work with designers and fabric suppliers to interpret those trends into fabrics that are in line with the American Eagle Outfitter’s and aerie aesthetics and price structure.  Unfortunately, Style with Elsa Klensch is no longer on television but there are a number of resources like blogs and magazines that I use and are available to everyone to research the latest and upcoming fashion trends!

AEO:  What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Kai:  As I mentioned one of the most significant aspects of being a Fabric Developer is to research in order to stay in tune with the latest and upcoming trends. I work on weekly trend recap reports and competitive analysis reports to share with our designers and fabric suppliers.  Another important function of my day to day responsibilities is to maintain the fabric library that houses numerous types of knit fabrics including: jerseys, ribs, laces, waffles, jacquards and many more.  When a designer is in need of a fabric they can search the library to find a fabric that suits their needs.

AEO:  What do you love most about working with clothing?
Kai:  I love that what you wear is an expression of who you are. It’s really important to me that I develop fabrics that are great quality and on-trend so our customer feels confident when they wear our clothes.

AEO:  We’ve been hearing a lot about plush fabric. Tell us more!
Kai: I’m really excited about Plush!  This fabric is the softest fabric ever!  It’s super cozy and luxe but completely versatile to wear for both day and night!

AEO:  What differentiates plush fabric from other fabrics used in graphic t-shirts and tanks?
Kai:  The biggest difference is that Plush is a rib that is specially treated to get the cozy, plush surface whereas most (but not all) of the fabrics used for graphics, tanks and tees are jerseys with smooth surfaces.

AEO:  What are a few different ways that you can wear this plush fabric?
Kai:  Plush can pretty much be styled with anything!  A pair of AE distressed Hi-Rise Jeggings with AEO Buckle Strap Booties, a Sky High Suspender Skirt with AEO High Top sneakers or a pair of aerie printed Leggings with Riding Boots.  The styling combinations are endless!

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Introducing, Plush Fabric.

Shop the look:
Vintage Plush Heart Graphic T-Shirt
Ruffle Hem Skort
Shimmery Slip On Sneaker

AEO:  What are your top three items for this upcoming season?
Kai:  I can’t name just three!  My top four “most favorite, I can’t wait for fall” items are:  the AEO Sky-Hi Jegging and Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, aerie’s Skinny Jogger and of course, the Plush Long Sleeve T-Shirt!

AEO:  What’s your personal style like?
Kai:  I would describe my personal style as being relaxed, chic and edgy.  I get a lot of inspiration from runway shows and high end designers. I try to interpret that aesthetic into my look but within my budget through-my hair styles, clothing and accessories.  Some of my favorite places to shop are AEO, asos, Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, Barney’s and Alchemist in Miami.

AEO:  Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
Kai:  Blogs, magazines, fashion trend services and people watching!  Some of my daily blog reads include:   Stylesnooperdan, MajaWyh, TheyAllHateUs, WhoWhatWear and YahooStyle.  My favorite magazines are V, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Jalouse and Elle Decor.

AEO:  What is your favorite city that you’ve either traveled to or what to travel to?
Kai
:  My most favorite city that I’ve traveled to so far is Barcelona and I hope to visit Paris in the very near future.

Have you worn our new plush fabric yet? If so, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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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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Shop the look:
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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#AEOSTYLE: Bloggers and Editors Love

We have a double dose of #AEOSTYLE: Bloggers and Editors Love for you this week! We found some of our favorite fall fashions in the coolest mags and blogs from InStyle and Nylon to Refinery29.

Our Sky High Jeggings were spotted in People Magazine, our Half-Sleeve Button Down Shirt was featured in InStyle and Life & Style Magazine is loving our boots this fall.

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Sky High Jegging
Doc Martens Hackney Floral Boot
Bed Stu Riding Boot

Nylon has a sneak peek of our newest collaboration coming later this month in their October issue and Chloe Bridges can be seen wearing our Sky High Jegging in Life & Style.

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Shop the look:
Sky High Jegging

Seventeen.com chose our Buckle Strap Bootie as one of the Cutest 20 Boots for Under $100, our Sky High Jegging was one of InStyle.com’s Best Jeans Under $100 and Glamour.com is styling our V-Neck Jegging Sweater with our jeans this fall.

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Shop the looks:
Buckle Strap Bootie
Sky High Jegging
V-Neck Jegging Sweater

An InStyle insider, wore our Jegging Button Down Shirt to Fashion Week (as seen on their Tumblr) and Refinery29 featured our Heathered Raglan Crew Sweater, Printed Legging, Hi-Rise Artist Jean, Boy Jean, Mock Neck Sweater Dress AND our Jegging!
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Shop the looks:
Jegging Button Down Shirt
Heathered Raglan Crew Sweater
Hi-Rise Artist Jean
Printed Stripe Legging
Boy Jean
Mock Neck Sweater Dress
Jegging

We want to see what you’re wearing this fall from AEO. 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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