Music Monday: March 2016 Playlist

We’re gearing up for another month of new #AEOSTYLE and great music. Whether you’re shopping for spring-ready wear or heading on Spring Break, our March in-store playlist will have you feeling good in no time. Check out the line up below and be sure to follow us on Spotify to access all of our in-store sound.

Music Monday: March 2016 Playlist

  1. The Sound- The 1975
  2. Illuminate- Afrojack, Matthew Koma
  3. Scars- Alesso, Ryan Tedder
  4. Mistakes- Andra Day
  5. My Mind- The Arcs
  6. Molecules- LENNO remix- Atlas Genius, Lenno
  7. Broken Arrows- Didrick Remix- Avicii
  8. All The Things You Keep- Avid Dancer
  9. Then What- Balthazar
  10. Sometimes Wonder- Beat Connection
  11. Black Tambourine- Beck
  12. Find Yourself- Birthmark
  13. Suit of Armor- Birthmark
  14. Rollercoaste- Bleachers, Charlie XCX
  15. It’s Alright Now- Bombay Bicycle Club
  16. Trying- Bully
  17. Cold Cold Cold- Cage The Elephant
  18. Until You Were Gone- Boehm Remix- The Chainsmokers, Tritonal, Emily Warren
  19. Leave A Trace- Goldroom Remix- CHVRCHES
  20. T-Shirt Weather- Circa Waves
  21. The Luck Has Gone- Circa Waves
  22. Take Me Up- Coleman Hell
  23. Spaceship- Comet Blue
  24. Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The  Party- Courtney Barnett
  25. I’ll Keep Loving You- David Guetta, Birdy, Jaymes Young
  26. Brighter End of Dark- De Lux
  27. Good Help (Is So Hard To Find) – Death Cab For Cutie
  28. Breaker- Deerhunter
  29. Nocturnal- Disclosure, The Weekend
  30. Ocean Drive- DJ Zinc Remix- Duke Dumont
  31. Ex’s & Oh’s- Elle King
  32. Foreign Language- Live – Flight Facilities, George Maple
  33. My Number- Foals
  34. Shake- Gary Clark Jr.
  35. Record High, Record Low- Givers
  36. Waiting To Ignite (feat. Ren Farren)- Goldroom, Ren Farren
  37. Venus Fly- Grimes, Janelle Monae
  38. Falling- Duke Dumont Remix- HAIM
  39. Warm On A Cold Night- Embody Remix- HONNE
  40. California (Cast Iron Soul)- Jamestown Revival
  41. We Don’t Stop- Kaskade
  42. Bad, Bad, Bad- LANY
  43. Day Two- Lemaitre
  44. Nobody Cares- LEON
  45. Smooth Sailin’- Leon Bridges
  46. Wide Eyes- Local Natives
  47. Turn It Around- Lucius
  48. For Love- Lush
  49. 3AM- Mads Langer
  50. Birthday Card- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
  51. Learnign For Your Love- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
  52. Intoxicated- Martin Solveig, GTA
  53. Can You Blame Me- Matt and Kim
  54. Cellophane (So Cruel)- Miami Horror, Aaron Miller, Gavin Turek
  55. It’s Only A Dream- Modern Space
  56. Compound Fracture- My Morning Jacket
  57. Cold To See Clear- Nada Surf
  58. Nevena- Oberhofer
  59. Never Gets Old (Jeffrey Brodsky Remix)- Penguin Prison
  60. Lost Weekend- Pete Yourn
  61. All Your Light (Times Like These)- Portugal. The Man
  62. Beat Of My Drum – Powers
  63. Begin Again- Purity Ring
  64. I Was Wrong- A R I Z O N A
  65. Possessed- Robert DeLong
  66. Headlights (feat. Ilsey)- Robin Schulz, Ilsey
  67. Fly- Roman Kouder, Patawawa
  68. 29- Run River North
  69. Drive You Home- Sam Feldt, The Him, The Donnies The Amys
  70. Lovers Wake- Savior Adore
  71. Ablaze- School Of Seven Bells
  72. Cheap Trhills- SIA
  73. Circadian Rhythm- Silversun Pickups
  74. Reckless Behaviour- SOAK
  75. Help Me Run Away- St. Lucia
  76. Spirits- The Strumbellas
  77. Apocalypse Dreams- Tame Impala
  78. Rivers- HUGEL remix- Thomas Jack, HUGEL
  79. Lonely Cities- Tigertown
  80. Run On Love- Tove Lo, Lucas Nord
  81. Ride- Twenty One Pilots
  82. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  83. La Loose- Wasahatchee
  84. Giving Up On You- Wild Belle
  85. Unsteady- Jack Novak & Stravy Remix- X Ambassadors
  86. Beautiful Now- Zedd, Jon Bellion
  87. Papercut- Zedd, Troye Sivan

What do you want to hear on our next playlist? Tell us in the comments below!

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AEO Community Day Photo Diary Recap

Every year, hundreds of AEO associates from around the world take time out of their workweek to give back to their communities. From helping out in garden centers, to feeding animals and playing with students, AEO is making a difference. Take a look at our associates in action from Pittsburgh, to New York and beyond and start volunteering today.

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Photo Credit: Sarah B. Pittsburgh Associate

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Photo Credit: Elise F. Pittsburgh Associate

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How do you help out your local community? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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#MUSIC MONDAY: Xeno and Oaklander

Over the last few months the talented duo, Xeno and Oaklander helped bring our holiday videos come to life. Their upbeat and energetic sound heightened the emotion that was not only tied to telling the story of our American Eagle Outfitters holiday campaign, but glamorized the seasonal product as well. We sat down with the newly wed duo (they just got back from their honeymoon!) to learn about their sound, how they met and their super cute pup, Roland. Take a look below.

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Sean & Liz: Xeno and Oaklander

 

AEO: Hey  guys, thanks for checking in. Please introduce yourself.
Xeno & Oaklander (X&O): We’re Xeno & Oaklander – we’re a synth duo. I’m Liz and my synth partner is Sean, we’re in a band together. It’s minimal electronic music. We’re based in Brooklyn and we have a pup called Roland: it’s a funny name, – he’s named after a famous brand of synthesizers and drum machines from Japan. I’m sure you know the 808 drum machine. American bands like Afrika Bambaataa, Talking Heads and Egyptian Lover used it. More obscure European bands such as Front 242 and Twilight Ritual used it as well. Roland is our favorite brand of synthesizers, and we own so many of them in our music studio that we thought ‘let’s call our dog Roland’

AEO: You guys are a minimal electronics duo. What or who inspired you to get into this kind of music?
X&O: We love collecting – we collect synthesizers and vinyl records. We have a big collection of vinyl records and it is by collecting minimal electronic music that we decided we wanted to make this kind of music. The first attraction often when buying an album is the record cover: minimal and sexy. We have been collecting music by electronic bands from today, mostly on independent labels in the US, and from rare bands from the 80s, mostly from Europe. Listening to this kind of music is like discovering something rare. It’s a chilling sensation.

AEO: Out of all the places you’ve performed, what city/country was your favorite concert and why?
X&O: Paris was our favorite concert on our Par Avion European Tour this fall. Maybe because they speak French? A lot of our lyrics are in French, because I come from there. Our new album has a French title, Par Avion, that means ‘Air Mail’, quite romantic. I love letters and postcards.

AEO: How did you two become a duo?
X&O: I was DJing at a friend’s loft in Brooklyn, and Sean liked the records I was spinning. It was rare minimal electronic music. We started a band straight away and we haven’t stopped since. It’s an addiction.

AEO: What are some of the funniest experiences you’ve had while being in a band?
X&O: Our funniest and funnest experience has been getting our dog Roland!

AEO: We recently found out you have an adorable 16 pound Cockapoo, Roland. Naturally when we found this out, we had to send you an ABO Puffer Vest. Tell us more about Roland.
X&O: Roland our dog has a thing for fashion… a certain form of vanity! He loves to be styled. His nickname is ‘Designer Dog’.

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Roland aka Designer Dog in #ABOSTYLE

 

AEO: Do his lady dog friends like his new style?
X&O: Roland our pup has two lady dog friends – and they are Beagles! Kikki and Poppy. I think they wish they also had a puffer vest. Both beagles live in Connecticut, and it is snowing there right now. Roland is their cool boyfriend from Brooklyn.

AEO: Tell us about any upcoming tours/releases that you have.
X&O: We’ve just released a new album on Ghostly called ‘Par Avion‘ – and we’ve just been on a tour of the US and Europe. We’ve got our eyes on Japan for our next tour. It’s a dream of ours!

 

We used “Sheen” by Xeno and Oaklander in our ABO Video.

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AEOBetterWorld Community Day

This past Tuesday, Nearly 1,300 associates from American Eagle corporate offices volunteered their time to give back to their local communities in Pittsburgh, New York City, and San Francisco, as well as in Canada, Mexico, China and Hong Kong. Some associates planted trees, created park benches, spent time with children, while others attended animal shelters and food banks. Associates volunteered for over 30 community projects to make a positive impact. Check out the photos below and start volunteering in your community today! Want to see more photos? Follow #AEOBetterWorld on Instagram to see over 500 photos!

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Get to know Coco Yokoyama, AEO Stylist

Do you ever wonder who helps Preston and Lauren put together #AEOStyle concepts per season? We sat down with the hilarious and smiley Senior Stylist for AE.com, Coco Yokoyama to talk about her day to day job, style and trends for upcoming seasons. Want to know what her favorite memory of Preston is or what emoji she would be? Check out her rapid fire interview below to find out!

Name
Coco Yokoyama

Occupation
Senior Stylist for AEO Direct

What does your day to day look like at the office?
On shoot days, I arrive at the studio early to make sure the model is in hair and makeup, then Bri (my lovely assistant) helps prep the clothes for the model. After hair and makeup are complete, we do a quick fitting with the model. Then, we go on set and shoot our product all day until we get the perfect shot. We jam out to great music, laugh at each others goofiness and just have fun!

Favorite photo shoot that you’ve been on?
For AEO, I love every shoot that I’ve been on! The campaign shots for every season have been amazing and I’m so blessed to travel to such amazing locations with a rad team of people.  Another one of my all time favorite shoots that I’ve been on was when I was a little girl, my family shot for GQ for Fathers Day back home in Cali! It was a blast.

AEO Interview with Coco Yokoyama

Coco poses for a picture during the AEO Spring photoshoot in Miami.

Challenges that you’ve faced in your occupation?
Everyday is a challenge…it’s called life (haha)

How do you come up with outfits for each season?- What’s your strategy/process?
Preston and Lauren usually have insight on what the design team has in store for the upcoming seasons and base the styling from working closely with these teams. Once Preston and Lauren have a concept, they relay that info to me and I execute!

Best advice you’ve been given to handle this role?
Be a leader, not a follower.

AEO Interview with Coco Yokoyama

The AEO Styling team takes a selfie moment at the movies.

What big trends are you seeing for summer/BTS?
A good denim selection with a twist of street and hipster key pieces.

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Are there any trends that you don’t want to come back?
Most trends come back and they usually have a twist to its original standards, so to me its something new to look at.

Favorite staple in your wardrobe?
Anything black! I ALWAYS wear black!

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Merchant Interview: Laura Khan

Some may say that a girl’s best friend is a great pair of shoes. Now, imagine getting to work with shoes all… day… long.  For Laura K., Merchandise Manager for shoes and accessories, this is reality.  We sat down with Laura to learn more about her amazing job as well as a little bit about her, too — she is quite the fashionista, gals!  Check out the interview below.

Name:  Laura Khan

Occupation:  Merchandise Manager

Where are you from:  This question is always tough for me because I grew up moving around a bit.  I lived in Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio before moving to Pittsburgh.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do… I’m a Capricorn, a dog lover, married to a smarty pants and a new mom of the coolest kid in the world.  I’m obsessed with interior design and party planning for any one of my friends — our accessories team is famous for office birthday parties!  I manage the men’s and women’s shoe and accessories buying team for our website.  We work with the store merchants, design and production teams to develop amazing AEO product and then buy styles from other brands (New Balance, Birkenstock, Timberland, etc.) to build an awesome assortment online.

What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?  Our team manages four seasons at once, so we are analyzing sales, tracking shipping, buying or hind-sighting on any given day.  Right now we are working on buying our Holiday 2014 collection, so I am spending a lot of time checking out new vendor assortments to see if we want to buy any of their product.  There will be a lot of fun gifts in accessories this year and you are going to want to update your closet with at least five new pairs of shoes.

What do you love most about working with shoes?  I like being able to shop the market, going to different trade shows to see product from our vendors AND working with our fantastic AEO shoe design and production teams.  That gives us a lot of options to make sure that our collection is trend right and ties back to the apparel assortment.  Shoes complete the outfit!

What made you want to pursue merchandising?  I kind of fell into merchandising.  I started out at AEO allocating skirts and dresses to all of the stores eight years ago.  After about a year, I moved over to the web merchandising team because there was a lot of growth potential and I could get creative merchandising the web site and be focused on product.  I started in web when there were only five merchants and now there are 30!

Who are some of your favorite artists?  If you know me, you know I like slow R&B jams.  My favorites are John Legend, Miguel, Trey Songz and Bruno Mars.

What are you obsessed with lately?  Watching my son grow up.

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Check out Laura’s adorable son on her Instagram.

On your playlist?  Beyoncé, Beyoncé and JayZ!

Any upcoming vacations planned that you are excited about?  Headed to Nags Head, Outer Banks in 2 weeks with our family!  I can’t wait to sit my bum on a beach chair and watch the kids play and listen to the waves crash.

Five words to describe you:  Sparkly, Neon, Happy, Smiley, Yes.

Favorite destination:  St John, USVI.  We went in January with some friends and every beach there was ridiculously gorgeous.

Favorite quote:  If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely – Roald Dahl

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?  Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble. Smile often. Stay loyal. Keep honest. Travel when possible. Never stop learning. Be thankful always. And love

And the advice you’d offer aspiring buyers?  See above!

Three items on your AEO wish list.  AEO thick strap sandal in gold, AEO Crocheted Romper in black and the AEO Boho Embroidered Bucket Backpack in multi.

Three tasks on your bucket list.  Travel the world, have a garden and ride horses.

What are your fashion rules to live by?  I live in jeans, I make sure to purposefully wear white before Memorial Day and I can never have too many pairs of shoes.

What AEO pieces are topping your list this year?  Overalls, rompers and all of the shoes I buy of course.

If you were accidentally locked in AEO HQ overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?  I would seriously have to call the AEOHotline if this happened to me, but luckily the Aerie team sits two rows down from me and they normally have a few samples lying around.  And I’d have to hit up our AEO sample closet for a dress.

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Laura’s purse contents. We know where we’re going if we want a sweet snack!

Favorite style of shoes?  Booties. They look perfect with almost any outfit all year round.

Favorite accessory?  Jewelry.  I always have a watch, stacks of bracelets, stud earrings and some sort of necklace on.

Are there any accessories or shoes coming out this summer that you’re loving?  Stacking earrings up your ear, I was surprised to see that I still had my second earring holes! I’m even contemplating getting more — crazy!  Birkenstocks are back in a big way this year, I still have my Arizona’s from middle school, but I also have the Gizeh in black and Kairo in white. And now I want to buy baby Birks for my son.

What trends are you seeing with shoes and accessories for Summer and BTS?  This is definitely the year of the sneaker.  There’s a lot of print and pattern to spice up a basic outfit.  Bandanas are a fun multi-use accessory to wear as a headband, bracelet, bun wrap or tie around the strap of a bag.

What trends would you like to see gone for Summer and BTS?  Skorts!

 

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