MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT: DESERT NOISES

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For our second installment of AEO Up Next, we called up Kyle Henderson of the band Desert Noises to talk about the great state of Utah, Alabama beaches and life on the road. The twangish, indie-rock quartet recently released their LP, “27 Ways,” which is something of a tribute to their roots in Utah coupled with their life on the road. Get to know more about Kyle and listen to a track off of “27 Ways” after the jump.

AEO:  Were you born and raised in Utah?

Kyle Henderson:  I was,  yeah. Most of us were. Brennan was actually born in California and then we’ve all lived here for most of our lives.

AEO:  What’s Utah’s music scene like?

Henderson:  It’s actually really good. It’s all sorts of different stuff. But yeah, there’s a really good music scene in my hometown of Provo.

AEO:  How has the scenery of Utah or the music scene itself inspired your work?

Henderson: I think a lot of it is inspired by the surrounding nature. How this place is, you’re surrounded by mountains and kind of just trapped in, ya know? It’s also a really hard place to leave because it feels so closed. And the culture is so tight-knit and everything, that I’d definitely say that the beauty of this place plays a huge part.

AEO:  Can you tell us a little bit about “27 Ways”? How long did it take to create and what was the process like?

Henderson:  We were working on it for probably about two years before we started recording it. And it was basically like in between tours, we’d be writing new songs and really trying to focus on that. We’d take them out on the road and change them as we were touring. So it became an album that came from being on the road and living on tour. We’re on tour a lot. So we kind of have to do things a different way by trying out new ideas on the road.

AEO:  Interesting. That’s almost counter to what you described Utah as being like: an insular sort of culture. You created this album in completely different circumstances. Were you just traveling the States?

Henderson:  Just the States. We haven’t played outside the states yet.

AEO:  It’s coming soon, I’m sure.

Henderson:  Yup.

AEO:  I know you guys have been billed on a few festivals. Which ones were your favorites so far?

Henderson:  Oh man. They’re all so good. They’re all so different. Recently we just played this festival called Hangout Festival, which is on the beach in Alabama.

AEO:  Alabama has a beach?!

Henderson:  Yeah, you’re literally in the sand while you’re playing.

AEO:  That’s awesome!

Henderson:  Yeah. So that was very epic.

AEO: Can you tell us what the one album is that truly affected your path in music?

Henderson: I would say Led Zepplin III.

AEO:  Good one. So, festivals aside, what smaller show was your favorite to play?

Henderson:  I guess what comes to mind is Lincoln, Nebraska. For some reason, that place really just gravitated towards us. And so every time we go there it’s just like a riot. That kind of place was like our first show experience where it was like, whoa, there’s people actually coming to the shows. I think that that was a big key point in our music career.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Kyle and the Desert Noises a little better, channel their look with #AEOStyle!

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

Get The Look: Tijuana Panthers

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2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
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Designer Interview: Sarah Day

Bohemian, or as many refer to as boho, is a style that can sometimes be difficult to describe. Why? Because its can mean something different to everyone. It’s unique and that’s why we love it. Dubbed the “Boho Queen” by her team (for very good reason!) our Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts, Sarah sat down with us to discuss all things bohemian and where she draws her inspiration from.

Name & occupation:
Sarah Day, Associate Design Director of Dresses, Skirts & Woven Shirts

Where are you from?
Portsmouth, UK

Where did you draw inspiration from for the boho trend?
My life experiences – I love to travel. Everywhere I travel, I always buy clothing, accessories and things for my home. My home is my bohemian sanctuary full of treasures I find.

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Shop the look:
1. Stone & Turquoise Bracelet Set
2. Huarache Flat
3. Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Coming soon in August!) Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress
4. Floral Button Front Slip Dress
5. Cutout Back Tank
6. Embroidered Yoke Maxi Skirt
7. Turquoise & Triangle Midi Ring
8. Macrame Thong Sandal
9. Chambray Shirt
10. Star Printed Bandana

The boho trend is known for being carefree and casual; can you tell us how you would transform this look from day to night?
Add a ton of accessories – you can never have too much jingle when it comes to jewelry! I personally can’t live without my collection of vintage Native American turquoise jewelry.  It’s always the finishing touch for all my boho clothing and I definitely use it to take me from day to night.

I always invest in jackets, bags & shoes. Great accessories and outerwear can make an inexpensive dress or outfit look more expensive and take your outfit from day to night. Boho is about pulling together pieces and putting it together in a different way. I love white feminine dresses worn with boots or a washed black favorite tee with destroyed denims and a ton of turquoise jewelry. It’s about pretty and tough – mixing lace with leather, mixing vintage and new.

The best way to describe bohemian style and taking it from day to night is – it’s about being unique, being yourself & putting outfits together in a way that lets the world see your personality through your clothing. You should never feel too done up or too put together. Boho should feel effortless and your choices in accessories can really make you stand out from the crowd.

What are your 3 favorite boho pieces from this season’s collection?
Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress (Similar: Printed Empire Maxi Dress)
Boho Embroidered Tank (Similar: High Neck Embroidered Tank) with Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Printed Pintuck Tank (Similar: Embroidered Crossback Tank)
All three styles coming soon in August!

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Sarah with Merchandise Manager of Dresses & Skirts, Robbin Choi and the Hi-Lo Boho Maxi Dress

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What television show are you obsessed with at the moment?
I’m a sucker for talent shows! I love it when the underdog is really talented and win. At the moment, it’s America’s Got Talent, but my favorites are X Factor & American Idol.

If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you be doing?
Lion tamer! No, seriously, I’d work for the ASPCA to help rescue animals.

What are 3 words to describe your personal style?
Bohemian, feminine, western and turquoise jewelry. Sorry, I need 4!

Favorite place you’ve ever visited on vacation?
Tulum, Mexico (See my most recent visit above!)

If you hosted a dinner party with a favorite style icon, who would you invite?
Stevie Nicks

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Choose a job you love! When I was young my Dad encouraged me to pick what I love (clothes) and make it my career, which was the best advice ever. I LOVE designing dresses and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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#OOTD: Intern Style

Internship season is in full swing! Luckily for us at AE and Aerie HQ, it’s casual Friday every day…which means we get to wear our favorite Aerie pieces 24/7! But getting your casual looks from a 9AM meeting to dinner with friends can be a challenge. We already knew our merchandising interns have great fashion sense, but mastering the ability to show off their personal style while keeping it professional? They’ve got it down to a science.

Get to know some of our Aerie and AE merchandising interns, and find some major outfit inspiration in how they rocked their favorite new Aerie pieces.

Name: Chelsea S.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
College: University of North Florida
Major: Marketing
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s amazing how much my voice is valued here. All members of your team look to you for fresh ideas since as an intern, you are the target customer. I love being able to influence decisions with my knowledge and opinions. At the same time, you have to accept that as an intern, you don’t have all the answers.”
More about me: “I’ve worked in an Aerie store as a bra expert back home for 2 years!”
Why we love her look: Chelsea’s denim vest is perfect for a little coverage around the office – plus, layers are key for unpredictable air conditioning! She kept it casual and cool with dressed down sandals. The topknot is a no-fuss way to top off her look!

Name: Kristen P.
Hometown: Griffith, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business and Fashion Design
What I’ve learned interning: “Moving to a new town and a new company is a big change! It can be challenging to get adjusted, but it’s a fun learning process.”
More about me: “When studying abroad, I visited 24 cities in 10 different countries!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s hat and strappy heels put an urban spin on a cute critter print! We’d wear this outfit for a big presentation or meeting – Kristen’s style would definitely help put our best foot forward.

Name: Ali G.
Hometown: Winnetka, Il
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s been an amazing experience seeing everything that goes into getting product in the stores, and seeing how styles I think would do well perform every week. I’ve also been surprised how even though everyone is really nice, young, and fun, they work super hard and all are amazing at their jobs.”
More about me: “At home I live on the lake, so I’ve also started to take up a hobby in paddleboarding! It’s super fun, relaxing, and also good exercise.”
Why we love her look: We love Ali’s glam and girly style! Her accessories add a bit of edge, but she keeps it pretty with easy, beachy waves. A light sweater also makes her look workplace appropriate. We’ll say it again – layering is key!

Name: Megan L.
Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
What I’ve learned interning: “My favorite part of the internship is that I am encouraged to use my creativity and think outside the box. It is amazing to wake up every morning to go do something I am passionate about! The most surprising part of the internship for me is that each associate you meet really wants you to succeed. This program places success right at your fingertips, you just have to grab it!”
More about me: “I have read the book Looking for Alaska over 10 times.”
Why we love her look: Megan’s outfit is comfy, but still pulled together. This look is perfect for 9 to 5 – and beyond! Just toss on a great pair of heels and you’re ready for your post-work evening plans.

Name: Ellie S.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “The Back to School season, in my opinion, is the best part of the year! It has been so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off with HUGE denim sales. It has definitely been challenging to learn every detail of each pair of jeans, from the fit to the exact wash…but now, after weeks of working with the product, it’s so fun to help my friends find the perfect pair of AE jeans!”
More about me: “I just studied abroad in Milan, Italy for five months! When I was there I learned how to make homemade pasta, gnocchi and tons of different sauces.”
Why we love her look: This cute boho style feels so fresh and fun! While it’s perfect for summertime, the pretty jewel tone colors also make it a great transition look to take you between the fall and summer seasons.

Name: Kelsey B.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Notre Dame
Major: Marketing & International Business
What I’ve learned interning: “All the financial metrics and ratios that are specific to the retail industry. College accounting classes can’t prepare you for this!!”
More about me: “I once spent an entire summer living out of a tent and hiking in Oregon & Washington!”
Why we love her look: Some days when we’re running out the door, a sneaker is the only shoe that will do. Plus, this graphic fleece is the perfect solution for those days when you just need to be comfy, but still cute. Kelsey’s taking tomboy to the next level with this look!

Name: Kristin S.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: University Of Virginia
Major: Media Studies
What I’ve learned interning: “How much it has taught me about the working world as well as about who I am and what I like.”
More about me: “One quirky fact about me is that I am OBSESSED with astrology!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s look is flirty, but still super office appropriate! We love the Aerie Jumpsuit paired with a fun platform heel for a little bit of a dressier look. This is a style we’d wear to work, but totally rock on the weekends, too!

Name: Natalia C.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Anderson University
Major: Marketing and Spanish
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s definitely been a challenge getting familiar with all of our Aerie undies choices…there are so many! But probably my favorite part has been getting to see product before it comes out!”
More about me: “It’s my second year interning at AE!”
Why we love her look: Her style is totally sporty chic, from her jacket to her wedge sneakers! We love how her bold berry lip adds some extra color and a feminine touch to her style (plus, it matches her bralette)! Natalia’s got the laws of layering down – a pretty bralette or bandeau peeking out from under a tank can act as an amazing accessory!

Name: Taylor J.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Kent State University
Major: Fashion Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “So much planning goes into every single style, and it takes place so far in advance! Also, our opinions are valued, so it’s important to stay strong in your point of view when presenting to higher-ups!”
More about me: “My favorite things to do in my free time are practicing yoga and hanging out with my friends and family.”
Why we love her look: Who says you can’t wear your comfiest pants to work, and still look amazing? Taylor’s style is so downtown cool! We love how she dressed up her basic look with some fun heels and a statement necklace. Joggers are a great alternative to your favorite jeans when you feel like mixing it up!

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Three’s never a crowd when cute critter prints are involved! One print, so many ways to style…we heart Chelsea, Ali and Kristen’s looks!

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Work it, ladies! We love how Megan and Kristen styled the same Aerie romper to make looks that are totally unique.

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The AE Jegging, two ways. Sporty or sweet…we cant choose! Can we have both, please?

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We want to see your Aerie #OOTD! Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL for the chance to be featured on our blog or Aerie.com!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Guest interview: Photographer Annie Frame

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The amazingly talented photographer, Annie Frame

Love our graphic T-shirts? So do we! And we have an extra bonus for you… an interview with the photographer behind two of this season’s T’s: Annie Frame! Get to know this super cool Brooklyn based photographer in our exclusive interview with her below!

Tell us about yourself?
“I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Brooklyn, New York five years ago to pursue art and find adventure.”

What is your favorite photograph you have taken and why?
“I can’t say I have a favorite, because it’s always changing and there’s just too many to choose from, but I always love photographing my friends above all else. [Mostly], the simple things, having picnics, going to shows, dancing, laughing, it’s the little things in life, and the people you get to share it with.”

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What inspires your photography?
“Actually, movies and music inspire my photographs greatly. It really helps me get into a mood, and that makes me imagine me what I want the photo to look like. That and I walk around the city and meet new interesting people every day.”

We featured two of your images on our graphic T-shirts this season; can you tell us the story behind the images and what it means to you to have these sold in AEO stores and online?
“First of all, absolutely thrilled to be on an AEO shirt! The first image, the one of two girls dancing was taken at a show that my friend’s band was playing at. They were in the front having a lot of fun and they seemed so free. I asked them if it was okay for me to take their pictures and they said “sure!” Later I found out they were best friends, and were both professional dancers as well. The other image is of my cat. His name is “little man” and he looks grumpy all the time, but he secretly loves to snuggle.”

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{ L to R: Annie’s photograph’s on our Photo Real Graphic Tank and Photo Real Graphic T-shirt }

What’s the best city you have visited and the top city on your bucket list?
“The best city I’ve ever visited is New York City. It was the best then; it’s still the best now. But Tokyo, Japan is definitely top on my list to.”

Tell us one thing about yourself that no one would guess about you?
“I play the drums and I love to dance. I even have a tattoo professing my love for these things.”

To check out this season’s graphic t-shirt collection, head to ae.com and to check out more of Annie’s work, visit her website at annieframe.com.

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Interview: The Wind and the Wave

Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!

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I like your tattoo.

KM:  Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.

Dwight:  Are you Scottish?

KM:  No, I’m a bit Irish.

Dwight:  We played in Ireland.

KM:  That’s so cool, tell me about it!

Patty:  We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.

Dwight:  Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.

KM:  Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.

Patty:  I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.

Dwight:  I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.

Patty:  And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.

Dwight:  And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.

KM:  That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?

Dwight:  Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.

KM:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Patty:  Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.

Dwight:  I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.

KM:  I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?

Dwight:  I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …

Patty:  Like Omaha.

Dwight:  Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.

Patty:  Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.

Dwight:  We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.

Patty:  They know how to do it right.

Dwight:  It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.

Patty:  They’re always in the moment.

Dwight:  American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.

Patty:  Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?

Dwight:  You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!

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