10 questions with Parkour Athlete: Willie “WilJay” Moore

We’re introducing our innovative AEO Flex/4 denim technology, and partnered with an awesome WFPF parkour athlete to showcase the revolutionary versatility of our jeans and what you can do in them. Flex/4 is our latest 360° 4-way flex denim that follows your every move, retains its shape, and provides max comfort. We were so impressed by (Willie’s) athletic skills in our Flex/Denim video that we wanted to get to know him a little better. Read on for our full interview!

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When did you become interested in Parkour?
I’ve always been doing parkour, actually. I was always a pretty outgoing kid trying to do the next big thing that my friends couldn’t. Although I very specifically remembering doing my first back flip in elementary school recess, I never knew what parkour was until I found videos on the internet in middle school. I was also very influenced by the action movies and cartoons at the time.

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How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
Aside from training a few hours a week, I practice parkour in my own way each and every day. Parkour to me is more mental than it is physical. In its simplicity it’s all about overcoming the obstacles that are in front of you while finding new and creative ways to express yourself along the way. In a weird way I have grown up with Parkour at the forefront of my life and have been its student ever since I was a little boy.

What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
I once did a double side flip from a pretty high object to a lower one. I sprained my foot first attempt.

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What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I have never had any formal training in anything I have ever done. I really think big; sometimes too big for my current circumstance. I truly take pride in my ability to adapt to any situation. Everything is a learning experience and a tool that you can use in some shape or form. Attention to detail is everything.

What was your favorite thing about Flex denim?
The AEO Flex line is simply incredible? The Flex denim line is so far the most comfortable clothing that i have ever worn outside of my house! I have recommended them to everyone I know.

Where else would you wear AEO Flex to?
So far I have worn AEO Flex wear to a photo shoot, a video shoot, a stunt shoot, a business meeting, through a holiday, and out lounging with friends. I believe a better question is where wouldn’t I wear them? Hmm.

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What advice would you offer aspiring Parkour athletes?
My advice to aspiring Parkour athletes as well as anyone pursuing a passion is to always be unique. It is always way easier to be yourself than it is to be just like your competition. Being unique is what makes you valuable! Oh and have fun meeting other weirdos like yourself jumping about.

Any noteworthy projects on the horizon? Are there any projects out there you’d like the opportunity to work on?
I make YouTube videos every week. The goal is to grow my audience. Unlike most entertainers that use social media as a stepping stone, I feel that YouTube has become a large enough platform for me to become a successful, creative, and transparent influencer. I want to be the director, actor, and stuntman. On the other hand I would love to be a well-known secret agent like James Bond or a video game character! Who knows?

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Favorite movie of all time?
Wow that’s a really hard question! I would have to say that it hasn’t been produced yet. It’s still sitting in my dresser waiting to be directed! I’m kidding! I would have to say that I have a ton of favorite movies but never a favorite of all time past or present. As one of the many runners up, I would have loved to be in the magic movie Now You See Me.

Top 3 on your bucket list?
I want to inspire the youth and give the kids the same hope that I was given by so many great human beings. I want to travel the world with those who need to see it for its many differences and similarities. Last but not least I want to look back at my life when everything said and done and simply be able to say I lived the best life I possibly could in my very own and unique way. I was totally human.

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#AEOSTYLE CHALLENGE: Denim

Whether you’re a Slim or Classic Bootcut kind of guy, our Men’s Denim selection is on point this season. Seriously, we have a fit for everyone.

Anthony from Closet Freaks Blog shows us that denim doesn’t always have to mean blue jeans. See how he styles his favorite pair of AEO Skinny Jeans below.

Meet Anthony:
Anthony lives and works in New York City as a structural engineer by day and a blogger by night. Much like his seemingly separate jobs, his style is a cool contrast of bold & trendy with subtle & classic.

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What Inspired Anthony’s Look:
When people think of denim I think most often blue jeans probably come to their minds, so for this outfit I wanted to try something different and wear a colored denim. These khaki jeans with their distressed, worn-in look inspired vintage workwear vibes in my mind. To play that up I paired rugged classics like a railroad stripe buttondown with a plaid lumber-jacket, and a black lace up boot for an outdoorsy masculine feel. And because I love layers and contrast, I quite literally topped it all off with a tailored navy topcoat to add a polished touch to the look.

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Get Anthony’s Look:
Skinny Jean
Plaid Workwear Shirt (Similar)
Thorogood 6″ Moc Toe Boot (Similar)

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Slim

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all… so we put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits for you. This season, we’re highlighting real bloggers in each of our denim fits to give you styling inspiration.

Ryan Charchian from The Fashionisto Diaries is wearing our Slim Jean this season. Our Slim Jean is about to be your new favorite fit… lean, versatile and perfect for someone who prefers slim but not skinny.

What inspired Ryan’s look:
American Eagle Outfitters has a ton of great pieces to go back to school with. I paired this tribal print baseball tee with light wash slim jeans to show the contrast of the pieces. The slim jeans are also very comfortable if you aren’t in a skinny jean kind of mood for class. This backpack is really big and I’ll be able to carry my laptop and textbooks with me no problem.

At school, shoes make a statement. These camo-like New Balances really stand out with the bright “N,” which also matches the baseball tee.

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Shop Ryan’s look:
Slim Jean (Light Vintage)
Baseball T-Shirt
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker
Canvas Buckled Backpack

About Ryan:
Ryan Charchian is a military brat and started blogging to connect with old friends and show them new things happening in his life. Ryan’s blog turned into something more as he started to feature his style and his adventures in fashion. Fashionisto Diaries became what it is today when Ryan was in high school. Ryan started attending fashion week during his junior year and has attended every season of New York Fashion Week since.

During the Spring/Summer 2014 shows, Ryan was one of the bloggers Tumblr selected to attend fashion week and create content for the platform. This accelerated Ryan’s blog and his passion to create amazing content. During that same season, Ryan started to create YouTube videos. Currently he produces two videos a week: Mansome Mondays, which features men’s skincare and grooming, and Fashion Fridays, which features men’s fashion and style advice.

Ryan lives in New York and attends the Fashion Institute of Technology where he is majoring in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

Show us how you wear our Slim fit with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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