Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Give two #AerieREAL girls a blank wall and a few days, and they’ll make a masterpiece! When we realized our SoHo Pop-Up was in need of a little something extra, two of our graphic designers made it happen. Most days, Nicolette and Brittany work on the beautiful Aerie designs you see in print, but this time we asked them to PAINT! They worked for two days (and nights!) straight to create an amazing, free-hand mural inspired by our Fall 2017 photoshoot.

Read on and find out how they turned their idea into a full-sized mural that shows #AerieREAL in all its beauty. Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

What was the inspiration behind the mural you designed?

B: The inspiration for our mural was the beautiful landscapes in Kenab, where our Fall photoshoot took place. We took inspiration from the lines, curves, tones and overall diversity of the earth’s landscape that so beautifully, and, in a way, artistically depict some of the different characteristics that make each one of us unique!

You hand painted it from start to finish! Tell us about the process.

N: Brittany and I gathered different photographs from the shoot, all including various landscapes, colors and shapes. We studied these and used them as our inspiration while we hand-drew an outline of what we were envisioning for the mural. We then scanned these onto the computer and began adding in colors inspired by the color palette of the Aerie Fall products along with colors found in nature. We matched these colors to real paint colors and once we drew the outlines on the canvas, used them to fill in all of the white space and began to see the mural come to life!

B: I have to say, this was definitely a first for me! My entire life, I had been artistically inclined and painted and drew as a hobby, however I had never painted anything larger than 18” x 24”, let alone a mural!

Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up MuralMeet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

How is #AerieREAL reflected in your designs?

B: We incorporated the characteristics that we found in our shoot that we felt closely resembled some of the different characteristics our bodies have: different curves, different shapes, lines, stretch marks, wrinkles, freckles, tones. We truly believe that these are things that should be embraced; if they are beautiful in art and nature, then they are beautiful on our bodies.

What advice do you have for aspiring graphic designers?

N: Don’t ever hold back your creativity. Always be on the lookout for inspiration. When I visit new places and cities, I soak it all in and let it inspire my work. Design trends are never-ending, so I always make sure to do research any chance I get. It’s amazing how much you can grow as a designer with time and practice.

B: Graphic Design is a rewarding career. You can do what you love, while also communicating a positive message (such as #AerieREAL!). That being said, it can be very competitive and the best advice I could give is to stay #AerieREAL and not compare yourself to fellow graphic designers, in the same way you should never compare your body to someone’s else’s body. There will always be amazing designers. There will always be great ideas you wish you thought of. But that gives you the opportunity to admire, rather than compare. I would also advise I would give is: practice, practice, practice. The more projects that you do, the more you will develop your skills. xoxo.

Meet The Designers Of Our SoHo Pop-Up Mural

Visit Nikki and Brittany’s mural IRL at 72 Spring Street now! Want to learn more about our pop-up? Read more here.

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Introducing… Sundays at Spring Street

Introducing... Sundays at Spring StreetSundays at Spring Street are all about self-love, girl power and REAL fun. No Sunday scaries here! Our series starts 9.10, and we’ll be bringing you Sunday fundays most weekends for the rest of the year. 

Help us start our Sunday series with a sweat sesh! Join SVP of Aerie Design and Power Pilates Instructor, Andrea, and her son Isak, Personal Trainer and 3x Marathoner, for a FREE mashup HIIT (high intensity interval training) and pilates class!

Andrea is a passionate Aerie Design leader and a certified Pilates trainer. She is in love with an active lifestyle, and as a true #AerieREAL girl, she is a big supporter of loving yourself and embracing your imperfections. Andrea currently lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband, two kids and their dog. Isak is a sports management student with a focus on fitness and wellness. He has a personal training and group fitness business in Greenwich, CT and is building fitness and wellness influence in his community with big goals for his future. Isak encourages everyone to be active, enjoy life and be proud of who they are.

RSVP to their 9.10 HIIT and pilates class now!

Introducing... Sundays at Spring StreetWork it out then shop it out! The class runs from 11-12, then from 12-1, talk with Andrea about her must-have Chill. Play. Move.™ leggings over brunch treats. Shop and get a free tote with any purchase!

Introducing... Sundays at Spring Street

At our SoHo Pop-Up on 9.28, we celebrated a day dedicated to Bright Pink® & you!

All day long, we’ll be matching 5% of all Aerie sales in US stores & at Aerie.com (up to $50,000) in donations to Bright Pink®. You’ll also get FREE Bright Pink® customization with any purchase.Introducing... Sundays at Spring Street

Later that night we had a Brighten Up® workshop with a Bright Pink® Ambassador. All of those who participated received a free notebook! We also offered a FREE yoga class with Jules from Om & THE CITY as well as sips & snacks!

Learn more about Bright Pink® here!

Introducing... Sundays at Spring Street

On 10.15, meet our friend Jenna Kutcher. If you haven’t met this #AerieREAL girl, she’s a photographer, educator, artist, entrepreneur, body positivity champion and the list goes on!

Jenna wants to talk about what YOU are most interested in, so she’ll be tailoring her Real Talk to the #AerieREAL girls in the crowd. Get ready for an open discussion that’s meant to empower & inspire! To sweeten the day, we’ll have macarons from Dana’s Bakery. After Jenna’s Real Talk, shop with her and get a FREE tote with any purchase.

Be sure to check back for frequent updates on our Sundays at Spring Street series!

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Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Our new collection is here, and it’s all about girl power! We headed to NYC for our Back To School ’17 photoshoot and brought some of our fave #AerieREAL girls with us. Check out behind-the-scenes photos below and get a sneak peek of more new arrivals to come!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

#AerieREAL views! Work started early for these #AerieREAL girls and Aerie Stylist, Erin.

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At ease! Military-inspired styles are your new off-duty uniform this season.

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Woan Ni shows her love for all things Aerie & NYC in the newest additions to our Chill. Play. Move.™ collection.

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

No retouching. Just touchups! Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!  Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

This season is all about the staycation, and Liz’s messy half-do is made for #JOMO (JOY of missing out!)

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S’cozy. S’happy. S’cute!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR! Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Baseball caps get a fun new update this season, taking inspiration from all things 90’s.

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Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

Iskra and photographer Janelle showing #AerieREAL in action.

Behind The Scenes: GRL PWR!

We ❤ NY!

Shop our latest collection and get in on all this girl power in stores & at Aerie.com now.

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Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Shopping, inspiration and fun fun fun now open at 72 Spring Street… it’s Aerie like you’ve never seen it before! Our new pop-up brings you the full Aerie collection and #AerieREAL experience, from inspirational events with Iskra, to Chill. Play. Move. workout classes on weekends, to personalized shopping sessions. Stop by the next time you’re in NYC to see our extra special new space!

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Spring Street just got REAL! Come see us at 72 Spring Street in SoHo.

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Jen Foyle, Aerie Global Brand President, officially opens our amazing new space. 

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Cheers to #AerieREAL! 

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Everyone’s welcome and there’s only one rule: keep it #AerieREAL

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

We partnered with local female-owned businesses like Uprooted Flower Truck to showcase their brands and continue our mission of empowering girls everywhere. 

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

#AerieREAL inspiration by Aerie Graphic Designer @brittersjay

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

Our new pop-up is open just in time for holiday shopping! 

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

 

Hey NYC, Meet Aerie! Our SoHo Pop-up Is Open

 

We can’t wait to see you soon!

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: NYC Holiday Party

Last Wednesday, we hosted our annual Holiday Shopping Party at the AEO store in SOHO, NYC. Each year we are lucky enough to be in the company of some of the coolest fashion editors in the business (think Refinery29, TeenVogue.com, UsWeekly!) plus some of our favorite bloggers and stylists including Christina Caradona, Natalie Suarez, Dylana Suarez, Christine Bibbo-Herr, Anarosa Trotta and Jenni Radosevich. We offered self-portrait lattes by barista artist Michael Breach and participated in the shopping fun by picking out favorite #AEOGIFTS for everyone on our list! Scroll on to check out a full picture recap of the event.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

VP of AEO Public Relations @rachel_dicarlo sipped on a sweet logo latté.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

Our SOHO store looked merry, bright & full of #AEOSTYLE.

@ispydiy

 We totally have heart eyes for @ispydiy‘s coffee selfie.

@ispydiy at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@ispydiy enjoys her latté (it’s not weird to drink your own portrait, right?!).

@nycpretty

@nycpretty is head over heels for our chunky knit beanies and winter accessories.

@noelledowning

@noelledowning sips & shops.

@natalieoffduty

@natalieoffduty is all about the cozy holiday season.

@troprouge at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@troprouge or AEO mannequin? She’s winter-ready in AEO accessories.

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

What do we want under our tree this year? #AEOGIFTS, of course.

@baristart at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

Coffee artist @BartistArt creates a one-of-a-kind #AEOGIFTS latté.
@coffeendclothes

@coffeendclothes (literally).

@anawoza & friends

@anawoza & friends shopping for denim from our amazing AEO denim wall.

@troprouge and @anawoza at the AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

@anawoza & @troprouge hanging out and making new friends.

Natalie Off Duty & Dylana Suarez

Sisters @dylanasuarez & @natalieoffduty rock Holiday #AEOSTYLE.

@dylanasuarez

@dylanasuarez, you definietly need those Boho Arist Flare Jeans!

@anawoza

Could @anawoza’s latté selfie be any more perfect?

AEO Holiday Party In NYC Soho Store

We had so much fun shopping & chatting with everyone at the party. We’ll see you next year!

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