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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Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

We kicked off the official start to summer the best way we knew how to: celebrating our #AerieREAL girls and our Chill. Play. Move.™ collection at  Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga! Did we mention it was also International Yoga Day and National Selfie Day? Yep. OHM-amazing.

Read on to see some of our fave photos from the day, meet our #AerieREAL yogis and shop Chill. Play. Move.™ sports bras and leggings for your next yoga sesh.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

We kicked off the AM and got in the #AerieREAL mindset with a Real Talk by Aerie Role Model, Iskra. Then one of our fave NYC yogis, Kathryn Budig, took the stage for a wellness segment about body positivity followed by a quick meditation.

Between each yoga class throughout the day, thousands of attendees were invited to visit Yoga Village. At the Aerie tent, we celebrated with flash tats, a photo booth and a peek at our latest Chill. Play. Move.™ collection.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie x Solstice Sweepstakes winner Katie brought BFF Andi to NYC to celebrate the start of summer! The two spent the day enjoying yoga classes, meditation and wellness in Times Square.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Later in the morning, NYC was treated to an #AerieREAL Empowered Flow by AEO’s very own Senior Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac! This yogi does it all, and her energy and positivity were so inspiring.

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Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Trainer and entrepreneur, Holly Rilinger, and Iskra twinned on their mats! Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

No retouching on these yogis!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Love these looks? Shop Chill. Play. Move.™ sports bras and leggings here!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

After class, Melissa Wood talked about how a fit mind is the foundation for a fit body. All while looking amazing in our Move 7/8 Colorblock Legging!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Love these yogis! Jessamyn Stanley, Kathryn Budig and hundreds more #AerieREAL girls supported each other throughout Catherine’s class.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

No better way to celebrate the longest day of the year! Thanks for all the love, NYC. Nama-stay #AerieREAL!

Want to join Aerie at our next event? Stay tuned at our Facebook Events page!

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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.

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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.

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@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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Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real friends. Real laughs. Real strong. Real love. Real now. #BackToREAL

You still have a couple months to soak up the summer sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in gear for Back To School! This year, our collection is all about heading back to real life. Whether reality for you is a heavy course load next semester or coming back from vacation and returning to the rise and grind of a 40-hour work week, one thing’s for sure. We’ll get you up and running and back to reality in no time.

Take a behind-the-scenes look below at our Back To School photoshoot featuring so many new faves from the collection!

Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real cozy. We shot Back To School at the dreamiest NYC loft. Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Real style! Aerie girls @SakuraHeffron and @CourtneyJamesCJ and our Stylist @ErinCRittling on location.
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Real views. This roof made for some our fave shots!

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Real smiles. Hi from @Sakuraheffron and @iamiskra! Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real happy! @AllyLWalsh shows off our new Sunnie Lightly Lined Bra and Boyshort.Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real loves. From our closet to yours! Our Back To School collection has so many new must-haves.

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Real city. This collection is in a New York state of mind. 
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Real skills! @Elizty always makes us smile. #BackToReal Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 IBehind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real FUN (& fun fun fun fun fun fun). @CourtneyJamesCJ

Shop your favorite looks online now! Mark your calendars, these pieces will be at your local Aerie store on 7.7.

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10 questions with Jon Contino: The graphic designer behind our new Live Your Life Fragrances

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Describe yourself to us in five words?
Passionate. Loyal. Determined. Respectful. Intense.

Where are you from and what led you to where you are today?
I grew up in Long Island just a few miles from New York City in a creative, supportive family. I spent my teens and early twenties playing drums in various hardcore and metal bands, and that’s actually where I got my start doing professional design work. I was constantly working on band merchandise, flyers, record layouts and stuff like that. It wasn’t long before I started working with local businesses as well. In 2005 I opened a design studio called Onetwentysix and eventually that led to starting my first menswear brand, CXXVI, with my longtime friend Matt Gorton. Once CXXVI was rolling, I went back to freelancing and eventually transformed that business into what Jon Contino Studio is today.

You designed our packaging for our new Men’s and Women’s Live Your Life fragrances. What inspired your designs?
The inspiration came from the American culture that most people don’t think about. Stuff that we might take for granted. I felt that American Eagle Outfitters needed some nods to its heritage, but in a unique way. I wanted to focus on the time we spend as kids getting into trouble: running around the neighborhood with friends, getting lost in the woods, making fires on the beach. Whatever we used to occupy our time with in between the world of carelessness and responsibility. I wanted to capture the raw energy of growing up in a culture that’s relatively new in the history of the world. It’s unique to America, and it represents a lot of what American Eagle Outfitters is about.

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Can you share some sketches with us?

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Where is your studio and what are three things we will always find in your workspace?
My studio was in Brooklyn for years until very recently. My wife and I moved about an hour north of Manhattan to the Hudson Valley, where I now run my studio full time. It’s great because in between projects, phone calls, emails and all that stuff, I can take some time and go outside with my daughter and play with her without having to worry about busy streets or whatever else comes with living in a busy city. Actually, my daughter is a good example of something you’ll always find in my studio. Anyone that’s ever gotten on a phone call with me can tell you they hear her in the background most of the time. In terms of working material, you’ll always find pencils, pens and paper. I always design everything by hand, on paper. It’s how I feel most comfortable working. If you want to get into atmospheric stuff, there’s always some kind of Apple technology around me, antique signs and books and lots of family heirlooms.

What is your favorite project you have worked on to date?
That’s such a tough question. Working with different industries means that I have a favorite in each field and can’t truly compare one as better than the other. If I had to call out a project that turned my life upside down though, I think I could pick one. Growing up in the world of New York Hardcore, my favorite band was always a band from Brooklyn called Indecision. To this day, those albums are still my favorite of all time. A couple years ago they were doing a reunion show and asked me to design a shirt for them. It was amazing to have my favorite band reach out to me and tell me they were fans of my work. Still sits with me as one of the coolest moments of my career.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you cook for them?
Well, I’m not much of a cook… anyone in my family could tell you that. If I had to pick someone though, I think it might be Benjamin Franklin for a lot of reasons. Instead of cooking, though, I’d take him to one of my favorite bagel shops in the Bronx and tell him to get a toasted egg bagel with vegetable cream cheese with a slice of tomato and an Arizona iced tea. It’s a tradition my wife and I have been doing for years and it’s probably the meal I look most forward to eating.

Number one on your bucket list?
The fact that I can design for a living, and do cool stuff on top of that, is pretty much my one and only selfish goal for my life. I’m a family guy at heart, so everything else would be things like having more kids, seeing them grow up… stuff like that.

It’s Friday night in NYC, where can we find you?
Having a 19-month-old daughter usually means I’m in bed by 10pm on Friday nights, but if I actually had the chance to be out and not be exhausted, then I’d probably want to spend it sitting on a stoop somewhere with friends laughing and joking about random nonsense. Life gets so busy, it’s nice just to goof around once in a while.

Go to ae.com and style a head to toe outfit for yourself.

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Shop #AEOStyle Jon’s style: Quilted Bomber Jacket, Plaid Button Down Shirt, Slim Straight Khaki, Speckled Sock, Clarks Originals Desert Boot

Check out the super cool designs of the men’s and women’s fragrance bottles for these amazing new scents on ae.com and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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