#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.

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

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

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@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.

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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.

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@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?

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

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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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The Denim Dish: Holiday Collection Sneak Peek

dd1Every season, we put together a press preview to showcase the latest American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie collections for fashion editors, bloggers and influencers in our New York City showroom. A press preview allows them to visit our showroom and see our new collection, talk to our PR team about what’s new at AEO and mingle with their peers.

Our latest preview was for our Holiday 2014 collection… and we did it this past July! That’s right… we were in a sea of wintery puffer jackets even when the rest of the world was rocking their AEO Festival shorties and Birkenstocks. Our showroom was beaming with neon lights flashing “Get Down” in a fun reference to our down puffer jackets that will be available this October.

We also gave our editors a sneak peek of the American Beagle Outfitters collection. ABO started as an April Fool’s Day joke to help rescue dogs in need, but thanks to your overwhelming response, we’re actually making the collection happen for Holiday 2014! Instagram star, @toastmeetsworld made a guest appearance at our event wearing American Beagle Outfitters, which was definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Every prop, backdrop and styled outfit on a form took a lot of attention to detail. We even got to have fun with food, incorporating the theme of the season throughout the menu and serving items ranging from mini frozen hot chocolate to mini French Toast in our signature AEO back pocket.

Below are some exclusive pictures of our Holiday 2014 event. Be sure to check out the collection, which hits stores in November.

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Tell us which pieces you can’t wait to rock this winter in the comments below!

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