Designer Interview: Tamarah Ghourdjian

Bright, bold and colorful prints grab our attention every season. This season’s print… Global!  We wanted the inside scoop on what influences our design team to create these fun and trendy prints, so we caught up with our Senior Director of Women’s Concept, Tamarah to learn what things and places sparked her team to conceive this season’s collection.

Tamarah Ghourdjian

Senior Director of Women’s Concept

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 Tamarah in our New York Design Office concept work space

Where did you draw inspiration for the global prints?
We pulled inspiration from everywhere — Vintage [finds], traveling the world, blogs, books, paintings and more!

Can you tell us how you wear the global print trend?
I wear our black and white print mix jumpsuit with a military jacket.

What are your three favorite global print pieces from this season’s collection?
I love the black and white floral jumpsuit, the tropical romper and the black and white zig-zag soft shorts.

If you were to share what global print piece that every girl must have in her closet right now, what would it be?
My favorite is a jumpsuit or romper, whether it be an ethnic print or tropical. Both are on trend this season.

skateboards with AEO spring global prints

 A few skateboards that our design team had printed with some of our global prints for Spring 2014.

How cool, right?

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue fashion design?
I grew up in a crafty family. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew, knit, dye fabrics, make jewelry, weave—you name it, they can do it all.  I started making clothes at a very young age, first for my dolls, and then later for myself and my friends.  As far as I can remember it’s always been a part of my life and I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather be doing.

What kinds of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Everything and anything — No one day is the same, but research is always part of my day.  I am always looking for new inspiration; a new brand, [fashion] blogs, [street] style, silhouettes, boutique finds, prints or a color that inspires me.

What three items will we always find in your purse?
A hair tie.
My passport.

What inspires your style and how would you describe it?
Anything vintage, authentic, lived-in and casual inspires my style.
You could say it’s boy meets vintage girl or somewhere in between.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Global Prints

Our designers travel the world to find the coolest print inspiration to create global prints exclusively for you. Sometimes global prints can seem a little tricky to style, but fashion bloggers Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful and Shanna from Because Shanna Said So created two looks to help us out. Be sure you visit each girl’s blog to see even more shots of their looks.

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Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful in our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.

Meet Ashlyn: Ashlyn is a personal life + style blogger living in DC with her better half + English Bulldog, Tinsley. Let it Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design & prettiness!

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Detail shot of our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.


#aeostyle challenge global prints ashlyn let it be beautiful jumpsuit

Ashlyn took the romper in a completely different direction by adding a denim vest.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look: When deciding on what to pair with the jumpsuit, I was thinking ‘cozy & casual’ for spring or summer. I tend to throw on my denim vest over a dress, tank or t-shirt & the outfit is completely transitioned. Also, adding a pop of color to any look is important to me, so my red bag was a no-brainer. Get Ashlyn’s look: Soft Floral Jumpsuit Denim Vest (similar)

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Shanna from Because Shanna Said So in our Soft Pant.

Meet Shanna: Shanna is a personal style blogger born and raised in Texas. She currently resides in the Austin area and is living life to it’s fullest. She began her blog in late 2011 with a passion for reaching women of all ages and sharing affordable fashion, accessible style inspiration and her favorite cosmetics. She truly believes that women do not have to spend a lot too look like they did.

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Shanna shows off the versatility of a soft pant by wearing sneakers for a casual-cook look.

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Detail shot of our Soft Pant.

What inspired Shanna’s look: I opted to style these pants on a very casual level. They are easy to move around in with an elastic waist and airy material. They are super comfortable and perfect for running weekend errands. The versatility is amazing and could easily be taken into the evening with a pair of heels, a solid crop, long chain necklace and clutch. Get Shanna’s look: Soft Pant Show us how you style your global prints with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery, our Instagram and Tumblr accounts or blogs.

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