Aerie (clothing retailer)

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Founded2006 (2006)
Number of locations
Key people
Jay Schottenstein (Chairman and interim CEO)
ProductsApparel, accessories, lingerie, personal care
ParentAmerican Eagle Outfitters

Aerie, stylized as aerie, is a lingerie lifestyle retailer and intimate apparel sub-brand owned by American Eagle Outfitters. The brand has no age demographic and the company encourages customers from all ages to shop at Aerie.[1] In addition to lingerie such as a wide variety of bras and other undergarments, the aerie line also sells dormwear, active apparel, loungewear, accessories and sleepwear. The aerie brand is sold as a shop-in-shop in American Eagle Outfitters stores, online through the American Eagle website, and in standalone aerie retail stores. Additionally, American Eagle Outfitters and aerie merchandise are available at 82 licensed international franchise stores in 13 countries.

Aerie's main competition in the lingerie market for the 15- to 22-year-old demographic includes Pink by Victoria's Secret[2] and GapBody.


An aerie stand-alone store in Pittsburgh.

In February 2006, American Eagle launched aerie lingerie, the company's first sub-brand.[3] The first stand-alone aerie store opened in August 2006 in Greenville, South Carolina[4] and was followed by two more test stores later that year.

As of December 2010, there were 147 stand-alone aerie stores in the United States and in Canada.[5] In 2011, the company opened ten new aerie stores[6] and had a 2% share of the lingerie market.[7]

Aerie outperformed American Eagle’s mainline brand during the second and third quarter in the 2013 fiscal year, despite a decline in store traffic.[7]


Aerie Real[edit]

"Aerie Real" is a body image campaign that was launched by aerie in spring 2014 in response to an announcement by American Eagle in January 2014. AEO released news that it was going to discontinue using supermodels and digitally retouching its models to encourage positive self-image and body positivity.[8] The Aerie REAL campaign features models of various sizes, shapes and skin colors, along with showing their beauty marks and tattoos. The Aerie Real movement includes an online bra guide that showcases cup sizes 30A through 40DD worn by models with similar body types. The personalized shopping experience further includes a “Real Girl Talk” hotline with style and fit experts.[9] They have also teamed up with Emma Roberts to further this campaign and provide a positive role model to younger girls.[10]

As part of this campaign, aerie became the first national retailer to sponsor the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Aerie is the leading sponsor of their national walks awareness program known as "NEDA Walk".[11] The initiative raises funds for educational programs and spreads awareness about eating disorders. NEDA holds 65 walks every year in cities across the United States.

This campaign has also had success reaching young women under the Twitter name #aeriereal.[12]


  1. ^ Moin, David (26 Feb 2006). "American Eagle's Strategy for 'aerie' Intimates". WWD.
  2. ^ Barbaro, Michael (July 15, 2006). "What Women Want; Underwear That Fits So Well It Can Be Outerwear". The New York Times. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (16 September 2006). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 14. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ "American Eagle Outfitters Introduces New Line of Dormwear and intimates" (Press release). PRNewswire. 2006-08-17. Archived from the original on 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
  5. ^ "American Eagle Outfitters - Investor Relations - Press Release". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  6. ^ Harlan, Deanie. "Company Shares of American Eagle Outfitters Rally 0.55%". Ashburn Daily. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b "American Eagle's Aerie Can Adopt Competitor Victoria's Secret's Ways". Forbes. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Intimates Line aerie Gets Real, Unveils "aerie Real" Spring 2014 Campaign Featuring Unretouched Models, Challenging Supermodel Standards". PR Newswire. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ Prosper, Ivy. "Aerie Challenges Supermodel Standards with Unretouched Ad Campaign". Canada Press. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Why Emma Roberts Is The Latest Celeb To Go Photoshop-Free". Refinery29. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  11. ^ "Aerie Takes a Stance & Leads Fashion Industry by Supporting the National Eating Disorders Association". Market Watch. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Let's Get Real: The #aerieReal Ad Campaign is a Game-Changer". Retrieved 2015-11-19.

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