American Eagle Outfitters is an American clothing and accessories retailer, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1977 by brothers Jerry and Mark Silverman as a subsidiary of Retail Ventures, Inc., a company which also owned and operated Silverman's Menswear. The Silvermans sold their ownership interests in 1991 to Jacob Price of Knoxville, Tennessee. American eagle is the parent company of Aerie and formerly of 77 kids.
The brand targets 15- to 25-year-old males and females, with 911 American Eagle Outfitters stores and 158 aerie stand-alone stores. In 1977, the first American Eagle store opens in Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, MI as the destination for the great outdoors.