We all know and love Tan France as the fashion icon of Queer Eye, but since the show’s launch last year, he has become known for much more beyond his role within the show. Tan’s Instagram currently weighs in at a whopping 2.1 million followers, so it comes as no surprise when we see him partnering with brands on everything from paid promotions to larger styling roles. Just recently, Tan was named American Eagle’s stylist at large, and after chatting with him about the brand, we knew this marriage was a match made in heaven.
“I love that they reached out,” Tan said. “Full disclosure: When they first reached out to my agency, I was like, I don’t know; I haven’t really seen what they’ve been doing in a while. The last time I shopped there was a few years ago, and I was younger and thought maybe it’s not going to be right for me, but I was shocked when they sent me the lookbook, because their branding has changed a heck of a lot.” To Tan, this partnership with American Eagle is much more than just another good opportunity—it actually aligns extremely closely with his role on Queer Eye.
“The reason this was important for me to do was because it’s an extension of what I do on the show,” he explained. “I’m talking about accessible style. I’m not suggesting we go and spend $10,000 on a suit or $2000 on a jacket. I’m talking about accessibility and something that we can all afford, and American Eagle really does do a great job of creating clothing that is great for every one of us, men and women, at really affordable price points and with products that I actually do wear.”