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Introducing the Faces of Old Navy

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Back in March, Old Navy launched the "Faces of Old Navy" – a series on the brand's social channels that highlights amazing talent and personalities.

Below are some of the most recent Old Navy employees who have been spotlighted. Be sure to follow Old Navy on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for the latest peek behind the curtains.

Lyndsay Harper

Q: We hear you have a pretty unusual resume!

A: I was a professional runner for four years, racing in international-level competitions. I started running when I was eight and went to University of Virginia on a track and field scholarship. While training, I worked at a health shop, assisted wedding photographers and some accessory designers, too. Last year, my times stopped improving so I shifted away from competitions. I wanted something creative and winded up having a great chat with Old Navy's HR team.

Q: Naturally, you're a member of Old Navy's own running club.

A: Yes! A group of us run a four-mile loop every Tuesday and Friday during lunch. It's nice to get outside for a mental and physical breather. Next year, we're planning on running the Penn Relays — the largest track meet in the country.

Jessica Wybenga

Q: How'd you get into merchandising?

A: Growing up in this little suburb of SoCal called Ontario, I always knew whatever I would do would involve styling or design. After high school, I moved to LA and pursued that dream, dipping my fingers into whatever I could. For example, while I was there I found this old thrift shop that had horrendous window displays — so I went in and offered to merchandise their windows for free! I helped them, but also built up my portfolio and skill set.

Alana Oates

Q: What are you loving in footwear right now?

A: This summer, it's all about the lace-up (our best seller) and the gilly tie — which is anything that ties around the ankle — and embellishments like fringe and tassels. If you're going to rock a statement shoe, keep the rest simple with a linen-blend tee and cropped kick-flare jeans — the hemline is perfect for showing off the ankle and putting focus back on the shoe. If I want to really make a statement, I'll throw on a jacket with a bold print or graphic embroidery.

Loretta Choy

Q: What's the most exciting thing about being a merchant?

A: Definitely meeting with customers and hearing what our clothes mean to them. At a birthday party three weeks ago, I saw an entire family, dressed in head-to-toe Old Navy, get out of a Tesla. We started chatting, and when I told them I worked for ON, they said, “Oh my God, we LOVE Old Navy! We couldn't shop anywhere else. It's where we find the most things we love for our entire family.”

Q: What's something no one knows about you?

A: I was once an avid rock climber, and travelled quite a bit for it — from Lake Tahoe to Southeast Asia. One of the most challenging climbs I ever did was Lover's Leap (in Lake Tahoe). You don't have a pre-set rope so you just have to climb and then set up your rope and gear as you go. I don't do that anymore, though!

Sinae Kim

Q: We hear you're a bit of a Lego-maniac…

A: I've loved Legos since I was a kid, but my mom wouldn't buy them for me because she said they were meant for boys. Once I started working, I bought them for myself. I've made a pit-stop truck, the Eiffel Tower and the Batman car!

Q: You have amazing personal style. What's your secret sauce?

A: I don't shop in the women's section for anything except formal blouses and pants. I prefer oversized, boxy styles. I buy men's T-shirts and sometimes even outerwear, so long as it's not too big in the shoulder. I also tuck my tees out of habit. When I was younger, my mom always tucked my shirts in the front, saying, “A woman's stomach should always be warm.” [laughs]I think it's an Asian mom thing.

Alf Seccombe

Q: You and your wife both work. Is it tricky to balance parenting responsibilities?

A: We try to do half-and-half of everything. But it's a lot of work. I drop Olivia off at daycare and my wife Annie, a special education teacher, picks her up — that sort of thing. I tend to do the cooking and she deals with all the clothing stuff. We split the housecleaning. But now we're adjusting to a new dynamic because we have a three-month-old baby, Owen.