So, let’s just say I have a pretty cool day job.
To make a long story short, a coworker of mine is great friends with Lisa Sun, founder + CEO of Project Gravitas. And what a better team building event for eight fashion-forward, career oriented women than a trip to New York to visit the Project Gravitas factory and offices?
I don’t think there is one.
So last Monday, we boarded the train at Union Station here in DC, hopped off at New York’s Pennsylvania Station and made our way over to one of the last working factories in the city’s famed garment district on 7th Avenue.
When we arrived Lisa and her designer, Henry, were waiting at the door and gave us the warmest welcome.
Lisa started out by telling us her first boss at McKinsey & Company told her she didn’t have any gravitas, and that she should go out and get an entirely new wardrobe—one that was more polished and professional for the workplace. With that anecdote in mind, Lisa and Henry took us upstairs to the factory to show us what we were all lusting after: the clothes.
All of Project Gravitas’ pieces are manufactured in New York, by hand, with Italian fabrics. This allows them to forgo the economies of scale required by many overseas factories—think thousands of units in lieu of hundreds they do here—and thus have a better response time to fashion trends and consumer feedback.
After our factory tour, we headed over to Project Gravitas headquarters where Lisa talked more about her journey. During her life as a consultant, she spent nearly 300 days on the road and moved up the career ladder rather quickly. She credits this to her ability to take criticism well and then use this feedback her to improve herself. In fact, she used to ask coworkers each week for one thing she could improve on, and then she would circle up with that person once she overcame the weakness or acquired the skill needed to improve. (Note to self: start doing this!)
Eventually, she decided to found Project Gravitas as a way to inspire and empower other women in the workplace. This is reflected in everything the company does, including the women of gravitas they name their dresses after.
And—fun fact—they own the patent to sew shapewear into clothing. Talk about adding gravitas—and an instant confidence boost—to your workweek wardrobe or happy hour with the gals.
After our thirty minute chat with Lisa about Project Gravitas, my team and I were all feeling inspired and even more excited to get to the fun part: trying on some pieces from the Project Gravitas line.
You guys, now that I have experienced what it is like to have shapewear built into my clothing, I am not sure there is a going back. Lisa and her team were also fabulous at pulling together styles that matched our body types, and I can’t wait to whip out my new Project Gravitas pieces for big days when I really need that extra boost of confidence from looking my best.
Not to mention, trying on all of the skirts, dresses, jackets, vests, and capes with such a supportive group of coworkers made for an unforgettably fun afternoon.
(You could say the whole thing went a little like this.)
Thanks again to Lisa and her team at Project Gravitas for hosting us for the afternoon! Check back soon for some pictures of the fabulous Clara Dress and Josephine Blazer Cape I picked up.
This is so cool, Katie! What an exciting work trip…Lisa has created an amazing thing. Also that Josephine cape- I am swooning. #borrowingplease
Thank you Monica! You can definitely borrow ;]
So so cool!
Thanks C! xx
How fun is that?? Such a cool company and an inspiring story! I love this collection. Classic and refined with a bit of an edge. Thanks for introducing this amazing line!
Taffeta & Tulips
Thanks Kate! I hope you get to try out the collection soon for yourself :]
This is so cool! Really enjoyed learning more about your trip, Katie!
Thanks Deniz! xx
Wow, looks like such a blast!
The Closet by Christie
Thanks Christie! xx
that was fascinating!! what a col experience. i’m glad you shared it with us and i’m glad you stopped by to say hello!
Thanks lady! So glad you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tour. xx
I LOVED this post girl. First off, this event sounds like such a wonderful experience to be apart of. I also never heard of this company before, but I am loving what I see. And that blue skirt… OMG I have to have that in my wardrobe. I wish I had the budget for it, but one of these days… it will be in my closet. Love this post.
Kia / KTS
So glad you enjoyed it, Kia! Yes, definitely on the pricier side, but I can attest – the quality is great. I bought a few pieces from the collection with my own money, and am in love!
Sounds like it was such a fun work trip! Love all the photos!
Thanks Valerie! It definitely was :]