Meet Your Neighbor, Janet Valenza
Meet Janet Valenza, President and Designer of GOGOgracious Valenza Designs – a woman’s lifestyle clothing company.
The brand is known for seven easy pieces that go from travel to business to evening without really changing. (Love an effortless outfit!) Items are sold at wardrobe salons by appointment only at hotels (such as the Roosevelt Hotel and Club Quarters Hotels), high-end spas, fitness studios and corporations. We were fortunate enough to have a chance to speak with Janet. Check out our full interview below.
How were you inspired to create GOGOgracious?
Opening GOGOgracious TM has been a lifelong dream. I’ve been preparing for it my whole life. As a past CFO with no time to shop, I’ve been honing my eye for over 20 years to identify and incorporate the most versatile, functional day to evening items into my wardrobe. For example we sell a pant that’s a cross between a trouser and a legging. It pulls on like a legging but with a heavier fabric that lends more coverage. Great for travel. Women love therm.
What do you feel is different about a lifestyle collection rather than athleisure?
Athleisure is for yoga and brunch. What we do goes to work too. I like to say you can run a meeting in GOGOgracious and command the room. It’s no secret that fashion has gone casual and I don’t think that’s going to change. We help active working women strike the balance between wearing a business suit (which often looks too formal now) and being dressed in a way that is lacking in presence.
Tell us about a few of your favorite pieces either from past, present or upcoming collections?