Kimberly Caccavo, Co-Founder and CEO
Kimberly brings technology and business experience to GRACEDBYGRIT. She has a BS in
Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MBA from UCLA and has held a variety of
executive positions around the world. Kimberly loves to ski, scuba, stand-up paddle, hike, practice yoga, do pilates and she adores high intensity training.
Kate Nowlan, Co-Founder and COO
Kate manages her team leading by example and rarely sacrificing fun. She can be starting an ab workout in the office one moment to get creative juices flowing and running a company meeting the next. She is all about making it happen..
She is a natural people-person and especially understands women. Her experience as an athlete, running and swim coach and entrepreneur have taught her to constantly think of ways to improve efficiency and results. Her background has given her an understanding of what women want and what women should wear in order to perform and look their best. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from UMass Amherst.
Kate is GRACEDBYGRIT because she is raising two teenage daughters while running her own company.
What advice would you give your 12 year old self?
KC: Don’t listen to others. They might be making fun of you because you are big, from Montana and have a huge gap in your teeth but, owning those things will make you strong. Study hard, be kind and do the right thing.
KN: Be less impulsive.
What is the inspiration behind the Graced by Grit?
We are two active and gritty entrepreneurs. We have a lot in common: we’re both moms; we love fashion; we love to laugh; we love to find the beauty in every woman we meet; we love to run, hike, bike and ski and we have incredible energy.
Each time we trained together, we talked about what we wanted in athletic apparel: safety, sun protection, a place to store your phone, great fabric and compression in the right places. Most of all, we wanted to look our best so we could perform even better…no matter where we were or what we were doing. We wanted to look elegant and fit. We wanted to look sporty chic. We wanted clothing with function. We wanted to create an inclusive group of women that activate the power within themselves and one another and share their stories.
Every woman has a story. Every woman has experienced a difficult moment that she thinks might just break her. How we make it through those moments defines us. Our grittiest moments give us our grace. Every woman has been GRACEDBYGRIT.
We created an engaged community of women that work together, support each other and teach future generations what inclusivity and female power looks and feels like and what it means to be part of a brand that celebrates the stories of each woman as she finds her strength.
We wanted a company that reflected our values and our beliefs and the women that surround and inspire us. We proudly design and manufacture our product in San Diego, California, minutes from our offices in Solana Beach. Women who wear GRACEDBYGRIT feel powerful, confident, safe and motivated to be active. We understand what it takes to be a woman. We celebrate the strength and power behind every woman’s gritty moment.
How did you get started / what makes you gritty?
We wanted a brand that represented the women that we are and the women we surround ourselves with. We wanted an inclusive community of women that support each other and activate the power within themselves and each other. We weren’t seeing any other brand doing that and decided that, as a team, we could make it happen. So we did.
KC: Kimberly has been GRACEDBYGRIT many times: she helped her single mom balance a checkbook when she was eight years old; she married young and was widowed; she survived a kidnapping attempt; now she is graced with a great business and an entertaining family that keeps her on her toes.
KN: I’ve been through some tough moments in my life. One was becoming a very young mom. It set the foundation of believing in my own strength to get through whatever else came my way.
What’s your recipe for self care?
KC: Read an hour a day, exercise, hug and kiss my family and try to watch sunrise and sunset.
KN: Workout, sleep, time with loved ones and cuddles with my multipoo, Tommy Boy.
What’s your spirit animal and why?
KC: Have to admit… I had to look up spirit animal. But, now that I did… A Dolphin. According to the website I found: “The dolphin spirit animal represents harmony and balance. Dolphins are both highly intelligent and closely in tune with their instincts, striking a balance between the two states. Dolphins are also a symbol of protection and of resurrection. Their playful nature is a reminder that everyone needs to approach life with humor and joy. People who identify with the dolphin totem are usually peaceful and gentle, but with a deep inner strength.”
KN: A Maltipoo.
What’s in your bag / purse?
KC: A wallet, business cards, an apple pencil, an iphone, Chanel lipstick, business cards, and some Italian peppermint candy I got from a restaurant.
KN: Too many lipsticks, Aquaphor, nail file, too big of a wallet, 6 starbursts, 1 poop bag,
notebook, a pen from a hotel in San Fran and GRITCASH!
#WCW – who do you think we should talk to next and why?
KC: Florencia Aguerre of Greenpacha hats
KN: Sarah Andersen. She runs our GRITTYGIRLS program!