The following is an installment in our blog series, “From our Fellows.” Each post is written by a different Fund 17 Fellow and serves as a brief glimpse into the impact of our business development relationships between Fellows and local entrepreneurs. Hannah, Fund 17 Fellow, worked with Entrepreneur Tracy Brown to establish her leotard business Levels.
Over the Fall, I assisted Tracy in the startup of her business, Levels Pivot (“Levels”). Tracy designs and creates gymnastics leotards by hand. Levels’ leotards are unique with a New Orleans flare and a customizable option. One can request a word that means something to them or helps them push through a challenge and that word will be incorporated into their leotard. Her creativity and artistic skills shine through her product.
Tracy at work on her leotards.
Tracy believes that art and sports are two elements that provide crucial life skills to children. Tracy is bringing the art to the sport through her leotards. Designs are based on New Orleans architecture and murals, and pop-art art. Levels is based on a platform of inclusivity and empowerment. These core values are crucial for competitive sports such as gymnastics to help athletes persevere.
Tracy’s daughters modeling her leotards by the artwork that inspires Levels designs.
It was a pleasure working with Tracy this Fall. She is a hard-working and motivated entrepreneur. Tracy is very involved in the gymnastics community since all four of her daughters were gymnasts. It is incredible to witness someone turn a strong passion into a business. I believe true passion is a huge component to whether a business succeeds. To Tracy, creating Levels is more than an income, it is also giving back to a society she is a part of for years. Through her creative designs and platform of inclusiveness and empowerment, Tracy is changing the game for gymnastics leotards and competition as a whole.
Levels new logo, designed by Fund 17’s Creative Intern Megan Calvin.
Follow Levels on Facebook or Instagram @levelpivot to keep up! Levels expects to be sold at gymnastics gyms and various places throughout New Orleans or directly though Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Hannah Chaet, 2017-2018 Fellow