RSS Feed
About Us

This is the place to get to know Gap Inc. and our brands a little better. Get in on the conversation — we'd like to know you, too!


Gap Inc.'s Leah Johnson finds her song

Welcome to “After Hours," a new series showcasing the creative, passionate people that make Gap Inc. They are more than their titles; they are innovative individuals with awesome stories to share.

By the time Leah Johnson settled into her first job, the music had stopped.

A singer since childhood, Leah grew up in a house filled with song. Her father was a singer in an R&B group that would often practice in the Johnson home, with young Leah tapping away on the kitchen table to the beat. When asked to sing a tune, she was quick to belt out her go-to jam, Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All."

"I remember when I was 4 thinking that I wanted to be a singer. I used to sing all the time and play the piano at my aunt's house, being really annoying and just making up songs," the 37-year-old recalled. “When I'm singing, it feels like it's the ultimate state of being alive. It's an amazing expression and release."

But she put her passion on indefinite hold to focus on her career — a safe path in business that landed her with financial giant Merrill Lynch in New York City.

She wouldn't rediscover her voice until one sunny morning, when the entire world changed.

“I was working right across the street from the World Trade Center on September 11. After that first building fell, I didn't know that it had actually fallen because I was inside of my building," she recalled. “I just saw a big cloud of smoke coming toward me and I thought it was a bomb.

“I really thought I was going to die," she said. And in that split second, Leah had an a-ha moment: She was making the wrong sacrifices for a life she had never really envisioned for herself. “I just remember thinking, 'I could die today hating everything about my life, and what would be the point?'

“It was a wake-up call for me," she said. “I was so affected by almost losing the ability to do what I wanted to do, that I was compelled … it was like 'I just have to do this.'"

Leah picked the mic back up, and went on a vocal tear.

She joined up with a local performer she met through Craigslist, forming a collaboration that would span years. And in 2009, one fateful restaurant run-in turned into an international gig with C&C Music Factory rapper Freedom Williams. She would be filling in female vocals for the group, belting out classic lyrics like "Everybody dance now!"

“It was crazy. It was bigger than anything I had ever done," said Leah, who found herself sharing a stage with many of her childhood idols. “We were in Rhode Island, performing with groups like Lisa Lisa, the Sugar Hill Gang, Cover Girls, Rob Base and The Jets. After we performed, I went over to say hello to the Jets, because when I was a little girl, I lived for them. And then they asked for my autograph on the poster. I was like, 'What?! Are you kidding me right now?' I thought, 'This is amazing.'"

On tour, Leah traveled to places such as Bulgaria, Istanbul and the Dominican Republic. “I was so nervous [to be on an international stage], but knew I had to go out and kill it."

And that's pretty much the attitude she maintains to this day. Whether it's following through with an audition for “The Voice" — her manager signed her up on a lark, though she didn't make the final cut — or taking center stage at a company presentation, Leah says she's found the perfect balance in her life between work and music.

“I'm equal parts left- and right-brained; I'm a creative but I'm also very organized," she said. And that's why Leah is with Gap Inc., where she's now working as a senior analyst. “The culture here is what definitely keeps me here. I love working at Gap Inc. It's not like I'm just doing this to pass the time. It's really important for me that I work at a place where my team is supportive of me in all aspects of my life. I mean, when I went to Bulgaria, they were like, 'Send us pictures!'"

These days, Leah is keeping local. She often performs around the city, describing her sound as jazz-inflected soul. Her influences include her own father, and legends such as Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Ella Fitzgerald.

What ultimately sustains Leah is simple: keeping the music going.

“For me, it's like breath; it's like breathing," she said. "I just have to do this. There is no other choice."


Red is in Fashion

Tomorrow, red is your power color.

April 14 is National Equal Pay Day, which has inspired a national movement to wear red — symbolizing how women are in the "red" compared to their male counterparts. In the U.S., Equal Pay Day represents how many extra days women have to work in 2015 to make as much as men did in 2014.

At Gap Inc., every day is Equal Pay Day. Women and men are paid dollar for dollar — equal pay for equal work — across the globe.

The Gap was founded in 1969 as an equal investment between a woman and a man — Doris Fisher and her husband, Don. Gender equality is built into the fabric of the company culture, and today, women make up approximately 73 percent of the company's workforce.

But in the U.S., pay equality still has a long way to go. On average, women make 78 cents to a man's dollar. That amounts to women losing nearly $500,000 to the gender pay gap over the course of their careers.

At Gap Inc., we're proud to be a leader in pushing the equal pay conversation forward. That's why we're joining the national movement to wear red in support of equal pay for equal work.

So click those ruby slippers, and speak out for equal pay. Join the conversation on social media by participating in the “Every Day is #EqualPayDay" campaign.



Every day is #EqualPayDay

Gap Inc. pays women and men on average globally dollar for dollar — equal pay for equal work. Last summer, the company for the first time released data confirming equal pay for equal work across the globe, and reconfirmed that data this spring.

Read more about the importance of Equal Pay. #Letsdomore


Why ‘Geoff Got Dressed’

Welcome to “After Hours," a new series showcasing the creative, passionate people that make Gap Inc. They are more than their titles; they are innovative individuals with awesome stories to share.

Every day he gets dressed ... and then he posts about it.

As he prepared to ring in 2013, Geoff Wagner wanted to challenge himself to do something in the New Year. Every day.

The Banana Republic graphic designer considered taking a class or designing something new on a daily basis. Then he landed on the perfect idea: For 365 days, he would post photos of his outfits to Tumblr.

Geoff Got Dressed was born.

“I'd often get comments from coworkers about what I was wearing, and it really inspired me," Geoff said. “People seem to enjoy it, and that makes me happy."

Geoff created his daily archive of his outfits and successfully met his goal of never wearing the same exact look twice. Today, Geoff posts two or three times per week with the help of his photographer, colleague Jen Allender, and has more than 8,000 Tumblr followers. He's snapped and shared more than 450 of his unique looks to date, many of which feature his expansive collection of knits.

Never afraid to experiment, Geoff's style ranges from minimalist to what he refers to as “more out-there."

“I don't know a lot of guys who would wear a kimono top to work. It is just me," he says. “I don't read a lot of fashion blogs or follow trends. If I like it, I wear it."

Although he does answer questions from his followers, for Geoff, fashion is all about expressing your own individual style. And coming to work for a fashion company has helped that style evolve.

Since joining Gap Inc. nearly five years ago, Geoff's expanded his style from a collection of unique tees and jeans to a wider array of eclectic fashions with an adult edge.

So what's next? In June, he's heading off to visit the Faroe Islands, a fishing community in the North Atlantic known for knitting. “I plan to buy some sweaters there."

And while Geoff is having fun sharing his own take on fashion, his advice to others is simple: Don't use him as a guide.

“I do it because it makes me happy," he said, "but in no way do I want to tell you what to wear."

Follow Geoff Got Dressed on Tumblr or Instagram.


Will the next generation of clothes be able to think for us?

The self-tracking trend exploded with wearable gadgets and accessories, beginning with smartphones and wristbands that track and measure users' data, including the number of steps taken and quality of sleep. The next generation, smart garments, are going to make those accessories seem rudimentary, at best.

Worn right against the skin, smart garments can more accurately measure our vitals, monitor health conditions, protect us from environmental hazards and possibly even prevent illness.

“A smart garment can support, protect and in some cases measure, predict and channel communication to and from the garment wearer from anywhere at any time," says Karen Stewart Brown, the co-founder and designer of clothing brand Stewart+Brown. A former senior designer at Patagonia and J. Crew, she is the co-founder of FUTUREADi® — a next-generation creative agency focused on engineering sustainable solutions for complex design problems.

“We are only seeing the early stages of what's to come," she adds. “Smart garments will do things like aid in gene therapy and be further combined with tissue culture methods to develop fast-growing and naturally laminated substitutes for human skin."

Eventually, Stewart Brown thinks we may have temperature sensors embedded just beneath the skin's surface. Using data collected from the body's surface, garments will be able to regulate body temperature — warming and cooling us when needed.

"Wearers will be alerted when exposed to high levels of ultraviolet rays, ionizing radiation, or the presence of strong magnetic fields, thus preventing damage to the skin or malfunction of medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps," she predicts.

Clothing has always been a means of protecting the human body, but these technological advances take that protection to a whole new level.

Stewart Brown believes wearable technology will become so integrated into our lives that we won't even be aware of it. We can put away smartphones and other devices, but smart clothing is literally a second skin, becoming part of us and influencing our decision-making.

“From a kinda-creepy point of view, smart garments will have the ability to 'think' for us," Stewart Brown says. “Ultimately, we may start losing our ability to sense our needs, trust our instincts and use our intuition."

There are also privacy concerns. There is currently no regulation protecting personal data collected by wearables.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York calls this a "privacy nightmare." He has urged the Federal Trade Commission to push developers to provide a "clear and obvious opportunity to 'opt out'" for consumers. This would prevent personal health data from being sold to third parties who could potentially use such sensitive, private information to discriminate against users.

Figuring out how to address these concerns with wearable technology will be an integral part of the innovation process.

Stewart Brown says there is no doubt that smart garments and wearable tech will be practical, but advises that we mix our excitement with a bit of caution and adopt this new technology in moderation. Maybe your shirt just doesn't need to know everything about you.