Hannah Fastov, 28

CEO & Founder at Go Dash Dot

Hannah Fastov’s handbag company, Go Dash Dot, was born out of necessity. As a career woman and frequent gym-goer, Fastov needed a bag that could take her from early-morning gym classes to late-night cocktails — and everything in-between. She couldn’t find a bag with enough compartments to stash her sneakers, plus her work attire, and she’d heard similar laments from fellow gym-goers. “You’d be surprised how chatty people can be at 6 a.m. in the locker room about their handbags,” she chuckles. Luckily, Fastov had a background in product development at Brooks Brothers and Rag & Bone, so she decided to create a prototype of her dream bag, marrying form and function.

Since establishing the company in 2016, the Scarsdale native’s “lifestyle” bags are now sold on her e-commerce site and in more than 50 specialty stores, fitness studios, department stores, luxury hotels, and resorts, both here and abroad. Her company posted 78 percent growth last year, with a similar upward trajectory for 2019. Plus, she has bag accessories made by women cooperatives in Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan.

Fastov comes to the party with advice for other fashion entrepreneurs. “You are your biggest advocate,” she says, “so if you want it bad enough, you have to go out and make it happen.”

- Advertisement -

Read More: These Giant Totes, Backpacks, and Bags Will Fit Everything Your Busy Lifestyle Can Throw At Them

Our Best of Westchester Party is July 24!

Our Westchester Home Design Awards event is June 26!

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Holiday flash sale ... subscribe and save 50%

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.