Hannah Fastov, 28
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.”