How Hannah Fastov Is Empowering Women Through Her Business
Go Dash Dot.
NYC-Designed Bags. By Women. For Women.
Hannah Fastov is the woman behind www.godashdot.com (Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash means GO in Morse Code) which makes bags for the modern, adventurous, fearless, spirited woman on-the-go.
Women demand more! Women need more than ever before, as we juggle work, working out, family, friends, the list goes on. Our bags carry our lives at any given moment but none of us want to put our gym shoes in with our clean clothes, or food, or get our laptop damaged. Nor do we want to carry a massive bag into a meeting or restaurant, which is where the snap in & out pouch comes into play. Besides the separate yoga mat/shoe compartment and padded laptop section, the bag also has a water bottle pocket, zip compartments, and a machine washable laundry pouch. Oh, and it holds up to 22lbs!
As a pageant queen and philanthropist; I always lean towards companies that give back which is why I wanted to talk with Hannah whose business supports the South Tribes Project, Sherab and My Sister’s Place. The hand-crafted tassles support migrant women from the southern tribes of Kyrgystan. While the Kera is what they have transformed into straps for their handbags. By investing in these art crafts, the company’s supporting and empowering these women by providing them with a stable income. With every purchase of a purple tassel, proceeds are split between the South Tribe and My Sisters' Place!
I spoke with Hannah to find out more and to get her insights on what makes for a successful start-up of a product, what the future holds for her and how she chose the organizations to support.
What advice would you give to women with a product idea on how to get started?
Make sure to do your research! Although I am my own target demographic, I found it was very helpful to hear what other women had to say about their gym bags and gave me a lot of ideas to improve my product. In terms of getting started, don't think too much! Learn as you go and be open to learning from others and watching your idea evolve.
How do you plan on growing your company in the future?
I plan on continuing to add to our product lines. In the future we may add more product categories, in addition to bags, but not there yet. I would like to push collaborations with other women owned business.
How did you choose the South Tribes Project and My Sisters Places as the 2 organizations to support? Why is their mission so important to you?
My goal with Go Dash Dot is to empower women. Whether that means getting to yoga before work, climbing the corporate ladder, or traveling the world, our bags will allow you the freedom to forget about the burden of your stuff and just do. Many women don't have the same opportunities and I want to work to support organizations that provide resources and support to enable more women to reach their personal goals. We met some of the women of the South Tribes at an artisans fair in Santa Fe and they were great. They enjoyed telling us about their lives and how the cooperative has helped them; they are so proud of their work!
While I appreciate the need to help women globally, there are so many right here in our own community that are oppressed, abused and struggling not only to reach goals, but to just be safe. My Sisters' Place helps victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and provides resources to help them develop the strength they need to build their lives in safety. Through their hard work and dedication to their organizations, women are given the freedom to live confidently and proud.