Rise’s Radical Renegade is a monthly series featuring interviews with trailblazing career mavens. Meet Vlada Kabatyanskaya, CEO of ByVlada – a company with a passion for handmade hats. “By Vlada” offers a wide array of headwear mixing vintage and modern shapes, fun colors, and the highest quality of materials.
Why did you start your company and what motivates you every day?
I wanted to create the most amazing hats and start seeing everyone wear one.
What are some of the major lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Soo many. Prioritize, do your research, don’t get overwhelmed (everyone’s journey is very different), surround yourself with amazing people who will inspire and motivate you.
Tell us about a setback you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
Many. I started out doing too many markets and was getting very overwhelmed and tired – this was just very bad. I took a month off, focused on my well being and only after, when I was feeling like my normal self, did I get back to work.
What advice do you have for women who feel stuck in their careers?
It’s ok, just keep trying different things because by learning and being curious and attending interesting events and lectures you will find your next career. It might take a while but that’s ok, just keep working at it. Be open and keep on learning.
We all know how difficult work/life balance is, how do you draw the line to create separation in these two spheres?
It’s a struggle. Still need to iron it out.
We love to support women-founded ventures. Is there a company/product that you’ve come across recently that you think more people should know about?
Other than mine :)? I love natural skin care and recently I came across Oil and Water – I really like their scrub.