Written by Samantha Cee
Skatsz is a small business that operates out of Washington D.C. by two sisters Kozy & Zainab. We specialize in producing trendy, affordable & quality satin lined beanies. We are unique in that all our beanies have satin lining inside; which helps to keep moisture in our consumers' hair & avoid unnecessary dryness, frizz, breakage and other damages to the hair caused by the harshness of wearing regular cotton beanies. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the rising brand Skatsz Beanies!
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"We trust our journey, which isn't always easy, but that's just the truth of the matter."
-Kozy & Zainab
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How did the idea for your business come about?
Skatsz Beanies : Skatsz came about out of sheer necessity & desperate need to be able to wear beanies without the horror of unhealthy hair. We really enjoy wearing hats especially during the colder months but found that the hats would dry our hair out due to the cotton fabric that strips hair of moisture; Thus leaving our hair super dry & frizzy, causing it to break alot. So we began wrapping our hair with satin scarves underneath the hats & didn't think much of it at the time until we learned that quite a number of people were having the same issues we were having with wearing regular cotton beanies. That's when we thought about creating a product that could alleviate that problem completely & so Skatsz was born!
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
Skatsz Beanies: To be honest, it's hard! We've been a bit hesitant on adding people to the team at the moment for quite a number of reasons and so that's why it just a two woman team for right now. As we expand in the very near future we can hopefully start making additions *crosses fingers*
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What three pieces of advice would you give to other children who want to become entrepreneurs?
SKatsz Beanies: Find something you like/love
Stay focused & don't be afraid to ask for help
Keep on keeping on
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Skatsz Beanies: To be honest, nothing. We trust our journey, which isn't always easy, but that's just the truth of the matter.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur ?
Skatsz Beanies: Consistency, Perseverance & Ability to think outside the box.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
Skatsz Beanies:Oh boy, where shall we start hahaha! From taking people's words to be true only for them to completely break the terms of the agreement & then stop all forms of communication on their side. To miscalculating on certain aspects of our company, to not making sales quota to spending more at an event than we made being vendors at the same event to rejection after rejections.. the list goes on but what we have learned is to always do proper & extensive research prior to delving into partnership/collaboration. Also learned that there are just some things that we as business owners will have to experience in order to build the necessary characteristics to be successful & that you must keep on striving no matter how bleak the situation may seem at hand.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How many hours do you work a day on average?
Skatsz Beanie :Hmmm.. its hard to quantify our hours because the moment we open our eyes it's work work work, even when we don't plan on working, we are! Which I think most fulltime entrepreneurs can relate to. So, to be safe I'll just say anywhere from 12+ hours daily.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
Skatsz Beanies :In no particular order; Check emails, post on our social media accounts, follow up with other projects, process orders, interact with past, present & potential customers, vend, search for events, attend events, blog, plan for both long & short term goals & repeat.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Skatsz Beanies: For us, it's actually made it a whole lot better. While the entrepreneurial life is a hectic one, especially starting out, you're in charge of your schedule which helps to create the opportunity to be available for some things that we wouldn't have had time for if we were still working 9-5. Also, there's a boost of confidence when you feel like you can rely on yourself & your abilities to run your own company from ground up. Which of course has a positive domino effect on your perspective on all other matters in life!
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
Skatsz Beanies: Honestly its the endless possibility of becoming better in every facet possible.
Fashion Gxd Magazine: How do you generate new ideas?
Skatsz Beanies: New ideas tend to come about either as we're having discussions or separately, where we then come together and bring it to fruition.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Skatsz Beanies: Giving up a fulltime job with benefits & the cushion of certainty pay
Sanity (you tend to lose to your mind every now & then)
But all the sacrafices are beyond worth the outcome, for us anyway
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Skatsz Beanies: We see ourselves successfully becoming household name on a global scale. Our Mission is to be the number 1 affordable satin lined hats company in the US and beyond. Also successfully expanded into other sectors of fashion outside of hats, such as; clothes, accessories etc.