10 questions with.. Galyna Nitsetska
Hello #supergirls! Welcome back to our weekly series "10 questions with.." - talking to girls who are R.O.C.K.I.N.G. it!!
THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO GET TO CHAT WITH Galyna Nitsetska. Galyna is 27 years old and she is the founder & CEO of Silkarmour and Empress Mimi Lingerie - two companies which dress women from the boardroom to the bedroom. So excited that we get to spend some time with her!
10 questions with..
Hello Galyna! So happy to get to chat to you. Would love to know more about you and your background! Have you always been living in London? If not, since when and what are your favourite parts about this city?
I moved to London from Oxford to study at UCL. After living in small towns all my life, London really became my first real love in that everything and anything seemed possible. You could be visiting museums one moment, scour vintage finds in Notting Hill the next, and end the day in some glitzy restaurant in Mayfair. I have always been an avid collector of different styles of fashion, and in the variety of London life I had finally met my match!
Your job sounds really exciting! Please tell us more about what you do!
I launched silkarmour.co.uk over two years ago now, we are a fashion platform representing a wide variety of designers that make shopping for ambitious professional women an easy and inspiring experience. In April of 2017 I launched EmpressMimiLingerie.com - a lingerie subscription box (because it can’t be all work and no play!).
That sounds very cool! How did you get to do this?
I started my career in Private Equity and Banking, both of which gave me the foundation and confidence to start my own business. Though in some ways I almost wish I had started my own business straight away after leaving school, I don’t think I would have had the grit or knowledge required to be an entrepreneur at that age.
What do you find the most exciting about your work?
The creativity and freedom that running your own business allows, as well as the knowledge that you get to be the highlight in someones day when a new package arrives.
What have been the biggest challenges you faced in career or life and what helped you overcome them?
I think with experience the greatest lesson I have come to learn is that our biggest challenge and enemy in life is ourselves. It doesn’t matter what other people say or do to you, the only thing you can control is your perception and reaction to the challenge. For example, you can’t will your job into giving you a promotion, but you can work on your own confidence to go and ask for one, or have the confidence to apply for better jobs, or further develop your skills until you become so good they can’t ignore you. Very often we are the number one thing that is holding us back.
I used to believe that things happened to me, rather than taking control (and responsibility) for the situation in front of me. When you believe that things are happening to you - it’s a very weak position to experience life from.
Having confidence, and especially the confidence to follow your intuition is usually the answer to many of our perceived problems. This is definitely something I’m still working on.
What do you like to wear at work? Do you have any favourite pieces?
I really believe that what we wear can influence how we feel (not to mention how others perceive us). I love wearing bold cuts and classic lines - Viktoria Chan is one of my favourite go to designers for an important meeting.
What’s your off-duty style?
My style probably changes on a quarterly basis, at the moment I am in love with the velvet trend and keep myself warm from the chilly weather in London with a variety of (fake) fur jackets. I definitely love experimenting and treating my wardrobe like an extension of whatever I feel on that particular day.
What is your favourite Changing Factor bag?
The Alien Medium Briefcase in black! I always carry my Mac with me in case I get stuck anywhere and have the chance to finish some emails or work, and this bag definitely gets a 10/10 for its ability to carry you through a busy day as well as for the bold cuts and classic lines.
Now when it comes to having fun… what do you like to do in your free time??
As much as I love London and socialising, it’s always very important for me to get away from it all and give myself some me time and surround myself with nature. Last year I took a couple of weeks off to travel on my own in Myanmar and Bali. Nothing makes me happier and more at peace than surfing, horse riding or a good book.
Share with us a favourite piece of advice, quote, or saying of any kind!
I have a new favourite t-shirt which has the following slogan on it: “Lord, give me the confidence of a mediocre white man”. It’s obviously supposed to be tongue in cheek, but I think it also contains advice that’s relevant to many women (and anyone not in the overconfident middle aged white man category).
I come from a banking background and used to think that the men who spoke up confidently in meetings despite having no idea what they were talking about were exclusive to that industry, but with the rise of Trump, that’s clearly not the case. Here’s a man who has none of the qualifications required for office, and yet strides in confidently into the White House.
I think if we all started negotiating our salaries, asking for promotions and applying for jobs with that amount of confidence, rather than wasting our time asking the people in power to kindly treat us as equals, society as a whole, and women in particular, would see massive shifts in the balance of power.
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