We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Rabôt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle has been my most important habit. Taking a step back and focusing on my well-being are instrumental to my business’ success. My business is a reflection of me, and if I’m not happy and healthy, Rabôt won’t be either. Taking long morning walks to clear my head and move my body, eating well, taking those hard-earned vacations are all crucial to feeling refreshed when I return to my studio.
What should our readers know about your business?
Rabôt is a womenswear clothing brand based in Los Angeles. I launched Rabôt with the intention of creating a brand that reflects my commitment to sustainability and philanthropy. While the fashion industry can be so harmful to our environment, I want Rabôt to be a catalyst for change.
With each collection, we give a portion of proceeds to a charity or launch a project giving back to our community. For our latest activation, we’re sewing pillows from leftover fabric scraps and donating them to a local women’s shelter.
I launched Rabôt in January 2020 after I quit my full-time job as a designer at CE, a denim based brand in LA. Wide eyed and excited, I booked a ticket to NYC and Paris in February to debut my first collection. I was ready for Rabôt to take off. Little did I know, a worldwide pandemic would change my plans.
Forced to cut my trip short and quarantine at home, I was confused and listless. But then I remembered why I launched Rabôt – to initiate change and help others. So, we launched an initiative to hand write a letter to hospital care workers on the front line for every face mask sold. The project instantly garnered attention and Rabôt’s community got involved and wrote letters of their own. We distributed them to various hospitals around the US and expanded our reach to include nursing home patients. This was an important lesson for me as a nascent business owner – I have a voice and it’s even more impactful to use it during vulnerable times.
Some lessons I learned along the way:
– You will face multiple hurtles. It’s important to remember that’s just part of the journey. Remain focused and steadfast in what you’re trying to accomplish.
– Most people are faking it. Everyone has to start somewhere, and for the most part, most people will have no clue what they’re doing when starting a new endeavor. It’s important to remember that, because it makes launching a business less scary. “Fake it ’til you make it” is a commonplace phrase for a reason.
– Recognize when to ask for help. This may retract on my previous point just a bit, but one individual can’t do everything well. Acknowledge your weaknesses and hire someone that can really shine on the jobs that you’re lacking.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question. Here’s what I would do categorized by the time and the neighborhood, as I take this very seriously. In order of importance, this is where I would bring a friend.
Noon – Lunch. Go to Vintage Grocers and grab food for a picnic on the beach. The bahn mi is delicious. One of my favorite beaches is Lechuza Beach.
7 PM – Dinner. Cornell Winery. To get here, you will drive through the windy Malibu hills. There’s live music, good BBQ and the environment is casual unlike some of the surrounding Malibu wineries.
Hollywood Hills –
7 PM – Dinner. The Hollywood Bowl. Book a ticket for a concert and bring your own food. Note that for LA Phil concerts, you can bring your own booze but for other concerts you cannot.
Silver Lake/Los Feliz/Echo Park –
Noon – Lunch. Burgers Never Say Die. My friends are tired of hearing me say this as I’m a broken record on this subject, but this is the best burger I’ve ever had. After that meal, you’ll need to move your body, so hike up to the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. Or check out Elysian Park for a more low-key, casual hike.
7 PM – Dinner. Bacetti Trattoria – get the focaccia and the ciambellone for an appetizer and dessert (and pasta!). Then go to Bar Bandini or Taix for a night cap.
Hang by the beach all day and then walk through the Venice Canals for sunset.
7 PM – Dinner. Felix Trattoria – get the wild arugula salad and the focaccia to start.
Pasadena/South Pasadena –
9 AM – Breakfast. Lucky Boys. Get the breakfast burrito with bacon. Explore South Pasadena afterwards and check out a book from the South Pasadena Public Library. Then drive around the picturesque neighborhoods along San Rafael Ave.
7 PM – Dinner. Bone Kettle – get the oxtail dumplings and prime top sirloin bone broth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to all of the females that Rabôt has featured for our portrait series. We highlight inspiring female creatives based in Los Angeles, which can be found on our journal. From stylists to entrepreneurs and philanthropists to actresses, each female has achieved success in their field.