Hannah Hale Redfern
Founder, Kilte Collection

Faced with an hour to yourself (perhaps a problem you don’t often have), what do you do with free time?

Read a book! Currently reading The Orphan Master’s Son.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?

Susanne Kaufmann's Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath.

What’s the last song you listened to?

"Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan.

Did you learn anything new in the last 12 months that has surprised you?

I’m always surprised by the pace of change. In the past 12 months, we moved, I started my business and got pregnant. I think it’s a good reminder that everything is passing and to try and cherish the small moments.

What is a parenting quality you admire in one of your parents, friends of siblings that you’d like to emulate as a mother?

I think my mom did a wonderful job of balancing a career with raising me. I admire that she did what worked for her during a time when being a working mother was not common. I admire all the mothers doing what works for them (whether that be stay at home, working or some combination).

The last year-and-a-half has dealt us all with lots of challenges - what was a low moment and how did you overcome or face it?

We had some difficult family health issues to deal with, which really put the greater outlook into perspective for me. I’m grateful for my closest friends and family, without whom I would have never gotten through the past year. I am also so grateful for my business, which gave me a schedule and focus to help me get through the year.

What are you most looking forward to in a post-vaccine world? What bar, restaurant, or place are you most eager to visit? 

Traveling to Europe. I’d love to go visit my factory outside of Florence, Italy and then go on vacation on the Amalfi Coast.

Do you believe in setting personal goals? If so, how do you hold yourself accountable to them?

Yes! I make a vision board every year with my personal and professional goals. It’s mostly visual, but serves as a great reminder of what I’m hoping to accomplish for the year. I’ve found it extremely helpful in years past.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

Community is everything to me. I believe that having a strong community makes all the difference in your quality of life and can be so helpful in raising children. Many of my friends are ones I’ve had since I was a young child, but I love meeting new people! These always come organically, from different parenting groups, the children’s school, work, professional groups, etc.Shop Hannah's Look: Smocked Cotton Dress