Stephan and Kim, vegan partners in both life and business, and the two online marketers behind Shop Like You Give a Damn.
Stephan has years of experience at multiple Dutch vegan initiatives, such as the VeganChallenge (team coordinator), the Dutch V-Entrepreneurs network (co-organizer) and the Vegan Games (initiator). He’s also been working in the field of online marketing education for many years.
Kim has a marketing and communication background in the sustainability and vegan scene. She’s worked for Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu, The Dutch Weed Burger and writes for VEGAN Magazine.
Alex is their business buddy and the developer who made this whole online platform possible. He built our department store one pixel at a time. Alex is not only a proud father of three, but also has another baby: his own web development house, Human Content.
Why we started this online vegan & fair department store
Veganism is our starting point. As passionate vegans we were frustrated with how difficult it was to find stylish vegan products online. It’s why we started our own online vegan department store, Shop Like You Give a Damn.
We ‘simply’ wanted a large collection of beautiful, ethical clothing, shoes and bags to choose from, where we could shop with peace of mind and never had to (triple) check any labels ever again. We know what it’s like to worry about whether your order really is fully vegan – just to find out that it isn’t when you’re finally holding it in your hands.
Before, whenever we bought something online, we could never really know for sure if an item was 100% vegan until it arrived. A nice wool-free sweater or a pair of jeans that turned out to have a leather label sewn in, for example. Not to mention shopping for vegan shoes: finding a high-quality pair that’s made with vegan glue was a tough job. Luckily there are many beautiful brands with the best certificates and mission statements to choose from these days, but their collections are often scattered throughout several small online shops.
We found it really hard to find a broad online range of stylish vegan clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and skin care products that wasn’t just guaranteed vegan, but also free from all other types of slavery and exploitation (fair chain) and produced as sustainably and locally as possible.
That’s why we wanted to found the largest online vegan & fair department store in the Netherlands, Europe, and maybe one day even the world. At last, it’s possible to shop ethically, confidently and stylishly. We were our own first customers.
We give a damn. Do you?
This online vegan & fair department store gives a damn about the planet, and encourages you to do the same. Shop compassionately. And as little as possible. But when you do buy something, make it a vegan, honest and sustainable purchase.