I’d been looking for some coconut bowls so was thrilled when Kerry at dor sent me these! They’re so beautiful and are great for Buddha & smoothie bowls. The attention to detail & effort she went to wrapping these for me shows how much love she puts into her business.
I asked the co-founder Kerry some questions about herself & the company.
So Kerry what inspired you to start the business?
“I used to sell silver jewellery online, nothing fancy but I really enjoyed it. Especially opening up deliveries. I wanted to sell gorgeous things and also have a job that was flexible. I felt I was missing out on my babies too much but I definitely wanted to work. I also wanted to give back & help others.
I started following Constance Hall on Facebook when she was raising funds for Rafiki and doing these amazing things for womankind. I just remember thinking THIS is what I want to do! Not just donate to charities but create a platform to spread awareness & find a way to support global causes every day.
A year on and I feel the message of dor still needs some work but we’re constantly evolving, growing our online presence, and changing the stock we sell. The Fair-trade aspect was just the first stepping stone in creating an ethical business & now that’s ticking over I’m seeking out other ethical suppliers. I think my next mission will be to find a vegan leather alternative which I’m really excited by!”
How did you decide on the business name and what’s behind that?
“I found the word dor a long time ago whilst I was writing a short story. Originally the website was called Chandelier Gypsy but I felt it was a little long.. I wanted to make the name shorter & easier to remember.
I want people to fall in love with my products, but also with the stories behind them. So many of the artisans who create them have lost so much and I want them to be remembered too, in a way it is a subtle reminder that by buying my products you are enriching the world and giving fellow human beings a chance to rebuild their lives.”
What’s important to you when it comes to products?
“Obviously fair-trade, ethical & sustainable. I also think it’s very important to have not just good looking but high-quality products. I want my customers to be confident that they will last a long time if looked after while being reasonably priced. (value is also tied up in the way they were produced and imported).”
“I hope that if I stick to my ethics & rules there will always be products on my website whose beauty will match their feel-good factor.” –
Kerry Purcell Co-Founder of dor
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