Born out of...
love & some guts
How it all started
From a career that wasn’t inspiring to me anymore and as a partial result of a chronic repetitive strain injury and later a burnout, I decided, after the encouragement of my fantastic husband Jack, to do finally something where my heart lies.
Some years before, I discovered on a Dutch online market place just like Ebay that I seem to have a talent for online business. I became passionate about it. I started offering exclusive vintage designer boots because I'm totally crazy about shoes for as long as I can remember. After several months of preparation, TopVintage officially started on April 1, 2008 in our living room with a starting capital of 1000 euros. First as an exclusive vintage web shop and gradually blossomed to one of the leading online retro boutiques in Europe.
This I had never dared dreaming of! Although, I must confess I dream a lot, but it's amazing when dreams really come true! What a wealth to enjoy 'work' every day and what makes it even better: people love what you do and feel feminine and beautiful in our clothes! How cool is that? One of the highlights of TopVintage- winning the title of the Best Dutch Webshop Ladies Fashion 2011 and in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016! - has been one of my hearts desires from the start in 2008! In 2013 we also won a price for best starting company from the Rabo Banking Group, we are also very proud of that. And we are very excited about our title Best Fashion Webshop NL 2015 rewarded by the Thuiswinkel Awards.
Together we are strong
It soon became clear that I couldn’t handle it all alone anymore and since 2010 my husband Jack is fulltime working in the business after fullfilling retail management positions succesfully for years. He is the one dealing with the 'serious' stuff such as sales, finance and marketing. I can go wild on my constant search for the hottest feminine collections and must haves! Jack has a lot of guts together with a strong sense for commerce combined with passion and vision. Besides the fact that we are crazy in love since 21 years, we are a fierce team in all respects. Inevitable when you're both quite temperamental and clearly know what you want, but it is always fun, very special working together as a couple and it's certainly never boring! (At least so we think :-D)
Also, I am very pleased with the enthusiastic team that we have, I would not know what to do without our team and I also really love you: our wonderful customers who share all those parties, weddings, holidays with us through the most amazing photos, emails, and super nice comments on Facebook and on our website. Please keep on doing this, we enjoy making you happy, in fact: that is all what we are here for!
Powered by Jesus
Are you still here? Fine, thank you for your interest :- D Because I want to end with what really is the most important thing in my business and personal life. My greatest strength, refuge, wisdom, peace (especially at night with so many responsibilities :-) and savior is Jesus. I met Him 15 years ago after a restless and turbulent life. Despite all these great things I can do, the only certainty in my life - that I am safe with God 'no matter what!' - is to me the most beautiful thing in this life and hereafter, Jesus is alive!
I can not express my gratitude in enough words for the fact that I, just a girl (You're as young as you feel) who once almost believed that she wasn't capable for anything anymore, can establish all this together with others. All glory to God! :-)
This is a personal story that you might not expect from a professional shop.
But this is my story - my website :-D - and it is my wish that it might inspire and encourage someone else who needs it.
I hope you enjoy our webshop!
Angelique van den Born - Miseré
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Bible, Proverbs 3:5+6