Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories) offers non-leather (vegan leather) handbags, briefcases, backpacks, belts and accessories. We hope to offer vegan shoes at some point in the next few years.
Doshi was founded to provide smart, fashionable and quality vegan products to people who have ethical, religious or environmental beliefs that lead them to seek vegan products. While the roots of this movement go back to the days of hippies and the 1960’s, our goal is to meet the needs of smart, socially and environmentally conscious professionals, jet-setters and fashionistas.
We are based in the suburbs of southern California but we’d like to think that we’re not just part of just one city, state, or even country. We want to be a part of lives in every place that people share our ideals for a better world. We believe that’s everywhere.
What Makes Us Different? Intention.
Unlike an accidentally vegan product that you might find on Amazon, our founder is vegan and intentionally set out to create this company. He oversees the design of products, picks out the materials, and directly works with factories to make intentionally vegan goods for vegan and vegan friendly customers.
Intentionally Vegan Design: We study trends, consult designers, and keep an awareness of the marketplace to make sure that our products keep you up to date.
Intentionally Vegan Materials: When Paras realized that ordinary PU was an inferior material, he set out to find the best vegan materials. Most companies talk about using “high quality PU” for their vegan leather. The phrase doesn’t mean too much. Paras spent years researching where the best vegan materials come from.
Intentionally Vegan Manufacturing: Vegan products don’t stop at materials. Our partner factories know that our products need to be vegan from top to bottom. All glues, thread, structural materials, interlining, and hardware are 100% vegan. No animal products are used in our goods whatsoever.
Intentionally Connected: We support several vegan organizations from those pushing forward animals rights to farm sanctuaries taking care of our non human friends.
We design our products to be practical and useful, we choose materials and construction methods that are meant to hold up to frequent use, we pay our suppliers for the more difficult work we demand, and we stand behind our goods. Eco-friendliness and sustainability are a function of how long a product lasts and what materials it’s made from. We will continue to push on every frontier until we make beautiful products that are beautiful, last long, and then disappear back into the earth when we are done using them. We have to do all of this while providing our customers value. To improve the world, our products need to be accessible to everyone; not just a select few.
Prototypes get a workout before going to production. They’re scratched, dropped, tugged on, and pulled. We test pockets, zippers, slots and handles. We often have multiple rounds of revisions which cause our suppliers to have fits but we like finding problems… so you don’t.
We visit the factories where we manufacture goods. We look for clean factories where we ask terrible amounts of questions to management to understand product construction, environmental practices and workers’ well being.
Factories in the places we manufacture often have a variety of certifications to show social compliance. One of the most common is the Business and Social Compliance Initiative (http://www.saasaccreditation.org/bsci) certification. We are pushing to have each factory BSCI audited. BSCI is not a certification or accreditation. It is a methodology that allows for factories to be social compliance audited which in turn helps to improve working conditions for companies within the supply chain.
Doshi and the Environment:
When we set about to make a product, we consider the materials being used, how the product is being made and look to find ways that we can make the product last. Synthetic materials have made huge strides in minimizing the resources used to create them. We do our best to find factories that purchase recycled base material and minimize the use of chemicals and solvents when making their materials.
Why not leather? Isn’t it just a by product?
Studies show that the source of a great deal of the world’s pollution comes from livestock. It’s not the animals’ fault. Humans just breed too many of them. The lifecycle of a cow involves great deals of resource consumption and waste production. From our reading, studies and back of the envelope calculations, we believe that the carbon footprint needed to produce a bag or backpack from synthetic materials is vastly smaller than what is needed to produce the same bag using an equivalent amount of leather. Further, much of the leather found in mass produced goods is treated with petroleum based compounds at every step, from tanning to it’s final finish.
Ok, that’s our part. Here’s your part:
We hope that when you buy our products, you’ll use them often so that what we take from the environment is used to its fullest. When you’re done with our products, please donate them so that others may put them to good use.
First Five For The World
Like many emerging, socially conscious brands, we are highly motivated to do our part for causes we believe in. As such, we decided to create a program that we call First Five For The World.
First Five For The World is our target to donate 5% of net sales to non-profits benefiting animals, people, and the environment. We are open to other companies adopting our initiative and find it a very clear, open, direct and measurable way to show our impact.
The non-profits that we choose to partner with meet the following criteria:
• Meet the goals of our First Five For The World program,
• Earned a generally positive and high rating on Charity Navigator, and
• Reasonable executive compensation.
1. Farm Sanctuary
2. Compassion Over Killing
3. Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank
4. Mercy For Animals
5. India Development and Relief Fund
6. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
We also donate products to other non-profits throughout the year to support fundraisers! However, we get overwhelmed with requests. We try to donate to as many non-profits doing great work as we can but we do not have the means to meet every one of the requests we receive.
Sidebar: You may have noticed that we do not yet have an environmental non-profit on our list. We have not found one that meets our criteria. In almost every case where we have researched a non-profit that benefits the environment, we have found executive compensation that ranges from $300,000 to $600,000 or is greater than 1% of revenue. We find these numbers unacceptable.
We’ve also (financially) adopted a rooster from one of our favorite places, Farm Sanctuary. A picture of Li Mu Bai (yes his name comes from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) is on our homepage.
We also donate to:
2. Wishing Well Sanctuary
3. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
4. Other pro-animal non-profits, ASHA (education for children) and fruit and granola bars to homeless folks everywhere we go.
First Five For The World’s long term goal is to fund and assist one off projects that can make a significant positive impact on animals, people, or the environment. We hope to have an impact on world events and take on special projects as we grow.