Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories) offers non-leather (vegan leather) handbags, briefcases, backpacks, belts and accessories. We plan to offer vegan shoes later in 2018.
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 we're not part of just one city, state or even country. We want to be a part of lives everywhere people share our ideals for a better world. We believe that's everywhere.
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.
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.bsci-intl.org/) certification.
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 oil 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.
Animal Agriculture and the environment: