Product Waitlist (Coming Soon)
We are excited to offer a new system to replace our former preorder system to ensure that customers can view our collections in their entirety with styles not yet ready to ship marked as "Coming Soon." We will offer the option to sign up for an in-stock notification when the piece is ready to ship so that our customers may purchase at that time. If you are a customer waiting on a preorder, your order is still in our system and will be shipped as soon as it arrives. For the most current estimated arrival date, please visit the product page! Our customer experience is of utmost importance to us and we are always striving to add more resources for our community. We hope that this will create a more enjoyable experience for our customers!
Sold out items
Our inventory can be limited for certain items, which means that sometimes pieces do sell out. The best way to get ahold of a sold out item is to sign up for a Back In Stock Alert on the product page. Please note that once an item from a new collection sells out the only way to get one will be from a return. Returns come back one at a time but the Back In Stock Alert will go out to everyone who signed up for it in that size, so be sure to act fast when you receive a notification as those single pieces can sell very quickly.
We sometimes will recut high demand items, so even if something has been sold out for quite some time we may still do another run. Be sure you're signed up for our mailing list as restocks will be announced there first, and can still sell out quite quickly.
We're always happy to provide any information we have about restocks when available, or offer alternative options to a sold out style you're after; please feel free to email us at email@example.com with any inquiries.
Clothing size guide
We include the bust, sleeve length, and body length measurements in size Medium and XL for each top or dress to give you an idea of how the item is cut. The bust measurement is measured from one inch below the armpit and reflects the full chest circumference of the garment. Pants and skirts include waist and hip measurements where relevant; the hip is measured at the fullest part of the hip.
Each product will generally have fit info included in the bullet points below the product description. Most items fit true to size unless otherwise explicitly stated. Garment sizes as worn by the model are included only as a point of reference; please note that items may be clipped or tucked in when photographed, so it’s best to go with your normal size when in doubt.
For additional measurements or sizing/fit advice on specific items, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Size Guides are below. For ease of reference these same charts are accessible on every product page under the size run buttons. These charts can be used as standard sizing reference for all of our items.
Children's Size Guide
Children's sizing generally corresponds to the child's age, with size 2 being suitable for a two year old and so on. We include the chest and length measurements for size 6 of each children's item for reference. The height and chest in the measurements below refer to the size of the child.
Shoe size guide
The shoe size conversions shown are based on international size measuring conventions and our own shoe fitting experience. Sizing may vary between styles; please always check the product page for fit information and feel free to direct any questions to email@example.com for personalized fit advice.
Clothing Care Instructions
When will my order ship?
We try our best to ship all packages within 48 hours of receipt of the order from our Burbank warehouse location (excluding weekends and holidays). Please allow up to 7 business days of additional processing time for orders placed with Ground Shipping or International Economy during and after sales, as well as during season launch periods. If you need to receive your order quickly, please select an expedited shipping option when checking out. All orders placed with expedited shipping will be prioritized and sent out same day if the order is received before 12pm PST Monday-Friday.
If you placed your order during a normal volume period (not during a sale or season launch) and it’s been longer than 72 hours and the item you ordered is currently in stock, please check your email inbox to see if we’ve contacted you with any notifications about your order.
I need to change my order
Please ensure that all order information is accurate at checkout. After you receive your order confirmation, we are only able to cancel your order, remove items from your order, and/or update the domestic shipping address. In order to make any of these changes, please reach out to our Customer Care team at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. Once your order has been processed, we are unable to make any changes to your order.
My order arrived incomplete
Please double-check your emailed order confirmation to confirm that all items you ordered were in stock. Items on pre-order will have the text “Pre-ordered items: 1” beneath the product size and color in your order confirmation email. From there you can click on the product name to take you to the product page, where you will see the expected ship date under the Select Size/Pre-Order button.
If your items were in stock at purchase, please double-check your email to confirm that no one from Dôen has contacted you via email to let you know that an item from your order was unable to be fulfilled. If so, you would have one email from Dôen explaining what happened as well as an email indicating you were refunded for the item we couldn't send.
If you have confirmed that all of the items in your order were currently in stock when you placed the order, but an item is missing, please reach out to us at email@example.com with your order number, a photo of the packing slip from your package, and the name of the missing item, and we will investigate this for you.
There's a problem with my order
We're so sorry about this! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and a description of the issue, along with a photo of the packing slip from your package, and we will take care of this as soon as we can.
I can't find my package
If you've received an email stating your package has been delivered, but your package isn't at your door, please check around the outside of your home (front/back porch, side/back door, garage area, bushes) as well as double-checking your mailbox to make sure it isn't wedged in the back or out of sight. Please also check in with your neighbors, roommates, doorman, or apartment mailroom/front desk if they may have received it for you.
If the package doesn't turn up within the next 24 hours, please contact the shipping carrier and file a claim. Once you have filed a claim, please give them 48 hours to look into it for you. If your package has not been located within two business days you may reach out to us at email@example.com with your claim number and we will do what we can to help.
Retroactive sale discounts
An Update From California
We are enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols at our warehouse, including daily temperature checks, mandatory use of KN95 face masks, availability of gloves and face shields, staggered shifts for reduced capacity, six feet of distance maintained between workstations, and an increased cleaning schedule.
Our store location at the Brentwood Country Mart is open! For the wellbeing of our employees and customers, we have implemented strict safety protocols for both our store personnel and shoppers. Safety measures at our store include routine temperature checks, face masks worn at all times by our team and required by our visitors, hand sanitizer required for our store team throughout the day as well as visitors upon entry, and an additional cleaning schedule with high touch surfaces receiving extra disinfecting throughout the day. We are using an air purifier in-store and opening our Dutch door whenever possible for optimal ventilation and outdoor air circulation. We are also maintaining a lower occupancy level at the store to ensure social distancing -- when you visit, there may be a queue as we enforce these measures!
As an alternative way to shop our store, we are also happy to now offer curbside pickup as well as same-day delivery with Shipsi. Orders for in-store styles can be placed over the phone with our store personnel at 818.206.4471. More information on curbside pickup can be found under Local Pickup on our FAQs.
As we monitor and navigate this rapidly changing situation, we will be sure to keep you up-to-date and informed. For any questions, please review our FAQs or contact our Customer Care team at firstname.lastname@example.org, (818) 691-0308, or toll free at (877) 756-7353. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these adjustments.
We cannot ship to PO Boxes at this time.
International Shipping Policy
We try our best to ship all packages within 48 hours of receipt of the order from our Los Angeles warehouse location (excluding weekends and holidays).
Please allow up to 10 business days of additional processing time for orders placed with Ground Shipping or International Economy during and after sales, as well as during season launch periods. If you need to receive your order quickly, please select an expedited shipping option when checking out. We ship Monday through Friday, and all orders placed with expedited shipping are prioritized and sent out the same day if received before 12pm PST on a weekday. We encourage selecting expedited shipping at checkout if you should need to receive your order by a specific date.
You can choose to prepay all duties and taxes at checkout so that the item goes straight to your door, or wait and pay them upon receipt of your package. Most countries charge duties and taxes upon purchase. If you choose not to prepay duties and taxes, please note that you have agreed to the following terms upon checking the acknowledgement checkbox at checkout:
- Should you choose not to prepay duties and taxes at checkout, your country may charge you import duties and taxes upon receipt, and you agree to pay any duties levied by your country in full.
- You have read and understand our International Return Policy.
Free Economy Shipping is available for all international orders totaling $500 USD before taxes at checkout. Please note this only covers the shipping cost; any duties and taxes levied by your country remain the responsibility of the customer.
All orders using a 2 Day or Overnight shipping option, if placed before 12 noon Pacific Standard Time on a business day, will be prioritized and shipped out that day. Expedited orders placed after noon will ship out the following business day.
Same Day Delivery with Shipsi
We work with Shipsi, a same-day delivery service for our LA customers.
With Shipsi, we can deliver in-stock styles to LA city residents. Deliveries are available between 8am and 1pm PST, Monday through Friday. Shipsi is a shipping option available at checkout — enter your zip code, and if your exact location is eligible, the option for same-day LA delivery will appear. The delivery fee for this service will be determined based on traffic, time of day, and zip code. We expect that you will receive your order within a 2-hour window.
For any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Care team at email@example.com. Once your order has left our Distribution Center, you will be alerted via email from Shipsi, which allows for real-time tracking on your delivery. You will also receive an email notification to confirm your delivery. If your order is en route with Shipsi and you should have any questions, please reach out to the Shipsi service team at 888-421-4392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this time, we are closely working with Shipsi to prioritize the health and safety of drivers, delivery persons, and our customers. To request a no-contact delivery, please add it to your delivery notes. All drivers have been provided with gloves and sanitizer, and our Distribution Center team is following all safety protocols required by Shipsi as well as our own guidelines.
If your package’s tracking number indicates that your order was delivered but you are unable to locate your parcel, please be sure to check around your property/lobby/mailroom and reach out to neighbors in case someone has accepted the package on your behalf or it was misdelivered.
We advise waiting 1-2 business days to see if the package is redelivered by the carrier. If your package has still not been located or redelivered after 2 days, please notify the carrier directly in order to file a claim and launch an investigation. If your package was shipped domestically within the United States via FedEx, you may also initiate a claim by visiting FedEx.com, clicking on the ‘Support’ tab, and then selecting ‘File a Claim’ and filling out the required information.
Once your claim is filed, you will receive a claim number from the carrier. Please contact Customer Care at email@example.com with your claim number, and we will take the next steps to assist you in the resolution of this issue.
If you're in the LA area and you need an item immediately, we are currently offering in-store shopping as well as curbside pickup at our Brentwood Country Mart store location (225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA) from 10am to 6pm PST Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm PST on Sunday. To place an order for curbside pickup, please give our store a call at 818.206.4471. Orders will be ready to be collected within a 1-hour window. If you have any pickup-related questions, the shop can be reached at 818.206.4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our store personnel is practicing all COVID-19 CDC-recommended safety measures, including donning face masks while preparing your order for pickup.
For any questions about orders, curbside pickup, shipping windows, and returns, please contact our Customer Care team at email@example.com, via phone call at (818) 691-0308, or toll-free at (877) 756-7353. Our Help section is also available for answers to frequently asked questions. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these adjustments.
We offer Shipsi, a same-day delivery service for our LA customers, from our Brentwood Country Mart store!
To order with Shipsi, call the store at 818-206-4471 between the times listed below to see if your item is in stock and place your order. Our retail team will coordinate your same-day delivery to any address within 15 miles of our store location. There is a flat fee of $18 for Shipsi, and we expect that you will receive your order within a 2-hour window depending on time of day and traffic.
Mon - Fri 10am -5pm PST
Saturday 10am - 4pm PST
Sunday 11am - 3pm PST
During this time, we are working with Shipsi to prioritize the health and safety of drivers, delivery persons, and our customers. To request a no-contact delivery, please add it to your delivery notes. All drivers have been provided with gloves and sanitizer, and our team is following all safety protocols required by Shipsi as well as our own guidelines.
Domestic return policy
We offer free returns for items in new and unworn condition with tags attached within 30 days of fulfillment, with the exception of items marked Final Sale. Refunds are processed within 7-10 business days of our receipt of your return. You will receive an email notification when your refund is complete. Please note that return processing may experience delays during high volume periods.
Dôen is now offering Domestic returns with Returnly. With Returnly, you may be eligible for Instant Credit, sent in the form of a gift card code, towards a new purchase. If you opt to make a new purchase with your Instant Credit, any unused portion of your balance will be refunded after your return item(s) is received and processed within the 7-10 business day window. If you choose a full refund, your refund will be processed in full within the same window.
To complete a return or use Instant Credit with Returnly, please follow the steps below:
- Initiate a return with Returnly by visiting https://returns.shopdoen.com and entering your order number and shipping zip code.
- Select the item(s) you wish to return and submit your return request.
- Returnly will send you a downloadable return label and instructions via email. Returnly will also issue you an Instant Credit in the form of a gift card code, which may be used immediately for a new purchase; your Instant Credit eligibility is contingent on your status with Returnly.
- To use Instant Credit, enter the gift card code into the gift card field upon checkout when making a new purchase. You may pay for any remaining balance with another form of payment to process the order. If there is an unused portion of your Instant Credit balance, it will be refunded after your returned item(s) is received and processed within 7-10 business days.
- Download and print the Returnly return label. Affix the Returnly return label to the package and seal the package.
- Check your return label to confirm which shipping carrier has been selected, and then drop your package at that carrier's nearest location or dropbox.
- You will receive an email that your refund has been processed within 7-10 business days of our receipt of your return. Please note we may need additional time to process your return during high volume periods. If your return package shows as having been delivered but you haven't yet received a refund notification, we appreciate your patience in allowing us time to complete the return process. Your refund will be credited to the same form of payment used to make the original purchase. Refunds are for product only and do not include original shipping cost. Please allow 7-10 business days for your bank to post the refund to your account.
We also accept returns of your online purchase at our store. To return your purchase in-store, please take the item(s) you wish to return to our Brentwood Country Mart store location, along with your confirmation email and all other paperwork and packaging included with your order. Please do not ship your return to our store; if you are shipping your return back to us, please use the instructions below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Our store is located at the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St. Santa Monica CA 90402. For any store-related questions, please call the store at 818.206.4471. Our store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
For help or questions about a return please contact email@example.com anytime.
International return policy
We offer returns for unworn items in new condition with original tags attached. We must receive your return within 30 days from the fulfillment date. We cannot be responsible for return shipments that are lost in transit, so please make sure that you obtain tracking info for your return and insure your package appropriately.
Customer pays for and arranges all international return shipping.
Dôen is unable to refund any duties and taxes paid. You can pursue a refund of duties with your local tax agencies.
To complete a return, please follow the steps below:
- Fill out "Return Reason" on the packing slip included with your shipment. Please make sure this packing slip is included in your return shipment so we may identify your order.
- Contact Customer Care for the return address at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.756.7353 Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm PST.
- Within 7-10 days of our receipt of your return, you will receive an email that your refund has been processed. Your refund will be credited to the same form of payment used to make the original purchase. Refunds are for product only and do not include original shipping cost. Please allow 7-10 business days for your bank to post the refund to your account.
For help or questions about a return please contact email@example.com anytime.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require Saturday delivery for a package. FedEx offers Saturday delivery with an extra $16 charge, so if you need an item delivered on Saturday we will need to invoice you and receive your payment for that fee in advance of shipping your package.
In order to avoid paying the extra fee for Saturday delivery for domestic packages, please order before 12 noon PST on Thursday with Overnight Shipping, or before 12 noon PST on Wednesday with 2nd Day Air for delivery on Friday.
Final sale policy
FINAL SALE items will be indicated by text on the product page, the cart page, your order confirmation, and the packing slip you receive with your order. Thank you for understanding that we are unable to accept returns or offer exchanges on final sale items.
Why wasn't my return accepted?
When trying on clothing, please be mindful to avoid any contact with makeup, pet hair, etc. so that each piece is returned in the condition in which you received it.
Shoe soles can easily be scuffed when trying on, so we request that you take care to try on shoes on carpeted surfaces to avoid any damage.
If you receive an item in imperfect condition, please contact us at email@example.com to alert us so we can make it right.
Please note that no returns will be accepted for Final Sale items.
Gift return policy
We're happy to make return arrangements for items received as gifts (excluding Final Sale items). Once we receive the return we will issue you an e-gift card to your email. The gift card will not expire. We do not offer refunds for items received as gifts.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you're returning a gift, and include the packing slip (if you have it) in your return package as well as your email address so we know who to send the gift card to. If you do not have the packing slip with the order number, please include the name of the person who purchased the gift for you so we can locate the order and process the return.
How our gift cards work
We offer both physical gift cards and digital gift cards. Our gift cards never expire.
Physical gift cards are sent to the shipping address used at checkout. If you'd like the physical gift card sent directly to the recipient, please enter their address as the shipping address.
Digital gift cards are sent upon purchase directly to the email address you used at checkout. From there you can simply forward the gift card email to the intended recipient, or if you’d like a physical copy, you can open it from the email, print it out, and give the paper to the recipient.
Refunds on gift card orders
We're happy to accept returns on orders where you paid fully or partially with a gift card. Please note that our payment processor automatically refunds payment first to the original form of payment, so if you paid with a gift card first, the funds will go back to your gift card first, then to your credit card once the gift card is filled back up with the original amount of funds. The gift card you used for your order can be re-used on a future order. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you need the original gift card re-sent to you.
If you've ordered multiple items and you’d like funds returned to a credit card first when refunding, please email us beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know, and note that you'd like your refund processed that way on the packing slip as well when you send us your return.
Please note that if you return the entire order that funds will still go back onto the gift card as we are unable to offer cash refunds for gift card purchases.
The RealReal and Dôen Circularity Program
Our Brentwood Country Mart store (225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA) is now a drop-off location for your gently worn DÔEN pieces to be resold with TheRealReal. DÔEN will process your pre-owned DÔEN items for consignment, giving new life to your pre-owned DÔEN pieces. At this time, we only accept items in-person, as styles must be reviewed and approved by our team; please do not ship items to the store.
When your pre-owned DÔEN item(s) are approved for consignment, the item(s) will be sent to TheRealReal. Once DÔEN has evaluated and accepted your lightly worn DÔEN item(s), you will receive a $50.00 credit for dresses and knitwear, and a $30.00 credit for tops and bottoms. This credit can be put toward your next DÔEN purchase. All credits expire 12/21 and are limited to one code per purchase. Please note that credits do not apply to 3rd party or sale items.
Proceeds of your sold consigned item(s) with TheRealReal will be donated to DÔEN’s internal environmental impact fund. This fund is used towards our development of responsible and eco-friendly practices, such as compostable packaging, traceability systems, a Sustainable Alliance Coalition membership with access to the Higg Index, carbon offsets, and other innovative programs.
Item must be in clean, ready to sell condition:
- No deep wrinkles
- No stains
- No deodorant marks
- No detectable odor
- No rips, tears, or holes
- No significant alterations
- No missing buttons or snaps
- No significant color or print fading
The Dôen leadership team has humbly embarked on self-education, committing ourselves to the immense learning -- and unlearning -- required of whiteness. We recognize that it is our responsibility to be an actively anti-racist company. We have been using our platform to educate, inform, and provide resources for direct action and engagement in challenging deeply embedded concepts and constructs (please see our saved BLM highlights on Instagram to view our Stories). We are dedicated to the continuation of such work, and to the use of our platform as a vehicle for insight and action.
The Black community deserves better from us. We have identified areas of short- and long-term accountability, and have committed to the following plans that we wish to share with our community.
Our Vendors and Partners
Since our launch, one of Dôen’s company values has been a commitment to closing the gender gap and advocating for gender equality. We have maintained long-term partnerships with organizations that support the education of young women and girls in the areas where we produce our product (Room to Read), as well as women’s access to respectful healthcare here in the States (Planned Parenthood LA). While our focus has been on gender equality, we now recognize that our approach did not allow for a deeper understanding of intersectionality and the ways in which Black women and girls are under-resourced, underfunded, and underrepresented in this country.
We will be adding a third long-term partner to specifically support Black women in our community and continue to actively contribute to anti-racist work, and will announce this new partner as soon as details are finalized. We will be reallocating our annual donations so that they will be divided evenly across these three organizations moving forward.
Following the lead of Aurora James’s 15% Pledge, we in turn pledge to partner with Black-owned businesses for at least 15% of all annual collaborations. Black artists will be regularly featured in our newly launched Artist-in-Residence program at our store location.
We are making a new commitment to partner with Black-owned vendors in our store and at our office and Distribution Center. We are reexamining our vendors and partners in order to divest from any corporations that donate to and fund pro-police and pro-prison industrial complex entities. Additionally, we are actively seeking out alternative local vendors and credit unions that are aligned with our company values.
Content and Creative
We are thoroughly examining our processes around the production of our creative content and campaigns, and want to acknowledge not only our past failures to represent diversity and size inclusivity, but also our failure to understand the scale and depth of white supremacy and its perpetuation via photography, location scouting, casting, and content creation. We are sorry for the harm we have caused. We have been complicit in propagating beauty standards heavily rooted in Eurocentric whiteness, and we are committed to change.
We have learned from past failings to acknowledge size inclusivity, as well as errors we have made regarding locations and casting steeped in white privilege. In our 2020 Resolutions, we committed to expanding our knowledge and range of perspectives and to making strides in our practices of inclusivity, diversity, and representation. We will continuously challenge preconceived notions of beauty, womanhood, and representation, and are reconfirming our dedication to the evolution of representation across our channels.
We will continue to partner with creatives of color in order to celebrate all women-identifying individuals.
Inclusive Hiring and Talent Retention
Dôen is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to constantly bettering our inclusion practices and cultivating a diverse community and workplace. We collectively celebrate differences in life experience, perspectives, self-expression, knowledge, and education as qualities that deepen our understanding, challenge the status quo, and make our company stronger. We are working with external HR consultants to help guide our hiring practices to increase diversity and eliminate areas of implicit bias.
Based on voluntary self-reporting from 72% of our management team, our executive and leadership team identifies as:
28% declined to self-report
33% declined to self-report
This isn’t good enough. We will do better. We have set goals for a more diverse team, as well as the development of a mentorship program and paid internships over the next 18 months. To make the necessary changes, we are actively networking with recruitment programs specifically created to place Black candidates. In 3 months, we will provide more details to our community regarding the programs we’ll be working with.
Internal Trainings and Guidance
Our leadership team has been in consultation with Dr. Akilah Cadet for the past year in order to develop employee resource groups (our three internal, employee-led committees), and will continue that partnership. With Dr. Cadet’s advisement, we will be offering regular training to our staff as well as opportunities for them to learn. We have compiled a list of educational resources for all employees, and would like to make this available to you here. We are providing our employees with additional tools, including online workshops, for educational and training purposes.
Each committee is budgeted for speakers and training, and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was thrilled to bring in social justice activist, author, and speaker Sonya Renee Taylor to speak to our staff in March. Our committee co-chairs have been appointed as advocates for staff, creating a safe place for voices to be heard and actions to be taken.
Our Supply Chain
A cornerstone of the Dôen brand mission is supporting women in the workplace and in the supply chain. We remain steadfastly committed to this: It is our guiding principle and North Star. We believe that today’s sustainability conversations, which have been centered around environmental impact, are crucial -- but have obscured the invaluable interconnectedness of environmental, economic, racial, and social justice. We commit the resources of our company to the practice of and the advocacy for ethical fashion, which addresses not only ecological and environmental impact but the interdependence of social justice and financial systems.
As we have navigated the impact of COVID-19 throughout the past few months, we have been dedicated to keeping our team safe and employed. As a clothing company with international vendors, we are inextricably linked to the employment of people around the world, and we have observed with heavy hearts as cancellations of orders from brands have caused humanitarian crises in the countries where they manufacture. We have continued a close dialogue with our overseas and domestic partners to ensure that their teams are paid and able to return to jobs. We have continued to pay our vendors in a timely manner, and refused to engage in leveraging.
We are working with our external consultant on the implementation and evolution of our commitments, and setting clear timelines and benchmarks for each change. We plan to externally publish reports via email newsletter and on our website every 6 months to hold ourselves accountable to our commitments. We also want to encourage feedback: Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you should have any questions or ideas that you’d like to share.
The work of active anti-racism is not finite, and neither is this list: Progress must never stop, but increase in continued forward momentum internally, existentially, and interpersonally -- and we must always support Black lives.
See here for a list of anti-racist resources that we have found helpful.
Dôen strives to provide customers and other individuals with disabilities with equal access to its products and services, including through an accessible website. If you have questions, comments, or encounter any difficulty in using this site, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818.691.0308.
Our Ethical Production and Sustainability Initiatives
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share with you our commitment to both sustainability and ethical production! Although we are nowhere near perfect, we are constantly working with our suppliers and testing new initiatives. Please read on for more info on where we’re currently focusing our energies in this direction.
Ethical Production and Dôen’s Commitment to Closing the Gender Gap
Dôen sources globally, and manufactures with socially compliant, mostly vertical factories in the United States, Peru, India, Portugal, Brazil, Romania, and Turkey. Our sourcing strategy is based largely on the availability of quality raw materials, responsible factories, and regional techniques. Examples of this sourcing strategy include the import of our handknit alpaca sweaters and pima cotton t-shirts from Peru, and our use of raw silk, intricate handwork, and traditional printing techniques from India. We are committed to long term partnerships with factories that are women-owned and women-run whenever possible. Our factories have been audited for social compliance; in these third party compliance audits, we evaluate gender and social equality indicators including percentage of management roles held by women, ownership structure of factory, presence of an internal worker’s union, and if the factory has established any foundations or organizations to directly benefit their employees or the surrounding community.
Here are a few of the programs started by our overseas partners that we would like to share:
New Delhi, India: Dôen’s largest supplier in New Delhi, India has started a foundation to fund 100% of the education of the daughters of their employees. Prior to forming the foundation, the owners of the factory identified that due to limited resources for tuition, employees were opting to send their male children to school, while keeping their female children home. Our vendor is deeply committed to removing barriers to empowerment - cultural, economic, societal, and political. They believe that literacy will help to close the gender gap, and promote self-reliance, independence, and leadership skills for girls and women.
Lima, Huancayo, and Cerro de Pascua, Peru: Via programs facilitated by our vendor, we are able to create a substantial handknit product offering each season. This program, designed to connect Peruvian women to an export market, allows women to take knitting into their home and is one of the few available forms of work that allows these women to care for their families while earning a fair income. Many of the knitters are unmarried mothers. Once an order for a new design is passed, all women in the knitting group meet together, often in the church hall or one of the knitter’s homes. The “Jefa de Groupo” (Chief Knitter) teaches the group the new stitches, new pattern, and which knitting needles each knitter will need to use. The knitters then meet twice a week to discuss any issues and check the progress of the knitting. These meetings also give the women a chance to socialize and connect with women in their community. Once knitting on a style is complete, the Chief Knitter coordinates with our vendor partner to arrange trims, finishing, and completion of all export paperwork.
Dôen’s Work Towards Sustainability:
Although the fashion industry as a whole has a long way to go, Dôen has prioritized making small changes in the day-to-day of our supply chain that will make a huge impact in aggregate. We use primarily natural fabrics, and embrace a “fewer, better things” mentality in regards to consumption. By creating quality, timeless pieces, we ensure that they can be worn season after season. We reject the idea that clothing is disposable, and encourage secondhand sales of our clothes via resale and consignment retailers. Our packing is 100% recyclable, and our Eco-shippers include a minimum of 90% post consumer content. Because we believe the customer shouldn’t be responsible for understanding how to correctly recycle items like poly bags, any product requiring a poly bag for transit is removed prior to shipping to the customer and recycled by our team. We are constantly working towards a better solution for poly bags / plastic bags - currently testing biodegradable bags with our largest supplier. We are working to participate in production methods that eliminate waste; we only order enough fabric to fulfill our orders, not excess fabric that conventionally would end up in storage or a landfill. We also work to minimize wastage from the cutting-room floor - our children’s clothing offering started as a way to produce garments from what would have been the wastage fabrics from our women’s collection. Today, our wastage fabrics from the cutting-room floor are repurposed into small fabric bags and sent to our customers with their purchase. Many of our friends and customers have remarked that they repurpose these bags for trips to the farmer’s market and for toy storage. As we expand our children’s offering, we are also expanding our commitment to work with organic fabrics when possible. Many of our children’s knits out of Peru are 100% organic pima cotton.
Dôen’s Partnership with Room To Read:
To extend our commitment to closing the gender gap in the communities where we produce, we have partnered with Room to Read. Each season, we design a group of designated “Room to Read” children’s styles and donate 100% of the profits of those styles to benefit Room to Read’s mission to promote literacy and gender equality. Room to Read works with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond. We also welcome our customers to support literacy and gender equality by making a donation at checkout.
As of September 2019, we have been able to donate $66,850.00 to Room to Read, supporting a total of 219 girls.
Dôen’s Partnership with Planned Parenthood:
As a women owned and operated company, the issue of women’s reproductive rights has always been of particular importance to us. We partnered with Planned Parenthood when we first launched, and have continued to support their efforts towards providing safe and accessible reproductive care for all in the years since. Each holiday season, we gather our friends and family for a fundraiser and donate all proceeds to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. We are proud to have raised a total of $28,562 for Planned Parenthood since launch, and are committed to continuing our relationship with this life-changing organization!
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