DRISH SHOES LIMITED is a 30-year-old company, that manufacturers and exports top quality finished leather, leather shoe uppers and leather footwear and has a phenomenal track record of growth in turnover and profits.
DRISH exports 70% of its production to the toughest, most demanding, premium segment of Asian and European markets comprising of importers/manufactures like Manz and Fortuna in Germany, Mayoral, Zara Brands and Elcorte Ingles in Spain, Parpia in Singapore, Assem in Holland, Snoeys in Belgium, Cape Union in South Africa, Urban Outfitters in US and Ezibuy in New Zealand among others. In the domestic market we produce about 70% of the shoes sold by Louis Phillipe as well as better end ranges of Hush Puppies, Arrow and Lee Cooper.
The company boasts of its world class integrated manufacturing facilities for all manufacturing operations (raw skin to finished product ) involving latest imported machines from Europe housed in 500,000 sq. ft. of built up space.
In the year 2018, DRISH produced 10 million sq. ft. of leather, 1.00 million pairs of shoes and had a turnover of Rs.250 Crores (US$ 37 million). Its sole making unit is capable of making TPR, TPU and leather unit soles. The company has recently commenced production of leather small goods, bags and accessories.
For the past 20 years, DRISH has received export awards from the Government nodal agency, Council of Leather Exports almost every year. The company is also a proud recipient of awards from The National Productivity Council and The Institute of Marketing and Management.
The company is run by professional promoters with solid industrial experience. Its Managing Director, Mr. IS Paul, is a merit scholar in M.Sc. and an M.B.A. from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Prior to setting up DRISH Shoes Ltd., he served as a Manager (Foreign Business) for 7 years at Bank of India’s establishment in India and Europe and then set up a leather and shoe manufacturing unit in Jalandhar, becoming its first CEO.
The company is strongly focused on innovation, research & development and quality control and has devised a unique system of on-the-line quality control in which the entire workforce (right from the workers to the senior managers) participates in 100% quality checks.
DRISH specializes in making fine grain buff calf, cow calf and cow upper leathers in grains, suedes and nubucks. The leather used is mostly from skins of fallen animals, that is animals that have died a natural death. A big strength of the company is its ability to procure the best raw material available in the country. Being located in northern India, which is the source of buff calf and cow-calf skins, has contributed to the company’s ability to make international class leathers. This ability is further enhanced by the fact that all raw purchase is done under the personal attention of one of the directors of the company. Heavier leathers are imported from Europe.
Our brand Chandi is the largest selling brand in buffalo calf in the world.
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In shoes, the company started its production with Manz, a 118 year old brand selling gents formal and casual footwear in Germany. Today, DRISH exports some of the most expensive footwear out of the country. Along with its excellence in Cement lasted shoes the company has gained expertise in other constructions like California, San Crispino, Strobel, Cosy, Sacchetto and Waterproof shoes. DRISH has acquired special skills in handling children’s shoes in various constructions and is producing these for some of the best European brands. Fur lined and textile lined house shoes in Cosy construction is another specialty. DRISH has also mastered a unique technique of making waterproof shoes based on Sympatex and Water-Tex materials.
The company’s most important asset is its work force of 2400 skilled workers and trained leather and footwear technologists. Besides this, DRISH also employs MBAs, C.As, qualified engineers, leather technologists and graduates in footwear technology, footwear and bag designers and constantly sends its personnel for technical training in India and abroad.
DRISH has state of the art tannery at Jalandhar and leather finishing unit in Nalagarh manufacturing about 1 million sq.ft. of leather per month. The tannery is equipped with tanning & dyeing drums of various sizes giving it complete flexibility in dyeing lots from 5 sq.ft. to 5,000 sq.ft. in as many as 20 colors per day and can handle full chrome, semi chrome and vegetable tanning systems.
All upper manufacturing is done in self owned or dedicated ancillaries, each making 400 to 800 pairs of shoes a day and specializing in different constructions and customers.
DRISH started its exports in October 1988 by selling to one of the most discerning customers, Manz AG of Germany. At that time the company took the crucial decision of making only high quality products and based its entire strategy on the belief that it would be better to work for a few demanding customers rather than be lured by the attraction of doing low end large volume business. This helped in developing a system of very stringent quality controls and gave a very firm grounding of quality consciousness in every employee. With this focus on quality the capacities kept growing and today the production team can handle very high production rates and volumes without loosening its hold on quality.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
For the past 16 years, DRISH has received export awards from the Government nodal agency, Council of Leather Exports every year. The company is also a proud recipient of awards from The National Productivity Council and The Institute of Marketing and Management.
Drish is a Certified SA-8000 – 2008 company in social accountability system. It is an indication of the way Drish has nurtured and looked after its workforce. Therefore, it is no surprise that Drish has one of the lowest rates of attrition in the Indian Industry.
In recognition of having set up adequate quality control and management systems all footwear units of Drish have ISO: 9001:2008 certification.
MANZ AND FORTUNA
Manz is a 118 year old niche German brand that specializes in gent’s casual and formal footwear and Fortuna is a 86 year old German brand that specializes in lady’s comfort and house shoes. Today, DRISH owns both these international brands headquartered in Germany, as an effort to increase its reach in the international market.