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Fibre Intro: Down

With padded coats and jackets now a firm trend, there is a definite demand for down in apparel. Yet down production raises welfare concerns that are prompting consumers and brands to seek higher standards. Down is nature’s best insulator – a soft layer of quill-less feathers that lie closest to the bellies of ducks and geese, keeping them warm and buoyant in water. Compared to other insulators like wool, down gives the most warmth for the least weight and is breathable.

A by-product of waterfo…

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