Mason, OH, August 5, 2022 — Downlite Outdoor, a division of Downlite, with IDFL & Outdoor Retailer will sponsor an Outdoor Retailer education series Webinar September 14, 2022 1:00 pm EST, Register here.
Down is a luxurious, natural byproduct that is widely used to provide insulation and comfort in the home, outdoor, and hospitality segments. This natural fiber maintains an optimal warmth to weight ratio and provides flexibility for product designers in terms of aesthetics, warmth, and sustainability. Unlike other fibers, down’s longevity and mono-composition make it the insulation of choice. Understanding what specification to use, when to buy, treatment options, and certifications, can be challenging. We welcome you to join members of the DOWNLITE OUTDOOR team, along with guest host IDFL, to better understand how to Design with Down!
What you’ll learn:
- How to Prepare Labeling/Certifications in Advance for Global Down Garment/Sleeping Bag Sales
- Quick Facts about Down
- Buying Down, Working with a Supplier and your Factory
- Can You Achieve the Same Warmth with a Lower Fill Power Down?
- Can You Achieve the Same Loft with a Lower Fill Power Down?
- Are There Ways to Save Money on Down, When Designing a Garment?
- Down Tests: Which is Going to be Warmer? Why?
- Down Innovations: New Ideas and Designs in the Marketplace
- Sustainability is….Building Products that LAST!
With more than a 100 years of down processing experience, Ohio-based Downlite is a trusted partner to many of the most recognizable apparel and sleeping bag brands in the outdoor industry. Downlite has pioneered breakthrough innovations in performance down technologies and has emerged as a leader in traceability and transparency through its global supply chain.
IDFL – IDFL Laboratory and Institute, is the largest down and feather testing laboratory in the world with over 8,000 clients in 80 countries. IDFL provides testing services for filled-textiles like: down and feather material and products, textiles, synthetic fills, and natural fills.
Downlite has a rich history in feather and down sourcing, with origins dating back more than 100 years in Europe. Downlite is the largest US supplier of bedding for the home and hospitality industries (Macy’s, Costco, Marriott International, W Hotels). Downlite is also one of the largest suppliers of bulk down and feather to apparel and sleeping bag makers in the outdoor industry. A leader in responsible sourcing, Downlite is proud to have been awarded the first RDS Scope Certificate. Additionally, Downlite was offered the first TDS-Certified supply chain in the world – both from Europe and the USA. Downlite has four US-based manufacturing sites, and one manufacturing site in Canada; sourcing teams based in China, Europe, and the US. Downlite is bluesign certified, and a proud member of the American Feather & Down Council. Downlite Outdoor
Some Downlite current customers include Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot, REI, Canada Goose, Lululemon, Ralph Lauren, Enlightened Equipment, Hammock Gear, Columbia Sportswear, Haglofs, Cascade Design and Banana Republic.