Montebello, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2014)—Allied Feather & Down, leading supplier and processor of down to the outdoor and home markets, is excited to announce that Montane, a leader in fast and light multisport technical wear, will be the first brand that is using Responsible Down Standard certified down in all down garments across its entire clothing line for Fall 2015. Montane will also being using Allied’s unique Track My Down service and Allied’s informational hang tags.
It is a major step forward to have Montane use RDS certified down across their entire clothing line. The RDS was developed in partnership with Control Union Certifications, an accredited third-party certification body, and the Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit dedicated to sustainability in the textile industry. Allied has supported their efforts by showing the Control Union through their supply chain, evaluating conditions and identifying where auditing should take place as a way to certify that there is no live-plucking, force-feeding or any other mistreatment of animals, from gosling to finished product. It was always the goal of the RDS to have brands use certified down in all their products.
Montane will also be taking the level of transparency one step further, educating end consumers using Allied’s Track My Down service and informational hangtags on their clothing line. Each hangtag will not only explain what type of down technology is in the product, but it will have a unique sourceTrack lot number on it. Customers will be able to use the sourceTrack number to find out where the down used in their jacket came from on Allied’s Track My Down website. This combination of RDS certified down, Track My Down and Allied hangtags will make Montane’s fall 2015 clothing line the most informative and transparent line of down clothing to date.
“We are excited that Montane is using RDS down in all of their down apparel. They are the first brand to reach this milestone,” said Daniel Uretsky, President of Allied Feather & Down. “We have put extensive resources into our tracking and transparency initiatives. We are proud to see brands such as Montane catching on to the importance of not only using Allied RDS down, but also offering consumers tools so that they can be well informed about the product they are purchasing. Hopefully Montane is the first of many brands to fully integrate Allied’s RDS down into their lines.”
“Down is a critical component of mountain clothing and ensuring that it is competently and respectfully sourced is a responsibility any brand in the outdoor industry must ensure,” said Paul Cosgrove, Brand Director of Montane. “RDS down from Allied can professionally provide a high specialism and quality that few can achieve. It’s for this reason we will use RDS down from Allied Feather & Down.”Allied encourages brands interested in integrating Allied’s RDS down, hang tags and Track My Down package to contact Daniel Uretsky (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Allied Feather & Down:
Allied Feather & Down is the world’s leader in the manufacture of the highest quality downs and their blends. Founded in Vernon, Calif. in 1987, Allied has been responsibly sourcing and sustainably processing down while driving innovation within the market for over 25 years. The family-run operation has earned the reputation as the largest, most reliable and most responsible supplier of raw material in the industry. Allied is committed to safeguarding the environment and transparency in ensuring the welfare of animals, which contributed, in part, to their prestigious bluesign® approval. Allied values longstanding relationships with the largest suppliers on the planet and is proud to produce the highest quality down technologies demanded by the most discerning brands in the outdoor, home and fashion marketplaces.
MONTANE® is a British company that creates premium lightweight and breathable clothing for mountainous and extreme environments. Founded over 18 years ago, MONTANE® work with leading athletes in mountaineering, polar exploration, climbing and trail running disciplines. MONTANE® supports the world’s leading ultra-distance endurance events and works closely with innovative mountain and polar expeditions. MONTANE® products are sold through leading specialist outdoor, run and bike retailers in over 40 countries around the world. For more information please visit www.montane.co.uk. FURTHER. FASTER®.
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