Down provides approximately three times the warmth per ounce than even the best synthetics and has a significantly lower carbon footprint. Canadian eiderdown is a uniquely renewable resource, naturally biodegradable, with unrivalled insulation characteristics.
This most luxurious down has a unique high density and breathability. Its insulating capacity is so advanced that it adapts to the body's temperature. Eiderdown will resist the test of time with extraordinary elasticity and resilience; this precious natural fibre is incredibly durable. Containing no feather, it can be compressed repetitively and still recover its initial volume, meaning it never loses its lofting capacity.
Eiderdown is not a by-product of the meat industry, meaning no industrial farming infrastructures, no unethical treatment or cruelty. Eiderdown is harvested from the nests, no bird is harmed in the process. The regulated annual harvest yields precious scientific data about the migrating bird population used by biologists and The Canadian Wildlife Service to manage the species and its habitat.
Halley Stevensons in Dundee Scotland are expert wax masters proofing fabric against the elements since 1864.
Our luxurious organic cotton canvas has been weatherproofed the old-fashioned way, without PFOAs or formaldehyde, giving it not only a unique appearance but an extreme resistance to the elements. The fabrics are breathable, the wax adjusting to ambient temperature to be softer/more breathable in warm weather and stiffer/more windproof in cold conditions. Its proofing can be maintained by applying wax to the surface, keeping it soft, supple and weather-resistant. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age. The wax naturally picks up marks and creases through use, which adds to the character of the fabric itself. Garments continually adapt to the wearers' personality, creating unique, one-of-a-kind products.
This exciting new development by Halley Stevensons offers good overall weather performance, similar to traditional paraffin waxes, however uses all-natural plant-based waxes and oils consisting of a blend of olive oil, rapeseed and castor bean.
Olive oil and wax are non GMO and are natural by-products from the food industry. We use the low-grade triglycerides which is waste steam from manufacturing virgin olive oil. Grown in northern Europe, rapeseed is chosen for this blend for its carbon footprint and nonGMO properties. Castor beans originate from India. It is a resilient crop, pest resistant, tolerant to drought and suitable for marginal land cultivation. Once the oil has been removed, the by-products can be used for various products.
All components are biodegradable and considered vegan friendly. Additionally, the fabric can be re-proofed, extending the lifespan of items made from it.
Olmsted's high-quality, N°10 metal nickel-free zippers are incredibly robust and custom-made in Switzerland by riri. Founded in 1936 in Mendrisio, the company maintains its production in Switzerland. And remains committed to a manufacturing process based on ethical and sustainable practices.
Our main challenge is to avoid plastic, favouring sustainable natural fibres. Olmsted trims and hardware are therefore always made of steel, genuine cowhide or sheepskin (shearling). When working with by-product form the meet industry, we buy second-hand lots from luxury brands in overstock. We source these durable materials because they age well and use them sparingly.