There are records of down being traded as an insulation as far back as the early 1600s. And long before that, the down and feather waste of birds used for food was utilized to create warm and comfortable bedding.
The modern down supply chain has historically been extremely opaque, consisting of a network of brokers who aggregated material from slaughterhouse groups and sold on an open market with almost no visibility to the farms the birds were raised on.
More than 30 years ago, ALLIED was founded as an insulation company working directly with farms and slaughterhouse groups. As the outdoor industry was growing rapidly through the early 1980s, the need for a high-quality down fill — different than what was available at the time — became apparent. By working directly with farms around the world, ALLIED was able to control quality and provide these growing brands complete traceability and transparency long before it was considered an important issue – all with a new unparalleled performance that led directly to new types of down jackets.
In 2012, ALLIED used this intimate knowledge throughout a supply chain many thought impossible to trace, and started work with The North Face to build what would become the Responsible Down Standard. Gifted to the Textile Exchange so that it could be utilized by the industry as a whole, this standard has now become one of the largest and most ubiquitous animal welfare standards in the textile and outdoor industries.
ALLIED continues to change the industry by uncovering new supply chains, offering unique material and bringing traceability and education directly to the consumer for the first time.
A new way to source direct over 30 years still remains a bit of a novelty. Much of the global down supply chain is still quite opaque, though the changes ALLIED has helped to introduce back then has changed the down industry forever.