Allied Feather & Down to Launch Down Educational Series at Outdoor Retailer Breakfast

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Montebello, Calif. (July 15, 2014)Allied Feather & Down, a leading purveyor of down for the outdoor industry, will host a breakfast seminar at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market as the official kickoff to the brand’s new global down education initiative. The breakfast will take place Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 a.m. in the Salt Palace (room 151G), and will have a special focus on the Responsible Down Standard.

Industry panelists:

  • Daniel Uretsky, COO, Allied Feather & Down
  • Anne Gillespie, Director of Industry Integrity, Textile Exchange
  • Adam Mott, Director of Sustainability, The North Face

Uretsky will lead a discussion on how consistent quality, responsible sourcing and traceability brings added value and assurance to brands and retailers worldwide.

The group will specifically dive into the progress and current status of Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and the benefit of RDS Certified down to brands and retailers. The RDS allows outdoor industry brands to audit and ensure the ethical treatment of all animals in its down supply chain and validate all claims through an established chain of custody process.

General Discussion Outline:

  • Part I: Adam Mott to discuss the background and need of the RDS from the brand’s perspective.
  • Part II: Daniel Uretsky to discuss the complexities of down, the down supply chain and what Allied has done to create traceability and transparency in this supply chain.
  • Part III: Anne Gillespie to speak about how the RDS will work from a pragmatic point of view to guarantee compliance.
  • Part IV: Daniel Uretsky will conclude with how the RDS and Allied’s traceability initiatives bring added value to both brands and retailers

“We feel it’s our job as leaders in the industry, to educate manufacturers and retailers on the importance of this initiative,“ said Daniel Uretksy, COO of Allied. “We are excited to offer an update on the momentum that the Responsible Down Standard is gaining, how it has already empowered the Allied brand, and how it can do the same for our partners.”

The breakfast at Outdoor Retailer is the first stop in North American for Allied’s educational initiative involving speaking engagements at events and retailers worldwide. Allied’s motivation to go “on tour” educating the industry on down was inspired by the unmet demand for information on sourcing and procurement practices.

Allied educational seminars address topics such as the anatomy of down, quality and testing, innovations in technology, sourcing, and traceability in an effort to offer knowledge to users of down and dispel the misconceptions. Vendors and retailers interested in hosting future Allied down educational seminars should contact communications manager, Lauren Fallert, lfallert@verdepr.com.

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.

Media Contact:
Lauren Fallert
Verde Brand Communications
lfallert@verdepr.com
970.259.3555

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