Material Recycled down
Made from the soft undercoating of ducks and geese, down is a highly insulating filling with an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio that no synthetic material has yet been able to match. It can be packed down and return to its natural, fluffy shape – and it frequently outlives the items it fills, making it an excellent candidate for recycling.
Recycled down is recovered from used duvets and pillows, then cleaned and sorted like virgin down. Once processed, recycled down retains its original properties – it is very warm, hypoallergenic, and adds comfortable padding to insulating clothing and soft furnishings.
An insulating garment is designed to retain body heat. The garment can
be lined with natural or synthetic padding or knitted with a
three-dimensional structure that traps and keeps heated air, or it can
be made with a warming wool or fleece.
Body heat is generated when fat, carbohydrates and protein are converted to energy. The body regulates its temperature and stays around 37°C even when the ambient temperature changes. When the body is cooled down, the act of shivering can increase heat production by four to five times; the body also decreases the blood flow to the hands and feet to prioritise circulation to the vital organs. Overheating is regulated through perspiration – the cooling effect is the result of sweat evaporating from the skin.
The four basic principles for staying warm (‘COLD’) will maximise the insulating effect of a garment: Keep the clothing Clean, avoid Overheating the body, wear the clothes in Layers, and keep them Dry.
function Water repellent
Water-repellency is always added to fabrics that need to be water-proof
or water-resistant. It is achieved by treating the textile with a finish
that forces moisture to form small pearls of water on top of the fabric
surface instead of being absorbed by the fibres. The purpose is to
protect the material from getting wet-through and thereby prevent loss
of body heat, as well as to allow for breathability.
All ARKET water-repellent products are treated with finishes free of perfluorinated compounds, PFCs, a group of chemicals that have shown to be harmful for the environment and for aquatic organisms.
Note: Detergents and water-repelling agents are each other’s opposites. While the purpose of the water-repellent finish is to push water away from the fabric, detergents reduce the water’s surface tension to allow the fabric to absorb as much water as possible. It is thus important to get rid of all detergent residues from the garment to retain the full potential of the finish – wash at full rinse cycle, use only a small amount of mild detergent (or a specialty detergent) and avoid softeners. After wash, the water-repellent finish can be re-activated through heat, by tumble drying or ironing. Please follow the specific care instruction for each garment.
Marconi is a Chinese garment manufacturer, specialising in high-quality pieces for men and women. Based in Suzhou and Jiangsu, outside of Shanghai, the prosperous area – and the company – has long attracted employees with the technical skills to do laser cutting, embroidery, pleating and more. With just over 500 staff, Marconi takes complex design concepts and turns them into reality.