About Feathered Friends

The Beginning

Feathered Friends was founded in 1972 by husband and wife team Peter and Carol Hickner. Struck by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, they settled in Seattle, Washington but their timing was unfortunate and the Boeing Bust of the early 1970’s left them struggling to find employment. Determined to stay in this beautiful city and enjoy convenient access to the backpacking, climbing and skiing they had come to treasure, Carol and Peter turned to their creative skills and began producing tents, jackets and sleeping bags from the basement of their home.

A project that started from the necessity to build the gear they needed to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle soon turned into a full-time job as word spread and friends and colleagues lined up to place orders for their hand made down garments and bags. They soon realized this venture needed a name, and while they gathered around a fire with some good friends and cold beers Feathered Friends was born. They had neither a business plan nor financing, but what they did have was the determination and skill to create world-class down products.


Manufacturing

Handcrafted in Seattle

Most of our manufacturing happens right here in Seattle, Washington. Down sleeping bags, down bedding, lightweight and expedition garments, and more are hand crafted a stone’s throw from downtown in SoDo.

Responsible Down

When the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) was introduced to the market, we were one of the first adopters. 100% of the down we use is certified under the RDS

Innovative Fabrics

We are always on the lookout for the best combination of durability, weight, and weather repellency for the fabrics we use. Our sleeping bags and garments feature seriously innovative fabrics from Pertex®. Our down comforters and pillows are made from exceptionally durable and smooth single ply cotton. No need for meaningless inflated thread counts here.

Feathered Friends values your opinion and we welcome any feedback you may have about our product selection. Please email customerservice@featheredfriends.com and let us know what you think, we're looking forward to hearing from you.


The Future

Today the same owners, Carol and Peter Hickner, still oversee the factory and retail store in Seattle. Their mission follows one simple goal - Feathered Friends wants you to be warm wherever you are. We start with the highest quality materials available, refine our construction with time tested design and techniques, and fill our products with the best goose down we can source. Feathered Friends began with a dedication to excellence in the craft of down filled products and we are proud to continue that tradition.

In 2018, we launched one of the lightest sleeping bags available today - the Tanager 20. For 2019 and beyond, we look to continue to push the boundaries on the warmest & lightest gear that can be made for your adventures.


The Store

In addition to the full collection of Feathered Friends indoor and outdoor products, our Seattle retail store offers a curated selection of complementary products from the best brands in the industry. If you’re passing through town, please visit us to find a complete selection of gear for backpacking, rock climbing and expedition mountaineering as well as a unique clothing and soft goods collection.