The Feathered Friends Story
Owner Peter Hickner marking baffle lines. Seattle 1980
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.
Today, the same owners, Carol and Peter Hickner, still oversee the Seattle production and retail store. 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 2015, we moved our production to a new facility in the SoDo area of Seattle, Washington. With this newer, larger production facility, we will be able to expand our ability to make the best possible down products right here in the great state of Washington.
Warmth Wherever You Are
Scott Johnston, 22,500' bivy on K2
Whether you are climbing the highest peaks, navigating the coldest polar regions, walking the dog on a chilly Autumn morning, or drifting to sleep in you bed, our mission is simple: to keep you warm wherever you are.
Our product line is a reflection of this focus - a gradient that excels from mild to the coldest conditions on earth, refined apparel for fierce conditions to timeless down comforters.
The Seattle Store
The one and only - the world HQ - the Feathered Friends flagship Seattle store. Our store features the complete lineup of Feathered Friends products for the outdoors and the home, as well as gear, footwear, and apparel from the leading brands in the outdoor world
We are proud to support organizations and groups who champion ethics, stewardship, conservation, community, and life in the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
We are honored to partner with Team Survivor Northwest, a Seattle-based non-profit, who supports women cancer survivors through physical activities and sports-centered adventures.
We are proud partners of the Fred Hutchinson Climb to Fight Breat Cancer. Each year, we support members on climbs in the Pacific Northwest, and the world, as they raise money for cancer research.
We are active partners with the Cascade Section of the American Alpine Club. Their shared love of the alpine, through instruction and advocacy, are near and dear to us.
The Boeing Employees Alpine Society (BOEALPS) has been providing climbing instruction and social activities for over 50 years. We've been partners with BOEALPS climbing and climbing courses.
Cascade Climbers | cacadeclimbers.com
We are very proud to be long-time supporters of the online community Cascade Climbers. The active community is the place to see trip reports of all types, climb and route beta, as well as other community events and gatherings.
Turns All Year | turns-all-year.com
A deep, maritime snowpack means we get to enjoy one of the longest ski / snowboard / splitboard seasons in the entire world. Turns All Year is a highly active community with a tremendous archive of trip reports from around the region.
Want to get in touch with us? Feel free to Contact Us at our Seattle store at (206) 292-2210 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org