Pre-war machine is secret of our success

The hydraulic feather plucking machine was built in 1936

France is known for its artisans who make unique and desirable products. Here we look at a man who wins warm praise for winter clothing that he has been making ethically for 30 years using a vintage plucking machine

WINTER clothing firm Triple Zero has found a niche in the market with its feather down jackets made using a machine that dates back to before the Second World War.

Louis Pinel’s extra-warm clothing regularly wins outdoors magazine tests and he has been making items in Dur­fort, Tarn, for 30 years.

His feathers are ethically- sourced and not just because they are only taken from dead birds – it is against the law to use live ones as it causes excruciating pain – but also because he prefers birds reared on small farms.

He is convinced birds reared in smaller numbers and given better care produce healthier feathers and a higher-quality product.

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