Ethical sourcing and production is of utmost importance to the Edmund Hillary Collection. We are a member of Mindful Fashion, the New Zealand industry collective that aims to strengthen the local clothing and textile industry by promoting long term sustainable growth through responsible business practice and industry investment. All our suppliers must sign up to the MFNZ Code of Conduct for ethical and sustainable production.
We only use the highest grade ethically-sourced goose down and feather, sourced from Minardi Piume in Italy. We can guarantee that our down is a by-product of the poultry industry, harvested from the nests of geese and not from live plucked or force-fed birds. Minardi Industries is an integral part of the animal protection project promoted by EDFA (European Association of Filling Padded Producers), ensuring the geese are well-treated. All EDFA members are committed to a documented traceability system.
All our products are made from the highest quality natural materials, many of which replicate the fabric used in the 1953 expedition. Our garments are produced in New Zealand, Nepal, Europe, South America and Asia mainly with small, family run manufacturers. Our future strategy is to produce as much of our range as possible in New Zealand and Nepal.