Our patented products PIUMINI DANESI® pooq dene® have been produced in the same factory at Lunderskov in Denmark for nearly 40 years.
The quality of our products steadily increased, year after year, due to the ever more demanding requirements from our high class Italian clients. Italy is well known as a famous textile country – world famous for its “Made in Italy” products. Our products have been developed and made in Denmark – but always for quality conscious Italian clients.
For instance, even today the Danes sleep with 2 single duvets on the matrimonial bed without worrying a lot about breathability and aesthetics – while the Italian customer wants an efficient product and an elegant appearance. An Italian couple want to cover their bed with a double duvet and would never dream of using 2 single duvets on their bed.
So it is a paradox that our high quality Danish made duvets cannot be found in shops in Copenhagen. We have Italian clients telephoning us, when they are visiting Denmark and, in bewilderment, asking us: “Where can we buy your Piumini Danesi”? “We have found duvets from P.R.C., but we cannot find yours?”
Judging the quality of duvets is very difficult for the layman, because one cannot “look” inside and see the filling. You can touch and feel the exterior to find out if there are feathers inside. You can inspect the cotton shell to see if it looks densely woven and feels soft to the touch. But to be sure if the filling is goose or duck down is almost impossible. A guideline may be that the price of goose down varies from Euro 200 – to 400 /kg, but that is only a guideline. So in the end the purchase of an important down duvet remains a question of trust.
Our supplier is the last remaining factory in Denmark, which still does its washing, drying and sterilizing (120 ° Celsius) in the factory. These processes are carried out with the most modern machinery so environmental damage is minimized. The factory buys the down and feathers in big quantities from large plants in Northern Europe, where they raise geese in the colder northern climate. Inside the factory, there is a laboratory that tests for oxygen, grease and PH value in each batch of feathers. Furthermore the shell fabric is tested with air and blow tests to be sure that no down/feathers will slip out.
The factory is an active member of EDFA which strictly forbids "the plucking of live geese" Two EU legislations guides the factory to a high assurance of traceability:
First the factory is protected by the strict rules for producing meat in the EU. All slaughterhouses in EU are under compulsory traceability under EU law CE (178) 2002 also known as HACCP. This assures that all stages from the egg to the slaughtered bird are documented in the EU together with the national veterinarians, who audits these procedures.
Secondly all products going out from the same slaughterhouses are under compulsory traceability under CE 1069/2009 to ensure that all batches can be identified all along the production chain. As the down/feather trader has to carry full documentation, the factory uses this for auditing their customers. A breach in the documentation would, by EU 1069, terminate the business of the trader.
Furthermore, the Danish factory has frequent IDFL (International Down and Feather Laboratory) audits carried out on all the European suppliers. IDFL is the highest authority in the down / feather field and the Danish factory passes this audit every time with full grades, confirming that the factory has an efficient traceability system.