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This logo is to signify a fabric that is being used on clothing. For the application, it will be a woven label where the background is a solid color and the artwork is done in metallic thread. It should be limited to 1 color only.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

A new logo is to be designed to describe the high quality down from domesticated geese raised by the Hutterites, an Amish type colony. In terms of feel, I would be looking for a label that isnt busy, and has a simple and classy look. It would definitely have to be able to fit on a designer jacket without looking out of place or making the jacket look like a fake.

Below is some information about the Hutterites:

The origin and source of this Goose down comes from domesticated geese raised by the Hutterite Colonies in Western Canada. These colonies or farms are located throughout the Canadian Prairie Provinces. These geese have been bred over the last 80-90 years, producing a large, mature and heavy bird. These birds are range fed outside on spacious farms. The Hutterites raise their birds from April to October, and then they are harvested for their meat. Almost all the meat is used on the colony to feed their inhabitants. Some of the meat is sold to local residents in their community.

The feathers, a by-product of this process, are offered and sold to Feather Industries in November of each calendar year. It is the only time of the calendar year that we purchase their feathers as it is the only time the feathers come to market. All of the feathers with buy from the Hutterites come from slaughtered birds, no live plucked down or feathers. We only purchase feathers and down that are a by-product of the meat industry. We buy from Duck and Goose farms / colonies, that raise their birds in a humane fashion, no force feeding, no hand plucking and where possible, range fed.

The Hutterite People are a religious group and each colony is very much self-contained. Farms of 10,000 acres are not uncommon. The Hutterites are humble, private, hard working people, family orientated and caretakers of the land they farm. They are modest and dress accordingly, usually in black clothing. Generally they do not like to have their pictures taken and their lifestyle is as close to communism or communalism as there exists today (certainly in North America). They are great neighbours to other farmers willing to help out at harvest time and do a good deed for their neighbour. Hutterites do use technology, unlike the Mennonites and Amish. They are very efficient and environmentally inclined nothing is wasted, and take only from nature what is required to feed their colony and make their colony profitable.

Feather Industries (Canada) Limited has been a processor of feathers and down since 1946. We are the largest and oldest Goose and Duck feather processor in Canada. We are a founding member of the Down Association of Canada (founded in 1976). We have been purchasing goose down and duck down and feathers from the Hutterites for over 50 years. We inspect the feathers and buy directly from each Hutterite colony. Personally, I have been the buyer representing Feather Industries since 1987. I know each colony, maintain a database of their location, quality, volumes they bring to market etc. The full processing of these feathers and down takes place at our facility in Toronto. We grade, inspect, separate (feathers from the down) wash, sanitize and test each lot and quality that we produce.

You can be assured the Canadian Hutterite Goose down that you buy from Feather Industries is a special quality, processed to the highest washing standards and originates from a unique and interesting source, the Hutterites of Canada.

Attached are a few Hutterite pics and below are some of my comments about them, and links to other information.

About 375 colonies throughout Manitoba, Sask., Alberta, BC, and some Northern US States

- some colonies, as large as 16,000 acres

- about 100 people or so on each colony

- all ducks and geese are range fed and grown

- all ducks and geese are grown for their meat which is used on the colony, and or sold to small stores in the prairie towns nearest their farm

- some do not like to have their pictures taken

- very modest, and dress accordingly

- their lifestyle is as close to communism or communalism as there exists today (certainly in North America)

- great neighbours to other farmers willing to help out at harvest time

- they do use technology, unlike Mennonites and Amish

- savvy businessmen

- very efficient and environmentally inclined nothing is wasted

- take only from nature what is required to feed their colony and make their colony profitable

Also, a couple links I found on the Internet

http://www.agriculture.technomuses.ca/en...

http://www.multiculturalcanada.ca/Encycl...

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Snow or ski clothing wear. Should look and feel high-end.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

Please do not show us icons of geese or literal translations of feathers. The icon can be abstract, solid and simple. It should signify that the down feather used is of the highest quality.

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