The impetus for the development of the Mizusawa Down jacket arose out of an investigation to establish what the weak points of traditional down jackets were. Ultimately it has led to the many specialist functions – from pattern making, to cutting, down pack formation, thermocompression bonding, down filling and others – all being performed, one by one, by experienced craftsmen at the Mizusawa factory. While it is true that high performance machinery has been developed to do many necessary functions, what raises manufacturing at Mizusawa to its preeminent level is that the all-important finishing touches are put in place by master craftsmen, by hand, in a process that might well be called “analog”. Mizusawa Down has brought together – in the almost half a century since the factory’s establishment in 1970 – a wealth of technical expertise and a vast store of know-how. It is clear that in the highly valued workforce, with its attention to perfection right down to the smallest detail, the essence of true craftsmanship is alive and well.