What to Know About St. Gèneve Down Products

TRADITION

There’s an old Scandinavian tradition that when a woman got married, her parents would give the couple a new down duvet and pillows made by her mother, with a coin sewn into the duvet for good luck.  At St. Gèneve, this charming tradition continues.  All St. Gèneve down duvets have a coin sewn in, with the same spirit of good wishes.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DUVET

Higher quality duvets are more versatile: they will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than lower quality duvets. This is because higher quality down is better at insulation, lightness, and breathability than lower quality down. The table below illustrates how this works.

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Duvets are offered in three weights:

Winter Weight – recommended for average sleepers in cool to cold bedrooms. Winter duvets are guaranteed to be warm enough for a period of 10 years, or St. Gèneve will add more down at no charge, providing that the duvet has been properly cared for, and a duvet cover used at all times. Please note that down cannot be removed from a duvet.

Classic Weight – recommended for warm sleepers and heated bedrooms.

Summer Weight – recommended for very warm sleepers, in warm conditions

Dual Zone – St. Gèneve can make duvets with different weights on two sides; for example, a Classic weight on one side and a Winter weight on the other.

SÖVING™  – this adjustable duvet lets you choose how cool or warm you want it to be.

TYPES OF DOWN

Genuine Eiderdown: 700+ Fill Power Eiderdown
– Eiderdown is the softest and highest insulating down in the world.
– It is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer.
– It is lightweight, and it takes less weight of Eiderdown than any other down to get the same warmth.
– Its advanced insulating capacity allows it to adjust to the temperature of the person under the duvet.
– Hand collected from birds’ nests at Canadian Eider Duck sanctuaries.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– Tests at 700 loft, but its unique high density and cling make it insulate better than a 1000 loft down.

View Genuine Eiderdown Duvet with Silk CoverGenuine Eiderdown Pillow with Silk Cover, Genuine Eiderdown Duvet with Cotton CoverGenuine Eiderdown Pillow with Cotton Cover.

Also view Eider Eider Down/Polish White Goose Down Luxe Pillow, which combines Eiderdown for softness and 1000 loft Polish White Goose Down for support.

James Bay: 700+ Fill Power Wild Canadian Goose Down
– Similar to Eiderdown, James Bay huge down clusters cling together for superb insulating power, so they must be hand sorted and cleaned.
– Collected from wild geese in the Canadian North by Cree First Nations under special license from the Canadian Government; this down is even rarer than Eiderdown.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– While it tests at 700 loft, it has similar cling and high density as eiderdown, so it insulates as if it were a 900+ loft down.

View James Bay Wild Canadian Goose Down Duvet with Silk CoverJames Bay Wild Canadian Goose Down Pillow with Silk CoverJames Bay Wild Canadian Goose Down Duvet with Cotton Cover,  James Bay Wild Canadian Goose Down Pillow with Cotton Cover.

Also view Eider Eider Down/Polish White Goose Down Luxe Pillow, which combines Eiderdown for softness and 1000 loft Polish White Goose Down for support.

Embassy Bay: 1000+ Fill Power White Goose Down
– Highest loft of any down available worldwide.
– Originally developed for the high-end Japanese market, it was first used in technically sophisticated jackets and later in their most deluxe duvets.
– Polish white goose down undergoes additional sorting processes to extract only the largest, most pure clusters of down. This exquisite down has ultra large clusters and some clinging ability like eiderdown.
– It is incredibly soft and lightweight, providing comfort for generations.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– Tests at 1,000 loft.

View Embassy White Goose Down Duvet, Embassy White Goose Down Pillow.

Salzburg: 800+ Fill Power White Goose Down
– Distinctive down because it looks and behaves like a “White Eiderdown”.
– Comes from mature geese and is meticulously hand sorted to obtain the largest clusters with the highest densities and cling factor possible.
– The high density of Salzburg down increases insulation because the center of the down cluster is more complex and traps small pockets of air.  Heat loss is prevented because the down clings to one another resulting in smaller gaps between each cluster.
– This down is incredibly soft and lightweight. With care, it will last for generations.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– While Salzburg tests out at 800 loft, its eider-like properties give it the equivalent insulating power of 900 points.

View Salzburg White Goose Down Duvet, Salzburg White Goose Down Pillow.

Ziegler: 850+ Fill Power Polish White Goose Down
– Poland has a rich history of goose farming and is known for having some of the finest white goose down in the world.
– Ziegler down is among the best Polish downs.
– Raised on special farms, Ziegler Polish White Goose Down is noted for its high loft and warmth.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– Tested at 850 loft.

View Ziegler Polish White Goose Down Duvet, Ziegler Polish White Goose Down Pillow.

Söving: 800+ Fill Power Clear Lake Colony White Goose Down
– Has a special baffle design that lets you choose how warm you would like it to be, just by turning it over.
– Patented breathing channels can open and close depending on how much warmth is required. Plus, the down can also be shifted up and down the channels by simply shaking the duvet. This allows you to perfectly control your sleeping environment.

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– In the summer, when the duvet is used with the narrow channels facing up, the breathing zones are opened to allow air to circulate and keep you cooler.
– During the winter, when the duvet is used so the wide channels are facing up, the breathing zones are closed to keep you warmer.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Hand sewn patented design.
– U.S. Patent #8978179

View Söving White Goose Down Dual Temperature Duvet.

Lajord: 850+ Fill Power Canadian White Goose Down
– One of St. Gèneve’s most popular duvets, Lajord is light, cozy and will be cherished for generations.
– Lajord White Goose Down comes from a goose farm in Saskatchewan, where farmers raise free range geese that are more mature than those in other colonies. St Genève purchases their entire production each year.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– With a loft of 850 cubic inches per ounce and extremely large clusters, this down is one of the most prized of all domestic downs raised in North America.

View Lajord Canadian White Goose Down DuvetLajord Canadian White Goose Down Pillow.

Montreux: 675+ Fill Power White Goose Down
– Montreux duvets and pillows are filled with hypoallergenic white goose down that has been certified under the Zurguard® system.
– Guaranteed to hold their shape and insulation ability for years and designed to be extremely comfortable.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– This down is exceptional quality with a loft of 675.

View Montreux White Goose Down Duvet, Montreux White Goose Down Pillow.

Estate: 650+ Fill Power Polish White Goose Down
– Polish white goose down comes from free range geese.
– Family-run farms raise mature geese that produce this lovely soft down.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– Tested at a loft of 650.

View Estate Polish White Goose Down Duvet, Estate Polish White Goose Down Pillow.

Laroche: 600+ Fill Power Canadian White Duck Down
– This down is taken from mature white ducks, resulting in large, lightweight and resilient down clusters.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.
– At a loft of 575, Laroche white duck down is superior to many grades of goose down.

View Laroche White Duck Down DuvetLaroche White Duck Down Pillow.

Altro: Hypoallergenic Daunlon Cluster Polyester
– Down alternative collection filled with hypoallergenic fiber.
– Puffy, soft, and cozy.
– Duvets are hand sewn in sealed baffle box design.

View Altro Down Alternative Duvet, Altro Down Alternative Pillow.

Silk Duvets
– Natural alternative for those who find down duvets too warm during the summer.
– In nature, silk cocoons protect young moths from heat, cold, mildew, mold, and mites, so silk is one of the most perfect insulators.
– Made with Tussah silk from Antheraea moths. These moths feed on oak trees, creating silk that is heavier, tougher, and more resilient.
– 100% hand layered fill.
– Safe, organic, and natural.
– These silk duvets cannot be washed or dry cleaned; always use a duvet cover.

View Silk Duvet.

Heirloom White Goose Down Pillows
– The Heirloom has been designed to be a wonderfully comfortable pillow. It is filled with down blended from different countries in order to achieve a perfectly consistent quality.
– Certified under the Zurguard system to be hypoallergenic.
– This pillow will stay soft and supportive for years.
– Tested at 600 fill power

View Heirloom White Goose Down Pillow.

Hutterite White Duck Down/Feather Pillows
– The Hutterites are a group devoted to a simple agricultural lifestyle who live peacefully in self-sustaining communities. When they emigrated from Europe over a century ago, they brought the farming skills of generations with them, including the raising of geese and ducks.
– St Genève Hutterite products are made with a blend of duck down for softness and duck feathers for spring and durability.
– Tested at 600 fill power

View Hutterite Duck Down/Feather Pillow.

Chateau Down/Feather Pillows

– Designed for firmer support
– Center of 15% down/85% feather, surrounded by a soft layer of white goose down.
– Most comparable pillows use only feather in the center, which flattens too easily.
– This blend of down and feather stays puffy and refluffs easily.

View Chateau Down/Feather Pillow.

TYPES OF TICKING

Ticking refers to the fabric material used to cover the duvets and pillows.  It is very important, as it should be long lasting, down proof, and not processed with any chemical treatments.

St. Gèneve starts with high quality long staple cotton, which is spun into fine, strong threads in Germany and woven to achieve the following unique properties:
– Soft and breathable
– Down proof
– Machine washable
– Long lasting
– Dust mite proof
– No coatings or chemical treatments used
– 300 Thread Count

OKEO-TEX
All of St. Gèneve’s German fabrics have achieved the Oeko-Tex designation.  These fabrics have been rigorously tested to ensure that no harmful chemicals were used.  Fabrics approved by Oeko-Tex are the safest made anywhere in the world.

HYPOALLERGENIC PROCESS

All St. Gèneve ZURGUARD® products are guaranteed to be hypoallergenic.

– In the ZURGUARD® system, the down is sanitized to eliminate all bacteria and odors.
– The ZURGUARD® system treats down gently so that down fibers are not damaged, or become overdried or brittle. This ensures that the original natural resiliency is maintained, and the down does not go flat.
– The ZURGUARD® system does not artificially enhance the loft of down.
– ZURGUARD® down exceeds all government standards for purity and cleanliness.

SIZES

St. Gèneve duvets are made to fit typical mattresses (up to 14″ thick) with about 15” hanging over the sides and foot. This is so that when a person gets into their twin bed, or two people get into their Double, Queen or King bed, the duvet will settle down around the sleepers without too much overhang.
– Twin 72″ W x 88″ L
– Queen 90″ x 94″ L
– King 108″ x 94″ L

For those who prefer oversized duvets to cover their extra deep mattresses (up to 19” thick), St. Gèneve offers two additional sizes:
– Super Queen 100″ W x 100″ L
– Super King 114″ W x 100″ L

BEDDING PROTECTORS

Cotton Comfort Protectors
– Quilted construction
– 100% cotton percale cover; 90% cotton (for breathability) and 10% acrylic (for washability) filling.
– Available as mattress protectors (16″ or 24″ pockets) and pillow protectors.

View Cotton Comfort Mattress Protector, Cotton Comfort Pillow Protector.

Organic Cotton Pillow Protectors
– 100% organic cotton
– GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified
– Available as pillow protectors

View Organic Cotton Pillow Protector.

Allergy Protectors
– Prevents dust mites or bed bugs from getting into bedding.
– 100% cotton imported from Germany.
– No chemical finishes or synthetic components.
– Self-locking zipper.
– If putting covers on existing pillows, clean pillows first to eliminate existing mites or allergens.
– Available as duvet cover protectors, featherbed protectors, mattress covers (10″ or 14″ pockets), and pillow protectors.

View Allergy Duvet Cover Protector, Allergy Featherbed Protector, Allergy Mattress Cover, Allergy Pillow Protector.

Waterproof Protectors
– Completely breathable, so vapor will pass but not liquids.
– Completely waterproof to protect your mattress from marks and stains.
– Special antimicrobial fabric finish keeps your mattress clean and hygienic.
– Dust-Mite-Proof: impedes dust mites from getting into your mattress.  If dust mites are a serious concern, use an Allergy protector, as those completely encase the mattress.
– Made with a comfortable soft cotton knit, with a polyurethane center layer.
– Fabric made in Spain and sewn in Canada.
– Available as mattress protectors (up to 8″, 12″, and 20″ thick) and pillow protectors.

View Waterproof Mattress Protector, Waterproof Pillow Protector.

GUARANTEES

Duvets:
St. Gèneve down duvets are guaranteed for 20 years against defects in materials or workmanship, provided that the duvet has been reasonably cared for, labels are attached and that a duvet cover has been used at all times.
– All St. Gèneve duvets are sewn in a sealed baffle design. The filling is guaranteed to stay in place, and never shift into another compartment, for the life of the duvet.
St. Gèneve Daunlon™ Polyester-filled duvets are guaranteed 5 years against any defect in materials and/or workmanship.
St. Gèneve Winter weight down duvets are guaranteed for a period of 10 years to be warm enough, or St. Gèneve will add down at no charge, provided that the duvet has been reasonably cared for, labels are attached and that a duvet cover has been used at all times. Please note that down CANNOT be removed from a duvet. Lighter weight duvets are NOT guaranteed for warmth.

Pillows:
St. Gèneve Luxury Style Pillows are guaranteed 5 years against any defect in materials or workmanship, provided that the pillow has been reasonably cared for, labels are attached and that a pillow protector has been used at all times.
St. Gèneve Cushion Form Style Pillows are guaranteed 2 years against any defect in materials and/or workmanship, provided that the pillow has been reasonably cared for, labels are attached and that a pillow protector has been used at all times.

Click here to view all St. Gèneve collections.

Where Can I Get the Dinnerware Used at The French Laundry and Per Se?

You’d be surprised how often we are asked this question.  And we are happy to say that you can get Thomas Keller’s dinnerware here at Gracious Style.

Eating at one of Thomas Keller’s fine restaurants – like The French Laundry in Napa or per se in New York – is truly a magnificent experience.  People have flown half way across the world just for that experience.

Well known for being a perfectionist in the kitchen (his book features some of the most exacting recipes I’ve ever read), Chef Keller is equally serious about the service and presentation of his cuisine.  Like many high-end chefs, Keller wanted dinnerware that are perfectly suited to his style of cooking.  So being the perfectionist that he is, he designed a very refined, all-white collection that lets the cooking speak for itself.  The pieces have an architectural elegance and a pure white color that is only possible with Limoges porcelain, so both lines – the Hommage and the Checks – are made by Raynaud in France.  The Hommage is plain white, while the Checks has a subtle checked pattern.

Raynaud Hommage Dinnerware designed by Thomas Keller

Checks Detail

Here is chef Keller’s dinnerware, waiting to be used in the kitchen of per se Restaurant in New York (from the New York Times).  We love that the dinnerware was designed to withstand the rigors of restaurant use day after day, so the entire line is extremely durable.

Kitchen at per se Restaurant in New York – image from “The New York Times”

There are so many great pieces available.  There are plates with round, oval, and square centers …

Thomas Keller Hommage Plates

… oval trays with quenelle indentations …

Hommage Oval Tray with Quenelles

… risotto plates and covers …

Hommage Risotto Plates and Plate Covers

… coffee, tea, and espresso cups and saucers …

Hommage Cups and Saucers

… quenelle dishes …

Hommage Quenelle Dishes

… and many, many others.

And as an added surprise, every piece is stamped with the logo of The French Laundry on the back … an old-fashioned clothespin:

French Laundry Clothespin

If you want to learn more, click here to view the whole collection.  It is very reasonably priced (starting at just $15) and extremely well made, so you’ll get years of enjoyment.

This is an incredible gift for yourself and the epicure in your life.  We hope it’ll help you become an inspired cook!

Gracious Style is an online retailer of sophisticated, high-quality products for every room in the house.  We love helping others create warm and welcoming rooms for themselves.  To read more, visit our blog.

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