Puffer and Down Jackets – What’s the Difference
It’s true. Puffers and down jackets share similarities, but they are not interchangeable. The key distinction lies in the insulation material. Sometimes, it’s not about the jacket material but what’s inside that counts.
When we think of a puffer jacket. you immediately think of the quilted design that is typically filled with a synthetic insulation; the insulation is usually polyester or other synthetic fibers. Often, these jackets are lightweight, breathable, and have water-resistant properties. From cropped to full length, there is a puffer for everyone. Bonus- they come in a rainbow of colors! (And some designers are offering full personalization such as Moncler.)
Down jackets are filled with the down from ducks and geese; there are fluffy clusters that are found underneath the feathers. This type of natural down is an excellent natural insulator. What makes it really special is that it provides warmth without being heavy. Due to the fluffiness, pockets of air get trapped and retain heat.
To keep it simple, all down jackets are puffers. All puffers are not down jackets because they may have a synthetic insulation. One is not necessarily better than the other. It is more about personal preference and need.
Why Dry Clean?
For many, their puffers and down jackets become a daily necessity or the weekend grab-and-go outerwear. Throughout the day, we are drinking, eating, leaning, and anything else that comes up. Stains are inevitable. Even simply wearing your jacket will result in wear-and-tear. Some of the most likely trouble areas are near the zipper, collar, and wrists.
After a day or night out, please take a few minutes to inspect your jacket. It’s worth the few minutes because you may find a stain or trouble area that should be addressed sooner rather than later. Look over the full front, full back, wrist cuffs, collar, and pockets.
When it comes to insulated outerwear, it is important to follow your item’s care label. If the label says dry clean only, we advise you to follow the instructions. It’s not just because we are a dry cleaner. It’s we have met many upset people at our counter requesting us to ‘save’ their favorite jacket. Why not skip the stress and trust the professionals from the beginning?
Dry Cleaning and Repairs
Hallak Cleaners offers nationwide professional cleaning and repairs. At times, we are able to spot-clean an item. However, spot cleaning is not always advisable since it can leave an obvious ring where the treatment was. When in doubt, bring in your jacket for an in-person consultation.
In addition to cleaning, we also offer repairs and zipper replacement. You love your favorite jacket. We totally get it. That’s why we offer expert repairs to keep your beloved jacket in rotation. It doesn’t have to keep hanging in your closet until you have a moment to bring it in. Hallak offers free pick-up and delivery in Manhattan, Bergen County, Westchester, and Greenwich.
Your Outerwear’s Journey
All garments and outerwear that come through our store are thoroughly inspected. From tears to a stuck zipper, our team catches it all. Minor stains. Bad stains. Ripped boudins. Next, your jacket receives spot treatment prior to the proper dry cleaning process. Once cleaned, your jacket will receive another inspection.
When summed up like this, it seems like a simple process. Of course, we skipped over the intricate details of determining a stain and the proper stain removal treatment. Or how to expertly repair a jacket tear so it’s hardly a blemish visible to the eye.