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Oh My: Backstage at Allegiance with George Takei

One of our district managers had a letter from one of our employees as follows:

Janese and I were talking one day about this new Broadway show called Allegiance and how we both planned to go. She informed me her cousin works for George Takei, the inspiration and star of the show. She planned to gift him a Pendleton blanket, since sharing his story was courageous. I thought this was a wonderful gesture! We ended up going yesterday, and when we met Mr. Takei, he said to me “You work for Pendleton? I wear their shirts and love them!” He thanked Janese for the beautiful blanket, and said he would take it to his house in Arizona. He is a gracious, talented star, and a Pendleton fan!


We are great fans of Mr. Takei around here, from his days on Star Trek as Mr. Sulu, to his current incarnation as King of Facebook and Broadway star. So enjoy some starry-eyed fan moments, thanks to Kris!




Hey, New Yorkers! Have you seen the Wolverine Pop-Up Shop?

We love these photos of the new Pendleton Pop-Up Shop opened by Wolverine in NYC.


Come on in!

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They have so many great Pendleton shirts, sweaters, throws, blankets, bags and more.

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FullSizeRender (2)And they are open for your shopping pleasure through the holidays.

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Yes, that’s the Westerley sweater you see there. Come on by!


254 Elizabeth St.

NYC, NY 10012

#PendletonPet on Instagram: Meet the Ambassadogs!

This year we unveiled our Pendleton Pet collection (which is shipping free this month, November 2015). It’s been so much fun to see Pendleton’s National Park designs translated into high quality beds, collars, coats and leads. Our Ambassadogs have been having some fun with their new gear over on our Instagram.

Everyone knows Loki the Wolfdog, whose life is one grand adventure, and occasionally takes us along via GoPro.

He has almost 700K followers on Instagram!


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He’s a low-content wolf/Husky/Malamute mix, and his people like Pendleton, too.

So, he’s not charging up snowy mountains, but Leroy (of Life with Leroy) loves his city life in San Francisco. And hey, have you seen Lombard Street?


Leroy is a sweet little terrier who likes lkeeping track of his people and giving his Pendleton Pet gear a good workout. Did someone say “walk”?


And then, there’s sweet Rusty Rodas, a gentler Golden Retriever who likes our clothes…


…almost as much as he likes his Pendleton Pet bed.


We’re always on the lookout for Pendleton Petbassadors. If you’re on Instagram, enter our Instagram contest by tagging your best pet photos today through Monday and let us see your best friend. And we just want you to show us your pet–Pendleton products are entirely optional in your photo! Details here: @PendletonWM

And remember, Pendleton Pet ships free in November!

Happy Birthday to Badlands National Park

IMG_6726South Dakota’s Badlands were authorized as a National Monument in 1929, officially established in 1939 and designated as a National Park on November 10, 1978. Badlands National Park is home to haunting natural beauty and some of the richest fossil beds in North America.


The name “Badlands” comes from the Lakota, who moved into the western plains during the late 18th century. They called the area Mako Sica, which translates as “eroded land” or “bad land.” As they traveled and hunted, the Lakota found the White River Badlands fossil beds and correctly surmised that the area had been underwater. They believed the skeletons belonged to a great sea beast called Unktegila. The ghost dances of the Lakota, led by the visionary Wovoka, were held in the remote tablelands of the Badlands.


History echoes in the spires and peaks of the eroded rock formations, across the prairies, and in the secluded valleys where Native American tribes have been hunting and living for 11,000 years.


Settlers and homesteaders arrived in the 20th century, but struggled to find a foothold in such arid conditions. The Dust Bowl wiped out most of the area’s farming, and plagues of grasshoppers took care of the rest. Abandoned sod houses dotted the area until the wind and weather took them down. Today, the area supports wheat farming.


Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness preserve. Here, you can experience the largest protected mixed-grasses prairie in the US. You can see mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and coyotes. Look a little closer to the ground, and you will see black-tailed prairie dogs. You might even catch a glimpse of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. And of course, you’ll see the American Land Bison, or buffalo.


The Badlands are an “avian crossroad,” a habitat for both eastern and western birds. The cliffs make excellent hunting grounds for golden eagles and prairie falcons. Cliff swallows and rock pigeons nest in the countless hollows. It is a birder’s paradise, but explore this park with caution; the country is hard to travel, with sharp rocks, yielding substrate, and very little water.


Sunset here is particularly beautiful. Enjoy it among the formations, as the setting sun catches the pinnacles, casting dramatic shadows.


Or settle onto the prairie, and enjoy the sounds of South Dakota; the wind in the grass and the evening birdsong.


Photography by Emmanuel Beltran: @stick_e

Shop Pendleton Badlands National Park: SHOP

Heading North with Pendleton and Canada Goose

There are times when the images tell the story best.  Canada Goose, Canada’s company for luxury down accessories, has joined us for a collaboration born of mutual respect for heritage, luxury and style. Each piece is crafted with 100% virgin wool from our Northwest mills.


Above: Down-Filled Hooded Scarf 

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Above: Down-Filled Blanket with Carrier

Images of Lisa Dengler, Photograph by Marcel Floruss

Available at SHOP

Come Away with Poler and Pendleton Woolen Mills

PXP10We have been waiting for this one to hit. The Poler and Pendleton merchandise is finally live, and we can show you what fun it is. It’s time for some #campvibes .



With a tent, a rucksack, a rolltop, a camera cooler the collection will keep get you packed up and ready for adventure.

There’s a beach towel and a crazy poncho, too.


Poler makes goods for people who do stuff. So get on out there and do some stuff, people.



And when you’re tired out, you can wrap up in Pendleton wool, thanks to the blanket.


Shop the collection here: SHOP

Read more about Poler here: POLER

3 Ways to Wear Plaid, Fall’s Biggest Trend

What’s the single biggest fashion trend out there right now? PLAID. (Check out Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, or Harper’s Bazaar if you don’t believe us.)

We at Pendleton don’t typically chase fads, but our ears perk up when it’s one we’ve been perfecting since the 1920s. Indulge us in a quick trip down memory lane, then we’ll show you three ways to style plaid for today.

Pendleton + Plaid: Some Quick History

We’re pretty obsessed with plaid, as well as its more distinguished subset, tartan. For the uninitiated, tartans are basically registered and/or historical plaids. (All tartans are plaids, but not all plaids are tartans.) Traditionally, Celts would wear the family’s tartan as a proud assertion of family identity. Scottish families even registered their family plaid with the Scottish Tartans Society. We even have our own official tartan, the Pendleton Hunting Tartan—it’s green and blue with touches of red.

We started making plaid wool shirts almost a century ago, in 1924. But things really exploded in in the ’60s, when The Beach Boys wore our Board Shirts on the cover of the album Surfer Girl. (Did you know the band was originally called The Pendletones? Yep!)

Things only took off from there. Plaid got a big boost with the ’90s grunge scene, and it’s been pretty popular ever since. Everyone from George Lucas to Gwen Stefani has been spotted in a Pendleton plaid shirt. And don’t forget Diane Keaton, Neil Young, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Cobain, to name a few!

Ready to try some plaid yourself? First off, there’s nothing wrong with looking like you’ve stepped out of a vintage ad…


…but it’s easy to make plaid more modern too. Here are 3 ways we love to wear the timeless pattern.

1. The Long Plaid Coat

A plaid coat says “I know what’s hip right now” with the added bonus of looking just as stylish in 10 years. It’s versatile enough to go with a worn-in tee on the weekends and your workwear during the week. Put simply, it’ll never go out of style. We love a long plaid wool coat paired with your favorite ankle boots, denim and a simple solid pullover:

How to Wear Plaid: Pendleton Plaid Coat

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2. The Plaid Fit-and-Flare Dress

Girly, grungy or traditional? It’s all how you style it. This plaid Audrey dress is one of our bestselling pieces, likely because it’s so open to interpretation. It works just as well with heels and a blazer as it does with chunky ankle boots, a leather moto jacket and Smells Like Teen Spirit. We like it with a wide wrap belt to highlight the fit-and-flare shape:

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3. The Plaid Shirt Dress

Your most casual option of these three is a plaid wool shirt dress. It’s where weekend warmth and comfort meet style. On warmer fall days, throw it on instead of yoga pants and a sweatshirt for a look that’s just as cozy and much more fashionable. If it’s cold, layer on leggings, tall boots and a soft, thick scarf:

How to Wear a Plaid Shirtdress

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We know the fashion industry will move on to the next trend in a heartbeat, but we’ll always have a soft spot for plaid—and fashion in general that transcends trends.

OK, your turn: How are you wearing plaid this fall? And which of these pieces is your favorite?

For you: Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on October 31st and November 1st and 2nd.  In Mexico, celebrants build ofrendas, altars to the deceased, with photos, candles, and the favorite foods of those who have moved on. In Brazil, families visit churches, then visit cemeteries. In Spain, celebrants enjoy festivals and parades throughout certain neighborhoods. Wherever the holiday is observed, the spirits of the departed are welcomed back to this world with specific symbols; calaveras (sugar skulls), masses of stylized flowers, and dressed skeletons.

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The roots of the holiday go back more than 3,000 years ago, to the age of the Aztecs and a ritual that celebrated the goddess Mictecacihuatl.  The skulls and flowers symbolized death and rebirth. In the 15th century, Spanish conquistadores were aghast at a ritual that seemed to mock death. In an attempt to make the ceremony more Christian, the Spaniards moved the event to All Saints’ Day, but the symbology remained, growing more fanciful and varied through the generations.

The central figure of our Day of the Dead blanket represents the colorful wooden skull masks or calacas that celebrants wear as they dance to honor their dead relatives. The wooden skulls, decorated sugar skulls and marigolds are placed at gravesites and altars for the departed. The blanket’s bright colors and festive images of flowers and mariachi musicians capture the spirit of the celebration. This blanket inspired a collaboration with GNU and Barrett Christie, which you can see and read about here: Women Who Shred 

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We have a related pattern called Sugar Skulls based on one of the elements in the Day of the Dead blanket. It’s used in fabric, an array of bags and Diego the bear. Our patterns capture the spirit of joyful welcome as celebrated by people all over the world during Dia de los Muertos.



Today’s post is brought to you by Timberland. Enjoy!

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Pendleton wool – an American classic since 1863 – sets the standard for warmth, hardiness, and vintage style for fabric.

For our Winter Wool Collection, we’ve partnered with the heritage fabric company to create items with exceptional craftsmanship – jackets, boots and backpacks.  The fabric used in our latest collection from Pendleton’s dates from 1973 – the year the Original Yellow Boot came to be.

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Creative Director Chris Pawlus explains, “For this collection, we were inspired to re-imagine a classic material, wool. Wool is a high quality, durable, natural material that can really express style when we elevate the material through design. This collection is rooted in tradition, but designed for everyday adventures on the Modern Trail.”

This legendary brand has woven a touch of understated luxury into some of our most iconic workwear essentials. Dare to wear the vintage look without looking like your grandfather in our Pendleton collection.


​Our Men’s Heston Waterproof Boots get a vintage makeover with a custom Pendleton wool cuff. The craftsmanship that makes these boots the best – top quality leather, seam-sealed waterproof construction, Green Rubber recycled lug outsoles, insulation – make them hardy, but the Pendleton wool gives them the ideal  touch of retro style.

If you want a bolder look with the classic wool pattern, go for the Roll-Top Boots. With the rolled down fabric showing off the heritage Pendleton wool and the sole designed for traction, you can wear this boot throughout the winter season in any weather.

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Effortless vintage style defines the Women’s Whittemore Wool Accent Lace-Up Boots. A slim fit with premium leather and subtly stacked heel make this a perfect pair of everyday boots. The pocket of heritage pattern that graces the cuff make them one-of-a-kind and the OrthoLite footbeds are seriously comfortable for long walks, backyard bonfires or city dates.

See style blogger Jessica Kirby style the Whittemore Wool Accent Lace Up Boots here.


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Vintage revival takes center stage with our Men’s Shrewsbury Peak Plaid Down Jacket. Featuring a 100 percent Pendleton plaid wool exterior and premium leather trim, this is a striking coat in a classic design. With the shearling collar, removable hood and 600-fill goose down to fight off the freeze, you’ll look sharp and stay warm. The tartan style is bold, unforgettable, and a cold weather classic.


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For any outfit, you need an accessory – and  we love a statement backpack. The New Original 23-Liter Pendleton Wool Backpack is one such bag. Contemporary design meets Pendleton’s heritage plaid for a vintage style that’s been designed for modern life. A quick access laptop pouch and interior pockets make school, work, or weekend adventures easy to navigate. The throwback custom wool and premium leather accents make it an original.

This winter, don’t miss out on this collaboration. When two American icons partner to combine premium leather with heritage wool, the result is well-crafted heritage patterns on your favorite items.

 Other styles here: SHOP at

Pendleton and Levi’s Collaborate for 2015


Levi’s and Pendleton collaborate in shades of deepest indigo. The made-in-the-USA capsule collection features Levi’s indigo denim and Pendleton wool in a pattern that pays tribute to the shared workwear roots of both companies. The stars of the collaboration are jean jackets for him and her constructed of Levi’s indigo denim and lined with Pendleton wool.

Workwear shirts for him and her tell a unique denim story in Pendleton’s WoolDenim™. WoolDenim™ weaves 100% virgin wool with the distinctive look of ring-spun denim, front and back. We offer it in many different weights. This collaboration uses a special year-round weave, with yokes lined in the collaboration’s unique patterned wool.



The 2015 Levi’s collaborative blanket, the third we’ve done with Levi’s, is a beauty. Mountain and arrowhead motifs in shades of indigo deepen to charcoal.


The collection is available through Levi’s: SHOP HERE

Check out some of the press for this collection!






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