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Greg Hatten says Hello.

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We mention Greg on this blog fairly often. He’s a wooden boat crafter and enthusiast, and he’s also just a great guy with infectious enthusiasm and tremendous knowledge of the rivers and byways of the American West. It was amazing enough that wooden boats ran the the Grand Canyon in 1962; it was just as amazing that Greg and his crew built wooden boats by hand and ran it again fifty years later.

Here’s a recent note from Greg:

It’s been a winter filled with rain, snow, and presentations on the Grand Canyon trip. I’ve been speaking A LOT & having fun doing it. I show my audiences the little video I created to tell the story. I was fortunate to meet Martin Litton and his wife last month down in California. He’s 96 years old & still remembers a lot of the details from his “river running” days. He gave me a number of old videos of his original trips from the early 60s. It was a memorable day.

Greg’s projects have a real connection to history and devotion to authenticity. We like to think Pendleton has some of the same.  Here is the video. Enjoy!

YSL and Pendleton fabrics

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YSL’s inspiration for their latest runway shows for men and women is Seattle Grunge, and for their fabrics, they came to the source. Yes, they came to Pendleton for wool shirting. The collection has made noise out there, as controversial in its way as Grunge was. We are proud to have been selected as an archetypal source for plaids. All photos courtesy of Style.com.

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Benny Gold for Jansport and Pendleton: coming in Fall 2013

This was a fun collaboration to work on, and we think you’re going to love the results. Jansport is another Pacific Northwest company, and Benny Gold is fantastic to work with. More information and shots here  and here  and just about everywhere else.

How will you wait until Fall?

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The Thomas Kay Collection: a Pioneer’s Legacy

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Pendleton Woolen Mills dates our founding to 1863, when an adventuresome young weaver named Thomas Kay settled in the brand new state of Oregon. The story of Pendleton began earlier in the mid-19th century when Thomas Kay was a bobbin boy in Yorkshire mills, working his way up to weaver before sailing for America to continue his training on the East coast.

In 1863, Thomas Lister Kay traveled by boat, burro and buggy to settle in the new state of Oregon. Using his genius for fabric, Thomas Kay staked his knowledge and integrity on the success of his mill, which soon turned out the first bolt of worsted wool west of the Mississippi. The Kay Woolen Mill was once the largest weaving facility in the West. It still stands as a working museum in Salem, Oregon, a symbol of pioneering spirit and innovative technology.

Thomas established a tradition of excellence by weaving the finest woolen textiles in America, a tradition he passed on to his daughter Fannie Kay Bishop and her sons. Six generations later, Thomas Kay’s descendants weave on at Pendleton Woolen Mills, heirs to his manufacturing legacy.  Every product is still “Warranted To Be A Pendleton,” an homage to Thomas Kay’s original commitment to quality.

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In recognition of our founder, we have launched a signature brand for Pendleton Woolen Mills; The Thomas Kay Collection.  Inspired by Kay’s desire to weave woolens of the highest merit, Pendleton offers classic and traditional apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Home for Fall 2013.

The Thomas Kay Collection embodies a heritage of fabric craft and discovery. Richly patterned jacquard, tweed and plaid fabrics are woven by craftspeople in Pendleton’s Pacific Northwest mills. Each item has been carefully fashioned to reflect Thomas Kay’s history, marrying proper English refinement with a distinctly American sense of style. The Thomas Kay label stands for 150 years of honesty, artistry and authenticity.

A fitting introduction to the collection is found in this motto from the Pendleton archives: “Where Quality Decides, We Always Win”

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If you’d like to see more about the Thomas Kay line, please visit our Facebook page.

Who are the Mammoth Men, and why do we love them?

Mammoth Men

To answer the first question, click here.

Mammoth Men

To answer the second, watch this.

Exhibit at the Multnomah County Library – Now!

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Portlanders revere our central library as the grande dame of a network of libraries, large and small, that serve our metro area.  The Multnomah Country Library fills an entire block in the heart of downtown Portland with its trove of information. The library also hosts several displays on its upper floors.

Local readers will want to stop in to see out this one; Smoke Signals, the Literature and Culture of Native America.  This collection of rare Native American manuscripts will be on display until March 24th, with rare works from antiquity to the present. Also on display will be two Pendleton blankets, including this very limited edition “Bridging Communities Together” blanket, designed by Yakama Nation artist Toma Villa for the NCAI.

AIC blanket by Toma Villa

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The books and manuscripts are part of the John Wilson Special Collections, with artifacts (including blankets) loaned by NAYA. The blankets are lovely, but the stars of the show are the written materials. Please give them a visit.

The new Zagat Survey for Portland hit the inbox this week…

…and we are in it!

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The Zagat Survey was brainchild of Tim and Nina Zagat, who polled their friends and published the results in 1979 as a way to locate the best dining experiences in New York City. The survey quickly grew beyond their immediate circle of friends, and has come to include over 70 cities, including Portland.

Over a quarter of a million people have contributed their opinions and comments on restaurants, hotels, theaters, golf courses, and shopping. The bound guide is available by subscription, a handy and handsome publication to carry along to your favorite city. The Zagat.com site is free to the public.

So how did we do? Very well, thank you. The ratings are on a thirty-point scale, and the higher, the better. We are happy to say that the downtown Portland Pendleton store scored very highly. So did the flagship Pendleton Home store. And, now that we think of it, so did the Woolen Mill Store.

Yes, we had a trifecta of nice Zagat scores.  We got a kick out of the quotations from survey-answerers, which are set off in quotes. Our staff “goes above and beyond.” Our “incredible quality” is “hard to beat.”

Our favorite quote? “It’s a Pendleton…enough said.”

Nancy Hales

It’s a busy week here at Pendleton Woolen Mills, but there is always time to share another photo of Nancy Hales looking terrific.

Nancy Hales

As the Portland Tribune says:

In her full-time work as director of First Stop Portland, Nancy Hales has been an unofficial ambassador to the city; now she’ll do so in another role as First Lady of Portland. She’s already started to make a fashion statement by supporting local companies. Here she wears Pendleton Woolen Mills’ Portland Collection, which she likes for its durability and classic appeal. ‘I’m trying very hard to wear Portland,’ she says.

Please check the Portland Collection blog for stores near you.

The Portland Collection on Portland’s New First Lady

Election night is always exciting. For those of us who work at Pendleton Woolen Mills, it was especially exciting to see the blue pieced dress worn by Nancy Hales as she stood by the side of Portland’s Mayor-Elect, Charlie Hales.

This dress is one of the show-stopping pieces from the Fall 2013 line for The Portland Collection. Three Portland designers create this fashion forward boutique line for Pendleton; Rachel Turk, John Blasioli and Nathaniel Crissman. All of the garments are made in the USA. You can watch them here as they talk about the line on Good Day Oregon.

So congratulations, Mrs. Hale, and thanks for keeping it local!

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Planes, trains and Dr Martens: plane rides can lead to the best ideas.

In February of 2011, Celina Sanchez was on an Alaska Airlines sitting in what she calls “the back of the boat.” Celina works for Dr. Martens and was on her way to MAGIC, the Las Vegas tradeshow extravaganza. It’s a short flight from Portland to Vegas, but Celina had interesting seatmates: on one side sat a woman who worked for Tillamook , and on the other sat Peggy Denfeld, the Merchandising Manager for Pendleton Menswear.

With Doc Martens sandwiched between representatives of two iconic Oregonian brands, it was inevitable that at least two of them would leave that flight with ideas for collaboration. No plans were hatched for plaid cheddar or air-cushioned Colby Jack. Instead, Peggy and Celina decided to find a way to bring Pendleton and Doc Martens together.  

“I’m a former footwear buyer, so I love Doc Martens,” said Peggy. “Everyone over here thought it would be a great fit.” Celina certainly didn’t have to convince anyone, either. “I was aware of the Pendleton meets Opening Ceremony collaborations, and my colleagues in London already loved Pendleton,” she said. “When my UK colleagues came over from our HQ in London, we set up a meeting.”

 Since Fall 2011 was already underway for both lines, plans were made for Autumn/Winter 2012, and the boots are here, in Cherry Red or Black leather, with Pendleton’s Pagosa Springs wool.

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The design is based on Dr. Martens’ original 1460 model, named for the date of its release: April 1, 1960. The collaboration includes a bag based on the Dr. Martens classic satchel, with slight adjustments made to maximize the beauty of the Pendleton pattern. Boots and bags are available at fine retailers throughout the U.S., and worldwide through Dr. Martens. In Portland, you can find them at the Dr. Martens store in the Pearl District and at the Pendleton Airport Store.

And to think it all started with a plane ride. “I really feel like it was synergy from the start,” said Peggy Denfeld. “We have a kinship in starting stories; workboots and workwear.” A look at the finished product, photographed at our Washougal mill, shows what great things can happen when a plan comes together.

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