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Pendleton opening in Milwaukee WI’s Historic Third Ward


We’re pleased to announce the opening of our newest store in Milwaukee, Winsconsin’s historic Third Ward.


We will throw open the doors (or roll them up, this is a firehouse after all) on Labor Day weekend to welcome visitors into a flagship store that celebrates Pendleton’s history with special fixtures, visuals and merchandise. You’re going to love our mix of women’s casual, men’s heritage, blankets and special brands.

Grand opening details are below. We’ll celebrate our opening with a weaving demonstration by fiber artist Susan Buss. Susan is a fiber artist who has been featured on Martha Stewart. She’s been chronicling her prep for the demo, and will bring the process of weaving wool to life for you when you stop by. We have gifts, we have special offers, and we have our special lines, The Portland Collection and Thomas Kay.

Do we sound excited? We are excited. We can’t wait to invite you in. And what better doors to open than those of the Ward’s firehouse?


The firehouse in which we’re located was restored to its former glory after the Third Ward fire.  The bronze statue out front captures a firefighter and his faithful companion waiting for the next bell. This is just one of the historic buildings in a fascinating American neighborhood that actually began as an urban swamp drained in the early 1900s by the Irish immigrant community.  They built homes, wharves, warehouses, rendering plants,  shipping house and more. The railroad came through in 1856, helping to form a trade route from Lake Michigan to the West.

The Ward was thriving in 1852 when a fire started in the Water Street Union Oil & Paint Company.  Fanned by 50 mph winds, the neighborhood ignited. Help came from as far away as Chicago and Oshkosh, but 440 buildings burned and 1900 people (mostly Irish families) were left homeless. This drastic fire accounts for the cohesive look of the Third Ward. Milwaukee’s leading architects came together to redesign the commercial buildings. Many stonemasons and bricklayers were needed during the 35 years of reconstruction. Italian immigrants skilled in these trades settled the neighborhood and by 1915, the neighborhood had transformed into a predominantly (and proudly) Italian community.

The Historic Third Ward was built on rail and water trade, and its fortunes rose and fell with those transport methods. The birth of the American freeway system and growth of the trucking industry led to the Ward’s decline.


By the 1970s, the neighborhood was neglected and embattled, with an unclear future. Milwaukee rallied around this historic district, and began the long road to reclamation. In the 1990s, the Third Ward stepped up the renewal plan with streetscapes, parking structures and a riverwalk. Today, the neighborhood is a marriage of historic buildings and modern planning.


With its public market, lofts, galleries, theaters and restaurants, the neighborhood’s renaissance is ongoing. Pendleton is proud to be part of it.

The grand opening starts 8/30/13. Come see for these special events:

– Discover The Portland Collection for Fall 2013

– Introducing The Thomas Kay Collection, celebrating our 150 years of weaving craftsmanship and English heritage

– See the new 2013 Pendleton Home Collection

– FREE Thomas Kay Muffler with purchase of Thomas Kay product

– Enter to win gift cards and Pendleton apparel and home goods

A Felting Tutorial for Raw Fleece

Felting project

Welcome to the Lobby

This is Shelley, the Visual Director for our stores.  We are lucky to have her creative visual input around the corporate headquarters. While down in the archives, Shelley found some sepia-toned prints of people at work in the Pendleton mills. She brought them up, dusted them off, and let them inspire some beautiful lobby windows with blankets, and Fall 2012 apparel from Womenswear, Menswear and The Portland Collection.

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Hope you enjoyed this tour of Shelley’s creative work. We are thankful to enjoy it every day. From all of us at Pendleton, have a happy Thanksgiving.

Live United

It’s that time of year again. We encourage you to support your local United Way to make a real difference in your community.

Thanks to the Pendleton united Way team! You make this fun for everyone.


Fitted Shirts for Fall 12: A Larger Offering of a Closer Cut


Fall 2012 is hitting the stores soon, and with it, our expanded Fitted offering. This is the fourth year for our trimmer silhouette. We’re offering four styles in 100% virgin Umatilla wool: The Board Shirt, the Lodge, the Fireside, and the Canyon . We’re offering them in our classic fit, too, don’t worry about that. As the demand for Fitted keeps growing, so does the selection.

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Jillian Harris and Pendleton for the Canadian Home Show at PNE

We had the pleasure of working with Jillian Harris  of Jillian Harris Design, Inc, at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition)  in Vancouver, British Columbia this last month. The PNE is the largest annual exhibition in Canada, putting on an incredible show yearly since 1910. We were thrilled to be there, and thrilled to work with Jillian, who has her design firm in Vancouver.   She was the interior design mastermind  of the showcase home, the jewel in the crown of this exhibition.

Some of you readers may recognize Jillian from her time on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” She’s a past co-host ABC’s “Extreme Make-Over, Home Edition,” and has another new Home TV Show launching in 2012. She is also a BIG Pendleton fan!

Jillian artfully used our blankets, throws, towels, and dishes in a home that is natural, modern and sophisticated. Even a few items of iconic Pendleton apparel made it into the mix. This is a ski-in, ski-out home! You can see a nice video walk-through here.

Over 100,000 people toured the Show Home, and it was featured nationally through several media channels – including print and TV.  Those who entered the PNE’s sweepstakes are eligible to win the home itself! Yes! The home, the furnishings, all of it. Now, that’s a prize.

The winner will be announced soon. Let’s take a look at their prize, shall we?

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The Turnabout: Pendleton’s Reversible Skirt

 “Give it a whirl….it’s Reversible! It’s the Turnabout, with a gay way of whirling when you walk.”  Pendleton’s Turnabout debuted in 1953, and along with the poodle skirt, it was THE skirt craze of the 1950s. Every teenaged girl coveted one. Our customers have shared their stories with remarks like, “None of the others on the block ever forgave my parents for buying me my reversible skirt, because after that, ALL the girls had to have one.” But parents didn’t do all the buying. Summer jobs, babysitting money, berry picking; you did what you had to, to have a Pendleton Turnabout. Perhaps no other garment in fashion history has inspired so much teenage industry.

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Washougal Celebration

At the gateway to the Columbia River is Pendleton’s Washougal Mill. Buildings both old and new are shaded by a silver oak, standing when Lewis & Clark made their journey west. Please enjoy our anniversary celebration, with generations of mill workers, Pendleton’s founding family, and city and tribal dignitaries.

Greg Hatten and the Grand Adventure: Running the Colorado River

On Wednesday, March 21, Greg Hatten and company left Springfield, Oregon to start a Grand Adventure; the recreation of a historically significant trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in boats that “linked” Oregon to the history of river running through that National Park.

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The Pendleton Vintage Collection Blankets

This weekend (starting March 3rd, 2012), collectors will have a chance to purchase Pendleton’s Vintage Collection Blankets at 20% off during the Retired Blanket Sale.

These blankets were introduced in 2008 to offer the aged allure of a vintage wool blanket to boutique customers and collectors.

Our 2008 wholesale catalog copy described the blankets: “At first glance, these lovely blankets seems to have been discovered in the hacienda of a beloved grandmother. But they are newly woven in our own Northwest woolen mills. The blankets reflect both our reverence for Pendleton history and the wealth of design inspiration in our design archives. We have given these fresh interpretations a luxurious finish with the rich patina of age – a fitting tribute to our heritage. The stonewashed, distressed surface lends the feeling of a well-loved and well cared for heirloom. The colors are softly muted and the hand is sumptuously soft.”

What these beautiful words can’t describe is the hard work, experimentation and sheer number of blankets that went into refining the “aging” of a Pendleton Vintage Collection blanket.

“We burned through so many of them!” says Robert Christnacht, the head of the Pendleton Home Division. “We wove and finished the blankets in our mills, minus any labels. Then we sent them to an outside commercial laundry, where they were washed and shrunk down to the right dimensions. It was a huge job to get the process right, because we wanted to take out a certain amount of color and we needed the right appearance and hand. Time after time, we’d pull a load of wool mush out of the machine. We’d have to start over.”

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