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?
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Our newest store is opening!
The Shops at Worthington Place
7227 N. High Street, Suite #117
Worthington, OH 43085
Here at Pendleton, we’re watching the second season of Portlandia (Fridays 9 PM IFC) with eagle eyes. Portlandia, for those who might not know, is the IFC’s hit show that skewers the “Keep Portland Weird” specifics of our home city.
Along with springtime, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is coming soon. From February 8th through 12th, the Washington State Convention Centerwill host a beautiful array of events and vendors.
The display gardens will be amazing!
Pendleton Woolen Mills has partnered with the show in supporting the Seattle Children’s Play Garden, through the sale of a special edition of our Counting Sheep blanket.
This past fall, Zoe Fisher and Matt Johnson tied the knot under an ancient tree in Portland’s Laurelhurst Park. The bride was beautiful and the groom was handsome, but here at Pendleton, our attention was drawn to the row of attending men.
All the Young Dudes…
There they are, standing proud in our Dude Cardigan, Pendleton’s tribute to the Westerley worn by Jeff Bridges as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”
Today’s slide show of our Washougal Mill is brought to you by our new Menswear designer, Eli Hoshor. He’s a gifted designer, but he’s also a fantastic photographer. His eye for detail makes these photos shine. But before you have a look at them, let’s find out a little about Eli.
His last position was with Ralph Lauren, and when asked if Portland is a big change for a man from Manhattan, he laughed out loud. “I grew up on a farm in Ohio, so it’s not as big a change and you think.” He left Ohio for New York to attend FIT for menswear design, and has also worked for Tommy Hilfiger and J Crew. “This isn’t as corporate an experience, and I like that. I can tell I’m working for a family business.”
Eli’s goal as a designer is to “highlight essence of Pendleton menswear.” He’s been digging deep into the archives, which he calls “the real goldmine when it comes to authenticity. There’s nothing fake about Pendleton. The historical element of the brand is awesome.” As he points out, “This is the first company I’ve worked for that owns its own mills!”
So let’s go share Eli’s tour of the Washougal mill, from scales and bales to labels and lengths.