The Pendleton 49’er is a perfect illustration of the adage that quality never goes out of style.
This jacket is an American classic, still going strong after more than sixty years. But where did it come from?
On Friday May 25th, the OSU design students will put on their eighth annual runway show. Student collections for Spring will be shown to peers, faculty and family, as well as representatives from Oregon apparel companies.
Last year, the star of the show was Amanda Grisham, who was also selected as one of Portland Monthly’s “Fifty Most Influential Portlanders.”
Amanda’s collection featured Pendleton fabrics from Pendleton’s Woolen Mill Store. She went on to win Portland Fashion Week’s Catapult: Emerging Designers Competition.
On Friday night, all eyes will be watching to see who Oregon’s next rising star might be. You can read more here, but for now, enjoy a look at Amanda’s work from 2011. We are probably just as proud of it as she is.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose the Bond Street ruffled blouse from Fall 2011 for her recent announcements about the upcoming Nobel Summit in Chicago. Ms. Clinton is riding a way of popularity lately, and we are happy to see her wearing it well.
Kristen Philipkoski of GIZMODO.com called us to talk about the plaid shirt last week. She says, “Plaid shirts will always represent for me Kurt Cobain, riot grrrls and grunge music. That’s because I’m self-centered and lived my twenties in the ’90s. But today when I see my husband putting on a plaid shirt, it inspires entirely different connotations. He couldn’t be less grunge, but he is a certified geek. And it suits him perfectly.” She covers the history of plaid from tartans to Kurt Cobain, including Pendleton’s part of the story.
Read all about it here, and enjoy.
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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.
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.”
When an especially unique vintage Pendleton garment comes through our design areas, it can cause a stir. It’s like a new baby. People from other divisions come to visit, photos circulate in email, and everyone asks a lot of questions. What was it called? When was it made? And most importantly, what will we do with it?
A jacquard coat that came to the sewing room of the Men’s division was no exception. The Crossroads pattern was bold and dramatic, and the coloration was unique. Menswear decided to bring it back, so Fabric Design got to work redesigning and coloring the pattern. Womenswear and Home saw the possibilities…and that’s how a corporate jacquard is born.
In the twenties, thirties and forties, movie theaters were packed with fans of America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford . But Mary Pickford was a big fan of Pendleton. Here she is in her fringed Harding blanket shawl. Mary Pickford was the golden child of early American cinema, though her reputation took a big hit when she scandalously cut off her trademark golden braids. She didn’t just act. She produced, wrote, directed and marketed her films, and was one of the co-founders of United Artists. Sadly, the advent of talkies ended her acting career. Apparently, hearing Mary Pickford speak was something like reading the Tweets of your favorite celebrities. Sometimes, silence is golden.
Anita Page is on the right, in a coat that will look familiar to those of you who have watched The Portland Collection video . In that, designer Rachel Turk is slipping on a coat similar to Ms. Page’s.