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Top Ten to Buy with your Friends & Family Discount

Our Fall Friends & Family sale is here, with 25% off all your men’s and Women’s apparel purchases–no exclusions! This is your chance to get those items you’ve been eyeing at a fantastic price with the code FAMILY.

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Details: 9/20/17 through 9/25/17. 25% off all apparel with the code FAMILY. We also have FREE SHIPPING on orders of $150 and up. Pendleton Retail stores are offering 25% off all apparel, socks, towels, shower curtains, and rugs. Pendleton Outlet Stores have great deals going on, too, so stop in and see what you can’t live without!

Here are our top ten picks for what to buy during Pendleton’s Friends & Family event!

10_ Notch Collar Pea Coat

Pendleton is the place to go for REAL outerwear that will last you for seasons. The double-breasted Pea Coat is a classic design, patterned after the warm wool coats worn by sailors. Ours is a little more shaped, to flatter you. See your color choices here.

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9_Harding Jacquard Moto Jacket

Another classic with an entirely different feel; moto jacket styling in our historic Harding pattern. The discount on this one is awesome, so don’t hold back! More information here.

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Dustin Rowley Photography

8_ Gorge Jacket in Papago Park Jacquard

Our Gorge Jacket is an archival style, our Papago Park jacquard is a new favorite. This one will last you for life. Check it out here.

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Brandon Burk Photography

7_Eton Plaid Blazer

Plaid blazers are the street style look of the season. Classic styles like these can be worn so many ways, so get creative! See your blazer options here.

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Dustin Rowley Photography

6_ Pamela Pleat Skirt

Is there anything more Pendleton than a pleated wool skirt? This one has front and back pleats sewn flat at the hips. The plaid is more visible as you walk, because the pleats open with your steps. Wool is woven in the USA, skirt made in the USA. See it here.

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5_The Cushman Cruiser

Another archival classic! A car coat with the retro style you love (and some of you remember). We changed up the buffalo check for this subtle tonal plaid, adding style but keeping all the lumberjack appeal. More info here.

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4_ Starburst Stripe Cardigan

Relaxed fit in pure merino wool with an intricate pattern on the back. You’ll reach for this over and over as the days get cooler. Perfect over jeans and and this season’s new favorite, cords. Size info here.

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3_Westerley in both colors

Dude, relax. You can have this now. And if you already own the classic Tan, we respectfully ask that you consider the new Black and Red, which isn’t new at all, really. It’s another colorway from the archives. Both abiding for you here.

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Taylor Colson, Cameron Powell Photography

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2_49’er Jacket

Still going strong after almost 70 years, the 49’er was the star piece in Pendleton’s first full womenswear collection in 1949. Its simple shape and superb construction will be part of your wardrobe for a long, long time. See more colors here.

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1_ALL PENDLETON WOOL SHIRTS

All of them. Yes, that’s right. ALL MEN’S WOOL SHIRTS ARE 25% OFF. Do we need to say more? See your many choices here: MEN’S WOOL SHIRTS

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And all women’s wool shirts, too! See them here: WOMEN’S WOOL SHIRTS

That’s it. What would you put at #1?

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Photography by Pendleton Woolen Mills unless otherwise noted. Many thanks to our talented brand ambassadors.

 

 

 

 

 

Some Italian Dudes – the Westerley Cardigan Abides Internationally

son00824Our store manager for Portland Pendleton received these photos after making a Westerley cardigan shipment to Italy. Pictured are four friends from Modena who have a passion for cinema: Cristiano, Filippo, Francesco and Matteo.

These dudes especially like “The Big Lebowski.” For their annual meeting, they wore their Dude sweaters (our Westerley Cardigan) and enjoyed White Russians. Maybe you think four dudes are too many, but that’s just your opinion.

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Photos by Lavinia Nitu, used with permission

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The Original Westerley: Dude, it’s finally back.

ColoradoManager&signYou may know it as The Dude’s cardigan or the Big Lebowski sweater, but we debuted the Westerley cardigan in 1974 as part of our High Grade Westernwear line.

Original History

The Westerley drew inspiration from beautiful Cowichan sweaters that are hand-knit by Pacific Northwest tribes. Our version was machine-knitted by Winona Knitting Mills of Minnesota, a two-facility company owned by the Woodworth family. Winona Mills was one of the very few USA knitting mills who offered a 2gg knit, a term meaning only two knit stitches per inch. A 2gg sweater is heavy enough to work as outerwear. As the long-time leader of our menswear division expressed it, “You could wear it in a monsoon, and you’d stay warm.”

The vintage Westerley was knit in 3gg, and it was almost as impressive as the 2gg for thickness and warmth. The Westerley was one cozy sweater. We offered it in the western, outdoor and casual lines for over ten years. Over its run of production, the zip front, ring zipper pull and shawl collar stayed the same, as did the Greek key-inspired pattern. Archival visits show that the Westerley’s color variations are surprisingly wide.

The sweater went out of production in the 1980s, but found the limelight in the early 2000s, thanks to an obscure movie that didn’t stay obscure.

The Big Lebowski

This Coen brothers film was released to low to middling success in 1998, but quietly grew into a cult favorite. No one can pinpoint the exact reason why. Was it Donny’s clueless questions? Walter’s chin-strap beard? The German nihilists? The dream sequence scored by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition?

Well, it was probably a grand confluence of all of these important factors, plus the masterful turn taken by Jeff Bridges as The Dude. He staggers in and out of trouble, wearing alternately sweats, shorts, pajama pants, a bathrobe, a purple t-shirt and a battered Westerley cardigan.

Jeff Bridges wore his own clothes for this role, and though there were two sweaters hand-knitted as back-ups, he preferred wearing his personal Pendleton Westerley.

“The Big Lebowski” continues to grow as a cultural phenomenon. It’s not a movie anymore, it’s a lifestyle. Its fans, the Achievers, have conventions and their own documentary. And as the movie’s audience has grown, so has the demand for a re-creation of The Dude’s sweater.

The First Revivals

Pendleton’s first run at reproducing the “Big Lebowski sweater” came in the Fall of 2011. The Dude Cardigan was not an exact replica. It had the weight and coloration of the original Westerley, with a slightly different knit pattern and a leather zipper pull. This homage sweater generated an enormous amount of publicity, especially because the sweater worn by Jeff Bridges in the movie was going to auction that same year. The provenance of the auction sweater came into question and it was withdrawn from auction. Pendleton’s version sold out almost immediately.

New Dude

In Fall 2013, we brought back the sweater in the original 3gg knit under the Westerley name. We went to the archives, and settled on two versions: a cream with red and black pattern, and a desert brown version with navy and gold pattern.

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We offered the Westerley in another archival coloration in charcoal and blue early in the fall of 2014.  These were all great Westerleys. They were archivally accurate, beautifully made and selling well to fans of traditional menswear. We stand behind these Westerleys!

But this was not the sweater the Achievers wanted, and the Achievers would not be denied.

The Original Westerley

Well, it’s here. We have researched the archives and studied the movie to capture the coloration as best we can for our newest version, known as The Original Westerley.

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This is 100% lambswool in 3gg knit, and it’s ready to take you through your next monsoon, or maybe to your next Lebowskifest. We’ve even restored the ring zipper pull, to which we’ve attached a small bowling pin keychain. We think it really pulls the sweater together.

The Dude abides. And so does his sweater. Come see us in our stores (see Ben, the manager of our Colorado store, above), or order online before they’re gone.

 

The Westerley is back, Dude.

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Your favorite sweater is back.

 

The Westerley Cardigan, made famous by Jeff Bridge’s The Dude in The Big Lebowski, is back for fall. This is a different coloration, but as you can see by the vintage ad on the left, it is straight from our archives. We found a mill that could recreate the weight and gauge of the original sweater. We changed one detail; this version zips with a leather pull tab instead of the original metal ring.

We’ll have a contest coming soon, so you can win your own.