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WOVEN for Winter

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Our latest issue of WOVEN is out, and you can read it online. It’s full of brand ambassador photography and winter wool stories. Did you know wool is Nature’s first tech fabric? You’ve heard of Hygge, but how about Còsagach? How is wool woven into the history of the European world? And what the heck is a bellwether? All this, and shots of some of the best Pendleton flannel shirt collections we could find for setting your #closetgoals. Read it all here:

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Justin Timberlake gets wild with Pendleton

 

JT explores his outdoor side in a Pendleton Grand Canyon blanket. This promo for his newest album, Man of the Woods, was unveiled on  Instagram . You can read more about it on GQ.com.

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See the blanket here: GRAND CANYON PENDLETON

 

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Pendleton in Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” Video

Yes, that’s us in the cabin! Ed sets a pizza down on a Canyonlands blanket (no longer in the line, but we do have some accessories and towels in this pattern) and snuggles his secret crush turned girlfriend under a “Fire Legend” blanket (see it here).

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Mountains! Snowboarding! Kittens! Love songs! Pizza! Pendleton Blankets! And Ed Sheeran! What more could you ask for?

Our thanks to the PNW video crew for repping local brands for this video.

Five Generations in Pendleton blankets

Today’s post is brought to you in honor of Native American Heritage Month. We received these photos from Sharon, and the words you read below are hers. We are honored to be part of this family’s traditions for five generations.

Dear Pendleton;

“We are who we are because they were who they were”.

Since November is National American Indian Heritage Month, how fitting was it to take a picture of my daughter, Allie, in a beautiful Pendleton blanket. My parents have a picture of my Grandmother, Agnes, in a Pendleton blanket. I’ve always loved that picture and wanted to recreate it. Little did I know, my Mother, Christine, has a picture of her Grandmother, Ruth, in a Pendleton blanket. My mother and I decided to recreate the picture also.

 

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As you can see, we have worn Pendleton for generations. We are from the Otoe-Missouria tribe. Thank you for such quality and beautiful products.

A forever customer,

Sharon

Thank you so much for sharing, Sharon!

For those of you who are interested, Sharon and her daughter Allie are both wearing  Chief Joseph robes. This is our most popular pattern year-to-year, and has been in the line for over a century. Sharon has chosen to wear hers reverse-side out, which shows more bands of color, one of the beauties of weaving on a jacquard loom.

Mother Christine, Grandmother Agnes and Great-Grandmother Ruth are all wearing serapes. Serapes are unnapped, which allows the colors to shine. We have mostly woven serapes in ombred stripes over the years, as worn in the two paintings.  We are intrigued by the extra patterning in Christine’s blanket, and we would love to see that one laid flat!

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Into the Archives: Rare Photos of the Pendleton Disneyland Store

 

The Pendleton archives hold a lot of history, some of it dating back to our founder’s opening of his own mill in 1863. Some of the most delightful history comes from our association with Disney, which stretches back to the opening of Disneyland in 1955. So here is a peek at these very special archival materials.

We were there by personal invitation of Walt himself!

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It’s hard to imagine a time when Disneyland wasn’t a household name worldwide, isn’t it? But we have another letter from our company president, Mort Bishop, referring to an “attached brochure” that explains the Disneyland park. And the letter makes it quite clear that the Pendleton location’s primary function was an exhibit, rather than a store.

So courtesy of photos in our archives, let us take you on a tour of the Pendleton Dry Goods Emporium, as it was called on opening day. Excited visitors entered Frontierland for a taste of the Old West.

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And there we were, complete with comfortable benches for whittlers (spittoons are notably absent).

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We proudly displayed the World’s largest Champion Buckle in our window. This was before wrestling belts eclipsed western buckles, of course.

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Western wear was a staple of the store. And cowboys were shopping!

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We didn’t just offer western clothing, of course. Pendleton’s famed Turnabout Reversible Skirt and the women’s 49’er Jacket were big hits here.

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We also sold blankets, boots, hats…

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…and Levi’s jeans! Pendleton and Levi’s have an association that goes way back. We were both part of the original surfer’s uniform in the Southern California surf scene of the early 1960s. And we’ve done at least four collaborations in the 2000s.

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So many Disneyland guest remember visits to the Pendleton Dry Goods Emporium as part of family vacations.

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Some of the merchandise at this store carried a special label featuring the iconic Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

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You can read more about our Disney connection: Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way back!

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A Pendleton coat travels the world!

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Patricia sent us the following story about a world-traveling Pendleton coat (seen above in St. Petersburg). And we love it!

Fifty-four years ago this month, my new husband bought me a full length, lined, red plaid Pendleton coat at a store in Bangor, Maine. I loved that coat and for many years it kept me warm. After having two children, I “grew” but my coat did not. Unable to part with it, I found a home for it in the back of a closet. Years later my older daughter saw it and asked if she could take it to college with her. I was happy to have it in use again. After four years at the University of Minnesota, the coat found its way back to my closet.

Fast forward to last summer, when my granddaughter Emily discovered it and asked if she could take it to college. It needed repairs to the lining which I was able to make. My granddaughter rolled it into a tight ball and stuffed it into her backpack as she boarded a plane for her junior year in St. Petersburg, Russia. Here are pictures of my granddaughter wearing it in Russia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.

 

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In Prague with a friend, and in front of the Dance House

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On Bailey Island, Maine

This past month the coat once again landed in my lap and this time the repairs to the lining were more extensive. I asked my granddaughter if perhaps it wasn’t time for me to take the wool plaid and make pillows for her room. Emily was horrified and I had to agree that the coat itself was in great shape and just the lining was falling apart. I have finished the repairs and the coat will spend this year at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

My husband paid $50 for that coat and it was well worth the money. As I looked at these pictures, I noticed how beautifully the lines of the plaid match across the sleeves and the body of the coat and how the side seams match as well. It’s such great attention to detail. That’s Pendleton for you. Three generations of us have loved wearing it and I’m pretty sure it has more years of wear left. Maybe a fourth generation will take my coat to college. 

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The Three Sisters of Glencoe, Scotland

Thank you Patricia and Emily! We love your story, your photos and your coat. All photos used with permission. If any other readers have a wonderful Pendleton story to share, contact us at PendletonWM@penmills.com.

And see all our beautiful coats for women here: Pendleton coats for women

 

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back!

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The history of Pendleton Woolen Mills and Disneyland began when Walt Disney extended a personal invitation to be retail partners in the Park. Walt was a fan of Pendleton’s “fleece to fashion” vertical manufacturing, which at the time included ownership of our own flocks and scouring facilities. He saw a fit for us in Frontierland as part of his vision of America’s Wild West.

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frontierland2We were more than excited to be part of Disneyland. Pendleton established a ‘Dry Goods Emporium’ that opened for business right along with the rest of the park on July 17, 1955.

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The store was a rustic wonderland of Pendleton’s woolen products, along with belts, wallets, hats, and other Western-themed merchandise.

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Much of the clothing sold in Disneyland had its own special labeling that featured the spires of Cinderella’s castle.

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It seems that a new plaid Pendleton shirt was part of the vacation for many young men in America, and the store set a record for sales of Turnabout reversible skirts in the late fifties. Our Disneyland store was phenomenally successful. We had a unique way to share the bounty of the Disneyland store’s sales. Visitors were asked for their zipcodes, and credit for the purchase was awarded to their nearest Pendleton store back home.

It’s said that the family that plays together stays together. Well, what does a family who plaids together do? Whatever it is, this family from 1963 is doing it in Pendleton style.

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Holiday_Magazine_Oct_65_Pendleton_11963 was the year that Clarence M. Bishop took his own Gold Ticket tour of Disneyland. The Bishop family is a hardworking bunch, and when they vacation, they tend to gravitate towards places where they can ride or fish. But Mr. Bishop had a great time in Anaheim, according to all reports.

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We’re glad that a trip to the old store remains a favorite memory of so many of Disneyland’s long-time guests. We have been asked, “What happened?” by Disney guests who remember our store with nostalgia. The partnership dissolved amicably when the Disneyland Resort shifted their merchandising focus to more Disney-oriented goods. The store closed in April of 1990. Today, the Bonanza Emporium does carry some Pendleton merchandise, as does Ramone’s House of Body Art.

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In our Heritage Hallway, you can find a framed letter from Walt Disney about the partnership, and a small bronze of Jiminy Cricket. The letter came to invite us to the official press and television premiere on July 17th, 1955.

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The bronze was a gift to us from Disney.

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Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

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The statue’s inscription reads: “PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS in commemoration and appreciation of 30 years of association with DISNEYLAND 1955-1985”

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We’re proud of our history with Disneyland, and want to say thanks to all the guests who have made us part of their visit.

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Oregon Maker Stories: Pendleton Short Films

This fall, we commissioned a series of short films to commemorate some of the talented Oregon makers who were part of our Pendleton Park Avenue West store design. And here they are! We hope you enjoy learning the stories behind the creators. Their skills and artistry are something else.

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Blanket Supports Native Women’s Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we thought that would be a terrific time to tell you about a special version of our Chief Joseph blanket.

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A purchase of this beautiful cherry-pink blanket benefits the women’s health program of NARA, the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, INC.  NARA is a Native American-owned, Native American-operated, nonprofit agency.

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NARA is an Urban Indian Health Program that provides integrated healthcare in the Portland Metropolitan area.  They offer a broad array of services including medical, dental, mental health, addiction treatment, and culturally based services.  Culture is a critical and integral part of everything they do.

We had a conversation with Yolanda Moisa, most current director of the newest clinic run by NARA and the BCCP Director (Breast and Cervical Cancer Program), to learn about NARA’s women’s health program.

PWM: Can you tell me about your organization’s mission?

YM: Our mission at NARA is to provide education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and anyone in need. Our purpose is to achieve the highest level of physical, mental and spiritual well being for American Indians and Alaska Native people.

Our women’s health program is a critical part of our larger physical health outreach.  It’s the women who make this program so rewarding.  Throughout the 20 years of this program, we have helped women from all backgrounds. Each person is unique and has a story to tell. We save lives daily.  Our hope and goal is prevention and no cases of cancer ever, however, the reality is that catching cancer sooner than later makes for a much better prognosis.

PWM: Can you tell us about some of your more rewarding moments?

YM: There are so many stories of success and how we help women, we are helping generations of women.  A story that comes to mind is that we had a woman who had just moved to the Portland area and came in for another visit and our staff noticed she was due for her yearly women’s exams.  When she received her results from her mammogram a small lump in her breast was detected. She did find out that it was cancerous, it was caught at Stage 1.  We walked her through her options and our team was there to answer all her questions.  Just having someone listen to her and help manage the many appointments that come with cancer treatment was a comfort.  More importantly, she brought her daughter in and sisters in to be tested, again changing lives.

PWM: When did NARA form and how many people have you served?

NARA has been in the community since 1970, and offering medical care since 1993. Since 1996 we have helped Women receive 5,160 MAMS and 6,391 PAPS.  We have two clinics, one at North Morris Street and our new Wellness Center on East Burnside. The women’s health program is housed in our clinic at 12360 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97233. The program offers women’s services at both clinics where screenings, and references for mammograms to low income, uninsured Native women. We want to provide early detection for breast and cervical cancer. As an urban facility, we’ve been able to serve members from over 250 tribes, nations, bands, who are all able to access any of the services here.

PWM: That’s fantastic. What drew you to this program, Yolanda?

YM: I came to NARA after many years in the corporate legal field. I’m a member of the Tule River Tribe in Porterville CA, and it was always my intention to return to working with Native Americans–to give back. Throughout my career I have volunteered and advocated for women and children.  Coming to NARA was like finding a family that truly “got it”, understanding what it means to help our community.  I see my family in the many faces in our waiting rooms: my grandmother, aunties, uncles, mother and siblings. I came in as a grants manager and was here for almost two years. I became clinic director  two years ago, and was pleased when we received a HRSA grant that helped set up the pharmacy and pediatric program at the site. I’ve been here close to five years and have continued to appreciate all that NARA does. It’s pretty amazing!

PWM: Are there special challenges within the Native American community?

YM: For Native women, there is a history of trauma around medical services. Along with assault, abuse and harassment, there is a documented history of forced sterilization. This painful history plays into fear and mistrust of medicine.

Our CDC (Center for Disease and Control)  grant  allows us to do something special for Native American and Alaska Native women—weekend clinic sessions that we call the Well Women’s Event. These events are designed as a safe place for women.  It’s not uncommon to have generations of women from families come together. The grandmother, mother and daughter will all come for the daughter’s first mammogram for support.  We open the clinic to women only. Our guests are welcomed to a Native crafts night, and a women-only talking circle. The nurse on staff gives one-on-one advice and education.  We offer cervical cancer screens here, and transport woman safely to and from an off-site mammogram facility.

Any woman who gets a screening receives culturally specific books about women’s health, including  “Journey Woman: A Native Woman’s Guide to Wellness”. Through the generosity of Pendleton we were allowed to use  Pendleton art forms in the books.

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When women see themselves in health materials, it builds trust and adds warmth to what can be a very cold environment. Some women come just for the community events, and that’s fine. Our goal is to make women’s healthcare safe and communal, almost a celebration of womanhood.

PWM: How does the Pendleton blanket help?

YM: Each purchase of the blanket generates a donation to NARA. The money will go into the women’s health program, helping us expand our outreach to various underserved and marginalized communities within Portland.  We hope to start momentum that leads to continuing healthcare. If we can save one life, we’re proud.  Hopefully with these added donations we will continue to help many more women.  Thank you Pendleton!

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If you would like to help NARA through direct donation, feel free to contact Yolanda Moisa at ymoisa@naranorthwest.org or 503-224-1044.

If you would like to help through the purchase of the special edition Chief Joseph blanket, see it HERE: Chief Joseph.

Pendleton Harry Potter blankets are here, and oh so magical.

To celebrate the much beloved stories of Harry Potter and his friends, Pendleton has woven a series of Harry Potter blankets that feature iconic and memorable moments that will forever live in everyone’s imagination. These luxurious wool blankets, made in the USA, will warm readers young and old as they explore the story of the world’s favorite wizard, Harry Potter.

Gryffindor

Gryffindor house is known for bravery and valor, and members of House Gryffindor demonstrate chivalry, nerve, and daring. On the scarlet and gold blanket, Gryffindor’s lion rampant is surrounded by cauldrons, owls, Godric Gryffindor’s sword and Harry Potter’s wand. See it here: Gryffindor Blanket

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Slytherin

Slytherins are known for their ambition, shrewdness, and cunning. On the emerald and grey blanket, Slytherin’s coiled serpent is surrounded by bats, snakes, Draco Malfoy’s wand and Regulus Black’s locket. See it here: Slytherin Blanket

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Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw is the home of great scholars, thinkers and questioners, and members of House Ravenclaw are known for their intelligence, wit, and creativity.  On the midnight blue and fire red blanket, Ravenclaw’s majestic eagle spreads his wings, surrounded by eagles, eagle feathers, Rowena’s diadem and Luna Lovegood’s wand. See it here: Ravenclaw Blanket

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Hufflepuff

Members of House Hufflepuff are known for their loyalty, patience, and dedication. On the warm gold, slate and and grey blanket, Hufflepuff’s hardworking badger is surrounded by lightning bolts, flying keys, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup and Cedric Diggory’s wand. See it here: Hufflepuff Blanket

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All four blankets are available in a matched-number collector’s set as well: Harry Potter Collector’s Set

We also have some adorable child-sized blankets!

Harry’s Journey

Iconic signs and symbols from Harry potter’s journey are featured on a warmly colored blanket. how many can you spy? See it here: Harry’s Journey

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Hogwarts is My Home

Owl messengers sail through the night sky with important messages for the students of Hogwarts in this beautiful black and white design. See it here: Hogwarts is My Home

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And of course, it wouldn’t be Harry Potter without a warm wool muffler. Night Messenger in blue, and Hogwarts Houses in black and white will keep you warm all winter.

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The Harry Potter Collection by Pendleton is a labor of love, and we’re excited to share it with you. But don’t dawdle! The Hogwarts House blankets are all in a limited edition. See them here today: Pendleton Harry Potter Collection