GLCO x Pendleton – A New Collaboration

SoCal Dreaming

Garret Leight California Optical (GLCO) has partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills for a limited edition blanket inspired by GLCO’s unique hometown, Venice Beach, California. The collaboration has a wonderful artistic synergy, thanks to GLCO’s brand roots, and Pendleton’s place in Southern California’s early surf scene.

A smiling woman wearing GLCO sunglasses reclines on the GLCO x pendleton blanket

(photo copyright 2021 GLCO)

The pattern, based on the unique geometric configuration of the historic Venice Beach Canals of Los Angeles County, shines in the bright colors of Venice Beach, where the sun meets the ocean.

GLCO x Pendleton blanket flat shot, copyright 2021 GLCO

Our Collaboration Partner

Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO) is an eyewear lifestyle brand founded in Venice Beach CA in 2010. The brand brings a fresh perspective to tailored eyewear by blending classic and new, the iconic and the innovative in optical and sunglass collections handcrafted of the finest quality material.

So of course the pattern will also adorn a bespoke eyewear case! The case fits all styles of eyewear. It’s finished in the same whipstitch binding as the blanket, with a soft lens-friendly lining. No two of these cases will be alike.

GLCO x PWM blanket with the glasses case. 
Photo copyright 2021 GLCO)

Garrett Leight, Founder & CEO of GLCO, said, “I’ve been collecting Pendleton flannels for over two decades. So, when the opportunity arose to partner with this amazing heritage brand I had to jump all over it. Pendleton is the expert in what they do and are well known for world-class wools and fabrics. I’m excited to release a collaboration that embraces the roots of my hometown.”

Mill Time

The blanket draped over a white sofa. (photo copyright 2021 GLCO)

The blanket and case are made with wool woven in our USA mills. Enjoy the mill action here.

Here is a back view of the fabric on the roller.

GLCO x Pendleton blanket on the loom, copyright PWM 2021

The Canals

Those blues and yellows bring the blanket to life in the colors of California; especially the colors of sunny Venice Beach, an artsy, edgy neighborhood that’s home to the famous Venice Canals. These iconic waterways were designed by Abbott Kinney in 1905. Kinney wanted to bring the look and feel of Venice, Italy, to Los Angeles County.

1910 real estate flyer photo-Public domain By Venice Chamber of Commerce
 http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/12/521439.pdf, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32203441)

His original network of seven canals was soon joined by six more (the New Amsterdam canals). The Venetian ambience included gondolas with singing gondoliers who poled their way through this picturesque and beautiful seaside resort town. But when America’s love affair with the automobile heated up in 1920, the canals fell into disuse. Seven canals were filled in to make room for roads, and by 1940, the remaining six fell into disrepair. In 1992, those six canals were renovated and reopened.

Venice CA canal bridge unsplash photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

Today, the canals form a waterway through one of the most beautiful and desirable residential neighborhoods in the area, a National Historic Site since 1982.

Venice Canal CA homes, Photo by tamara garcevic on Unsplash

Photo by tamara garcevic on Unsplash

Where to Find the Blanket

The limited edition blanket and custom eyewear case will be available starting October 19, 2021 on garrettleight.com, garrettleight.eu, and GLCO retail stores nationwide.

A young woman wrapped in a blanket stands in front of greenery

(photo copyright 2021 GLCO)
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Oregon Home, Miller Paint, and Pendleton

Down to Earth

We were excited to help with a recent feature in Oregon Home Magazine, working with Miller Paint to showcase the power of earthy neutrals. According to Apartment Therapy, “A neutral is a color without much intensity or saturation—a color that’s lacking in color, if you will, which generally goes with everything. Think tans, beiges, ivories, creams, whites, blacks, and grays.” Oregon Home included more soothing earth tones, while keeping the palette gentle.

A Pacific Northwest living room in earthy neutral tones featuring the Sandhills Pendleton blanket. Photo by Oregon home magazine, used with permission.

Our Home Store staff was part this project (thanks, team!), bringing their Pendleton design expertise to play in choosing blankets that show the softer side of Pendleton patterns.

According to the feature:

This season’s color palettes draw inspiration from the ground up. Earthy is in. “Whites are shifting from bright and stark to earthy tones touched with raw umber,” says Puji Sherer, director of color marketing for Portland-based Miller Paint. “Grays are giving way to gentle browns and beiges. Even though Pendleton designs are typically very angular and dynamic, the subdued color palette in this one makes it easy to live with in any interior environment.” Oregon Home collaborated with Miller Paint and Pendleton Home on this design for a cozy, on-trend gathering space.

A Pacific Northwest living room in earthy neutral tones featuring the White Sands Pendleton blanket. Photo by Oregon home magazine, used with permission.

We agree. The power of this palette is soothing and understated, but still strong. Our geometric patterns allow for all kinds of subtle colorplay.

Some of our favorite blankets tie in with this palette.

The article featured three beautiful Pendleton blankets; Sandhills, White Sands, and Wyeth Trail.

We love these blankets for their natural tones and offer more in this palette; 5th Avenue striped throw, Juniper Mesa, Prairie Rush Hour, and Kitts Peak, which has a little kick of dark wine red.

Interested in a little DIY?

A Pacific Northwest living room in earthy neutral tones showing a painted wall motif. Photo by Oregon home magazine, used with permission.

Visit millerpaint.com/paint-this-pendleton-wall for a DIY showing how you can recreate the Pendleton-inspired wall design in your own home.

Miller Paint colors used:

  • Fireplace Mantel 0569
  • Elusive White 0002
  • Light Lichen 0211
  • Rich Reward 0302
  • Golden Buff 0288
Miller Paint supplies, along with a swatch set, level, stencil, paintbrush, and painter tape. Photo by Oregon Home and Miller Paint, used with permission.

See the Oregon Home feature here: Down to Earth

See all blankets here: Pendleton Blankets

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The American Indian College Fund Blankets

Proud Partnership

Pendleton is proud to partner with the American Indian College Fund on blankets which help support the mission of the College Fund, empowering communities through scholarships and education. Through sales of these blankets and other contributions, the Pendleton Endowment has grown to over 1.6 million dollars.

You can read more about our work with the College Fund here: Partnership

So let’s take a look at just a few of these special blankets, designed by Native American designers.

Pathway by Bunky Echo-Hawk

Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Yakama) is an internationally recognized visual and performing artist. His provocative, exuberant work is exhibited in private collections, galleries and museums throughout the world. He has done design work for non-profit organizations and tribal communities, VANS, and more. He has been designing the Nike N7 collection since 2010. He has painted murals in various tribal communities, towns, and public places, and recently installed a mural in American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, the home of the Miami Heat. His design for the Pathway blanket is best described in his own words.

Echo-Hawk has saturated his modern design with traditional Pawnee symbology. Red, white, yellow, and black signify the four races of humankind, the four stages of life, the semi-cardinal directions, and animals, plants, and stars associated with those directions. Bands of turquoise surround the design as Sky surrounds Earth. Black and red parfleche elements from Pawnee burden straps alternate with four-pointed stars of the Milky Way, or Path of Departed Spirits. A winding path through the blanket’s center traces life’s journey.

You can see the blanket here: Pathway 

7 Generations by Tracie Jackson for Nike N7

7 Generations wool blanket by Pendleton for the College Fund.
Photo courtesy Nike

In addition to its place the College Fund blanket program, the “7 Generations” blanket is part of our partnership with Nike’s N7 Fund, a trust whose mission is to bring sports to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the US and Canada.

Designer Tracie Jackson sits on a stage wearing Nike N7 gear she designed.
Photo self-taken by Tracie Jackson for Nike N7, copyright 2019

This blanket was designed by Tracie Jackson, a Diné artist and designer from Star Mountain in the Navajo Nation. She is a 4th generation artisan. Her grandparents and mother are silversmiths, and both her maternal great grandmothers are rug weavers. Her family encouraged her to study the traditional art forms of her tribe, and with their support she became a painter, jeweler, beader, and graphic designer. Tracie studied design at the University of Oregon and currently works in Portland, Oregon, designing for the Nike N7 program. This has been her dream job since she was 14 years old, when she first saw N7 at a Native basketball tournament. “I was taught to get an education and use it to help our Native community, which pushed me to become a designer for N7.”

Front and back views of the new N7/College Fund blanket by Pendleton

This USA-made wool blanket illustrates the past, present and future of Native peoples. The central N7 motif represents the impact of each person (the diamond) on the three generations before and after (arrows). A storm pattern with zigzags of lightning honors heritage, while steps show the path to overcoming life’s challenges. The rich colors were inspired by traditional dyes, and reflect the beauty of the southwestern landscape.

You can see the blanket here: 7 Generations

Logo for the American Indian College Fund

Ariat and Pendleton for 2021 – the Boots!

Exclusive Pendleton patterns on all-leather Ariat Boots?

Count us in.

Pendleton Dixon Western Boot (Women’s)

We’re excited to announce another collaboration with Ariat, International, the leading manufacturer of performance equestrian footwear. Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into riding boots that are as wearable as they are beautiful.

The collaboration showcases three boot styles.

Pendleton Dixon Western Boot (Women’s)

  • Premium full-grain leather foot and upper
  • Classic Pendleton® prints
  • Classic four-row stitch pattern
  • Hand-nailed, color stained leather sole
Pendleton Dixon Western Boot (Women’s)

Pendleton Circuit Savanna Western Boot (Women’s)

  • Full-grain leather foot and upper
  • Leather lining
  • Classic Pendleton® prints on upper
  • Color stained, scoured and distressed leather sole
Pendleton Circuit Savanna Western Boot (Women’s)

Circuit Pendleton Western Boot (Men’s)

  • Full-grain leather foot and upper
  • Leather lining
  • Classic Pendleton® prints on upper
  • Duratread™ heel tap for wear resistance
Circuit Pendleton Western Boot (Men’s)

More on the Way

Pendleton Dixon Western Boot (Women’s)

Ariat and Pendleton clothing styles are coming in October and November. So stay tuned!

You can learn even more about the boots and their quality construction features here:

Ariat and Pendleton for 2021

Andre Walker, the Met Costume Institute, and Pendleton

A Beautiful Exhibit

Hallway leading to the American Style exhibit at the Met Costume Institute, photo courtesy Artnet

In 2018, we worked with iconic designer Andre Walker to provide fabrics for recreations of some of his most iconic styles. Pieces from this collection are part of an important new exhibit on American style at the Met Costume Institute.

According to Artnet News

One of Andre Walker's designs, featured in the exhibit, using Pendleton's Glacier National Park stripe fabric. Photo courtesy Artnet.

The exhibition, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, is based around the concept of a patchwork quilt, with each square representing a feeling that corresponds to the spirit of a particular garment or runway collection. Feelings like warmth and comfort are visualized through a blanket-coat that Andre Walker designed with Pendleton Woolen Mills, paying homage to the Oregon-based company that was founded in 1863, and Oscar de la Renta’s floral-festooned dresses—over the years favored by Taylor Swift and Wintour herself—represent joy and delight.

We are extremely proud to be part of this exhibit!

More Information

See more featured designs and read the feature here: Artnet News

Read about our 2018 work with Andre here: Pendleton on the Runway

Vans and Pendleton for 2021

Our first collaborative partner

Yes, it was Vans, and we’ll tell you a little more about that original collaboration in a bit. But the exciting news? One of our earliest collaborations with Vans has been reprised! It’s the return of Pendleton Original Surf Plaid–a pattern made famous when the Beach Boys wore these shirts on their Surfer Girl album–in two styles that pay homage to the legendary shoe company’s earliest days.

You can see the collection here: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

And you can read about the Beach Boys connection here: Beach Boys AKA the Pendletones

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN ORIGINAL SURF PLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California, by borrowing details from the original Authentic and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This iconic lace-up shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces, and features classic Pendleton plaid uppers to complete the look.

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN ORIGINAL SURFPLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Sk8-Hi 38 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California by borrowing details from the original Sk8-Hi and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This legendary high top shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces. Sturdy suede and classic Pendleton plaid uppers complete the iconic look.

Throwback to an even earlier collab

Back in the 1970s, when Pendleton had a store in the Disneyland Resort (which was just Disneyland back then) Vans and Pendleton offered Vans sneakers made with pendleton plaids. We have a pair of those in our archives, and until recently they were part of our heritage Hallway display. Here are a few views of those sneakers,

Vans x pendleton shoes from the 1970s in airtight display box, Pendleton Heritage hallway display

The second colorways of the 2021 sneakers are made in the same Royal Stewart tartan!

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN
ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN

So whether you choose the Original Surf Plaid, or the Red Royal Stewart Tartan, you’re throwing it back. Way back.

Here are a few more views of the original sneakers, so you can appreciate all those retro details.

Side view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Top view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Back view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s

To read more about our history with Disneyland, click here:

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back

Rare Photos of the Pendleton Store at Disneyland

Happy 90th to Mickey Mouse!

When Pendleton Meets Packard, with a Disneyland Twist

And here’s the link to Vans, again: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

Washable Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool in New Cabin Stripes

Good for the Earth

We’re always excited about our Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool offerings; throws and bed blankets that pass strict standards of sustainability and environmental stewardship. We’re especially excited about our newest striped Eco-Wise Wool throws in four new Cabin Stripes.

These throws combine the simple, enduring appeal of stripes with the heathered yarns that make our Yakima Camp blankets so popular. Our goal with the Cabin Stripes was to create a palette that ranged from cool neutrals to warm earth tones that will work in sophisticated living rooms, comfy lounges, cabins, lofts, and campers. We want this throw to go anywhere!

Which one is your favorite?

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool throw in Oxford

Oxford

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool throw in Shale

Shale

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool throw in Grey

Grey

Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool throw in Faun

Faun

A Little History

Striped blankets in heathered wool have a long history that stretches back to the ombre-striped bedrolls use by cattle hands and shepherds in the American West. During the day, they were tightly rolled and tied to the saddle, and at night they were unrolled for a night’s rest under the stars.

Made in American with naturally renewable wool, each Eco-Wise throw is machine washable, and will hold its color through every wash. You might not be unrolling yours by the campfire at night after a long day on the trail. But maybe you’ll drape one over your shoulders on a summer night when the temperature drops.

See them here: Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Throws

Made in USA label with eagle for Pendleton

Caring for Pendleton Wool – washing, dry cleaning and more

LET’S GET STRATEGIC.

Five fluffy white sheep stand before a bay. Image - Pixabay.com

Here are some strategies to prolong the life of your Pendleton wool garments and blankets.

CLEAN BEFORE STORAGE – Safely clean all spills and residues from wool blankets and wool garments before putting them away for the summer.

SUMMER OUTINGS – Taking stored garments or blankets outside every few months for shaking, brushing, and exposure to sunlight will prevent damage!

COLLECTOR STRATEGIES – Store blankets in plastic airtight boxes and bags that seal completely. Air out, shake and refold your treasures every few months.

REPEL – Cedar heartwood and chemical products repel moths, but don’t fully protect against damage. Follow the above steps  to keep woolen goods clean, safe, and lasting for generations.

BLANKET CARE – CAN A WOOL BLANKET BE WASHED?

No. Washing will shrink the blanket and ruin it. Pendleton’s traditional wool blankets should only be dry-cleaned.

The exception is the washable Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® bedding line. These blankets and throws have been woven and treated to be washable: refer to the care instructions on the blanket.

HOW SHOULD WOOL CLOTHING BE CLEANED?

First, refer to the care instructions! if a garment is dry-clean only, then follow that direction and have it dry cleaned. Dry cleaning once a season will keep wool garments fresh.

To freshen a wrinkled wool garment, hang it in a steamy bathroom. Wool is naturally odor-releasing and anti-microbial.

If the garment is labeled as washable, we recommend hand-washing with these steps:

  • Treat small stains by rinsing with cold water or seltzer and blotting dry with a clean cloth.
  • If the garment is labeled “hand wash,” use specially formulated mild soap and wash by hand.
  • Keep agitation to a minimum, as it can cause the scales of wool fibers to knit together in a process called “felting.” This cannot be undone!
  • After hand washing, gently roll the garment in a towel. You might want to do this several times, with a fresh towel for each turn.
  • For a knitted garment (sweater or scarf or shawl), lay the knitted garment out in the shape you want it to have after it dries. This is called “blocking.” A drying screen is a nice option for allowing both sides of a sweater to dry.
  • For a woven garment, lay it on a flat surface to dry.
  • Always avoid direct sunlight on a damp wool item, and always avoid direct heat.

AREN’T ALL PENDLETON WOOL SHIRTS WASHABLE?

No, they are not! Many Umatilla Wool shirts are, indeed, washable, but Sir Pendleton shirts are dry clean only. Refer to the care tags for any Pendleton wool shirt to determine the best way to clean it.

Pendleton’s washable wool shirts are made with a fabric that has been treated with a special process to seal the scales of wool fiber. These fabrics are clearly labeled as washable, and once washed, should not be dry cleaned.

If you would rather dry clean a washable wool shirt, it should not be washed after. Dry cleaning removes the washable finish. Always choose one method and stick with it.

REMEMBER WOOL’S ENEMIES

Bleach and Detergent – A little bleach causes wool fiber to stiffen and discolor permanently. A lot of bleach will dissolve wool fiber. The alkalis in soaps and detergents remove wool’s luster, strength and softness.

Moths – The best prevention against moth damage is regular use. When not in use, periodically shake or brush items, and re-fold or hang. Keep closets and storage areas swept, making sure to inspect for dead moths and larva casings. Sunlight is another helpful tool against moths—sun blankets now and then to kill any missed eggs.

High Heat and Shrinkage – Exposure to high, direct heat will damage wool fabric.

ENJOY YOUR WOOL

Caring for wool correctly can give you generations of use and wear. And speaking of generations, Please note: If you have purchased a vintage Pendleton wool garment that does not have care tags, we recommend that you dry clean these items. And send us photos!

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