Almost a Century
We’ve been making wool shirts for over ninety years—in fact, we’re nearing our 100 year anniversary of making Pendleton wool shirts.
Yes, the Pendleton wool shirt story started in 1924, when the Bishop family decided to enlarge their business from trade and bed blankets into men’s apparel. Back then, wool shirts were utilitarian items; warm, durable, an excellent first line in the defense against the elements. They were uniformly drab. Of course, all that was about to change.
At Pendleton Woolen Mills, Clarence Morton Bishop envisioned a different kind of fabric for a man’s wool shirt. Pendleton’s sophisticated weaving capabilities were producing vibrant trade blankets. Why not bring that same weaving and color know-how to flannel shirting?
He wrote to his father, Charles Pleasant Bishop, “I believe we should add such goods as shirts and hosiery.” C.P. Bishop agreed, replying “I am more and more impressed with the opportunity we have here in Oregon.” While his son investigated production options, C.P. Bishop did the early marketing work. He wrote to his son that “I am impressing it on the minds of my employees and patrons…that we are putting a new fabric on the market, something better than other mills can or will make.”
After much weaving experimentation and hard work, Pendleton’s innovative Umatilla shirting fabric rolled off the loom. The positive response to Pendleton’s rich colors was immediate. It has also been enduring. Our Umatilla wool shirting fabric is still woven in the USA, using lofty wool fleece raised by local sheep ranchers.
Friends & Family Sale
We are offering some great deals on wool shirts during our Fall 2020 Friends & Family event, with an extra 25% off the sale price of select men’s styles:
- Board Shirts
- Lodge Shirts
- Trail Shirts
- Canyon Shirts
See them here: Pendleton wool shirts for men
Select women’s wool shirt styles are also on sale, and can be found here: Pendleton wool shirts for women
Fall is here, and so is Pendleton. Wrap yourself is something warm, wonderful, and woolen.