Bring the Great Outdoors to Your Wrist with Pendleton’s Bands for Fitbit

A young woman holds a Pendleton blanket wearing a Pendleton Fitbit device

An exciting new collaboration

From running local trails to exploring the great outdoors, Fitbit goes on every kind of journey with you. That’s why we are excited to partner with a company that shares our zest for adventure.

The logo for the Fitbit x Pendleton collaboration

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Through this collaboration, Fitbit brings iconic Pendleton patterns to an original accessory collection for Fitbit Versa 3TM and Fitbit SenseTM.

These heritage-inspired woven bands are made with REPREVE® recycled plastic fibers for thoughtful, sustainable style that brings nature’s energy and beauty straight to your wrist. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with these two bands as much as we’re excited to bring them to you.

A young woman wearing a Pendleton Fitbit on her wrist and a Pendleton blanket around her shoulders

Blue/Grey Canyonlands

The Canyonlands band celebrates the grand pinnacles of the famous rocks that create Utah’s skyline, and embodies the movement of sunlight skimming across the state’s canyons.

 young woman wearing a white sweater and a Pendleton Fitbit device

Blue/Pink Basket Maker

The Basket Maker band pattern pays tribute to the traditional basket weaving techniques of traditional basket makers in the American Southwest, the Yavapai. These skilled artisans wove baskets so tightly that they could carry grain and hold water— and wove patterns so intricately that their artwork still lives on in museums, and as highly prized family pieces that have stood the test of time.

See both bands and the new Fitbit Versa 3 device here: Pendleton and Fitbit

This collaboration is a place where heritage and high tech unite. Both iconic bands are designed to work with Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense—so you can focus on the adventure ahead of you.

Kith, Coke, and PWM for 2020

Hands holding a garment with labels for Coca-Cola, Kith, Pendleton

A New Collaboration

On August 15th, Kith and Coca Cola unveiled their fifth yearly collaboration, welcoming Pendleton as a new third partner, and reprising partnerships with Converse, Mitchell & Ness, and Golden Bear.

We have worked with Kith before, but this is our first time to work together as a third party on a collaboration. Pendleton’s capsule features our patterns on summer apparel for men and women. Three skate decks add to the fun.

The collection dropped this past Saturday online and at Kith Tokyo, Selfridges, and Hirshleifers, and was mostly sold out in an hour. There are some beautiful women’s pieces left!

A young woman sits in a chair wearing Kith Pendleton garments

Learn More

For more information about the entire collection, visit Kith’s blog: About the Kith x Coca Cola Collaboration

You can shop online here: Kith x Coca Cola Shop

Nike N7 and The College Fund blanket for 2019 – 7 Generations

7 Generations

7 Generations wool blanket by Pendleton for the College Fund.

We are proud to present “7 Generations,” the latest blanket in the American Indian College Fund Collection which helps fund scholarships for Native American students. “7 Generations” is also our newest 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.

Decoding the Symbols

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.

The Designer

Designer Tracie Jackson sits on a stage wearing Nike N7 gear she designed.

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.”

Photos and Models

7 Native American women on a raised platform dressed in Nike clothing and shoes.

The photos of this collection are fantastic. You’ll notice that the designer and her models–athletes, leaders and activists–are holding shutter buttons, and choosing how to represent themselves in these photographs by taking their own shots. We are proud to be part of this.

See and Learn More

Please go see the entire collection here: Nike N7 collection

See the “7 Generations” blanket here: 7 Generations

Pendleton label with bald eagle: "Pendleton since 1863 Highest Quality Made in the USA."

 

Shwood x Pendleton Instagram giveaway for 2019 – starts tomorrow!

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Six Frame Styles!

Our latest collaboration with Shwood is here, and we are celebrating with an Instagram giveaway that starts on Friday, June 28th at 9am PST! Rules are after the video.

The collaboration includes six frame styles and two patterns.

First, Chief Joseph in grey/turquoise. The pattern wraps the inner portions of the acetate sections. The exterior is a very cool grey.

Four pair of Pendleton x Shwood sunglasses rest on a folded Chief Joseph towel, by Pendleton.

Next, a wire-rim aviator. The stripe accents are fantastic!

Two pairs of Pendleton x Shwood sunglasses sit on a folded Glacier National Park blanket by Pendleton.

 

There are awesome small elements on each of these frames; Shwood has done an incredible job on the details.

A pair of Pendleton x Shwood sunglasses sits on a wood table. You can see the details of the branding in this shot, including the Chief Joseph pattern and a small teepee in red on the eyeglass stem.

(see all styles on faces below)

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The Shwood x Pendleton sunglasses are available at our website, so check them out and get ready for summer in style. See them here: Shwood and Pendleton for Summer 2019

Enter the giveaway at our Instagram: @pendletonwm

And go behind-the-scenes in this video.

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Pendleton by Sunbrella Fabrics

Outdoor Fabrics

The season for outdoor living is here, and Pendleton is ready with Pendleton by Sunbrella outdoor fabrics. See them here: Pendleton Sunbrella Fabrics

A sandy beach, with a folding chair, seven throw pillows, and tent made of Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics.

Collaboration

Pendleton consistently searches out the best partners for collaborations and shared projects. We have been delighted with our partnership with Glenraven on a line of Pendleton-patterned outdoor fabrics. These Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics are perfect for all outdoor uses, including awnings, furniture, umbrellas, and anything else you can think of.  They also work indoors, for ultra-durable upholstery.

Glenraven

Like Pendleton, Glenraven (the company that produces Sunbrella fabrics) is a multi-generational family business. Also like Pendleton, Glenraven is headquartered in the USA. And, again, like Pendleton, they have maintained a strong commitment to weaving in the USA. You can see the Glenraven mill in action in this video.

Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics use dyed threads for weaving, which means vivid, lasting color. That’s a similiarity to wool, which also takes dye all the way to the core.

Sustainability

One key reason Pendleton has been so proud to work with Glenraven lies in the company’s commitment to sustainability. Any used Sunbrella fabric can be returned to the company for recycling and re-use through their Renaissance program. You can read all about that here: Sustainability and Sunbrella

Did you know you can set a Sunbrella fabric in a bucket of bleach, and it won’t change its color? These fabrics will not run, stain, or fade…ever. The world’s clumsiest person can’t ruin Sunbrella fabrics, though you can watch someone try in this video:

The “Indoor Durability Challenge” will give you an idea of what Sunbrella fabrics can withstand.

Decor

We use these fabrics in our store designs, and choose them when our stores need awnings, as in our Pendleton store in Eugene, Oregon. They make an impact indoors or out, as you can see in this adorable camping trailer interior by @stagecoachdetaildesign that artfully uses Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics. 

A bed in a restored vintage Airstream trailer with a Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket.

 

 

The interior of a restored vintage Airstream trailer holds a daybed dressed with throw pillows made of Pendleton Sunbrella fabrics.

For information on their work and design services, contact information is here: STAGECOACH detail and design

You can purchase pillows at our website: Pendleton by Sunbrella

A sandy beach and a tent made of Pendleton by Sunbrella outdoor fabrics, holding a group of throw pillows.

We also stock Pendleton by Sunbrella fabrics at our Woolen Mill Store – call the store directly for availability and information. Info here: www.woolenmill.store

Happy summer!

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Pendleton and Hunter Fans for 2019: as cool as it sounds!

Pendleton and Hunter work together

We are as excited as can be about our latest project with Hunter fans. These four-blade fans feature an LED light. There are two styles, with an exciting feature; the fan blades can be reversed, giving you a choice of two Pendleton patterns.

A living room featuring the Pendleton x Hunter fan. the room has white walls and a vaulted ceiling that's covered in wood, and paintings of cacti on the walls.

(see ottoman)

The matte black features Spider Rock and a tonal version of Eagle Rock.

A closeup of the matte black Pendleton x Hunter fan, showing the Spider Rock pattern on the fan blades.

The silver version features Canyonlands and a tonal version of Pecos.

A boutique selling floor featuring the silver Pendleton x Hunter fan with the Canyonlands pattern. The boutique has white walls, wood floors, and a stone wall behind the cash wrap.

A closeup of the silver Pendleton x Hunter fan that shows the Canyonlands pattern on the fan blades.

A bedroom with that features the silver Pendleton x Hunter fan. The room has white walls, an iron bed, and the bed has a Pendleton Star Watchers blanket and pillow shams.

(see Star Watchers blanket)

Inspirations

The blade patterns draw their inspiration from these blanket patterns.

Spider Rock  (throw)                                                Canyonlands (retired)

 

A side-by-side photo of the Pendleton Spider Rock throw to the left, and the Pendleton Canyonlands blanket to the right.

The Canyonlands blanket is retired, but has inspired a range of home items and clothes; see them all here: Pendleton Canyonlands

See the fans here: Pendleton and Hunter Fans

And be sure to check out the Hunter/Pendleton fan giveaway running on Instagram, with HGTV stylist Anita Yokota: @anitayokota

We love these fans for their unique Pendleton look, the versatility, and the superb Hunter quality. Yes, that’s right….we’re fans. 🙂

A living room with soaring wood-covered ceilings features the the silver Pendleton x Hunter fan. A stone fireplace at one end features the Pendleton Big Medicine blanket.

(see Big Medicine blanket)

National Park Week and Hurley – Pendleton for Spring and Summer 2019

A young woman stands on top of a rocky ridge in the sunshine, wearing Pendleton x Hurley activewear.

National Park Week

April brings us National Park Week, when we celebrate America’s Treasures! The festivities will kick off on April 20th, when all entrance fees will be waived. Other events are planned, so see what’s going on in your favorite park and join in.

A young man leans on a wooden picnic table by the shore of a lake, wearing Pendleton x Hurley activewear.

There has never been a better time to celebrate and support the work of the National Park Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting America’s public lands and monuments for future generations.

A young man stands in front of an ivy-covered tree, wearing a Pendleton x Hurley baseball cap.

Pendleton x Hurley

We worked with Hurley this year on a special capsule that honors both the Badlands National Park and Acadia National Park. This is part of our ongoing support of America’s national parks through sales of our park blankets and National Park collaborations.

See the collection here: Hurley and Pendleton

Read more about National Park Week here: National Park Week

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GINEW Thunderbird Coat – a closer look

A man stands in the desert, the horizon glowing with either sunrise or sunset, wearing Ginew denim jeans and jacket.

Ginew and Pendleton

As we come to the end of a year of stellar projects, co-brandings and collaborations, we want to call out the GINEW Thunderbird coats as one of our favorite projects. These coats are made by GINEW, the only Native American owned premium denim collection. Focusing on American-made materials, GINEW incorporate elements of their Native American heritage (Ojibwe, Oneida, & Mohican) to express a contemporary, Native voice through premium apparel and accessories.

Here is GINEW’s press release about the coat:

Native American-owned apparel co. Ginew of Portland, Oregon announces the release of the THUNDERBIRD COAT. An elevation of a classic piece with intricate details throughout. The THUNDERBIRD COAT tastefully incorporates the tribal (Ojibwe & Oneida) designs and textiles of the brand owners, with hunted deerskin collar (YES! Hunted by Ginew + family), premium denim, custom PENDLETON® lining, and Ft Lonesome chain-stitched Thunderbird…

The pinnacle of our inspiration for the collection this year – the THUNDERBIRD COAT – encompasses a range of emotions and experiences from an eleven-day road trip in our 1971 F250…from our ancestral homelands of the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest. Through the boreal forests along Lake Superior, across the plains and badlands of Dakota & Cheyenne lands, to the high desert and ultimately the temperate rainforest of the Pacific…each morning, day, and night an act of intention and, in many ways a prayer. Crisp sunrises, afternoon thunderstorms, still sunsets, and brilliantly starry nights were our muse as we bore witness to the change of seasons. Woven into each fabric of this coat is the intention, observation, and emotion of this experience.

A photo of the interior of a Ginew work jacket, lined with Pendleton wool in the "We Walk Together" pattern.

Aman stands in a field of dry grass, wearing a Ginew x Pendleton work jacket.

When you put on the THUNDERBIRD COAT, you are wearing a coat built to express our Ojibwe & Oneida heritages and the experience of our journey from the Great Lakes to Portland, OR. Designed with the classic American silhouette of a lined ranch coat, yet taken steps beyond as we incorporate our tribal symbols, traditional textiles, way of life, and emotions into the coat.

A man adjusts a Ginew x Pendleton denim jacket.

A man stands in a deserted field wearing a Ginew x Pendleton denim jacket.

Notes on the lining

The coat includes the Ginew® “WE WALK TOGETHER” wool blanket lining – exclusively woven for Ginew® by PENDLETON®. It is customary in our communities to wrap a newly joined couple in a blanket to symbolize their union. The WE WALK TOGETHER blanket colors represent the sacred day (sunrise to sunset) and wampum belt (purples), teachings which impart values to guide us in our life together. The lodges are in the shape of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida dwellings. The crest fuses timeless symbols from each of our tribes, the dwelling (Ojibwe) and Skydome (Oneida). Together, the colors and symbols represent how we value our traditional beliefs in our home as we walk this journey of life together.

See it here: GINEW

Photos by Ginew & Rowdy Dugan

 

Ginew: Surfing the PNW with a Pendleton blanket pattern

A man unpacks the back of his rig, and a Ginew surfboard with a Pendleton pattern leans against the vehicle.

Ginew goes Surfing

We are loving this surfboard, the newest incarnation of Ginew’s Pendleton blanket design.

…we could feel the energy of the ocean and began to hear the distant w aves. Exiting through a tunnel of dense trees, we suddenly appeared on the beach and were welcomed by the pounding surf and swooping gulls. What a sight.

See all shots and read more here: GINEW Surf story

Pendleton and Surfing

Fans of our brand know that we are no stranger to surf culture. Our Board Shirt was a favorite of the early SoCal surf scene, and graced the covers of several Beach Boys records. Our Surf Pendleton collection has been part of our Spring line for years. We have also collaborated with several surf brands.

You can read about new wool surboards–yes, boards made of wool–here: Firewire Surboards

A man stands on the beach, holding a Ginew surfboard.

 

 

Happy 90th Birthday, Mickey! Here’s to 90 more.

Pendleton Mickey Mouse blanket on a bed.

Pendleton’s limited edition Disney blankets

In 1928, Mickey Mouse made his world debut in the short film “Steamboat Willie.” Pendleton is proud to present a limited-edition collection of USA-made blankets, and fun gifts that celebrate the 90th birthday of this beloved American icon.

Mickey’s Debut:

A throw-sized Mickey Mouse, as we first saw him in “Steamboat Willie”.

The Mickey's Debut blanket, by Pendleton

Mickey Through the Years:

This blanket features the many faces of the world’s favorite character, Mickey Mouse.

The Mickey Through the Years blanket, by Pendleton

Towels, too!

These blankets are joined by two spa towels; Mickey through the Years, and Mickey’s Salute, introduced last year.

Beach and Spa towels by Pendleton, featuring Mickey Mouse

And Mugs

One of our favorite additions? This boxed set of four Mickey Mugs, adorned with the blanket designs. These are just as sturdy & beautiful as our beloved oversized mugs, but a bit smaller.

Pendleton Mickey Mouse mugs

These would make a fantastic gift as a set, or you can give one of each to your favorite fans of Mickey Mouse.

These new blankets and gifts join our blankets from last year, Mickey’s Salute (throw-sized) and Mickey’s Frontier (child-sized).

Mickey's Salute blanket, by Pendleton

Mickey's Frontier blanket (crib size) by Pendleton

But why Pendleton and why Disney, you might as? Well, we go waaaaay back.

Pendleton and Disneyland

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.

Happy guests at the wooden stockade gate to Frontierland in Disneyland, circa 1960

We 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.

Disneyland guests outside the Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods Emporium in Frontierland.

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

Pendleton's Frontierland store in the late 1960s.

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

A collage of Pendleton labels that feature the spires of Cinderella's castle and these words: Pendleton WOolen Mills Disneyland (r)alt Disney Productions Frontierland exhibit." This is a special label for products sold at the Pendleton DIsneyland store.

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.

Stationery letterhead for Pendleton WOolen Mills that features a drawing of the Pendleton store in Frontierland.

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.

An ad from 1965 featuring a family of four, all wearing the same blue Pendleton plaid.

A 1965 Pendleton ad featruring various family members dressed alike in Pendleton plaids.

1963 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.

A photo of the 1965 "Gold Pass" issued to Clarence M. Bishop and party of five to Disneyland, signed by Walt Disney himself.

A line of models in the 1980s, posed in front of the Pendleton store in Frontierland. They are all wearing Pendleton clothing, and holding hands, with Mickey Mouse in the center of the line.

(Please note, these are models, not members of the Bishop family, no matter what the ad campaign says)

A black and white photo collage that was used in advertising the Pendleton store in Frontierland in the 1980s, showing the Old West interior and racks of merchandise.

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.

A side-by-side collage of two shots of the building that housed the Pendleton store in Frontierland - one from the 1950s, when it was still Pendleton's, and one that shows its conversion to "Bonanza Outfitters."

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.

A 1955 letter from Walt Disney to Clarence Morton Bishop.

The bronze was a gift to us from Disney. Jiminy stands on a matchbox wearing a medallion that says, simply, “30.”

A small bronze statue of Jiminy Circket, given to Pendleton Woolen Mills to mark 30 years of association.

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

A closeup of the plaque affixed to the base of the Jiminy Cricket bronze that reads "Pendleton Woolen Mills in commemoration and appreciation of 30 eyars of association with Disneyland 1955 - 1985"

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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